Complete Guide To Holistic Oral Health In The New Year

Dr. Kevin Schwandt

As we step into a new year, many of us set resolutions to prioritize our health and well-being. At Reclaim Dentistry, we believe that embracing holistic oral health is a powerful and transformative way to start the year. In this guide, we will explore the crucial role of nutrition, especially during significant dental procedures, and offer insights into cultivating a fresh start for your oral and overall health.

A well-balanced and nutritious diet is fundamental for maintaining optimal oral health and contributes to overall well-being. It supports the development and maintenance of healthy teeth and gums, helps prevent oral diseases, and has a positive impact on systemic health. A diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods nourishes your entire system, promoting optimal health. Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to provide essential vitamins and minerals for strong teeth and overall well-being.

Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is particularly crucial for individuals considering surgery or a medical procedure in the upcoming year. We remind each of our surgical patients that embarking on a dental procedure can be a significant journey, and proper nutrition plays a pivotal role in the healing process. Whether you’re preparing for a dental procedure, in the recovery stage, or simply striving for better health, prioritizing the right nutrients is crucial. We recommend paying special attention to the top five nutrients crucial for healing: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Protein. The right nutrients not only aid in the healing process but also contribute to a faster and smoother recovery. 

Planning ahead is key. Begin incorporating these nutrients into your diet 2-5 weeks before an oral procedure to optimize your body’s healing capabilities. Maintain this nutrient-rich diet for 6-12 weeks after the procedure to support a smooth and robust recovery.

Nutrition holds special significance both prior to and following a major procedure. At Reclaim, we emphasize not only the importance of a balanced diet during these times but also the opportunity to begin the new year with a fresh start. By incorporating nutrient-rich foods, undergoing a mindful elimination diet, and prioritizing good nutrition, you lay the foundation for a healthier, happier you.

What better way to kickstart the new year than by committing to a good diet? At Reclaim Dentistry, we are dedicated to guiding you on your holistic oral health journey. Start the new year right—nourish your body, care for your teeth and embrace the transformative power of holistic dentistry. Here’s to a year of radiant smiles and vibrant well-being!

Dr. Kevin Schwandt practices dentistry at Reclaim Integrative Dentistry & Implant Center in Wheat Ridge.

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