Proper nutrition is an important part of maintaining health. Those who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains in proportion to the new government Nutrition Plate have improved odds of dental health than their processed food loving counterparts. However, it is important to note that WHEN food is eaten is equally important as WHAT types of meals are consumed.
Regardless of if a food is categorized as a leafy green, dairy food or simply a vice for pleasure, the process of how the food and masticated and digested is identical. The task begins with a human biting off a piece of food with their teeth and then chewing to break down that food into smaller pieces. As the chewing commences, saliva production increases to help dissolve food further and to moisten the compounds to help swallowing. After the food is swallowed, a mouth may look empty there will be trace elements of food and sugar left behind on teeth. Oral bacteria will feast on the remnants lingering about; regardless of it came from an apple or a doughnut. As a result of their work, acid will be produced as a byproduct. It is that acid that if left unchecked can lead to dental problems including tooth decay and gum disease. The process happens any time of day or night, making when to eat a vital component to good dental health.
Kill Dental Health with Late Night Snacking
A circadian rhythm is the 24-hour biological cycle on which the human body operates and it is that mechanism that distinguishes morning people from their less zippy counterparts. Self proclaimed night people might be at a greater risk for declining dental health based on their eating schedule and their dental care regime.
Research has indicated that late night snacking can wreak havoc on dental health. Scientists from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Copenhagen University studied the medical files of over 2,217 men and women between the ages of 30 to 60. Group participants that were classified as being "nocturnal eaters" were at greater risk for developing dental problems.
The research team reviewed data including oral health, eating behaviors and well being and primarily turned their attention on the 173 study participants that admitted to late night snacking either twice a week or who consumed the bulk of their calories after sundown. Statistics indicated that those who ate at conventional hours had better oral health than nocturnal eaters.