The mouth is the gateway to our body. What we eat directly influences a lot of the physical factors, such as our overall health, oral health, immunity, etc. An oral hygienist can help you in this regard by conducting a thorough assessment and determining nutrition-related risks. Also, they can suggest suitable changes in the diet to help you maintain optimum oral health.
What is Nutritional counseling?
Nutritional counseling is the interaction between a patient and a healthcare provider, which involves assessing the dietary behaviors and determining their outcomes. In this case, the dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis and suggest how the imbalances can be rectified by altering the diet.
Who can benefit from nutritional counseling?
Individuals with the following health concerns can benefit from nutritional counseling:
- Inability to eat adequate food (reduced metabolism)
- Eating disorders or poor eating patterns
- Heart conditions
- Persistent nausea
- Digestive complications
What are the benefits of nutritional counseling?
Some of the benefits of nutritional counseling are:
- Increase in overall energy levels
- Better oral health
- Healthier lifestyle
- Better immunity, which means lesser chances of developing any health disorder
- Increased level of tolerance
- Better concentration
- Ability to explore the deeper stages of sleep
How is nutritional counseling performed?
The counseling would ideally take place in an environment that is free from interruptions and distractions. We prefer a warm and friendly approach, as it makes the patient feel more comfortable and improves the results obtained. The dentist will ask a series of open-ended questions about your everyday routine and food habits. We will also take your opinion on the changes that need to be made, as well as give out a few recommendations, making the session as constructive as possible. A list of goals that are simple, realistic, and easy to adapt to will be set up for you, which you can concentrate on.
Along with it, a thorough diagnosis of the oral cavity will be conducted. This helps the dentist identify oral caries, gum diseases, and other oral concerns that could affect your well-being. They will be treated accordingly to improve your oral health.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (860) 529-1620 to have a consultation with Dr. Cavalieri, and we will be happy to help.