Dentists can help patients ‘savor the flavor’ of healthy eating
March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s a good time to remind that dentists have a high role in educating patients about proper nutrition.
The ADA House of Delegates in 2009 passed policies that encourage dentists to educate and counsel patients about proper nutrition and oral health. It also in 2009 passed a policy stating its support for collaborative efforts with other health professionals, including dietitians and nutritionists, to combat the growing problems of obesity. This year, the campaign slogan is “Savor the flavor of eating right.”
The sippy cups full of juice that frequently come with the preschool-aged patients at any dental office, are among the reasons to make some nutrition counseling with kids and families a top priority in our dental office.
For more information about National Nutrition Month, including resources to share with patients, visit EatRight.org/NNM and MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer information web site, for information and nutrition and oral health.
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