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Nutrition is vital to a person’s oral health — and therefore to their overall health. Collaboration between registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and oral health-care professionals is recommended for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention, according to a new practice paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The practice paper “Oral Health and Nutrition” has been published on the Academy’s website for Academy members and is available to the public for purchase. A practice paper is a critical analysis of current research literature that enables Academy members to translate nutrition science into the highest-quality advice and services.
This practice paper supports the Academy’s position paper on oral health and nutrition, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in May 2013. It is the position of the Academy that nutrition is an integral component of oral health.
According to the practice paper, nutrition assessment is essential for identifying dietary intake and nutritional factors that may affect a person’s oral health. Health-care professionals should address the importance of food choices to help ensure optimal oral health by explaining how oral health status can affect their food intake.
“The multifaceted interactions between diet, nutrition and oral health in practice, education, and research in both dietetics and dentistry merit collaborative efforts to ensure comprehensive care for patients and clients,” according to the practice paper’s authors.
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