Risky Diets for Teeth and Gums
You may be losing weight on your new diet, but did you know that some diets are bad for teeth and gums?
Sturm & Associates explains that while you may drop a size or two, your low calorie diet could be causing major problems for your oral health.
HCG and the Infamous Keto Diet
HCG is a hormone-based diet that has been around since the 50s and just like Keto can give your breath a not so pleasant smell, which some say is reminiscent of nail polish remover or rotten fruit.
While it may not be problematic for teeth and gums it won’t do your halitosis any favours. If you are on a Keto or HCG diet chew on parsley, mint or sugar free breath mints. Moreover, you will start burning muscle instead of fat if you overdue the ketones.
Fruit Detox and Teeth and Gums
A fruit diet may do great things for the numbers on the scale, but your teeth won’t like it very much. Citrus fruits are loaded with sugar and acid. Acid damages tooth enamel making you more susceptible to decay and disease.
Fruit diets also lead to malnutrition and a lack of protein. If you are going to eat a plant-based diet, include plenty of vegetables on the plan as well. Carrots and celery, Mother Nature’s dental floss, are great alternatives to a fruit based diet.
Low Calorie Diets Bad for Teeth and Gums
Low calorie diets lead to malnutrition. If your body is depleted of much needed vitamins and minerals, you won’t be getting the important nutrients needed to keep you healthy. If you are unhealthy chances are so are your teeth and gums.
According to Sturm & Associates, people who don’t get enough nutrition will suffer from a weak jawbone. This will eventually lead to tooth loss. Low calorie diets also affect your gums making them more vulnerable to gum disease. Try to eat at least 1200 calories a day to avoid tooth and gum damage.
Diets Low in Fat and Teeth and Gums
Everybody needs a little fat in their diets as healthy fats absorb vitamins like A, D, E and K. Don’t forget that vitamin D gives your body calcium building strong teeth. Your teeth are just as strong as your bones and need calcium to stay that way. Low fat diets are also lacking in Omega-3’s. If you don’t get enough fatty acids, you will suffer from stress and anxiety. In addition, people under stress often clench or grind their teeth resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder.
Your Yorkville dentist can’t stress the importance of a balanced diet when it comes to teeth and gums. If you are embarking on a new eating plan, discuss it with your doctor and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with Sturm & Associates.
A healthy mouth is vital if you are going to change your diet. Call and schedule a dental appointment with your dentist in Toronto today.