You probably know that a diet can affect your health. Similarly, you probably know that a diet can affect your teeth—but do you know what a vegetarian diet could do to your teeth? Unfortunately, a vegetarian diet can lack some of the nutrition you need, which could eventually harm your teeth or gums. However, if you’re careful, a vegetarian diet can have its advantages.
As you probably know, vegetarians don’t eat any eat. However, had you heard that most vegetarians tend to be more conscientious of what goes into their body? Similarly, most vegetarians tend to be more aware of how what they eat and drink will affect their body. This often means that many vegetarians drink less alcohol and eat less sugar. For reasons like these, some claim that vegetarians will actually live longer.
Still, many people miss vitamin D3 when they follow a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians may also be deficient in calcium, which can have a major impact on their teeth. For example, the lack of these two ingredients can lead to an increased risk of gum disease, mostly because your teeth may soften, making them more prone to cavities and decay.
Overall, a well-balanced diet can help your teeth stay healthy and strong for years to come. If you’re interested in following a vegetarian diet, we recommend eating plenty of fruits, grains, and legumes. If you do this, and enjoy other foods with vitamin D and calcium, you can enjoy the benefits of a vegetarian diets as well as a beautiful, healthy smile. However, please remember that if you do follow any good diet, you can enjoy a strong smile and a healthy body.
If you are concerned about your diet, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Douglas Hauck, and our team will gladly examine your mouth suggest anything you should consider doing to enjoy an even healthier smile. To schedule an appointment with us, just call Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. at (949) 729.9950. We are eager to receive you call.