Risky Dieting and Your Teeth and Gums
It’s a New Year and with that comes all sorts of resolutions. Some promise to spend less money while others vow to hit the gym and lose weight. Those that choose the later are probably following a healthy diet, however, as healthy as some weight loss programs may seem; they are not good for your teeth and gums.
According to Dr. Mike Morris, even some of the most popular diets affect your teeth and gums.
The Low Fat Diet and Teeth and Gums
Diets that are low in fat and missing essential vitamins like A, D, E, and K. All of these fat-soluble vitamins are imperative for oral health. Helping your body absorb calcium, Vitamin D, is especially important.
According to your Burlington dentist, having a little bit of fat in your diet also improves your mood. Consequently, diets that are low in fat increase anxiety and stress levels. Stress could lead to bruxism, or TMJ disorders. On top of that, food suppliers often add sugar in low fat products for texture and taste increasing your risk of cavities.
Your Teeth and Gums and Low Calorie Diets
Cutting calories will help you lose weight because you are not consuming as much food. However, reducing your intake of food will cause health problems. Without vitamins and minerals, you risk malnutrition. Without enough calories, you risk losing your teeth because of soft enamel or a weakened jawbone.
Detoxing with Fruit Hurts Teeth and Gums
Surviving on fruit alone sounds like a good diet doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled. Your dentist in Burlington explains that fresh fruit is loaded with sugar and acid. Those oranges, limes, kiwi, and grapefruit that you have been surviving on will erode your teeth. Tooth erosion makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.
Diet Pills and Teeth and Gums
Touted as the quick way to lose weight, diet pills cause problems for teeth and gums. Because they prevent natural saliva flow, you will deal with dry mouth, not to mention other oral health issues. Saliva prevents decay and contains chemicals that fight dental caries. Saliva washes away food particles and debris.
If you have or have not embarked on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, talk to your Burlington Dentist. Dr. Morris can help you find a diet that is healthy for your teeth and gums.