People often try different diets for many different reasons. If it’s not about weight loss, then it’s due to digestion issues or simply popularity. But can fad diets cause problems for your oral health? If you have ever tried one or all 3 of these popular fad diets, you should probably think about scheduling a visit with your dentist in Orange Park.
Raw Food Diet
Celebrities like Venus Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlet Johansson choose to follow a raw food diet to achieve and maintain their weight or reduce their carbon footprint. This diet can provide you will all of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs while steering clear of harmful chemicals and preservatives. Unfortunately, the fruits, nuts and seeds in the raw food diet can cause decay and encourage the buildup of bacteria. Apples, almonds and spinach are excellent for your oral health.
If you look at a food pyramid, you’ll find that consuming fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is essential to a healthy diet. Many people, including celebrities like Blake Lively and Nicole Richie, use juice cleanses to reboot their digestive system and rid their bodies of toxins. A juice cleanse can last anywhere from three days to weeks at a time, but during those times, you deprive yourself of the fiber and nutrients required to keep your hair, skin, nails and teeth looking healthy. Fruit juice can be both acidic and sugary, which can cause damage to your teeth. Enamel erosion, bacteria buildup, and low insulin levels due to a low-calorie diet can all result from long-term or frequent juice cleanses.
Small, Frequent Meals
Eating six to eight small meals every day is a great way to manage weight. It can lead to eating less fat, healthier carbs and an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables. However, eating frequently throughout the day can put your teeth at risk of damage throughout the day as well. After eating, your teeth are vulnerable to acids from food and the bacteria that are already on your teeth. If you don’t brush or at least rinse your mouth with water 30 minutes to an hour after a meal or snack, your teeth can become vulnerable to enamel erosion and decay.
Whichever diet plan you follow, it’s important to consider how it will affect both your oral and overall health. Taking care of your body is great, but taking care of your teeth is just as important. Making sure to stay consistent with your dental care routine, rinse your mouth with water after eating and visit your dentist in Orange Park regularly will keep your teeth in great shape!
About the Author
At Kind Care Dentistry, Dr. Natasha Patel makes it a priority to provide patients of all ages with comprehensive dental care. She attended SDM College o Dental Sciences in Karnataka, India, followed by the prestigious Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Patel’s services include family dentistry, cosmetic treatments, restorative dentistry and more. If fad diets have begun to affect your teeth, contact the office at (904) 278-9011 or visit the website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel today.