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.
It is a well-known fact that vegetarians typically don’t eat meat. Granted, some vegetarians will eat fish, but this is group is often placed in its own category, known as pescetarians. For instance, you may know many vegetarians who are more aware of what they put in their bodies and how that food will affect their bodies than others. This may be why vegetarians seem to live longer lives.
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. Thomas M. Cox & David J. Manegold, 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 Cox and Manegold Dentistry at 513-777-5513. We are eager to receive you call.