Watch Your Mouth: How Diet Trends Could Hurt Your Oral Health

May 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drnewman @ 10:46 pm
Patient smiling as they eat with good oral health

In the quest for better health and a slimmer waistline, many turn to social media for the latest diet trends. While these diets could help you shed a few pounds, they can also have unintended consequences. As the adage goes, “You are what you eat” and some of these fads can affect your oral health in many ways. Continue reading to see how some popular diet trends might change your mouth (for better or for worse.)

Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses are a popular way to “detox” and “reset your system.” However, your kidneys and liver already perform these tasks, so all these diets really do is damage your teeth. Many juices are made from fruits that are high in natural sugars and acids. After a few weeks of drinking them as meal replacements, they can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities.

Juicing fruits and vegetables also breaks down the fiber that would normally perform a scrubbing action that helps keep teeth clean. So, just eat your greens!

Low-Carb and Keto Diets

Low-carb and keto diets focus on reducing carbohydrate intake to promote fat burning. While these diets can be highly effective for weight loss, they often lead to a special form of halitosis known as “keto breath.” This happens because the body produces ketones, which have a distinct odor.

However, if you can endure the kerosene-like breath, these diets may actually benefit your teeth by depriving bacterial plaque of sugar!

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Vegan and plant-based diets can be incredibly healthy, but they require careful planning to ensure you get all necessary nutrients. Some vegans might turn to acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes to meet their needs, which can erode tooth enamel over time. In addition, a lack of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12 and calcium, can cause your teeth to weaken.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. If you can plan well and ensure you get all the vital nutrients your body needs, your mouth will be fine. There’s little difference between a well-balanced vegetarian diet and an omnivorous one.

By being aware of the potential pitfalls of popular diet trends, you can protect your smile while pursuing better health. While there are some drawbacks to some of these diets, they can be beneficial for your oral health if done right. For more guidance, talk to your dentist. They can provide personalized advice to keep your smile bright while you make your stomach happy.

About the Author

Dr. Ira Newman is a skilled and professional dental expert with a dental doctorate from the Emory University School of Dentistry. After graduating from this prestigious school, he began advanced training, becoming an instructor in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. Today he loves helping his patients create healthier smiles to lead better lives. Call (212) 924-6890 to schedule a consultation at Gramercy Dental Studio or visit the website to learn more.

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