There are a variety of reasons you may decide to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. You may do so because of personal preferences, religious beliefs, or health issues. Regardless of why you decide to become a vegan or vegetarian, it’s important to understand how these types of diets may affect your teeth.
Research has shown that vegans and vegetarians are prone to oral health problems. This is because if you follow one of these diets, you likely consume a great deal of foods that are loaded with acid and natural sugar. Unfortunately, these foods can lead to cavities. These sugary foods and regular snacking, which is common among vegans and vegetarians can also increase your risk of tooth decay and plaque. In addition, vegans and vegetarians often miss out on a lot of the vitamins that strengthen the teeth.
Fortunately, there are ways you can improve your oral health while adhering to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Stick to a well-balanced diet and make sure that you consume all of the vitamins and minerals you need to enjoy strong teeth and bones. Try to keep acidic and sugary foods to a minimum. Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis to eliminate the buildup of food particles. Lastly, visit the dentist every six months or so for a cleaning and exam.
Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are a vegan or vegetarian and concerned about your oral health, you should schedule an appointment at our office at 703-439-1214.