Diets are designed to help you lose weight and gain better overall health, but what if your diet could pose risks to your dental health?
Our bodies and brain are very complex machines that need care and attention. What you choose to eat and how often you do so can affect your general and oral health. Popular health diets such as Paleo or Atkins are known for their health benefits. They focus on juice cleanses and consuming food low in carbohydrates. If you are not careful, these actually have disadvantages for your teeth and gums.
While the main focus is usually achieving your ideal body, you should not ignore how these diets can affect your oral health.
Low Carb Consumption = Bad Breath
Carbs will always be the number one enemy for dieters. Fewer carbohydrates equate to lower sugar intake, which is good for your teeth. Unfortunately, a low carbohydrate diet results in a dry mouth.
Where carbohydrates are not available, your body utilises other proteins and fats for energy. This begins the process called ketosis. While it offers rapid weight loss, it also causes halitosis, otherwise known as chronic bad breath. The lack of saliva creates a hostile environment for your teeth, which gives you extremely bad breath.
Halitosis does not cause severe oral health dangers, but it can affect you socially. Rather than wondering why your partner does not want to kiss you or your friends are keeping their obvious distance when you talk, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to dilute the concentrations of ketones. Help reduce the odour by chewing sugarless gum or eating mints.
Juice Cleansing = Acid attack
Juice cleanses are one of the most popular diet fads today, with promises to give your whole body and organs the reset they need. During the juice cleanse, dieters only consume fruit and vegetable juices for three to seven days. The lack of solid food means no chewing for long periods of time. Chewing is important for producing saliva that works as an important factor in controlling bacteria build up in your mouth, and clearing away food debris.
The high quantity of acid from the juice filled with fruit and vegetables actually breaks down the enamel of your teeth. It is much better for you to eat the fruit rather than drink it. If you do undergo a juice cleanse, it is crucial you use a straw and immediately rinse your mouth with water after each juice.
We recognise there are some health benefits to diets. Eating a balanced diet full of all the vitamins and minerals you need through healthy fats, clean carbohydrates, proteins and sugars is the best routine you can get into. If you are thinking about going ahead with a diet plan, consult with your dentist here at The Mall first so we can support and advise you on how your oral health may or may not be affected. Contact us now for a free consultation.