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Diet Fads and Oral Health

Diet Fads and Oral Health

While we’re well into 2019, many people might still be settling into their healthy eating resolutions and new health trends. Whether this is your situation or not, it’s important to know how the food we eat affects our body, but dentist, Dr. Shannon Hobbs tells us we need to consider the effects on our oral health too.

TREND #1: GLUTEN FREE DIETS

Some people deal with conditions such as celiac disease, wheat allergies and gluten sensitivities, but staying away from gluten has become a popular trend and lifestyle choice that many are taking part in voluntarily. Dr. Shannon warns us that many gluten-free products lack necessary nutrients to keep our teeth and bones healthy, such as fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin B12. Specifically, kids younger than seven years old are at risk of enamel defects and a higher amount of cavities in their permanent teeth.

TREND #2: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Another popular trend is drinking apple cider vinegar, as it is said to have a lot of positive benefits on the body like getting rid of acne and aiding in weight loss. However, we shouldn’t disregard what this trend can do to our teeth. The product is highly acidic and it weakens the tooth’s enamel, making them more prone to chipping, breaking, sensitivity, pain and cavities. A tip to manage the acidity in your mouth is to snack on cheese, almonds or cashews that neutralize the acidity levels with alkaline.

TREND #3: LOW CARB, HIGH PROTEIN DIETS

Carbs in general turn into smaller sugars that are used by the mouth’s bacteria to produce acid. So, the low-carb part of this trend works, but replacing carbs with more protein is not the best for your oral health. Protein fuels the sulfur and phosphorous in your saliva to sulfuric acid and phosphorous acid in your mouth which leads to bad breath and damage to teeth. The best way to stay away from this issue is to keep a balanced diet with the recommended intake of protein and lots of vegetables.

Extra Tip: be sure to check the ingredients of your protein powders. Many add more sugar to improve the taste, but end up hurting your dental health.

TREND #4: CARBONATED DRINKS

The acidity in your mouth from these drinks comes from the carbon dioxide in it that turns into carbonic acid. This weakens your enamel, but if you do consume them, make sure to have them with food, rather than on their own. Finally, using straws to drink them doesn’t neutralize the acidity; it just decreases the amount of stain on your teeth.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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