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How Dieting Affects Your Dental Health

Jun 24th, 2015

When you decide to buckle down on your diet to drop a few pounds, you have one goal in mind: losing weight. What you might not actually consider is how your diet plan impacts your oral health as well. This can be either for the better or for the worse, but it’s definitely something that you should keep in mind. Here are a few examples of what we frequently see in patients that are changing their eating habits:

Sugar and spoon close upLower Plaque Levels

By paying closer attention to what you’re eating, you’ll begin choosing less of some types of foods and more of others. For instance, you will probably consume fewer carbohydrates and sugars, and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh, crispy produce will actually wipe some of the biofilm away from your teeth as you eat it.

Increased Cavities

How can a diet increase your tooth decay levels if you’re eating healthier? Well, the truth is that many “diet” drinks are actually worse on your teeth. Diet sodas, artificial sweeteners and even sports drinks are highly carcinogenic – meaning they can cause extensive tooth decay. Instead of choosing something because it has fewer calories, keep a refillable water bottle with you and drink tap water when at all possible. Tap water has mineral levels that support strong teeth and bones, plus it doesn’t have an altered pH level that many bottled waters do.

Set of three water bottlesHealthier Gums

Increasing your fiber and vitamin intake will improve the health of your gum tissues. Dieting can be great if you’re fighting periodontal disease!

If you have questions about certain types of foods and how they relate to your teeth, Dr. Paul Mathew is more than happy to help. He can also recommend supplements or alternatives to nutritional choices that may help your smile even more. Give us a call today!

 

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Here at Paul Mathew, D.D.S. we work diligently to protect our patients' privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has identified as electronically protected healthcare information or ePHI. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the "I agree" box, and electronically making an appointment request, you acknowledge that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Paul Mathew, D.D.S. will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may illegally intercept this communication. By accepting these terms and conditions and sending this request via our Internet portal, you accept the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.