vegan oral health in london

Veganisam and Dental Health

We often get asked the question about potential harm that a diet can have on our teeth so we thought to explore the subject more in depth.

A shift to a plant based diet is a big step especially when it comes to oral health.

Firstly, dairy…… It is a misunderstanding that vegans put their teeth and bones at risk by not consuming dairy products. There are a lot of fruit, vegetables and seeds that contain enough calcium to replace the dairy in your diet. With that in mind, one also needs to make sure the intake of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K as well. These help the incorporation of the calcium in the body.

vegan dental health in london
Tooth erosion….. Studies have shown that vegans do not have a greater incidence of cavities. However, they are at a greater risk of dental erosion. This is predominantly due to the high intake of acidic foods and foods that contain high level of natural sugars. Citrus fruits are a fantastic source of nutrients but taken too frequently can cause erosion of the enamel. Dried fruits are also very beneficial for the health but contain a high level of sugar which can cause tooth decay.

So….what can we do to ensure a good oral health on vegan diet?

Most importantly, a good oral hygiene routine! Know how to keep those pearls clean and stick to it. If in doubt, speak to your dentist or even better an Oral Health Educator if your dentist has one, they are best trained to educate/train you to do this.

Choose your plants!! Make sure your vegan diet is well balanced and high in calcium, protein as well as alkaline. Getting rid of the meat and dairy does not mean that your job is done, you still need to make sure you give your body what it needs.

Stop grazing and snacking! Yes, I know! Snacking is good for the metabolism but not very good for your teeth. The more the teeth are in contact with food, the more plaque is encouraged to build.

There is some evidence that vegan diet does put oral health at risk but this is mainly due to the lack of knowledge about brushing and cleaning your teeth and the types of food that cause damage to your teeth due to high acidity or sugar levels. With a good balance of foods that promote good oral health and good oral hygiene routine, there is no reason not to maintain good oral health as a vegan.

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