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Can Your Diet Make Your Teeth Hurt?

Posted on 4/20/2017 by Fady Ebid
A woman suffering tooth pain, because of her diet!
Going on a diet usually has the goal of losing weight in mind. You're most likely thinking about the number on the scale, and fitting into a smaller size. Chances are, your teeth are the last thing on your mind. The truth is, however, that certain diets can have a major impact on the health of your teeth.

Eliminating Fat

Fat sounds bad, but a certain amount of good fats in your diet is actually crucial for proper fat -soluble vitamin absorption. These vitamins (A, D, E and K) are essential for oral health. Vitamin D, in particular, is needed to absorb calcium, which is a building block for strong teeth.

Without enough calcium, your teeth become weak. What's more, fat aids your brain in the production of dopamine. A lack of fat can lead to increased stress, which can cause you to grind your teeth, wearing down their enamel.

Limiting Calories
One of the most effective ways to lose weight is by cutting calories. But cutting too many can do more harm than good, and is detrimental to your whole body, including your mouth. By restricting calories, you are depriving your body of the essential nutrients it needs to function and stay healthy.

You may become malnourished, which can lead to softer enamel (making you susceptible to tooth decay), weaken your bones (meaning your teeth can shift or even fall out), and harm your gums (leaving you susceptible to gum disease).

Doing a Juice Cleanse

These days, one of the most popular diet trends is to go on a juice cleanse. During your cleanse, you survive on nothing but mixes of juiced fruits and vegetables. While short lived (usually only lasting a week), this particular type of diet can wreak havoc on your teeth.

Juice concentrates sugars, and are often highly acidic, which weaken the enamel of your teeth, which can leave them open targets for tooth decay. Gum disease is also possible as a result of the bacteria that are thriving on the sugars from the juice.

Don't start a new diet without considering the implications it may have on your teeth. Before you begin, make sure that you contact our office so we can provide you with the information you need to embark on your diet in the healthiest way possible.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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