Is Dieting Bad for Teeth and Gums?


Dieting and teeth and gums. Of course there is a connection!

Yo Yo dieting and trying all kinds of diets can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Choosing the right kind of diet will shrink your waistline, but also keep your teeth and gums healthy.

According to Dr. J Craig Alexander, some of the most popular diets in the world are the worst for your teeth.

Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets

If your breath starts smelling like old fruit or acetone, that scent you get from nail polish remover, your body is burning fat. Otherwise known as ketosis, the process allows your body to burn fat for fuel. When this occurs, your body releases chemicals known as ketones.

You can curb keto breath by brushing your teeth and your tongue. Chew on mint or parsley, and though it is forbidden on the Keto Diet, add a few carbs. Surprisingly, carbohydrates will make your breath sweet again.

Low Fat Diets

Diets that are low in fat inhibit fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are vital for oral health. Fat also helps your body absorb teeth and bone building calcium. If you can’t absorb calcium, your bones and teeth will begin to break down.

Low fat diets that are lacking in essential omega-3 fatty acids cause anxiety and stress levels to rise. Stress can cause bruxism, which could lead to TMJ disorders.

Low Calorie Diets

Dr. Alexander explains that cutting out calories will help you lose weight. Consequently reducing your intake of food depletes your body of much needed nutrients that feed your teeth and gums. Malnutrition can soften the enamel and cause problems for your gum tissue. If this occurs, you could lose your teeth.

Fruit Detox

Although it may seem like a good idea, surviving on fruits can cause malnutrition, gum disease, and tooth decay. Fruit contains high levels of acid and sugar, which will damage the enamel on your teeth.

If you are surviving on fruit, keep the citrus to a minimum and add some veggies to the diet.

Diet Pills

Diet pills cause dry mouth. Dry mouth affects saliva flow and leads to a variety of dental problems. Without saliva, your mouth cannot fight bad bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Saliva also helps to wash away food. Without it, you will succumb to dental caries and gingivitis, or the more serious periodontal disease.

If you are dieting, it is always a good idea to see your dentist. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in New York.

Don’t you want a beautiful smile to go along with your new body? Call and schedule a dental checkup with your East Greenbush Dentist, Dr. J Craig Alexander today.