As you know, there are many lifestyles that people choose to follow, but do you know how different life styles, especially eating life styles, can affect the health of your gums and teeth? For example, if you’re a vegetarian—or thinking of becoming a vegetarian—there are a few things you should probably know. You see, a vegetarian lifestyle can often lack the nutrition you need to maintain healthy gums and teeth, but if you balance your diet correctly, it can be extremely beneficial.
As you probably know, a vegetarian diet doesn’t include any meat. People who follow this diet also tend to avoid their sugar consumption and alcohol intake, and usually drink more water than most people do. Similarly, vegetarians are usually very aware of how food will impact their bodies.
Still, many people miss vitamin D3 when they follow a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians may also be deficient in calcium, which can have a major impact on their teeth. For example, the lack of these two ingredients can lead to an increased risk of gum disease, mostly because your teeth may soften, making them more prone to cavities and decay.
Overall, a well-balanced diet can help your teeth stay healthy and strong for years to come. If you’re interested in following a vegetarian diet, we recommend eating plenty of fruits, grains, and legumes. If you do this, and enjoy other foods with vitamin D and calcium, you can enjoy the benefits of a vegetarian diets as well as a beautiful, healthy smile. However, please remember that if you do follow any good diet, you can enjoy a strong smile and a healthy body.
If you are concerned about your diet, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg, and our team will gladly examine your mouth suggest anything you should consider doing to enjoy an even healthier smile. To schedule an appointment with us, just call Joseph Rigg, DDS at 605-225-2050. We are eager to receive you call.