How to Keep Healthy Teeth While Dieting

Every week it seems like there are new diets taking the health world by storm. And while those diets often detail their impact on your body health, weight, etc. they often fail to discuss how they relate to your dental health. Believe it or not, there are some types of diets that can have some adverse impacts on your teeth and other aspects of your oral well-being. 

One of the diets that has become a poster child for its negative dental effects is a high-protein diet.

As the months get warmer more and more people are looking to up their protein intake and reduce their carbs to work on summer bodies. But moderation of proteins is important because of the biological underpinnings of protein consumption. When you eat protein your body increases acid in your saliva to help digest that protein. That increase in protein and acidity can de-remineralize your teeth, introduce other acids, and more.

While nearly everyone understands how much havoc an overly sugary diet can have on your dental health, very few understand just what proteins can do.

A great rule of thumb that will help keep your dental health in good shape while trying new diets is to practice moderation.

And for those who are still keen on trying the high protein diet, try leaner proteins which will produce less of that acidity.

Here are some other key tips if you’re looking to try a specialized diet —

  • Brush, floss, and mouthwash regularly. If you’ve switched diets it may be time to begin brushing after every meal, that’s a great way to mitigate any potential harm to your teeth and monitor the long-term effects of your new eating habit.
  • Flossing is one of the only ways to remove some types of food. Switching the type of food you’re eating it’s vital you floss to remove it adequately.
  • Invest in fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride mouthwash repairs enamel and has a number of quantifiable benefits on dental health, it’s a great way to limit what a diet can do to your oral hygiene.

Additionally, there are diets you can look to for numerous positive dental health impacts. Drinking plenty of water keeps your mouth moist which allows saliva to neutralize acids and types of bacteria. It can also help wash away dead cells and foods that cause bad breath. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods when balanced are a key way to keep not only your mouth healthy but your entire body.

Navigating just what to eat, how to take care of your teeth, and what you could be doing wrong can be difficult on your own. So, if you have any questions, or have been impacted by a recent diet, it’s a good idea to reach out to your dentist and schedule an appointment. South Charlotte Dentistry is the premier dental office in the Charlotte area, so if you’re close by and looking for some additional dental guidance, reach out and schedule an appointment today!

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