Will Being A Vegan Harm My Teeth

Will Being A Vegan Harm My Teeth
Posted on 02/27/2018

Will Being A Vegan Harm My Teeth?

As being a vegan is one of the ‘in’ things nowadays, we at Lakewood Dental Arts are starting to see more and more people who follow this dietary philosophy visiting their Lakewood, CA family dentist. By eliminating any specific group of food from your regular diet, it’s only natural that a person’s overall wellbeing can change. You’re probably well aware of the fact that veganism can cause many changes in your overall health so why would it be any different for your teeth as well? But how might it do that, you may ask. You’re about to find out!

Vegans and Calcium

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 9.23.15 AMOne of the cornerstones of having healthy teeth is the consumption of calcium-rich foods. This can sometimes be a problem for vegans as some of the most calcium-heavy foods are found in the dairy food group. Since vegans eliminate dairy from their diet, this can end up cutting out one of the best sources for calcium. However, there are still plenty of alternatives for getting calcium. Nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables all are able to provide you with more than enough calcium that your body will need. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables also contain plenty of vitamin A – another helpful nutrient for you. We highly recommend making sure that you eat enough of these foods so that you’ll get a suitable level of calcium in your diet. If you’re not getting an adequate amount though, you can always take calcium supplements as well.

The Downsides of Veganism for Dental Health

While vegans don’t have any notable increase when it comes to tooth decay, they’re more likely to suffer from dental erosion. This is because many of the foods that they’re limited to can be damaging to their teeth. While fruits are healthy, they’re full of natural sugars, which means that a person who eats plenty of fruit is at a much higher risk for tooth decay. Citrus fruits and fruit juices are some of the more common foods in a vegan’s diet, but these are highly acidic and can attack the tooth enamel and cause oral problems. While they may offer plenty of health benefits, the more these foods are eaten, the more likely that dental problems will occur.

So What’s the Verdict?

While, yes, it’s true that veganism can cause some downsides for your dental health, it can also do some good for your oral health. Vegans will find that plant-based diets can benefit their surrounding tissues that support their teeth, lower their risk of oral cancer, and also create a more balanced pH level. What usually causes problems for the dental health of vegans is a general lack of knowledge about the foods that can cause problems as well as a limited understanding of good teeth cleaning habits. As long as you eat a balanced diet, avoid eating too many of the foods that are naturally high in either sugar or acid, and clean your teeth after eating any problematic foods, being a vegan shouldn’t negatively affect your dental health at all.

Contact Your Lakewood, CA Family Dentist!

If you have any further questions for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’ll be glad to help you however we can! If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your Lakewood, CA family dentist, feel free to give us a call at (562) 866-1735. We can’t wait to hear from you!