Lose The Weight But Lose Your Teeth?

The body is a complicated machine. What you choose to eat and how often you do so can affect your general and oral health. Most diets known for their health benefits—juice cleanses and low-carbohydrate diets, such as Paleo or Atkins—can also be disadvantageous for your teeth and gums.

While you want to stay fit and achieve that picture perfect body, it pays to also mind your oral health.

Low-Carb Diets and Bad Breath

For most dieters, carbs will always be their number one enemy. Fewer carbohydrates equate to lesser sugar intake, which is good for your teeth. Unfortunately, most dieters with a low-carbohydrate plan experience dry mouth.

Because carbohydrates are not available, your body utilises other proteins and fats for energy. This begins the process called ketosis. While it offers rapid weight loss, it also causes halitosis, otherwise known as chronic bad breath. The lack of saliva creates a hostile environment for your teeth, which gives you horribly bad breath.

Halitosis does not cause severe harm, but it can affect you socially. Rather than wonder why your mates stay away when you talk, drink plenty of water to dilute the concentrations of ketones. Get rid of the odour by chewing sugarless gum or taking mints.

Juice Cleansing and Your Teeth

Juice cleanses are one of the most popular diet fads today. During the cleanse, dieters only consume fruit and vegetable juices for three to seven days. The lack of solid food means no chewing for a week; the lack of chewing results in reduced saliva production. Your saliva is important in cleaning food debris, as well as controlling bacteria build-up, a common culprit behind cavities.

In addition, the acid from the juice breaks down the enamel of your teeth. It is much better for you to eat the fruit rather than drink it. If you do undergo a juice cleanse, use a straw and immediately rinse your mouth with water.

Diet is a need for some people and a routine for others. If you do go through a dieting plan, consult with your qualified dentists at The Mall Stockport first. Here at The Mall, our dentists will care for your teeth while you care for your body. Contact us now for a free consultation.