Vegetarians and Maintaining Good Oral Health
People become vegetarians for many reasons, including for health reasons and for ethical reasons. However, while most vegetarians make an effort to eat a healthy diet with a range of nutrients, a vegetarian diet is not necessarily the most healthful diet for your teeth. Children and teens who become vegetarians without the proper nutritional advice are especially prone to developing dental problems. Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, can help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy on a vegetarian diet.
Unless the vegetarian makes an effort to include a variety of plant-based foods each day, he or she might develop deficiencies of vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin, or complete proteins. These deficiencies can lead to periodontal disease as well as other oral health problems that lead to tooth loss over time. Vegans, or vegetarians who do not consume any animal products, are especially likely to develop these deficiencies unless they seek nutritional advice before embarking on their diets.
Vegetarians, vegans, and those who are interested in starting a vegetarian diet should consult a nutritionist or physician before they start their diets. A health professional can help you select foods and food combinations that can safeguard not only your dental health, but your general health as well.
Call Dr. Frame’s office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Frame will be glad to discuss your vegetarian diet with you, as well as to provide regular examinations that may help to identify diet-based problems early before severe problems, such as tooth loss, occur.
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