Being a vegetarian has its advantages on many aspects of the human body including the cardiac and digestive system. It has also helped many Cancer patients revert to good health. But does vegetarianism have the same positive effect on oral health as it does in other areas of the body? Remember by being a vegetarian you aren’t getting nutrients that animal products provide.
The fact is Vegans, who generally do not consume any kind of beverage or food that is of animal origin will experience quite a few deficiencies. Their system lacks important amount of vitamins such as vitamin D or B12, calcium or riboflavin.
All these nutrients are necessary for the good functioning of the organs, for the development of the bones, the nervous system and last but not least for proper oral health which includes strong teeth & healthy gums.Â
One of the biggest threats people who consume too many fruits and vegetables are exposed to, is dental erosion. People may experience quite often acid reflux or vomiting, and then the stomach acid returns into the mouth. This acid is the one that can cause dental erosion. Lack of Vitamin D can lead to both Periodontal Disease and burning mouth syndrome accompanied by symptoms such as dry mouth.
Red meat contains iron and when you have an iron deficiency you may struggle with inflammation of the tongue. Lack of Vitamin B12 could cause mouth sores.
As you can see your diet can have a very direct effect on your oral health. Before making a drastic diet change it is recommended that you speak with your local physician or Gentle Dental dentist for a complete consultation. To make an appointment call 1-888-513-7436.