There are increasing numbers of people becoming vegetarian or vegan for varying reasons. Historically it was generally based around religious beliefs but for many now it’s a lifestyle choice to be more healthy and to help protect the environment.
People generally know what’s bad for their teeth – things like sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks. There are foods that help protect the teeth which are full of vitamins such as calcium and phosphorous, however these foods generally contain meat and dairy.
So what does this mean for a vegan diet? Vegan diets mean removing dairy and can reduce protein, which contain key vitamins for healthy bones and teeth.
When substituting food groups, it can mean an increased intake of sugars, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables which can be damaging to the teeth leading to dental decay, erosion and gum disease.
If you are vegan, or considering the switch please bear in mind the importance of a balanced diet and also that you may need some supplements to ensure your vitamin and nutrients are at good levels.
This isn’t a reason to give up! It is still possible to follow the vegan diet while also taking care of your teeth and overall health. Staying in good health while on a plant-based diet is all about eating a well-balanced diet with all of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs, avoiding acidic and sugary foods (even if they are vegan-friendly), and keeping up with brushing and flossing routine. Lastly, and most importantly, visit your dentists for regular check ups.
When you choose to adopt any kind of diet, it’s important to consult your dentist, doctor, and nutritionist who can help you make the right decisions for your body.
Brightside’s Practice Manager Elena has chosen to become vegan for a month is support of Cancer Research UK. If you would like to support this great cause follow the link : https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/elenas-veg-pledge-7
If you would like any advice or help on diet and its impact on your dental health, do let us know.