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Is Your Diet Hurting Your Teeth?

Our office just wanted you to see this information so that you can stay informed!

IMG_0466Most people know that acidic foods and sweet foods are bad for teeth – especially if you combine the two (think soda or energy drinks).  What many may not be aware of is that food and diets considered ‘healthy’ may also cause harm.  This information from an article put out by the ADA (American Dental Association) in their publication ADA Morning Huddle 11/3/15.

Trendy Diets May Negatively Impact Oral Health.

The Dallas Morning News (11/3, Jacobs) reports that “diets that many consider healthy — liquid cleanses, low-carb diets like Atkins or Paleo, vegan or raw diets — may not always be so healthy for the teeth and gums.” Connie Mobley, associate dean of research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said, “We tend to think about the impact of foods on cholesterol, blood sugar and our weight, but not on the mouth.” Mobley wrote a 2008 article in The Journal of the American Dental Association titled, “Fad Diets: Facts for Dental Professionals,” and now “believes that dentists are becoming more attuned to the connection between nutrition and oral health,” but “patients need to understand the connection, too, and get dental professionals’ guidance on how to keep teeth healthy.” The article provides information on the impact of juicing, low-carb, and vegan diets, “and steps you can take to help counteract the side effects.” The Dallas Morning News points out that “one study found that people who followed a vegetarian diet (which includes dairy products and eggs) had healthier gums; however, it’s not yet clear if there’s a cause-and-effect relationship, according to the American Dental Association.” The ADA provides more information on the link between nutrition and oral health at MouthHealthy.org.

Chris Wright, the main editor at Healthunify ( http://www.healthunify.com ) notes their site has a lot of useful diet information for you as well.

Chris believes their piece is a lot more comprehensive, updated and quotes more trustable sources and he thinks it would be a great addition to our blog!

Here is the link for your review:

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, AAACD

Restoring Teeth, Restoring Smiles