February 12, 2021
At Islington Dental Clinic in Toronto, we are often get asked how a vegetarian diet can affect your oral health. Today we will answer this question in depth. 

What is a Vegetarian Diet?
A vegetarian diet is a diet that excludes meat and seafood, however vegetarians may still consume milk, eggs, and cheese. Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet choose this for personal reasons, however it is commonly for ethical or health reasons. However, often time oral health is not considered.

Common Oral Health Issues Vegetarians May Experience 
Vegetarians tend to experience more tooth erosion and adverse dental health conditions because of their diet. Many vegetarian foods are very healthy for teeth. Fibrous fruits and vegetables can assist in keep teeth clean. However, too often, vegetarians replace the meat in their diet with foods that harm their teeth. Carbohydrates such as sugar and grains promote plaque growth.

Without careful management, vegetarian diets can be deficient in vitamins and minerals essential for good oral health. Vegetarians must watch their intake of calcium, iron, vitamin B, phosphorus, and vitamin D to ensure that they are getting their required daily intake.

Tips For Good Oral Health
Vegetarians can consume more fibrous fruits and vegetables to keep their teeth cleaner. Apples are great for your teeth. They should also cut down on carbohydrates and sugar. Some calcium sources for vegetarians include milk, leafy greens, and tofu. Phosphorus, iron, and B vitamins are found in nuts and seeds. Vitamin D is found in milk and mushrooms. A supplement could also be taken to get these nutrients for good oral health.

The same tips that we usually recommend for our meat eating patients at Islington Dental Clinic in Toronto also apply to vegetarians. Properly brush your teeth twice a day and floss. If you can't brush your teeth after eating, rinse with water. Also, be sure to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks for your best oral health. Come in for regular cleanings and check-ups at the Islington Dental Clinic in Toronto. Contact us today to schedule and appointment.

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