Nutrition And Your Smile

by | Dec 16, 2015

2016. A new year. A healthier you?

Eating better is a common resolution people make to get healthier. Some people decide to simply eat fruits and veggies instead of candy and chips. Others decide to change up their entire nutrition plan.

If your resolutions include a complete nutrition makeover, talk to your doctor or nutritionist and your dentist. Many common nutrition plans may cause unintended oral health problems.

Here are some ways they affect your smile:

Low calorie

Eating the same amount of calories you burn is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. But, you have to be careful. Eating less calories than your body needs can impact the amount of vitamins and minerals your body receives. This can lead to malnutrition which can weaken your jawbone, soften your tooth enamel, and harm your gums.

Low carb, high protein

Low carb, high protein diets are popular among athletes because they help build muscle. But, they also can kick your body into ketosis, a state where it burns fat for fuel. As your body starts to burn fat instead of carbohydrates as fuel, it releases chemicals called ketones. High ketone levels often cause chronic bad breath, known as halitosis.

Low fat

Many people think eating less fat is a great way to get healthy. However, eating less fat can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E and K. Vitamin D is very important because it helps your body absorb calcium. Your teeth and bones need Vitamin D and calcium to stay strong and healthy.

There are many nutrition plans out there. Knowing the risks before you change the way you eat is a great way to prevent problems for your body and smile.

Be sure to talk to your doctor or nutritionist before changing the way you eat. They’ll be sure your body stays healthy. Also, don’t forget to talk to your dentist. They’ll be sure your smile stays healthy, too.