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Is Dieting Bad for Teeth and Gums?

If you follow the Centerport Downtown Dental blog, you will know that eating disorders can be bad for teeth and gums, however, following so-called healthy diets can cause problems for your teeth and gums as well.

In my Downtown Portland Dental practice, I see dozens of patients whose teeth have been affected by yo yo dieting. Your waistline may have shrunk a size or two, but your teeth and gums could suffer from it. Some diet plans are downright dangerous and extremely bad for teeth and gums.

Keto Diet/No Carbs

The Keto diet is the latest craze to hit the dieting world. The goal of the dieter is to go into ketosis. Ketosis is the process where your body begins to burn fat instead of carbohydrates.

Although there no study that has determined that the Keto diet is bad for teeth and gums, it does cause bad breath. If you or someone you know has breath that smells like acetone or old fruit, they are in ketosis. You can curb the halitosis by chewing on fresh mint or cheating a little. Adding carbs to your diet will sweeten your otherwise smelly breath.

Diet Pills Bad for Teeth and Gums

Dry mouth is caused by all sorts of over the counter and prescription drugs, but can also be caused by diet pills. Dry mouth means your salivary glands are doing their job.

Without saliva, the food particles and bacteria will grow leading to plaque and tartar. Tooth decay and gum disease aren’t far behind of you suffer from dry mouth. Talk to your doctor about an alternative diet pill that won’t give you dry mouth that is bad for teeth and gums.

Low Calorie Diets Bad for Teeth and Gums

Eliminating calories from your diet is a good idea, but you don’t want to go overboard. 500 calories a day just doesn’t cut it, and won’t help your teeth and gums either.

Diets that are low in calories are often missing essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals nurture your teeth. If you are suffering from malnutrition, you won’t be getting the calcium you need either.

Dieting doesn’t have be bad for teeth and gums. Schedule a dental appointment with my Downtown Portland dental office. After a careful examination, I can determine if dieting has caused your teeth and gums harm.

Call for an appointment today to determine if dieting has been bad for teeth and gums.

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