Trendy Diets and Oral Health
Health is nearly always top of the list for people wanting to better themselves in some way. Weight loss in particular remains a popular goal for most and this is a common time of year for people to go on a post-holiday season purge and commit themselves to the latest trendy diet being followed.
What many do not realise when attempting to restrict their food consumption, is that some fad dieting plans can lead to potential harm and negative dental and overall health consequences. The affects on the body are obvious if fasting is not monitored and carried out carefully - sudden and drastic weight loss has been linked to gallstones, malnutrition and electrolyte imbalances, alongside headaches, fatigue, hair loss and muscle loss.
Liquid cleanses, Atkins or Paleo, vegan or raw diets are also all detrimental to oral health. Everything we eat and drink has a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay depending upon the form of the food, frequency of intake, the sugar and acidic content, nutritional makeup, combination of foods and the patient's medical conditions.
In a recent article, Mobley provides information on the impact of liquid cleanses, low-carb and vegan diets on oral health and the steps that can be taken to counteract the side effects. Mobley believes that dental professionals are becoming more attuned to the connection between nutrition and oral health, but patients need help to understand the association too. Dental professionals are ideally placed to educate patients and as the mouth is the body's initial point of contact with the nutrients consumed, often the first signs of poor nutrition are in the oral cavity.