A balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy, but it is also a good way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Many people are choosing a vegetarian diet, which can help them keep their cholesterol levels in check. However, as with any diet, it should be planned carefully to ensure that your body and your teeth get all the nutrients they need for health.
If you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet without any animal products, you may be at a higher risk of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, B12 and other deficiencies. Carefully planning your diet can reduce these risks. Talking to a nutritionist can be a great way to get started on the right foot. Look for foods that are high in protein, and include fortified almond, soy or rice milks or fortified juices to ensure that you are getting the necessary daily requirement of calcium and vitamin D. You may also benefit from B12 supplementation. A good multi-vitamin can fill in the nutritional blanks.
Nutritional gaps can leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Taking steps to ensure that your body is getting everything it needs can protect your smile and your health. Routine dental checkups are also important. We can review your records, evaluate your teeth and gums and make recommendations for improving your smile or adjusting your diet as necessary. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Houston dentist.
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