Vegetarians and Oral Health

Posted on : 27-08-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Healthy Food

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People afraid of fat and cholesterol problems tend to become vegetarians. Vegetarian diet can of good health benefits. On the other hand, vegetarians should be aware of the possible oral health issues they may face. Vegetarians risk themselves by missing some important nutrients by sticking to specific type of diet.




Risks of Vegetarian Food

Deficiency of vitamin D and calcium may cause softening of teeth over time. This makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease. However, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body with sun exposure, so such deficiencies are rare. Deficiencies in calcium are more common but can be easily remedied with the proper diet.

People who do not consume any food of animal origin – are at risk for nutritional deficiencies in vitamin B2 and vitamin B12 as well as calcium and vitamin D. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains can provide vegetarians a way to fulfill the need to nutrients. Adding vegetable margarines, soy milk, nutritional yeast and extra servings of green leafy vegetables to the diet will lessen the risk of vitamin deficiencies. A daily multivitamin is also a good way to supplement a vegetarian diet.

Healthy diet and good oral health care habits are the best defense against problems with gums and teeth. Eating a balanced variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes will help vegetarians, and anyone, achieve a healthy diet.


For further detailes take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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