There are many reasons to go vegetarian. Some do it for health reasons, some for the environment, and some simply out of compassion for animals. A diet that is centred on grains, fruits, legumes, and vegetables is considered by many researchers to be healthier than the normal diet based largely on meat and very little veggies.
Of course there are studies that state otherwise but some critics have pointed out that those studies are significantly lopsided. However, nothing is perfect and a vegetarian (and its derivatives: veganism, raw food, and etc.) has its drawbacks - particularly among vegetarians who lack a basic education on proper nutrition and a proper vegetarian diet. (Note: French fries and sodas may be vegan, but they are not healthy.)
Why Vegetarians Need To Take Extra Care
A vegetarian diet is indeed healthy but this dietary choice can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. The reason is, vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists consume more fruits and nuts.
Fruits are great since they are packed with much needed nutrients but it is also loaded with acid and sugar. Processed sugar is definitely worst for your teeth but over time, natural sugar and acid can take a toll on a tooth's enamel, leading to cavities. Nuts in the meantime can get stuck in those crevices and cause damage.
For many dentists though, the main culprit is the lack of calcium and Vitamin D. While the body can are naturally produced by merely basking in early morning sun, calcium must be sourced from food. Going back to your elementary health and nutrition subject, calcium is needed for stronger bones and teeth. That poses a problem for vegetarians who refrain from any form of animal product.
So if you are vegetarian, how do you take care of your teeth ?
Dental Health Tips for Vegetarians
1. Eat a balanced diet. No, we are not suggesting that you go back to consuming animal products. What we advise is to vary your food choices. Consume calcium fortified products. There's more to life than tofu or seitan. (Carnivores out there should not be so smug, it would do you a world of wonders if you eat a balanced diet as well.)
2. Take multivitamins. Note that if you already have a balanced diet, you no longer need to take multivitamins. You can only reap the benefits offered by multivitamins if you do not have the time or the inclination to evaluate your diet.
3. Find the time to brush and floss. Vegetarians should ensure that every gap between teeth is taken care of. Since tooth brushing can be limited in terms of reach, supplement it with flossing.
These are practical tips, really; but knowing them and taking them to heart can lead to happy years of munching on carrots and corn. Treat your teeth well and they will serve you well.
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We can not truly appreciate the value of teeth until we feel the onset of cavities. Tooth decay is not a pleasing experience and bacteria slowly eating away at the enamel can make even a full grown adult cry.
Through proper nutrition, good dental care, and regular visits to the dentist; cavities can be kept at bay. While committing to the pillars of good oral health can be easy for some, others may have lapses, and then there are those who do not observe it at all.
Factors such as the lack of basic awareness and education contribute to this lenient approach to oral health. But as soon as cavity strikes, regret can start settling in.
Unfortunately, life does not come with an undo or edit button and one has to go to the dentists to get a filling or get the cursed tooth removed. The pain that comes with tooth decay may serve as a warning and a lesson and then again there are some folks who refuse to take the lessons at heart.
We can not stress this enough, teeth is not only vital to our overall health but teeth also gives support to our facial bones and muscle, thus gives a boost to our appearance. Because teeth plays such important roles, some cling on to the idea that tooth decay can be reversed.
The internet is teeming with methods to reverse tooth decay. Most of these recommendations come from non-dental professionals and therefore, have no understanding of tooth structure and how cavities work.
So what do dentists say? Dentist and Clinical Director of Whitewash Laboratories, Matthew Lloyd states, "Tooth decay is only reversible when it affects the enamel of the tooth. Once decay progresses to the dentine below the enamel, it is irreversible."
To explain it further, the trick then is for dentists to spot and halt decay as soon as possible. When it gets to the dentine, which is what basically forms the tooth, the only solution is to treat the decay or to pull the tooth altogether.
There you have it. The clear bottom line is still prevention. If you want to keep those precious pearls, then lessen the sugar and bring out the toothbrush and floss.