We all have different prerogatives when discussing food choices. One of the major food prerogatives is becoming a vegetarian. Some of us choose this lifestyle, but do we ever consider any of the consequences associated with it? In terms of dental health, there are some concerns related to a strict vegetarian diet.
First, there are fat and cholesterol issues associated with it. There have been incidents where “nutritional deficiencies” can be revealed in exams. If maintained properly, the vegetarian diet works fine, and rarely do dental issues occur. However, a poorly managed vegetarian diet could affect oral health in various ways. Specifically, those who do not consume any food from animals often experience deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B, proteins, or riboflavin. By eating a balanced diet composed of grains, legumes, proteins, fruits, and vegetables, it is possible to get all of the nutrients necessary.
One issue that could arise from lack of a balanced diet includes being at risk for poor gum health, leading to gingivitis and/or periodontal disease, due to the lack of vitamin D and calcium. The teeth become softer without these two things present, again making your teeth more “susceptible for decay.” If need be, it is suggested by oral health experts for vegetarians to seek additional health help at a nutritionist to properly lay out what exactly their bodies need in order to maintain their health.