Many people choose a vegetarian diet for ethical, social, or environmental issues. For vegetarians, it can be more difficult to get enough calcium in their diets, though there are many foods (like leafy greens, legumes, and soy-based foods). This is because dairy and meat products are main sources of calcium in our diets.
Calcium is an important nutrient in tooth health as it is a main source of strengthening for your teeth and bones. So a lack of calcium in your diet has the potential to lead to more tooth decay and loss. Some research even shows that compared to a diet that includes dairy and meat, vegetarians are more likely to have tooth decay and loss.
Scientific research, though, doesn’t explain your own life. If you’re a vegetarian and uncertain about your own calcium intake, have a chat with your GP (or even your dentist!) to see where you can add calcium to your diet in a way that works for you. Chances are you’re getting enough already!
But remember, tooth decay is serious and your dentist is your best resource to fight and treat it! Are you due for a cleaning or checkup? Give us a call at (617) 332-2872 or request an appointment via our online form.