Summer is fast approaching and we’re all doing our best to be swimsuit ready. Or at least thinking of doing our best some time soon…
What you might not realise about dieting is that it can have quite the impact on your teeth, and not the good kind.
While it’s great the people are becoming more health conscious, we hope that you don’t forego your oral health in the process. Things like eating more fruit can do wonders for your body but your teeth might not thank you when all is said and done. With all the acidity and natural sugars in fruit, things like juicing can wage quite the war on our teeth. While we still encourage you with your efforts with dieting, here are some tips to keep your teeth in good shape too!
Smoothies and juicing.
Fruit is a vital source of nutrients and fibre. However, the surge in popularity of juicing and smoothies, in dieting promising speedy weight-loss and detoxing, has impacted the nation’s dental health. Leading to a rise in enamel erosion, sensitivity and decay. Natural sugars can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. Fruit’s natural sugar, fructose, is a common cause of cavities as the bacteria in the mouth feed on it, so using a straw and keeping your mouth refreshed with regular glasses of water after consumption, is key. Fruit juices are great, but make sure you get a straw with them too!
Hot water and lemon.
A firm favourite for those who like to get up and going in the morning. It’s a popular detox method, with takers claiming to have clearer skin and flatter stomachs. However, the acidity of lemon juice can cause problems with the enamel on teeth. Make sure you’ve got a straw on hand for this tipple as well!
Packed full of health-boosting antioxidants, calorie and fat-free, it’s little wonder green tea has become so popular. But, while not as bad as coffee, it can cause staining. Try and drink it straight away without swishing it around your mouth, this should prevent too much contact with your teeth.
Dieting and juicing will increase your intake of fruit as we have already covered. Again meaning more natural sugars. Consuming too much natural sugar can also be a factor in poor gum health. Diets that promote a high sugar intake can cause insulin levels to peak and then plummet which, over time, alters the structure of collagen in the body and in the long-term can affect your gums, as it’s collagen fibres that hold your teeth in place. If you are juicing, wait at least 30 mins after drinking to brush your teeth, this will limit the damage.
Following a high-protein/low-carb diet and calorie cutting can cause bad breath. Chemicals called keytones are released when you force your body into the fat-burning state of ketosis. Good oral hygiene can do wonders for bad breath but you might be fighting a loosing battle with this one. Ketosis is brought on entirely by your diet and, unfortunately, no amount of flossing and brushing will combat the smell, so think twice before cutting out carbs completely and stick to healthy ones, such as wholemeal pasta and wholemeal bread to keep bad breath at bay.
We hope if you’re dieting just now or you’re just about to start, that this helped you. As always, diet responsibly and healthily!
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