Everywhere you turn, you see people raving about a new diet trend to detoxify the body or shed unwanted weight. It can be difficult to resist giving one a try. Despite your best intentions, you may find there are a few disadvantages to using certain methods. Many popular food fads can leave a lasting mark on your dental health. Here’s what you need to know about 3 diet trends that can harm your smile.
1. Juice Cleanses
Many people choose juice cleanses because they assume they are healthy since they contain fruits. It’s said they detoxify the digestive tract; however, medical professionals say that isn’t necessary. Not only does your digestive system not require cleansing, but you won’t get the fiber you need for healthy teeth.
Many juices also contain sugar or acid, which can erode your enamel. Since your enamel can’t regenerate, once you’ve lost it, it’s gone for good. Besides an increased risk of tooth sensitivity and decay, oral bacteria responsible for gum disease thrive on the sugars found in many juices. If you can’t resist a good cleanse, it is better to drink juice all at once instead of sipping it throughout the day. You may want to consider drinking it through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth.
2. Raw Food Diets
We live in a very health-conscious society, which has changed the way people choose their foods. Raw food diets are popular to avoid chemicals and preservatives. You can maintain a balanced diet by selecting the right foods, but don’t just consider the nutritional content when planning your meals.
Nuts and other hard foods can lead to a broken or chipped tooth. Since your diet will also include plenty of fruits, you’ll need to be proactive about preventing cavities from the natural sugars. You don’t need to stray from your diet plans if you commit to brushing and flossing while also limiting your consumption of hard or sugary foods.
3. Small Meals
Research has shown people who eat 6 to 8 smaller meals instead of 3 consume less fat, more fruits and vegetables, and healthier carbs. Although this is great for your waistline, it’s not so good for your smile. The more frequently you eat, the more often your teeth are exposed to cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re certain smaller meals are right for you, it’s important to step up your oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth after every meal. Don’t forget to snack smart.
Get a Healthy Mouth and Body
Skip the latest weight-loss trends by investing in a balanced diet to support a healthy mouth and body. Besides promoting your dental health at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Rodney L. Allen
Dr. Allen earned his dental degree at Baylor College of Dentistry before continuing his training at Spear Education. With over 20 years of experience, he has the qualifications and experience you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule your next preventive visit.