Can Dieting Ruin Your Teeth?

Along with regular exercise, dieting is one of the most popular ways to lose weight and trim a few sizes. It’s so popular, in fact, that there are almost as many different diets as there are types of food. However, while it might help you shed a few pounds, dieting can ruin your teeth by leaving them weak and susceptible to cavities. Fortunately, many of the minerals and nutrients that your dental health requires are also needed by the rest of your body.

Feeding More than Your Body

Since your teeth encounter everything you eat and drink, it might seem like a natural conclusion that your meals will impact your dental health. Yet, the relationship between dieting and dental health goes beyond physical contact. For instance, the enamel that surrounds and protects your teeth, which is the most resilient substance your body produces, is made almost entirely of calcium and phosphate. If your diet doesn’t contain enough of these minerals, then your teeth can’t replenish their enamel, and eventually the shield will grow too weak to protect your teeth from the bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities.

Dieting and Dental Health

Besides consuming plenty of calcium, which your body doesn’t produce naturally, you can help keep your teeth strong by brushing and flossing them at least twice every day, and after each meal if possible. Wait about 30 minutes after eating to allow your tooth enamel to recover before scrubbing your teeth clean. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day to continuously rinse oral bacteria and food particles. Refrain from sugar-rich foods and beverages, or save them for larger meals that can help soften the blow to your teeth.


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