As the end of the year approaches, many people start thinking of ways to make positive changes to their health. This is the time of year when people are more likely to try fad diets and intermittent fasting. While several popular diets exist, there’s a lot of conflicting information on the effects of these diets to overall health. The repercussions and advantages can vary from person to person. It’s important to speak with your doctor before starting any new diet or eating plan.
In addition to physical health, fad diets and fasting can impact your oral health as well. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect your teeth and gums while dieting.
People that follow the Paleo diet avoid foods that didn’t exist during the Paleolithic times. This includes processed foods, grains, and flour-based products. Followers of the Paleo diet eat free-range meats, nuts, fruit, and leafy vegetables. The Paleo diet is naturally low in sugar, which may help prevent tooth decay and cavities. However, there isn’t a lot of evidence that a Paleo diet is good for your teeth.
It’s important that anyone following the Paleo diet brush their teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit their dentist at least twice a year. Using a high-quality dental gel helps keep plaque at bay, reducing the chance of cavities and gum disease.
Followers of the keto diet keep carbohydrate consumption to a minimum, typically less than 50 grams each day. Reducing carbohydrates encourages the body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Although some people experience significant weight loss from the keto diet, this fad diet has many side effects. The keto diet can produce a vinegary or acid smell on the breath. Dehydration and a dry mouth are common. This can increase the chance of cavities and tooth decay.
It can take some time for the body to adjust to the keto diet. Followers need to keep themselves hydrated. It’s also important to maintain good oral hygiene while following the keto diet. Brushing using dental gel can help keep breath fresh and the teeth and gums healthy.
Juice cleanses involve drinking fruit or vegetable smoothies in place of solid foods. While juice cleanses can result in significant weight loss, they can also lead to nutrient and protein deficiencies. This can cause problems for all parts of the body, including the teeth and gums. Many fruits contain sugar and acids, increasing the chance of dental problems.
Although anyone participating in a juice cleanse should pay special attention to their oral health, it’s important not to brush immediately after consuming juice. The acids found in many fruits soften tooth enamel, increasing the chance of damage caused by brushing. Using a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive dental gel can help reduce the amount of damage to the teeth.
Instead of eating three meals a day, intermittent fasting involves eating within a window of 6, 8, or 12 hours. While this type of diet hasn’t been directly linked with any adverse effects on the teeth and gums, it can cause dehydration and a dry mouth. This increases the chance of tooth decay.
People that follow intermittent fasting schedules should brush at the start and end of their eating window.
Diet fads come and go. While most people don’t make these diets and eating plans permanent, it’s important to continue to care for your teeth and gums while dieting. Proper dental hygiene helps keep bacteria in the mouth in check, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.
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