Science has told us that too much fat and cholesterol can bring on an entire myriad of medical conditions. For this reason, vegetarian diets have become a major trend these days and it seems like this fad won’t be fading any time soon. But dentists are arguing that what you put into your body can influence the status of your mouth. So if you are subsisting on a rather limited diet, then it’s only natural to have a nutritional deficiency of some sort. But Central Dental dentists are not telling vegetarians to change their lifestyles although ensuring nutritional variety on their plates is something which professionals want to stress.
While vegetarian diets differ, there are individuals who choose to not include any type of food which come from animals such as eggs and milk. Subsisting on this kind of diet will put a person at risk for not getting enough calcium, riboflavin, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and proteins. But that doesn’t mean that vegetarians can no longer get any of these vitamins and minerals by sticking to their special diet; individuals can get these nutrients from specific fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.
A deficiency of vitamin B12 could lead to gums that easily bleed. If you notice streaks of blood while brushing your teeth and you have been following a rigid dental hygiene regimen, then it may be your diet that could be at fault. Some of the symptoms that accompany bleeding gums include gum swelling and tenderness as well as pain. Gums of people with vitamin B12 deficiency can also appear extremely pale. Vitamin B12 deficiencies can also cause other problems such as feeling fatigued and weak, loss of appetite and weight loss. Oral sores can also break out due to low levels of vitamin B12.
More studies are emerging that provide a link between levels of vitamin D and teeth as well as jaw bones. Vitamin D, together with the action of calcium, can reduce bone resorption. When levels of calcium are low in the blood, bone resoprtion or demineralization usually happens so that calcium levels are increased by tapping other calcium stores in the body such as bones. This can lead to brittle teeth and bones.
Dentists suggest that, in order to get all the nutrients that their bodies require, their vegetarian patients pick out foods that give them a more balanced diet or take in multivitamins to cover up for any deficiencies. Let Central Dental in Little Rock, Conway, or Jacksonville, AR be your dentist of choice to keep your mouth at its best.