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Dieting Actions Health/Oral Health Implications Dental Advice. What Can Do You?
Vegetarian
Lifestyle
bulletStudies show that a raw food diet bears an increased risk of dental erosion compared to conventional nutrition.
bulletStrict vegetarians risk deficiencies in calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12 or complete proteins.
bulletAdults on a vegetarian diet for a prolonged period can increase their gum disease risk.
bulletConsult with a physician or nutritionist.
bulletLearn about food combinations to ensure adequate nutrition needed to maintain overall health and oral health.
bulletProtect teeth from erosion lesions by brushing with a soft toothbrush, flossing and rinsing with a fluoride rinse or using a concentrated fluoride gel.
bulletTake a multivitamin daily.
Diet
Pills
bulletDecreased salivary flow, or dry mouth, especially in middle-aged patients. Saliva neutralizes plaque acids; without saliva, tooth decay can occur very quickly.
bulletA decrease in saliva increase risk for cavities, gum disease, oral candidiasis, and discomfort since foods that are consumed adhere to teeth longer.
bulletIncrease water intake, to prevent mouth from drying out.
bulletIncrease brushing time and floss at least twice a day to help keep teeth clean.
bulletUse a regular fluoride toothpaste - whitening toothpastes with peroxide may be too harsh in a dry environment and can damage the enamel.
bulletSpecial toothpastes and saliva substitutes are available for dry mouth sufferers.
Fasting/
Anorexia
bulletCan lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals.
bulletCalcium deficiency can result in osteoporosis, a rise in blood pressure, and oral health problems such as periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.
bulletWhile the tooth enamel is usually formed by age 6, the cementum and dentin - the tissues inside the tooth - continue to require calcium throughout adulthood.
bulletEat crunchy foods - the detergent action scrapes plaque off teeth. A lack of crunchy foods increases the need for more diligent home oral hygiene procedures.
bulletTake a multiple vitamin daily, including a calcium supplement.
bulletEat dairy products - it's the best source of calcium, or try reaching for low-fat dairy products.
bulletTry other good calcium sources - leafy green vegetables, calcium-fortified tofu, and the soft bones of fish such as sardines or salmon.
Bulimia/
Binging and
Purging
bulletBulimia is often first discovered by the dentist. Vomiting can cause the erosion of the backside of the upper front teeth sometimes within days of the first vomiting episode.
bulletPurging weakens the tooth structure, and brushing immediately afterward increases enamel wear.
bulletIf preventative measures are not taken, the dentin, the softer inner tooth structure, is affected.
bulletSugar found in refined carbohydrates such as junk food further contribute to tooth structure damage.
bulletNeutralize stomach acids in the mouth immediately after purging to help protect teeth.
bulletInstead of brushing right away, the most effective treatment is rinse with a fluoride rinse.
bulletUse a counter-acting paste, such as baking soda and water, and rub it on the teeth after vomiting to neutralize the acid. After 30 seconds, rinse the paste off and proceed to brush, floss and use mouthwash to refresh the mouth.
bulletWhen that is not possible, rinse the mouth with water after purging.

Source: Academy of General Dentistry

February 06, 2008

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