Posted on 6/15/2019 by Elmwood Dental Group
|The Paleo diet is extremely popular, with millions of people in the U.S. alone giving up grains and dairy in favor of more vegetables and meat. If you choose to follow this diet, it is important to consider how it might affect the rest of your body. This includes your oral health.
Oral Health Benefits of the Paleo DietWhen you give up simple carbohydrates in favor of fresh vegetables and lean meat, you'll reduce your sugar consumption. The Paleo diet can help to control this.
Fresh vegetables can also help to keep your teeth clean. This is especially true if you eat crunchy veggies like carrots and celery. These vegetables scrub the teeth clean and can also stimulate saliva production to keep your teeth clean.
Considerations While Following PaleoWhile there are certainly ways that your oral health can improve under the Paleo diet, there are other areas that can experience harm. For example, the dairy food group is off limits with Paleo, but this is a major source of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium helps to keep the teeth healthy and strong, so if you aren't consuming dairy, make sure that you get your calcium from other sources.
Another concern on the Paleo diet is bad breath. Oral bacteria break down protein, and the result is a stinky sulfur compound. With a high-protein diet, your breath can suffer, but good oral hygiene and staying hydrated can help to combat this problem.
Are you thinking of making a major dietary change or trying the Paleo diet? If so, give our office a call. We can inspect the health of your teeth and make recommendations about which diet will be best for your oral health.
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