There has been a significant rise in the meat-free lifestyle in the past few decades. Many people are turning to vegetarianism or veganism, either out of concern for the environment or for their own health. Though there are, indeed, health benefits to such a diet, if you fail to plan properly, they can do more harm than good. This even extends to your oral health.
The problem with a meat-free diet is that meat is a low-carb, high-fiber food. When you eat it, it serves to naturally scrub food and plaque off of your teeth. Many fruits and vegetables are similar in their fiber content, but they also feed your oral bacteria with their plentiful sugar content.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t cut meat out of your diet. You’ll just need to take care to include more tooth-friendly dishes in your meals. Consider other high-fiber, low-sugar options, like legumes, beans, and whole grains. They will serve to clean your teeth in the same way meat does, while simultaneously giving you a good supply of vegan-friendly calcium to help you rebuild your tooth structure.
Talk to our Issaquah dentist to learn more about how to maintain good oral health.