Fad Diets Wreaking Havoc on Teeth
- Posted on: Aug 13 2014
Fad diets are troubling. They can be unhealthy, misguided, misinformed,counterproductive or downright dangerous. But fad diets, like all diets, affect another crucial part of your health that you may be forgetting: your mouth. It turns out that not only are most popular fad diets iffy in terms of their health and effectiveness, but they also wreak havoc on your teeth.
According to this diet plan, which celebrities love, people eat a low-carb-high-protein diet and on ‘fast days’ their bodies break down fat. Many claim that this 5:2 diet has proven quite effective for them. It may in the short term, but in the long term, health professionals are uncertain. Anyway, this diet results in your body going into a state called ketosis, which produces chemicals that cause bad breath. This chemical reaction is brought on by your diet and no amount of flossing and brushing will combat the smell so watch out for this fad diet.
Another celebrity favorite, this fad diet sees people exchange meals for smoothies and juices. The problem with this is that it causes insulin levels to peak and then plummet which, over time, alters the structure of collagen in the body. It also affects the gums because collagen fibers keep teeth in place. Of course it’s important to remember that these meal replacements are juices: they are highly acidic and damage teeth as such. If you’re committed to the juice cleanse, use a straw to bypass contact with the teeth.
Here’s another genius fad diet promoted by the likes of Demi Moore and Scarlett Johansson. While sticking to raw foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds sounds like a healthy plan on paper, such a diet can damage your teeth. Take for example the sugars in fruit. They may be natural, but when they make their way into your mouth, there is no difference between the sugars from fruit and those from chocolate or sweets. It still leads to the usual: cavities and larger dental issues which can be painful and very expensive to resolve.
Healthy Meal Replacements
The idea with these is that you replace fat with extra sugar and salt for flavor and therefore satisfaction. Many of these replacement snacks are higher in sugar than regular snacks. Snacking on these between meals increases the contact between sugar and teeth throughout the day. Sugar leads to bacteria then lactic acid and then cavities.
So before you decide to take on one of these fad diets that society’s gifted celebrities have endorsed, make sure you see their effects on your teeth. Because even if one of these fad diets work, being in shape with a bad smile doesn’t cut it in our world.
Dr. Hugh Flax has a passion for practicing dentistry. He takes great pleasure in changing patients’ lives through their smiles. He received his degree in dentistry at Emory University and began Flax Dental in 1987. Outside the office, Dr. Flax loves music, New Orleans, traveling and more music. Follow Flax Dental on Twitter and Facebook.
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