We’re halfway into a new year! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape or improve your health with one of the latest crash diets?
If so, our team at Precise Dental of Houston wants to encourage you to reconsider a few of them.
In our Houston, TX dental office, we can give you a diet evaluation to make sure that what you’re consuming isn’t posing a risk for your healthy, beautiful smile. With our cavity control and prevention services, you can avoid some of the potential pitfalls of many fad diets that are all the rage this time of year.
We’re dedicating today’s blog to this very topic before we lose too much of the waistline busting month of January!
A raw food diet has been around for a long time, but thanks to celebrity endorsements, it’s been gaining momentum in the last decade or two.
This plant-based diet requires you to eat raw fruits and vegetables, or mostly foods that aren’t cooked beyond a certain low temperature.
While it may be rich in vitamins and nutrients, it may make your diet imbalanced in terms of high levels of sugar and acidity, which ultimately can harm your teeth.
You’ve probably heard all about the juicing craze in recent years. There’s been a surge in infommercials selling all types of juicers and documentaries about the health benefits of drinking food that comes from the earth.
Whether it’s something you do for a few days to simply cleanse the body or a lifestyle you adopt for several months or longer, juicing does seem to kickstart weight loss and help some people get off certain medications.
But one of the potential problems that juicing can cause for your smile is that there are many highly acidic fruits that also happen to contain a good amount of sugar. This could make you vulnerable to harmful acids and tooth decay.
You would also have to compensate from all the lost fiber you’d otherwise be getting if you were eating the entire fruit rather than just its juice.
It’s also not very realistic in terms of sustainable weight loss, but something you might only benefit from for a short time. Unless juicing is something you decide to include into your normal daily diet, we don’t recommend this diet in the long term.
Many diets focus on recharging your metabolism, which some experts agree can be achieved by eating several small meals all throughout the day instead of eating three larger meals.
While this may benefit your metabolism, it’s important to consider what all that eating could do to your teeth. Every time you eat, you’re susceptible to some oral health threats, such as
-Worn Down Teeth
-Damage To Your Enamel
Some of these risks are a bigger deal than others, but the fact is that roughly a half hour after eating or drinking something will give harmful bacteria more time to linger and feast on the sugars left behind.
So if you’re tempted to try a diet that emphasizes several small meals a day, just be sure you’re eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods and drinks that won’t leave behind excess sugar your body, and your teeth, don’t need!
We all know this is the most popular time of the year to set goals for better health. Even if you don’t really believe in all the hype about New Year’s resolutions, aiming for optimum health is always a noble pursuit.
If you find yourself leaning toward the latest fad diet to jumpstart your journey, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each one. That’s where our team at Precise Dental of Houston can help!
We can sit down with you to talk about your diet and evaluate how it may be affecting your oral health, and consequently, your smile. If we think adjustments may need to be made, we’ll do all we can to help you reach your oral health goals this year!