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Oral Health Management for Vegetarians

Oral Health Management for VegetariansEating a vegetarian diet can be an extremely positive health choice. Reducing the amount of dietary fat and cholesterol you eat can help you slim down and improve your heart health. Unfortunately, if you are making major dietary changes without the guidance of an experienced dietician, those changes can also result in nutritional deficiencies that can affect your dental health.

Although many adult vegetarians and vegans are very careful to maintain the proper balance of nutrients, children who opt for a vegetarian lifestyle may cut out entire food groups without truly understanding their nutritional needs and replacing those food groups with alternative nutrient sources. Meats, dairy products and other foods with animal origins contain calcium, protein and B vitamins, all of which are essential for tooth and gum health. These nutrients can be replaced through a carefully balanced diet that includes the right blend of legumes, grains, vegetables and fruits.

A lack of calcium and vitamin D can be extremely risky and leave vegetarians prone to tooth decay. These nutrients can be found in alternative fortified milks, and limited exposure to the sun can help your body make its own vitamin D.

If you or your child follows a vegetarian or vegan diet, it’s important that you discuss your nutritional needs with our dentist. You may need a multivitamin or supplement in order to ensure your dental health needs are properly met. Contact Dr. Ghasri, dentist in West Hollywood, today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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