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Whether if it’s the Atkins diet or raw food diet, there will always be a fad diet of the moment. While some of these diets can help you lose weight, have you considered how your oral health is affected?
Experts are saying that a lot of the fat diets out there, including the juicing craze can be detrimental for your oral health. A director of a London-based dental practice Dr. Sameer Patel says a lot of fad diets can make you slimmer but at the cost of rotting our teeth, he told the Daily Mail.
Dr. Patel says “As well as tooth decay, other non-desirable side effects such as bad breath and extra bacteria in the mouth can be the result of extreme dieting efforts” (Daily Mail). Here are the harmful effects to dental health for each of the following diets:
Juice cleanses are especially popular among celebrities like Salma Hayek and Kate Hudson. But juice cleanses, when done regularly, can damage your teeth and gums. First off, drinking solely the juice from fruits and vegetables can be very acidic when consumed in large amounts. The acidity can eat away at the enamel on your teeth similar to the way soft drinks do, especially when consumed as a concentrated juice.
Additionally, drinking just fruit and vegetable juice “causes insulin levels to peak and then plummet which, over time, alters the structure of collagen in the body and affects the gums because collagen fibers hold teeth in place,” according to Dr. Patel.
The 5:2 Diet (Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet)
This diet is popular amongst celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Benedict Cumberbatch. Perhaps it should also be called the “bad breath diet.” People on this diet eat foods low in carbs and high in protein like chicken salad. Every so often you have a ‘fast day’ during which you do just that — fast — while your body breaks down the fat.
During the fasting periods is when the bad breath part comes in. “‘This process results in your body going into a state called ketosis which produces the chemicals that cause bad breath,’” according to Dr. Patel.
This doesn’t even sound like it would work. In a milkshake diet, you switch out two meals per day for a “calorie-controlled milkshake” which end up containing 18g of sugar each. These high-sugar drinks, if you don’t brush after drinking them, can lead to tooth decay and plaque build-up. Otherwise, the sugar will linger on your teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
Healthy Meal Replacements
Particular culprits are companies which sell low-fat ready meals, often which can be delivered to your home. These diet meals can be high in sugar and salt to keep flavor since all the fat has been removed from the food. But not only that — a low-carb diet and meal replacement plans can inflict bad breath while decaying teeth at the same time.
So before you consider going on a fad diet, think again! You can, in fact, cook low-calorie meals at home, while controlling the salt and sugar levels on your own.
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