Could Eating Wholefoods Potentially Damage Your Teeth?
Even a ‘healthy diet’ can pose challenges to keeping our teeth and gums healthy.
There has never been so much choice about what we have available to eat. Whether a meat eater, vegetarian or somewhere in between, there are an array of foods in the shops that would astound our grandparents and those who lived through war time rationing. Although food trends come and go though, eating wholefoods has been popular for a number of years now.
The benefits of wholefoods are well known, high fibre and better balanced nutrition being the main ones. With a healthy diet such as this, it might surprise some of our Chelmsford patients to know that even this diet may cause some specific problems for your teeth and gums.
Stone ground bread and muesli
Using the technique of stone grinding is a long established practice in the production of whole foods. This involves the grinding of grains between large stone grinders. This is effective, but, from time to time, tiny fragments of stone may also break off and enter the food. Even with additional process to get rid of any stones, it is inevitable that a few will find their way into the final products. As we are happily chewing our way through a healthy slice of bread or muesli, that small stone can cause devastating damage as we bite down hard on it. Broken teeth, or at least significant chipping, are likely consequences. If this happens to you, make sure to have one of the dentists at Blue Sky Dental examine your teeth as soon as you can.
Fibre sticks in gums
The very nature of fibre means that it is not easily broken down and is therefore passed through the body as it is. Unfortunately, these small fibres can also often find their way into our gums, becoming trapped between the gum and teeth. Whilst some of these may be obvious, smaller pieces may not. These can remain in the gums for some time, accumulating bacteria that may lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Make sure that you both brush your teeth well and use dental floss on a daily basis.
Whilst many wholefoods are sugar free, this is not always the case; especially when it comes to snacks. Whole grain bars are often sweetened with natural sugars such as honey or molasses. These may be natural but are equally as harmful for your teeth as processed sugars.
Lack of fluoride
Although not all wholefood eaters fall into this category, a significant number may also be concerned about other areas of health, using the likes of homeopathic ‘medicines’ etc. One consequence of this is that some may be tempted to use a natural fluoride free toothpaste. This is a mistake, and anyone doing so is almost certain to find that they suffer from more tooth decay than those who use toothpastes that do contain fluoride.
Whatever you eat, there are always risks to your teeth and gums if you do not look after them correctly. Part of this care is to have a regular check up with one of our Chelmsford dentists at Blue Sky Dental. You can make an appointment with us by calling us on 01245 211070 and we look forward to assisting you.