Eating Vegetarian Can Hurt Your Oral Health


While choosing to eat vegetarian has many health benefits, the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) claims that a vegetarian diet could increase your risk for periodontal or gum disease because of the lack of vitamin D and calcium.

This imbalance in your diet can soften your teeth over time and make them more prone to cavities along with periodontal disease. Although deficiencies in vitamin D are rare and deficiencies in calcium can be adjusted with a proper diet, children and teenagers should be especially aware of their nutritional needs. Vegans are especially at risk for a lack of vitamin B2, vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D in their diets.

The key to maintaining proper oral health for vegetarians is eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, according to the AGD. Vitamin deficiencies can easily be solved with vegetable margarines, soy milk, yeast, green leafy vegetables, or a daily multivitamin.

To ensure you have healthy smile, contact our office or your physician for more tips.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


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