Eating a vegetarian diet can have many health advantages, such as lowering your cholesterol levels and reducing your risk for developing heart disease. However, if you do not take care to eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains, you can develop nutritional deficiencies that affect your oral health.
Common nutritional deficiencies that vegetarians experience include deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and complete proteins. These deficiencies are especially common in vegans, or individuals who do not consume any animal products at all. All of these deficiencies have an impact on your oral health.
Before you embark on any special diet, including a vegetarian diet, it is important to seek medical advice or help from a nutritionist to ensure that you are eating a balanced diet that meets all of your nutritional needs. Children are especially affected by these nutritional deficiencies and as a result, their diets should be monitored by a physician or nutritionist until they are adults.
Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zadeh, a leading dentist in Beverly Hills. Dr. Zadeh will examine your teeth for signs of nutritional deficiencies and other oral health problems.