For some people, being a vegetarian is not necessarily the best idea: for example, young teenagers and children are not recommended to follow a vegetarian diet, as their body is in need of protein and vitamins. Yet, most of the times, adults who choose being vegetarians as a lifestyle know a lot about nutrition; therefore their choice is a responsible one.
There are many differences between vegetarian diets adopted by some patients. Those who do not consume any kind of food of animal origin can experience certain deficiencies: in calcium, vitamin D, B2, B12, protein, etc. All these substances can be taken from an exclusively vegetal diet. Yet, a vegetarian lacking nutrition education or professional advice, and has little knowledge on how to maintain equilibrium with alternative nutrition, is at a higher risk regarding personal health, including oral health. A vegetarian patient must learn how to supplement the substances he or she doesn’t get from a vegetarian diet, without having to make changes of lifestyle or eating habits, by maintaining a wide range of vegetal foods.
As vegetarian patients are more likely to develop deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, statistically, they are more likely to experience tooth decay and periodontal disease.
The same way it is important to let your doctor know about any special diet you’ve chosen to follow, your dentist should be also informed about your eating habits, as they are particularly relevant when it comes to your oral health. A special food may disturb your organism’s metabolism which may lead to effects in your dental safety in the long run.
Statistically, vegetarians have a more varied diet of sweets, which can lead at its turn to all the dental problems related to this issue.
However, one can not say vegetarianism, doubled by regular visits to your dentist, affects long term dental health.