German researchers have found that people who follow a vegetarian diet have healthier gums than meat eaters. With gum disease affecting most people at some point in their lives, a diet which is rich in minerals, vitamins and a range of fresh fruit and vegetables has been proven to help prevent gum problems developing.
However, although healthier gums are a plus for veggies, it seems that as a group they are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and visit their dentist less regularly. Regardless of which diet you follow, it is important to remain vigilant in regards to your dental hygiene and to continue to get regular check ups to make sure both your teeth and gums are healthy.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE said:
”We know a vegetarian’s diet can benefit their oral health. Fresh fruit and vegetables contain anti-oxidants, which have been proven to help prevent gum disease and reduce the risk of mouth cancer. However, they may be at higher risk of certain vitamin deficiencies that could affect oral health.”
”Regular visits to the dentist, as often as they recommend, are really important to give the dentist a chance to assess your oral health and, if necessary, give your teeth a scale and polish. I’d also encourage a simple routine of brushing teeth, twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, which will help to remove plaque – the cause of gum disease.”