Don’t Let Fad Diets Ruin Your Smile

Good day, Plano! Welcome to this installment of Plano Smile Studio’s ongoing dental blog. This is where we take the time to share some of our knowledge and expertise with you, so that you have the information to make confident healthy choices concerning your oral health. Too often, people are misinformed and led astray by the abundance of information and ideas promising quick fixes to serious problems. So here in our office in Plano, TX, we want to help you sift through all the misinformation, so that when you make a decision about your health care, or that of your family, it will be a wise one.

Weight loss can be a troubling and problematic issue to confront. With obesity on the rise, not only in this country, but in the whole world, it makes sense that people would be concerned with how much they weigh and how much extra body fat they are carrying. Obesity can certainly be a hazardous health risk, but so can dieting, if done in correctly.

Be wary of any diet that requires you to restrict your food options too much, or outright bans whole food groups. These diets often promise quick and noticeable results, and they often deliver, but at the expense of some other part of your body. Your teeth, for example. Drastic changes to your diet can change your body chemistry, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

The Problems with the Juice Cleanse

The Juice Cleanse is the perfect example of a fad diet that delivers short term weight loss at the expense of the your oral health. This diet is popular among Hollywood actors, but it has now caught on with ordinary citizens. Movie stars, however, use this diet for short term weight loss when they have a role that requires it, but they do not need to keep the weight off. After the movie is done shooting, they can just go back to to their normal eating routine. Most regular folks don’t have this option, though, and when they try to use the Juice Cleanse to lose weight, they just put the weight back on when they start eating real food again.

As you may have guessed, the Juice Cleanse is a diet based around drinking fruit and vegetable juices, rather than eating any actual meals. The most this diet will let you have is a smoothie every now and then, and in the strictest versions you are not even allowed to drink juice with pulp in it.

The idea behind this diet is that you will not gain weight because you are not eating anything, but you are still getting the nutrients you need from the juice. This idea ignores all the health benefits of actually eating your food. The Juice Cleanse removes one the most vitally important parts of healthy oral hygiene, chewing your food.

Chewing foods, especially those filled with healthy fiber and lean protein, is one of the ways your body protects your teeth from attackers. The process of chewing produces saliva, and saliva is your mouth’s protector against tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention, your body actually needs more than the vitamins it gets from fruit juice. Dietary fiber is part of a healthy diet, and with the Juice Cleanse, you get none.

Come to Our Office in Plano

Before you make any serious changes to your diet, for weight loss or any other reason, come to Plano Smile Studio for an examination and consultation. We will help you find the right weight loss solution that won’t ruin your smile.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.