High fat low-carb eating and your teeth
Written by Dr Francois Bothma
High-fat low-carb eating and your teeth
Most fad diets imply a short-term lifestyle change. However, the Wellness EQ programme allows us to introduce sustainable long-term changes which will affect our body chemistry on all levels, improving our body’s ability to absorb and move nutrients around to all cells and tissues.
Seriously, the Wellness EQ programme will change your life as you burn fat, lose weight, eat fresh and delicious foods, as well as improve your total oral and dental health.
It is true that everybody is different and will react differently to various diets. However, if you would like to improve your oral health while also losing weight, your best option is to speak to a nutritionist or your integrative dentist to find the best way of eating to improve your overall health.
One of the great benefits of a high-fat low-carb diet is that it promotes eating more prebiotic foods as well as foods that are vital for improving the growth and maintenance of healthy and beneficial bacteria in the body.
The effect of carbohydrates and sugar on oral health
With so much focus on the weight loss aspect of a high-fat low-carb diet, far less attention is paid to all the potential benefits to your oral health.
Sugar and carbohydrates are the worst enemies of good oral health. They are the main culprits behind dental decay, tooth cavities, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. Why are carbohydrates bad? Well, simple carbs break down into sugars as they are digested in the mouth and start fermenting. The result of this is a drop in the pH levels of the saliva which promotes harmful bacterial growth and acid erosion of the teeth.
Most people do not realise that plaque and tartar build-up around the teeth are actually colonies of bacteria and not just a collection of minerals and food. These bacteria produce harmful substances which affect the enamel of the teeth and cause localised inflammation and infection of the surrounding gums. When the gums bleed, the bacteria have direct entry into the blood stream which immediately starts affecting your systemic health.
The mouth is an exceptionally complex habitat where various microbes colonize the hard surfaces of the teeth and the soft tissues of the oral mucosa. It is a very delicate balance of microscopic factors that not only affect the teeth and gums, but also various aspects of your systemic health.
Sugar and simple carbohydrates are detrimental to dental health. They cause the pH in the saliva to drop which provides the ideal growth medium for harmful oral bacteria leading to gum disease and enamel erosion. Chronic gum inflammation causes the gums to recede and more sensitive areas of the tooth structure to be exposed. Bacterial metabolic products erode the enamel which also increases tooth sensitivity.
The Wellness EQ programme’s low-sugar, low-carb menu plan full of natural real foods promote a healthy oral environment. The food not only helps reduce enamel erosion, but it also provides all the necessary building blocks to promote remineralising of the tooth enamel resulting in a reduction of tooth sensitivity.
Most of the foods in this program are high in Vitamin K2 which is necessary to form new enamel in teeth. It also helps to prevent cavities by killing off certain harmful bacteria in the mouth. Vitamin K and calcium also promote general health and growth of the jaw and facial bones.
Wellness EQ Programme doesn’t cause Bad Breath
People often think that eating a high-fat low-carb diet may cause bad breath or halitosis, especially during the first phases of the program. However, this is not the case, since the Wellness EQ programme promotes balancing the fats and protein in the diet with lots of greens and fibre to produce alkaline acetones which will eliminate any bad breath effect.
By keeping well hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene including brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper will go a long way in maintaining fresh breath.
A high-fat low-carb diet may yield some unexpected dental benefits; however, a healthy diet alone cannot replace the need for good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. It is essential that you remain committed to protecting your mouth, teeth, and gums.