What is Ketosis, the keto diet and does it affect dental health?
In the health and fitness industry, Ketosis, or commonly referred to as the keto diet, is taking the world by storm. But while you may have seen numerous influencers showcasing their before and after pictures of remarkable, post-keto diet transformation, you might be wondering what other side effects the keto diet may have. For those wishing to lose weight and get healthy with the keto diet, they may be pleasantly surprised to learn that ketosis can also improve dental health, too.
What is the keto diet?
The keto diet is essentially a new take on the old low-carb diets of the past. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but the keto diet takes advantage of the body’s natural state of ketosis when someone drastically cuts their carb intake and replaces it with fat. Ketosis is a normal metabolic state, where the body starts turning to fat stores to burn off excess calories and draw energy from glucose. You can trigger your body to enter ketosis by severely curtailing carbohydrates.
How is the keto diet good for your teeth and gums?
Carbohydrates are typically full of sugar. When you eat carbs, the body turns them into glucose. This is why it’s tough to lose weight if you keep eating carbs or other sugary foods and beverages when attempting to diet. When you go on the keto diet, you’re eliminating sugary foods. In addition to the weight-loss functions of reducing sugar intake, oral bacteria need sugar to thrive. They consume sugar and then create an acid byproduct, which can wear down tooth enamel and cause other dental issues. Reducing carb intake, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks helps prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and lowers your risk of needing extensive dental care in the future that could have otherwise been prevented.
Are there any downsides to ketosis or the keto diet?
The downside? At a certain point in the course of dieting the keto way, you will go through a phase of having “keto breath.” This can be a difficult part of the dieting journey, but it won’t last forever, and there are ways to eliminate bad breath without turning to carbs and sugar to cope. Drink lots of water, and make sure you’re keeping up with a good dental hygiene routine to eliminate bad breath.
Have specific health or diet-related questions?
Or perhaps, you’re ready for your next dental check-up? Schedule an appointment today with Regent Avenue Dental Centre. Our experienced dentists and oral hygienists can give you some tips on how to eliminate and prevent keto breath – and we can answer any other dental health questions you may have!