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Vegetarians and oral health | VDH Hunt Valley

resize_1373552249_uploads_images_b237e3dcefb92f7881d5c09345881504_jpg_610x0_100Food for thought – historically, studies that investigated vegetarianism and its possible impact on oral health have had too small a sample size to reveal any clinical significance. However, a recent study conducted at the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry at the Hannover Medical School in Germany shed some light on this topic.

The investigators found that while vegetarians had better periodontal health compared to their omnivore counterparts, they also had poorer dental health compared to the meat-eaters. The investigators also found that vegetarians tend to visit the dentist less frequently than non-vegetarians, and that they tend to use less fluoride than non-vegetarians. Both of these factored into greater rates of tooth decay in vegetarians.