The Atkins diet has been around a while and, despite its controversial approach, the plan has helped many people lose weight.
While traditional diet plans are heavy on low fat foods and light carbohydrates, the Atkins Diet focuses on the opposite – high fat foods and protein, and no carbs. The diet isn’t for everyone, but research shows that it’s effective for weight loss AND also for promoting good oral health.
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First, let me say that I’m not an advocate for the Atkins Diet. I’m simply passing along information that has been linked to this way of eating and living.
Why is the Atkins Diet good for dental health?
Dental cavities are an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods and beverages and bacteria that live in our mouths. Since the Atkins Diet is very low in carbohydrates, so many of the foods and beverages that promote tooth decay are not allowed. The diet does not allow sugar, most fruits, bread, pasta, sweetened soda, candy and many other teeth damaging, carbohydrate-containing items. Foods high in fat and protein do not contribute to tooth decay, and certain foods allowed on the diet such as cheese and nuts may actually help prevent cavities.
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Again, this is not to say you should follow the Atkins Diet religiously. However, let this information serve as guide in the food choices you make. Consider limiting carbohydrate-containing foods and beverages, especially those high in sugar, to help prevent cavities. And always – ALWAYS – brush and floss your teeth.