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Oral Care and Keto Diets

Oral Care is important. If you're focusing on keeping a healthy smile along with a great diet regiment -- then read on to know more about both.


There's no doubt that you have heard about diets, especially The Keto Diet! There is so much focus on trendy ways to loose weight with benefits in the long run. But knowing the basics on what the keto diet is all about is important. This plays a huge role on how it affects the health of your smile. Which is why we have to ask -- is this a duo that compliments each other? Or should you focus on one or the other independently?




Oral Health & The Keto Diet.


Fish, nuts, cheese, low-carb veggies are all part of the The keto diet -- which is mainly a high fat diet with a very low carb intake. There is one particular item that is missing in this list? Have any idea on what it is? We'll let you know. It is sugar! Now you might have known less sugar is good. Which is accurate and correct. And the reason for that is that i creates less bacteria in your mouth which is healthier for both your gums and teeth. Interestingly enough -- the lack of sugar in your diet does create a notable smell in your breath known as the keto breath.




The smell can be described as close to that of acetone or an extreme fruitful smell. Sometimes this can be quite unpleasant and could be easily noticeable within close proximity with other people.

You might feel like the diet is working but when you notice it directly in your mouth it might have unfavorable outcomes when speaking.


Keto Breath Cause


Rest assured that while the Keto breath is quite noticeable it does not mean that it will last forever. Generally this could be temporary as your body is shifting gears and is a side affect that indicates your liver has not yet produced all the ketones it generally does while being off the diet. As your body adapts to this change, ketones will begin to fuel both your brain and muscles throughout this process. Which means that your breath will begin to change with it. The positive result is that you're not going to carry this smell in your mouth for very long. This process can take anywhere from a week to a month which varies per person.





Prevention is Key. Learn the tips before getting started.


Water is Key: as you progress in this diet -- your body will make changes when you don't eat. For example: one of the most noticeable changes is having a dry mouth because your body stops producing saliva all in result of losing the appetite and eating less than usual. It works as a trickling effect. This is why it is important to be consistent in drinking your water and staying hydrated at all times. It is important to stay hydrated to prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth. Also staying hydrated helps increase your energy levels which is important when starting any diet.


It's all in the routine: since dry mouth will occur. It is important to keep a routine in brushing right after meal to diminish as much of the smell as you can as possible. It is a great habit to adopt and control a smell while progressing through the diet.


Slow and steady: acclimating is important! This is because you don't want to jump into something that takes time. Rushing can be avoided by ensuring a schedule is kept and followed every day for as long as you're in the diet for. It is possible to by-pass the keto breath if slower progressions occur and might the smell might not be noticeable.


Keep calm and don't stress too much: Lastly, it is important to keep your daily activities in low stress when dealing with the changes of how your body adapts and progresses through the keto-diet. Your body is a temple and therefore requires attention and the best care you can give it. Stress not only reduces the flow of saliva (think of getting dry mouth when going to talk to the boss), but it also slows digestion of proteins. Anxiety can also cause acid-reflux, which is known to cause bad breath. Finding ways to de-stress is important when starting a new diet, so learn techniques for doing this if you haven’t already.




Dr. Marchetti and the rest of the team at Arc Dental can help you answer all of your questions in regards to these changes in your body and how they affect your oral care moving forward. Schedule your next appointment here or give us a call 209.572.1722 to see us soon!


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