Protein can benefit your oral health since they are important for the growth of your bones and muscles. They also have a slight adverse effect that should be monitored closely. Understanding how protein works for your oral health can help you manage a better oral hygiene regimen.
The Benefits of Protein
Protein is an important part of a balanced diet. While most know it is important for muscle growth, it is less commonly associated with its benefits towards oral health. Protein acts as a building block for teeth, so it helps promote steady growth. This is important for children, especially those who are still growing their permanent teeth. Protein is the reason your teeth grow, while calcium is the reason behind the actual strength of your teeth. So, it is important to have both for a healthy set of teeth.
Beyond teeth growth, protein helps with building muscles, even those in your face. Your face has several muscles, most of which are important to you being able to talk and chew correctly. Even your tongue has muscles in it. Protein can help keep these areas of your mouth strong and help with speaking and chewing your food.
The Downside to Protein
While protein, by itself, is not bad for your oral health, the biological process your body uses to break it down can have adverse effects. Your body produces high levels of acid when breaking down protein, which is bad for your teeth. This can cause tooth decay or other oral health problems. Maintaining your oral health with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash after eating a high-protein meal is important to rid your mouth of the high acidity levels it may have after a meal. If you eat a high-protein, low-carb diet, contact our office today so our staff can help determine the best oral health regimen for you.