Vitamin B12 is also essential to keep our bodies functioning as they should. Among its benefits, including boosting your mood and improving bone health, it can help prevent mouth ulcers, soreness on the tongue and other oral health issues.
While Vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, seafood and dairy products, it can also be found in the following fortified sources:
- Milk alternatives
- Yeast extracts
- Vegan spreads
Protecting your smile from sugars and acidity
No matter your diet, it’s important to keep an eye on the sugar and acid you’re consuming – which impacts your overall health, and your smile. Some food and drinks with high sugar levels and acidity can be prominent in vegan diets.
Here we discuss how acid and sugar affects your mouth, and tips for managing this:
Acidic food and drinks such as tomatoes, tomato-based products, oranges and lemons can wear away the protective enamel layer of our teeth. When tooth enamel weakens, it can leave the dentin (a layer under the tooth enamel) exposed, and at risk of sensitivity. These effects can result in tooth discolouration and eventually tooth decay.
Top tips include:
- Eating alkaline products (such as vegan cheese) alongside or after acidic foods or drinks. This can neutralise the acidity of your saliva and protect your teeth’s enamel
- After eating acidic foods, rinsing your mouth with water will dilute the acidity
- To protect your teeth, you should always wait half an hour to an hour after eating before you brush your teeth. This is especially important after consuming acidic products as acid softens the enamel, so brushing right after will only accelerate tooth wear