Why is a diet high in protein bad for oral health?

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Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics
One of the main reasons that Americans’ diets are so highly acidic is due to the over-abundance of protein we eat. Protein fuels the acid in our saliva. It contains tons of sulfur and phosphorus, which turn into sulfuric and phosphoric acids, which then go about their business de-mineralizing teeth. If that’s not enough, protein also lowers white blood cell production, which weakens our immune system. The recommended daily intake of protein is 63 grams for males and 50 grams for females, but most Americans eat nearly twice that amount. By the same token, we aren’t consuming anywhere near the amount of fruits and veggies that we’re supposed to. By making a conscious effort to swap meat courses for vegetarian options just a few meals a week, you can help create a healthier environment for your teeth and gums to thrive.
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