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Can a vegetarian diet help oral health and heart health?

Although a vegetarian diet is largely seen to be healthy, some vegetarians are at risk for not getting enough vitamin D or calcium. Not having enough of these essential nutrients might soften teeth, leading to decay and possibly periodontal disease. Vegetarians might not be able to absorb calcium as well as other people with different diets. This is because eating a lot of plant-based foods that have phytic and oxalic acid can discourage the absorption of some nutrients. Even though some professional organizations say that balanced vegetarian diets are good and nutritious, each individual's diet may differ. Talking to your doctor, dentist and dietitian can help you determine if your diet might cause problems now or down the road.

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