Starting the raw vegan diet was the best decision I ever made. I thought. All my problems seemed to just go away. I was no longer tired, or irritable, skin issues disappeared. I figured out life at the age of 21!
Well, that lasted about 4 months.
My gums started receding and bleeding. My teeth became sensitive, and felt like sandpaper. I received a lot of advice from a particular forum, some of it good, but 95% of it was terrible. I didn't know any better. So I tried one thing at a time.
I went to the dentist and had a cleaning. That seemed to help.
Another 4 months passed and all my troubles were back again. Full force. I cringed every time I ran my tongue along my teeth. My saliva felt dry and unsupportive. Something major was wrong.
My teeth didn't return to a manageable state until I adopted an omnivorous diet again. It was critical that I abandoned LFRV (low fat raw vegan.) I didn't want to let go, but I didn't want to lose my teeth in my 20's either.
I bring this up because it's a common problem on the diet. Just look at youtube. There are so many videos about raw food and dental care. Because it's an issue. If it wasn't a problem, these videos wouldn't exist. I'm not here to dog on anyone's diet, but to highlight an important consideration. If you're thinking about trying a raw food diet, make sure you research the problems as well as the benefits.
If you're already on a raw food diet and have experienced a decline in dental health, I've made a video sharing some critical information.