Vegetarians, Vegans and Certain Vitamin Deficiencies

Gone is the misconception that the elimination of meat from one’s diet is only for hippies and those in Hollywood. According to, the number of vegetarians and vegans in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years to 16 million people.

Most vegetarians and vegans are very knowledgeable about nutrition. Their diets are rich in vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, fiber and antioxidants, which boast great overall health benefits. However, adults who are on a vegetarian or vegan diet for a prolonged period can be at an increased risk of periodontal disease from a lack of Vitamin D, B12 and Calcium.

Vegetarians and vegans can enhance their diets with vegetable margarines, soy milk, nutritional yeast and extra servings of green, leafy veggies to lessen the risk of these vitamin deficiencies. It is also recommended that they take a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement, and make a point to discuss their diet during routine dental visits.


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