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"Vegetarians' teeth get loose with age,"

This was told to me by a meat-eating doctor, who said she got it from a vegetarian colleague. Supposedly because meat requires much more chewing, it keeps the teeth firmly in place. Vegetarian foods require less chewing, consequently the teeth over time get looser. The veg doctor chews on twigs or something to give his teeth a workout.

Anybody ever heard anything like this before?
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I would suspect a few vegetarians or particularly vegans might have a calcium deficiency if they aren't mindful of their choices, that can cause lose teeth. Fruits and vegetables, raw particularly, take a lot of chewing so I don't buy the chewing idea. I do know some vegetarians who eat way more grains and junk food than produce though and get very unbalanced diets, mostly teens with meat eating families.
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The notion is ridiculous. I'm vegan and have great teeth. Talk to dentists and oral hygienists not regular doctors.
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The issue wasn't calcium deficiency, but mechanical, which seemed plausible as the tooth/gum connection is essentially a joint.
But I agree, JamieCathryn, some veg foods take a lot of chewing.
No DDS ever asked me if I'm veg. Maybe I'll ask next time I see one.
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nope, though a patient of my father's (he's a dentist) lived in africa for a few years and wherever she was they used twigs to brush their teeth and chew on. She came back for a check up when she came back to the states and passed with flying colours.
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I'm in the field. This is false.
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That explains why, after 13 years of committed lacto-ovo vegetarianism, my teeth are starting to fall out in my mid 30's...just joking.

Licorice root is apparently really good to chew on
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