Is it safe to cut fruits out of your diet for the rest of your life?
January 27, 2014 12:18 PM Subscribe
I'm currently a 23-year-old with rapidly deteriorating teeth. I had braces from 2005-2008, which compromised my ability to clean thoroughly (I recall spending around 45 minutes twice a day cleaning and brushing my teeth, yet apparently that wasn't enough to prevent decay). So, when I had my braces taken off in 2008, I was left with a whole bunch of cavities that needed to be filled -- mostly around the back teeth/molars.
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Fast forward to the present day, and some of my back teeth are now severely weakened from all the fillings (one tooth in particular has had 5 fillings, and now, after having tooth pain from it for the past several weeks, needs a root canal). There are also some newly-developed cavities *underneath* some of the old fillings, from which bacteria probably entered through cracks (I do NOT know how that can happen, as I thought properly-done fillings would effectively seal off bacteria).
Anyway, long story short, my teeth are quite fragile, and there apparently exist cracks in the old fillings which I'm not aware of (is this the dentist's fault for failing to make sure the fillings bonded well enough?). So I now have to be VERY careful about everything that I eat, especially since I have 'dry-mouth' and find it hard to reach the very back when brushing.
I'm thinking about cutting sweet foods out of my diet entirely, for an indefinite period of time and possibly for the rest of my life. I will not miss them, since I hate sweet foods. Meanwhile, I do get cravings for sweet drinks every once in a while, so I've opted to drink those out of straws to minimize contact with teeth.
So this diet regime will obviously exclude fruits. I am pretty certain that I can acquire all the nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants from vegetables (and vitamin supplements when need be), so I don't need any fruits to stay healthy. Is this assumption correct?