Preventing Periodontal Disease, Cavities, and Dental Erosion

Nutrition

It is extremely important to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients after weight loss surgery, in order to prevent or reduce the chances of getting periodontal disease, cavities, and/or dental erosion. Some of the most important nutrients are protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin K, zinc, and vitamin C. If you develop a deficiency, it could have a negative impact on your immune system, your bones, and your teeth. A lack of adequate nutrients may increase the risk of periodontal disease. Protein and calcium also play an important role in the maintenance of bone and tooth structure.

After bariatric surgery, we know it is important to focus on diet, vitamins, and exercise, but people often forget the importance of good oral hygiene. Since you must now eat smaller portions (patients are instructed to eat three portions of dairy, two portions of meat, and five portions of vegetables, legumes, and fruits every day), you are now eating much more frequently than before, and the pH in your mouth may change. Additionally, you will be regularly bathing your teeth in the natural sugars from the protein shakes, vitamins, and foods you are consuming.

Treatment

People who have undergone bariatric surgery have special oral health care needs. To reduce the risk of developing cavities and having dental erosion, see your dentist for regular exams. In the first year after surgery, you should have at least two or three dental exams, especially within four months post-surgery.

We recommend the following:
  • Dental sealants should be placed in deep pits and fissures that are at risk of decay.
 
  •  To prevent plaque buildup, be sure to brush your teeth at least two or three times daily, with a fluoride or anti-plaque toothpaste.
 
  • Floss your teeth at least once daily.
 
  • Buy an electric toothbrush. They now have disposable ones for about $6.00, and they are good for three months.
 
  • Use a mouth rise like Listerine or Biotene to prevent dry mouth.

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Drink at least one cup of water every hour. Dehydration can lead to dry mouth and dental decay.

  • Avoid excessive amounts of coffee, alcohol, and marijuana.

  • Take your vitamins and supplements daily.

  • Eat healthy, lean, green, and clean.

  • Get plenty of rest! You should aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Health Disclaimer: This website provides information about health and related subjects. The information provided on this site, or in any linked materials, is for informational purposes only and is not a substitue for receiving direct professional medical expertise and / or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately. 

Recipe & Food Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any outcome of any recipe you try from the website. Take care when using cookware including knives and other sharp or hot objects. Review all ingredients prior to ingesting to ensure you are not allergic to anything in the recipes. We do not provide any assurances or accept liability in regards to quality, nutritional value or safety when using the recipes provided on this site. 

Check your BMI Today!

Dr. Almino Ramos Joins Elias Ortiz & Company

Dr. Almino Ramos is a world famous bariatric surgeon and former president of the IFSO who we are excited to welcome to our team!

CREDENTIALS

Dr. Elías Ortiz, Bariatrics

Professional License Number: 8684409

Federal Taxpayers Registry: OIGJ810323D28

CURP: OIGJ810323HBCRMS08

Qualifications

Undergraduate Degree in Medicine (1999–2004), Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Baja California
– Overall average: 8.85 / 10

Undergraduate Internship (2004–2005), Regional General Hospital No. 1, IMSS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
– Overall average: 9.49 / 10

Social Service (2005–2006), Mobile Unit No. 19, SSA, Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.

Graduate Professional XXXI National Aspiring medical residencies
– Place finish in specialty group (Surgery): 32 of 3602.

General Surgery Specialty (2008-2012), Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute
– Total Rating: 96.40 / 100.

Certifications

Certificate of Accreditation of Foreign Language Skills: English. April 22, 2006, at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Resident Coordinator of General Surgery, generation 2008–2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Chief Resident in General Surgery, 2011–2012 in Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2nd Regional and International Congress on Obesity conducted by the Association for the Study of Obesity and its complications AC.
– May 2004, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, May 15, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Zapopan General Hospital, November 5, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, February 12, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1stCourse News and Controversies in Surgical GERD
– April 2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, April–May 2010, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, June–August 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Gastric Plication Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, November 2011

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, December 2011

Bariatric Surgery Program at Hospital Angeles Tijuana
– November–December 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Theoretical and Practical Course XIV of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE, AC
– Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center Gdl, Jal. January–February 2012

See if you qualify for Weight Loss Surgery!

Take your first step by telling us a little about yourself. A coordinator will be in touch to discuss your weight loss surgery options.
All form fields required.

The following information is for calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine which surgery you qualify for.

Contacting you by phone is the fastest way to discuss your qualifications and next steps. Please make sure your phone number is accurate.

Knowing more about where you've been and want to be will allow us to have a better conversation with you about reaching your goals.