I decided against starting a new thread… But I hope everyone on a mostly-soylent diet takes a look.
I’ve had significant jaw bone loss between October (when I started my DIY) to now. I’m being referred to a specialist because of it. I’m 26-years-old, and other than shitty dental family history, I haven’t had any dental problems.
When I went in for my bi-annual cleaning two months ago, my dentist was not happy. I had some very deep periodontal pockets. No additional x-rays were done, but I was told to start chewing and flossing more. I bought gum and started eating more.
I went back today and had x-rays done. In comparison with the x-rays from just before I started my diet, I have significant bone loss in certain areas. I’ll be going to a periodontist next month to try to stop it.
All of my doctors have monitored my progress since I started my mostly-liquid diet, and this is the only bad news I’ve received from any of them. Of course, my dentist couldn’t say for sure that my lack of chewing caused the increased bone loss, but he was amazed of such a dramatic loss in such a short period of time. I don’t smoke, drink, or take any medication. I workout regularly.
I am super bummed about my jaw situation, but I wasn’t as proactive as some of you have been. I never chewed gum until my dentist pointed out a possible problem 2 months ago. I thought it was silly and couldn’t believe that it could have such a dramatic effect. From November until late February I rarely had solid foods.
Anyway, I’ve invested in some gum, and I’ll be dialing back the S/soylent until things stabilize. Perhaps to as little as once a day…I hope this bad news helps the community.