Dental Health: Prevention by Diet and Lifestyle Changes

dental health, hygiene, candy, dried fruit, acidic fruit, alkaline

Food effects our teeth for better or worse. Yet, refined sugar isn’t the only ingredient that can bring harm to your teeth. Also, gummy dried fruits like raisins can. Anything that sticks to your teeth may not be so good.

Also, acidic fruits like oranges and pineapples I feel can weaken my own enamel. I have quit these in order to save what’s left of my teeth. Go for the alkaline fruits such as apples.  Basically, if the fruit is sour, guess what? It’s usually acid. And, acidic food, even though healthy and natural can be abrasive.

‘Bread gets gooey when you chew it and sticks to your teeth. Saliva turns the starch to sugar, and you guessed it. It can cause cavities’ ~ your author

What helps in cutting down the acidity of what you have just been eating is rinsing your mouth out shortly after you are finished. Don’t go rushing to the bathroom for the toothbrush right after you eat acidic fruit, because your enamel may have softened. If you brush, you could damage tooth enamel. I personally, rinse and wait a while before I brush.

‘You really don’t want to have a good relationship with your dentist. And, if you do have one, you are seeing him too much for dental work you may not actually need in the first place. Remember, they are looking for something wrong, not right. And, it costs them a lot to stay in business, and guess what? You will be paying for their overhead. They are in it for the money, not to be your friend’ ~ your author

Which ‘less acidic’ fruits to choose?

  • Melons like cantaloupe
  • Bananas
  • Avocado (this is a fruit)
  • Pears
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Mangoes
  • Peaches
  • Lemon juice in water has an alkalizing effect on the body

‘Unhealthy sugar consumption habits are known to be associated with high rates of dental decay, and fizzy drink consumption habits associated with tooth enamel being dissolved (dental erosion) [ 1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0040829/]’.

And, if you don’t want cavities that may lead to root canals, crowns and implants, you need to read the ingredients of everything you buy that’s refined and processed. For example, I used taco sauce on my burritos. Lo and behold, one sunny day I decided to read the label and it of course, had sugar. Many foods are loaded with salt, fat and sugar. I immediately went back to using plain old salsa, instead.

‘Good dental hygiene is essential. I brush my teeth, floss and use a waterpik® before bed and when I first get up in the morning’ ~ your author

Once you find out what has what in it, it’s time to clear your cupboards and refrigerators out. Yes, it wastes money, but do we want doctor and dentist bills, too? For me, it’s better to learn a lesson, lose the money and simply throw it away! Weight loss and better health is a learning experience. You learn as you go. You are always learning and tweaking this or that aspect of your diet and lifestyle.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0040829/
Website Title National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Title Interventions to change diet in a dental care environment
Date Published March 14, 2012
Date Accessed October 27, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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