“You are what you eat” is not just a simple saying. Do you ever think about how some daily foods affect your mouth and body? A natural dentist does. So he or she will recommend to avoid consuming an excess of certain foods to keep your mouth and body healthy. Prevention in relation to your mouth and body is the starting point in natural dentistry.
NATURAL DENTIST TIP#1: AVOID ADDED SUGAR (SOFT DRINKS INCLUDED)
The amount of sugar you consume daily is key to your oral and whole-body health. Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay and it helps bacteria to accumulate in your mouth.
Consuming natural sugar from fruit or vegetables is a very healthy way to reduce the risk of chronic disease. But consuming added sugar –such as in processed products, sweets, chocolate, cookies, flavored yogurts, etc.- can add extra insulin to your blood stream and affect your arteries. Medical research has shown too much sugar leads to general inflammation and increase in blood pressure, playing a big role in heart disease. Some research also establishes links between excess of sugar in your body and serious illness such as diabetes or joint pain.
Soft drinks are something a natural DDS will definitely suggest you to avoid.
Soft drinks are LOADED with sugar. And sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath. Bacteria use the sugar in your mouth to produce acids that attack your teeth and gums, and wear away your enamel (the hard mineralized surface of teeth). So a natural dentist will recommend not to consume soft drinks to keep a healthy mouth.
Also, several research studies have found that the risk of dying from heart disease rises when there’s high consumption of added sugar. Large intakes of sugar may lead to general inflammation, high blood pressure, weight increase, diabetes, and liver disease, which in turn, multiply the risk of developing heart disease.
NATURAL DENTIST TIP#2: AVOID EXCESS OF COFFEE AND TEA
For a holistic dentist, a healthy life goes hand in hand with good oral health. This includes consuming “everything in moderation”. So the problem is probably just how much of these items you consume and how often.
Coffee and tea, in their natural form, may have a number of benefits. However, large intakes of these infusions can affect your mouth and your whole body.
Too much coffee or tea (plus added sugar in these drinks) lead to stained teeth, dry mouth, tooth decay and even gum disease. So a holistic dentist will generally recommend to limit the amount of these beverages.
Too much of these infusions may affect your health, too. Coffee, for example, is connected to a number of potential benefits such as lengthening your life. However, it contains a high dose of caffeine which, depending on how your body processes it, can raise your blood pressure. Coffee can affect your sleep and even your mood. For some people, too much coffee can boost anxiety, too. Together, these side-effects do not allow your body to work in harmony.
Like with coffee, drinking tea may have many benefits. However consuming more than 4 cups of tea a day can affect your body and cause problems such as brittle bones and brittle teeth.
NATURAL DENTIST TIP#3: LIMIT YOUR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Alcohol is a whole different world. All natural dentists will highly recommend avoiding alcohol, or taking only moderate doses of it. If overconsumed, alcohol can lead to a wide range of severe problems, form cavities or tooth decay, to physical, social and mental disorders.
The usual dental problems linked to drinking too much alcohol are:
– More accumulated plaque
– Higher risks of oral cancer
– Tooth loss
– Dry mouth
Frequent heavy drinking affects your body, too. Alcoholism is a direct cause of heart disease, liver disease, cancer, cirrhosis, general infections and severe mental and social disorders.
An all natural dentist will care for your physical and mental well being, and encourage you to avoid alcohol excess to keep your mouth, mind and body in good health.
NATURAL DENTIST TIP#4: STAY AWAY FROM ACIDIC FOODS
A simple squeeze of lemon in a glass of water may affect your teeth. How? Too much exposure of your teeth to acidic foods can erode your enamel and make your teeth more vulnerable to decay. The same happens every time you consume citric fruits.
A good way to soften these negative effects:
- drink water after acidic exposure.
- use a straw to reduce the contact of acid with your teeth.
In relation to your body, naturally acid in fruits such as lemons, lime, grapes, pineapples or apples highly contributes to a healthy diet. In fact, consuming these on a daily basis can help reduce the risk of chronic disease.
But reduced levels of acidic foods are recommended today. Many nutritionists are considering the benefits of an alkaline diet, encouraging you to consume more fresh vegetables and fruits, natural sources of protein such as eggs, fish, and almonds. These are believed to help you increase your lifespan, prevent chronic disease, improve your memory and fortify your muscles.
Along with these tips for a healthy mouth and body, there are other things a holistic dentist would recommend to avoid damage to your teeth:
NATURAL DENTIST TIP#5: AVOID HARD FOODS (Ice, Hard Candies) & STICKY AND STARCHY FOODS
Dentists recommend not biting or chewing on hard foods such as ice or hard candies to prevent natural teeth (or restorations) from breaking, chipping or cracking.
Also, attempt to avoid ingesting potato chips, chewing gum, or eating gummy bears. Unfortunately, these foods are everything but good for your mouth’s health. As you need to chew on them so many times, particles tend to get trapped in your teeth leading to the reproduction of bacteria and consequent tooth decay.
So check out what you eat, put theory into practice and enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth and body!
If you want to get more information about foods to avoid for a healthy mouth and body, feel free to email or call Rohrer Dental Wellness Center at:
Phone: (561) 404-7360