When it comes to maintaining good oral and dental health, most people think that brushing and flossing daily are enough to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
While those are two of the most important things you can do to keep your mouth shipshape, there’s no denying the role your diet plays in affecting your oral health.
Pull that sweet tooth and balance oral bacteria
According to a recent report in Medical News Today, there is overwhelming evidence that sugar (refined or artificial) is the biggest contributor to dental disease, which in turn has a knock-on effect on the rest of your health.
According to Dr. Gerry Curatola, who has over 30 years’ experience in biological dentistry, good oral health is all about promoting a healthy bacterial balance in your mouth. Here’s how to do it:
1. Cut back on sugar. Each time you expose your teeth to sugar a demineralisation process begins in which the bacteria in your mouth uses the sugar to produce the acids that weaken enamel and damage teeth.
It can take up to an hour for your mouth to return to normal non-acidic PH conditions.
2. Recognise which type of foods in your diet cause inflammation, like gluten, artificial sweeteners, food additives, hydrogenated and trans-fats found in margarine, shortening, lard and baked goods. Cut these from your diet too, or at least attempt to reduce your intake of these ‘foods’.
3. Add alkalizing and antioxidant-rich foods to your diet, including: avocados, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, flaxseed, ginger, grapefruit, kale, spinach and sprouts.
4. Eliminate detergent-based products, like commercial toothpaste, antibacterial and alcohol-based mouthwashes, which contain harmful ingredients like artificial sweeteners, fluoride and triclosan.
5. Research also suggests that even moderate amounts of omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease.
6. Brushing and flossing twice daily, along with regular cleanings by a biological dentist and hygienist, will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be.
7. Regular oil pulling with coconut oil – a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes – will not only help prevent plaque build-up, but also strengthen your gums and help prevent gum disease.
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Breaking Human Clinical Trial Reveals That An Extract From Chocolate Is Actually More Effective Than Fluoride For Treating Dental Hypersensitivity, published online 31.10.13
Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients You Need to Avoid, published online 09.09.15, articles.mercola.com