Spring is here, which means more activity and more outdoor activities. Snacking on the right foods will keep you moving, drinking water will keep you hydrated, and switching to more alkaline-based foods will keep your mouth less acidic.
Acidic drinks and foods are your foremost enemies of good oral health, and eating foods and beverages that are alkaline-based are the way to go.
Soda and coffee drinks are full of acid that breaks down the enamel of your teeth and are tooth decay culprits, so you want to focus on the acidic levels of food you are ingesting.
Although seltzer beverages do contain carbonation, which is also acidic, it isn’t as harmful as sugary soda. Sugary drinks are so bad for you.
Even sports drinks are acidic, and the companies that distribute them claim they provide hydration, but are jammed with sugar, so you feel good for a little while but end up crashing later. The sugar content is high, and damaging to your teeth whitening goals.
Gatorade Thirst Quencher contains 36 grams of sugar, which is full of acid and wreaks havoc on your teeth and gums. If acid is too high in your mouth, bacteria will advance tooth decay. Drink water for hydration.
Acids break down the tissue of your gums and create corrosion. The weird, painful sensation after eating or drinking certain foods means your gums are wearing thin.
When your gums break down, they can not grow back. Your gumline protects you from exposure of nerves and roots, which causes the pain and spine-crawling feeling you get when you eat or drink certain acidic foods.
Bacteria plants itself below the gum line, causing a build-up in plaque. Those red or whitish built up sores in your gums lead to periodontal disease.
Call 32 Pearls before your gums begin receding or breaking down due to high sensitivity to acidic foods and drinks. If you do not treat your gums properly, the light sensitivity will turn to pain.
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Stay clear of the acidic foods that cause a break down in gums. Some acidic foods you want to avoid are:
- Foods containing corn oil
- Fruit juice with artificial flavors
- Sweeteners – Aspartame, processed honey, maple syrup, molasses
- Coffee beverages
- French Fries
- Fried chicken
- Corn chips
- White bread
- Potato chips
An alkaline-based diet provides bone and teeth health along with the prevention of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. Alkalines are minerals that support the growth of your teeth, mouth and physical body instead of impeding it.
Alkaline-based foods are much better for your teeth, gums, mouth health, and aids in digestion as well. Here is a great list of Alkaline-based foods.
Eating alkaline foods maintains the ph balance of your body between 6.5 (more acidic) and 7.5 (more alkaline).
You do not have to test your alkaline to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but you do have to see your dentist and here is a great list of alkaline foods to try.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Soy products
- Beans and lentils
- Whole grains, such as millet, quinoa
- Herbal tea
- Olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds
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