As you know, what you eat directly impacts your health, and that includes the health of your teeth and gums.
It all starts with consuming an alkaline/low acidic diet. Sugar and carbs are acidic and cause breakdowns in the mouth, interfering with existing dental work.
Instead follow what is called the A-List Diet, a proactive approach that begins with eating natural foods.
Often chronic conditions are worse when the body is acidic. Try to choose foods that can have an alkalizing effect that help alleviate infections. These are fruits such as watermelon, tangerine, pineapple and raspberry and take supplements such as Quercitin, a bioflavonoid, and buffered vitamin C.
Many foods can serve as inflammatory triggers. The most common are dairy and gluten. Turmeric and ginger are great natural anti-inflammatory spices. Also supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids contain eicosapentaenoicacid (EPA), which is a natural anti inflammatory.
Eating foods that are high in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q-10, vitamin B, Panthothenic acid, Quercitin and vitamin A are all essential for a healthy immune system. Antioxidant-rich foods are many of the leafy greens, and apples. Other powerful natural foods are cherries, broccoli, avocados and pears.
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The truth is that frequent exposure to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure you drink plenty of plain water.