There is growing evidence that pH levels in the body can greatly affect your overall health. When you have too much acid in your system, various parts of your body can become inflamed and can cause health issues. This may include gingivitis (early gum disease), and periodontitis (advanced gum disease), as inflammation is a factor in these dental issues. Striving, through diet, to achieve an acidic-alkaline balance (balanced PH level) has been noted to reduce, and even erase, the symptoms of many health conditions. Always speak with your general physician regarding changes to your diet, but here are some tips, from your Farmington Hills dentist that might help you to decrease inflammation in your mouth and body.
Shop the Perimeters of the Grocery Store
Whole foods in their natural state are healthy for our bodies. Fun packages with easy-to-prepare foods are tempting, to even the most strong-willed. Since most whole foods can be found on the outer aisles of your grocery store, you can avoid temptation by only pushing your cart around the perimeters. Especially focus on the produce section, and shop organic when you can. The inner aisles shelve the most processed foods that might make you feel unhealthy and guilty.
Add Some Green to Smoothies
A freezer and refrigerator filled with fresh fruits and vegetable will make it much easier to start your day with balanced pH. In a rush? Consider making a green smoothie. Spinach, cucumber, kale, zucchini, and really any veggie that doesn’t have too strong of a taste can be blended with fruit for a low-calorie breakfast or snack. The nutrients in a green smoothie can keep gums, bones, and teeth healthy and strong. You may be shocked by how sweet and refreshing a green smoothie tastes if you can get past the unusual color.
Avoid highly acidic foods. Some examples:
- Artificial sweeteners
In terms of your dental health, a pleasant side effect of eliminating foods and beverages high in acid is that you’ll also be protecting your teeth from substances that lead to damaged tooth enamel.
Research shows that oral health significantly impacts overall health, as well as quality of life. Combining a healthy diet with regular dental appointments and good oral hygiene will be a great way to take care of your teeth and gums. To schedule a dental appointmentwith Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434.