How to Strike a Balance for Healthier Teeth and Gums

Whole FoodsWhat is pH balance? You may think the term is just a catchy way for commercials to claim products are good for you. The truth is, your pH levels are connected to your health in ways that researchers are just starting to discover. Basically, an imbalanced pH means your body is too acidic or too alkaline, and therefore inflamed. Regarding your dental health, this could lead to early gum disease (gingivitis) and eventually advanced gum disease (periodontitis). By achieving an acidic-alkaline balance, you may end up saying goodbye to many of your health risks. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari has tips on how you can achieve a better pH balance for your oral and overall health.

Whole Foods

Forget high protein, no carb, caveman, no fat, low calorie…the nutritional tend of late is perhaps one of the healthiest ways you can eat: organic whole foods. Flooding our bodies with nutrients could be the key to abolishing cravings for food that aren’t good for our bodies. By buying and eating foods that are plentiful in micronutrients, you will find yourself eating less fat and calories without even realizing it. Eating a healthy diet rich in plant based delicacies is satisfying to your appetite and balancing to your body. Just say no to the colorful packages with easy-to-prepare foods but impossible-to-pronounce ingredients. A bit of fresh produce, some raw nuts and seeds, beans, and whole grains should make up the majority of what goes into your shopping cart if you want to lower your risk of gum disease and other health conditions.

Acid in Sugar?

Some of the most acidic foods you can consume are those with sugar. Sucrose comes in many forms. Staying away from the five pound bag of granulated sugar won’t be enough. Not only is sucrose great at hiding in sweets and treats, but your body will also convert any refined carbohydrates into sugar. While the sweet white substance may not seem acidic, the way sugar affects your body puts your pH balance higher on the acidic side. Don’t think you’re doing yourself any great favors with artificial sweeteners, however. They also create an acidic environment in your body. The good news is, when you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, your body will be flooded with all of the vitamins and minerals it is truly craving, and your sugar jones is likely to go away.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

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 appointment with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434.