Did you know that your mouth’s health is a direct link to the rest of your body. For instance, in most occasions individuals who have a healthy oral cavity typically have a healthy body in general. Why? Check it out.
Almost everything unhealthy we put into our body starts with our mouth, whether it be smoking, drinking, eating fatty sugary starchy foods, sugar filled drinks and alcohol, acidic foods etc… all enter the body through the oral cavity or your mouth. So when you put something toxic into your body, your mouth is the first hit and then everything trickles down from there. We’ve compiled a list of some of the worst foods you can consumer that not only affect the oral cavity but the entire body as well.
Sugar is the #1 cause of tooth decay. Sugar is also hidden in almost all processed foods. The body dislikes sugar so much, if completely taken out of the diet, the reversal of inflammatory diseases have been very successful. However, we know that most people will not remove sugar from their diet, as it is in almost everything we consume. But there are some ways to avoid the higher sugar intake by avoiding the following.
- Sports Drinks
- Soda Pop
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Baked Goods
- Dried Fruit
The chemical reaction sugar has to your teeth’s enamel is an acidic reaction. The more sugar you consume on a daily basis the more acid it produces and erodes the enamel making it’s way to the dentin (the softer part of the tooth) and creates decay and eventually a painful situation.
Besides sugar there are other harmful consumables the affect your teeth. For example, acidic fruit such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits. Over time citric acid can also erode enamel, not as quickly as processes sugars, but all the same can have the same affect.
Believe it or not anything that comes in a package, box or bag is typically processed. Why is processes so bad for you? To start with, processed is basically just that, processed, which also means chemically preserved so it can last for longer periods of time without being cooked. Processed foods are packed with sugar and sodium to help add flavor. Unfortunately, because of the extra process that is added to these foods, the amount of chemicals and sugars are usually triple than raw foods. When buying these kinds of food, make sure to read your labels and ingredients anything that says sugar or sugar alcohols is sugar. These foods cannot only be harmful to your teeth but also harmful to your body.
Some of the biggest processed food culprits are typically anything that says FAT FREE. Read your LABELS! Fat free just means there is no added fat added to that particular product. However, they are usually packed with sugar, which when broken down turns to glucose and glucose eventually turns to fat. So sugar is two fold, it destroys your teeth and can be destructive to your body.
Some examples of high sugar processed foods:
- Anything That Says Fat Free
- Boxed Pastas
- Canned Pasta Sauces
- Any Packaged Food
- Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Donuts
All in all the best advice we can give you is to be aware of what you eat. Read your labels and know that everything is okay in moderation. However, if you are drinking or eating processed foods and high sugar drinks on a daily basis you will find that your cavities will become more and more prevalent and your overall health can diminish. Exercise, drink lots of water daily, make healthy choices. Healthy body = Healthy Mouth!