Oral health is an important marker of cardiovascular health. Periodontal disease has been directly related to heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. But how does an Alkaline Diet affect our Oral Health? Our saliva should stay in a slightly alkaline pH. Allowing it to maintain health in our mouth. Acidic saliva may cause cavities and tooth decay, as well as periodontal diseases. An Alkaline Diet is a great way to help maintain that balance in our mouth.
"What you eat plays an important role in your oral health.A diet rich in essential nutrients invigorates your gums and teeth. This is the reason why diet counseling is an important aspect for dental caries prevention and for ensuring a pearly white smile. Dr. Kanchan Sawlani, Dentist and Research Trainee, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi says, "A food pyramid is a commonly used tool by dentists to help patients develop healthy eating habits". Today, we will explore each section of this pyramid.Protective foods: Some food components are somewhat caries-inhibiting (Cariostatic) and are thus called Protective Foods. These are products rich in calcium and phosphates, for example peanuts, lectin, cocoa, paneer etc. These are, up to a certain extent, capable of buffering the acids produced by the mouth's bacteria and forming a protective barrier on the tooth enamel. Fluoride (approximately 1 ppm) in drinking water and diet strengthens teeth and has an anti-cavity effect.Breads, grains and pulses: Whole grains such as rotis, paranthas, dalia, cornflakes etc. should be preferred over refined grains like noodles, pastas, biscuits and other bakery products. Refined grains, starchy foods and sugars are fermentable carbohydrates which are the main culprits contributing to acid formation in the oral cavity. Fruits and vegetables: Not only do these add colour and health benefits to your diet, but they provide roughage and require active chewing which leads to increased salivation that is desirable for cavity protection. Green leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamin A and proteins which keep your teeth and bones in good shape..."