Fun fact, your saliva is a force for either health or harm when it comes to having healthy teeth. The reasoning behind cavities or the decay of enamel is more than just having too much sugar. There are also natural ways to provide balance for healthy teeth!
Acid vs Alkaline
Alright, let’s... get...scientific. Every substance has a pH level, meaning every substance can be measured to see how acidic or non-acidic it is. The scale goes from 0 to 14 with the numbers lower than 7 representing more acidic substances and everything above 7 being alkaline substances. Now, this isn’t based on whether the item is acidic outside the body. Oranges, lemons, and pineapple fall around the 9 and 10 level for alkaline because as this acid enters your body it actually neutralizes other acids leaving behind an alkaline ash. Crazy right? The best way we know how to explain it, alkaline’s purpose is to neutralize acid. If you need more detail than that, please contact your local chemist.
Saliva is the key
While the body actually needs a balance of both acid and alkaline, too much acid can cause problems. If your saliva becomes more acidic, it can break down the protective layer of your teeth which at the minimum causes cavities and tooth discoloration. Yikes, and that’s only the minimum. Yes, brushing and flossing do an excellent job at getting bacteria off your teeth, but if your diet is mostly acidic foods you may experience some problems later. Interestingly enough, it’s not just processed sugar that causes acid in your body but can also be things like certain grains or meats as well. While no, you shouldn’t have to switch to some crazy diet, it’s really just about finding whatever balance is best for you.
Honestly, oral needs vary from person to person. Some people are more prone to cavities while others don’t have to worry as much. Don’t give up on those little treats you just love, but it only takes a little effort to help balance out what you’re eating. Simply adding more fruits and vegetables can make a difference in your overall health.