8 Steps to Prevent Cavities ……

….Get Healthier and Lose Weight.

 

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Copyright: subbotina / 123RF Stock Photo1. Read Your Labels!

1. Read Your Labels!

From frozen pizzas to yogurts, sugars in the form of high fructose corn syrups, corn solids, and the myriad other names are found in foods. Choose foods with no added sugars – or at least no high-fructose corn syrup or corn solids. Sweeten with Stevia herb powder. You can find it on Amazon.

2. Stop Sipping Sodas and Munching Snacks Throughout the Day.

Sugar and cavities go hand in hand.When you eat something sweet, it takes the bacteria about 20seconds to convert it to acid, which then lasts for about 30 minutes.

3. Brush and Floss After Every Meal. 

The bacteria living in your mouth mixes with your saliva and feeds on carbohydrates left on your teeth. This is what causes plaque. And plaque is acidic, meaning it begins to eat away at your tooth enamel unless removed.

Although debris from healthy foods can also turn into plaque, foods like candy, breath mints, raisins and cereals can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth. That’s why sipping on sodas (even diet sodas, which contain acid) and munching on chips or sugary foods throughout the day causes tooth decay faster than higher amounts of sugar consumed at one time. It’s the pattern in which you eat it and not the quantity that determines the speed at which cavities take hold.

4. Get a tongue scraper and use it.

This handy device clears the “shmutz” off your tongue that bacteria can use to create plaque.

5. Get your teeth cleaned professionally every six months.

Just like your shower tiles need the crevices cleaned periodically with a toothbrush, your teeth need those crevices cleared of plaque buildup before it gets into your tooth enamel or under your gumline. Your x-rays can detect small cavities so you can get them filled before they really start to cause trouble.

6. Simplify your food choices.

High quality eggs, plain yogurt, vegetables and salads and lean meats, preferably raised on grass are healthier than the majority of foods in most supermarkets — even “health” supermarkets. 

7. Cut out the sugary drinks.

Once you switch from sodas and juices to unsweetened teas and water you might be surprised at how much better you feel.

8. Make your “pick me up” a healthy tasty treat, such as the shake recipe below.

It provides not only a high quality unprocessed protein, but it’s low carbohydrate, low- calorie and delicious.

High-Protein, Low-Sugar Chocolate Shake (about 250 calories, 20 gms protein)

• Raw organic whey from grass-fed cows (www.raworganicwhey.com)
• Cacao powder (www.raworganicwhey.com)
• Unsweetened almond milk
• Truvia or stevia (optional — it’s sweet enough with just the banana)
• ½ Frozen banana

 

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23102182

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