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Food and Oral Hygiene | The External Process

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Hello lovely friends,

Yes, I love eating, and as you can tell from my last post, I have braces, which can make one of my favorite actions in life a frustrating and daunting task, sometimes.  But, fear not!  As I’m sure you could have guessed, I have ample ideas to help keep those chompers clean with or without the braces.  It’s not always convenient to carry around some type of oral sanitizing device with you, but a tasty treat can both cleanse your palate–and your teeth–whilst satiating your cravings.

Let me break it down for ya!

What’s the What:

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This could be you before, after and between all meals!

  • Chewing & Saliva:  I know, I know. I told you that if you have braces you’ll have to give the nay-no to crunchy foods, but that’s mainly if you’re BITING into those crunchy foods.  So, chomp away, with mighty conviction knowing that with each bite you’re helping to reduce plaque build up on your teeth by minimizing food particle build-up on and around your teeth.  What is more, with every bite you will be producing more saliva, which in turn will help to balance the pH in your mouth.  [Ideal oral pH = 7.3 or 7.4]  There are strips you can buy to test this.  A dry mouth = highly acidic = gum recession and bone loss.  Additionally, you will increase your nutrient absorption if you’re properly masticating your comestibles.
  • Breath & Decay:  Bacteria can breed easily in our mouth and is cariogenic– meaning the bacteria that spreads in our mouth can cause decay.  This bacteria not only leads to decay but once festering in your mouth, can cause unpleasant breath. In regards to matters of hygiene, the sitch in our mouth may be more like a stench, and this is for various reasons outside of what I’m going to expound upon today in this blog.  Just know that if your gut is unhappy, or unbalanced in the proper bacteria–those that help keep a healthy gut–then you may or may not see repercussions of that unhappy gut displayed in your breath.  Also, some foods that we eat will overpower our senses with strong odors, while others go unnoticed.  Furthermore, if you’re out with a loved one and they’re eating garlic and onions, take a bite, then you’ll become foul breath buddies for the night.  Alternatively, if you know you’ll be consuming a culprit bad breath edible, see the list of the yummy-time chow below to follow-up a meal.
  • Between Meals & Characteristics:  What’s less manifest in the dental health realm is implementing proper saliva inducing properties between meals.  One thing is for sure, consuming fermentable carbs [see below] will surely lead to decay and, again, an improper balance in your oral pH.  Moreover, carbohydrates that cling to your teeth begin the process of something that’s almost like an acid wash over your teeth and gums. Stay away from the sticky carbs or IMMEDIATELY rinse your mouth out.

What to Look Out For:

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John Lennon

  1. Fermentable Carbs [keep these to a minimum if you have or suspect you have certain intolerances like lactose, fructose, fructans, and sorbitol]:  dairy, apples, watermelon, pears, wheat, brussels, avocados
  2. Foods that help increase saliva:  citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange), xylitol gum, room temperature or mildly warm soup, lemon juice in water
  3. Post-Odorous Breath Inducing Foods:  cinnamon (try mixing a shake of cinnamon with hot water and drink it like tea, add stevia or xylitol for sweetening), spearmint and mint (if you have these herbs readily available, either place a couple of leaves in your mouth and suck, then chew and swallow, concentrating on the back tongue area, or make a nice, fresh tea). Also, try chewing on a sprig of parsley (if this sounds strange to some of you, and you’re more the type to throw away that ‘garnish’ on your plate, save it just once until the end of your meal, chew it up, and see if it works).
  4. Whenever Eats:  apples, pears, tomatoes, celery, nuts, jicima, radishes, cucumber, strawberries (assist in cleansing and mild bleaching), green tea (if you can  handle caffeine), spinach & lettuce (reduce staining)

It’s important for us all to keep in mind how fastened our dietary choices are to many aspects of our life, and this includes our dental health.  I find this topic very interesting so thanks for letting me share with you.  And remember…bite responsibly!

Healthy Regards,

RAM

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The Mint

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of peppermint is winter holidays growing up.  Once a year, I could open the freezer and  I knew there would be peppermint ice-cream in the freezer, something that I used to enjoy exclusively with my mother.  It would be green with lovely red and white chucks of peppermint candy crammed in every crevice like little glaciers –once in your bowl–waiting for discovery.  Why I like eating something this cold in cold weather, I will never entirely understand, but there are some things in life I think we shouldn’t question or over analyze, and this for me, is an embossed moment, not to be tampered with.  Granted, I don’t eat the conventional types of ice-cream any more, for obvious reasons, but this idea still remains a nostalgic strong-hold in my mind.  I’ve yet to experience another ice-cream quite like this one.

I’m also reminded of a conversation I had with my oldest brother just a twinkle ago, about how peppermint candy came to be.  Why would something that started out so herbal and green transform at some point into a delightful symbol of a season, a feeling, a moment?  I’ve dug into this idea and here is what I’ve discovered.  One beginning of the peppermint candy started in the US with the ‘Peppermint Kings‘ (illustrious growers), that has such a regal ring to it, doesn’t it? Skip past numerous inventions of mint gums (Wrigley falls into this bracket), in the early 20th century, came the invention of the first mint hard candy by Clarence Crane.  It was supposed to resemble a life saving device with red and white stripes.  The popularity of mint or peppermint candy rose until the 195os when the crops were jeopardized by verticillium wilt.  However, the origin of the peppermint cane or stick that we now know dates back to Europe in the 17th century.  A choirmaster in the 1670s was noted for bending her mint candy sticks at the tip to resemble a shepherd’s staff, and they were handed out to the children.  Later, the red stripes were added sometime before the 1900s but nobody seems to know where this tradition exactly started.  What does this tell me?  Mint, something so simple, has spread globally for one main reason, its pure flavor and reach.  I hope you’re reading this brotha!

Now, it’s thought that the peppermint herb originated in England and gained more commercial insight as time passed.  My interest at this point is to refocus on the non-candy use of mint and how it plays a role in my life in could in yours.

What’s Up Peppermint, What Do You Do?

  • In my purest form, I help your digestive tract.  Rip off a few of my leaves (1 to 2 teaspoons) and steep me in some hot water (not boiling), cover me up quickly and I will become a lovely sipping tea.  [It is important to cover me up so that I don’t lose my volatile oils.]  I soothe your digestive issues and help ease IBS and other troublesome, garbledy goop involving your tum tum.
  • How?  There are volatile oils in me that make me smell fresh and sweet, and these oil help slow churning in your digestive tract that causes all those rumbles.
  • Bacteria and fungus overload?  My oils also help with hampering dangerous bacteria that is hoarding itself in your digestive tract, contributing to a number of issues you may be experiencing.  Consult a natural practitioner about peppermint oil treatment.
  • Grow me easily at home.  I’m a perennial (year round) herb that will run wild if you let me.  I require mild conditions and some shadow, and a damp/moist soil.
  • Use my extracted oil as aroma therapy for when you’re experiencing headaches, anxiety or under stress.  My scent combines well with lavender, another relaxing oil.  Also, I am great as a scalp stimulant and help with overly dry or oily hair by balancing the pH.  You’ll be tingling.

http://mytinyplot.com/recipes/how-to-make-mint-tea/

Personally, I’m hooked to mint! I think I’m going to make a cup o’ tea myself very soon. 😀
ENJOY, and let me know some different uses you’ve discovered.  And remember…bite responsibly!
Healthy Regards,
~RAM~