A couple weeks ago, we talked about how many diets are not good for your teeth. And the top of our list was the Lemonade Cleanse, which is a guaranteed tooth wrecker. So now we have some good news for everyone who has been considering a cleanse but doesn’t want to damage their teeth: Elle Magazine’s editors have assembled a way to get the cleanse benefits without doing a cleanse.
Start the Morning with a Glass of Lemon Water
Wait, you might say, this is sounding suspiciously like the lemonade cleanse. True, but hear us out. If you’re just drinking one glass of lemon water, it’s a lot better on your teeth than six or more glasses a day of lemon water mixed with maple syrup. You can drink your one glass in the morning, rinse with water, wait 15 to 30 minutes, then eat breakfast. This ensures you’re getting a good boost of the antioxidants in lemons without constantly exposing your teeth to damaging acid.
Use Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has the power to absorb toxins in your body and remove it from your body. We’ve already talked about how activated charcoal probably doesn't work for teeth whitening, but that doesn’t mean it can’t remove some of the toxins from your body. Mix some in with water and drink it once a day.
Drink Bone Broth
Although we have pooh-poohed the idea of an all-natural cavity cure, one thing they advocate is definitely good for you: bone broth contains a lot of good nutrients for tooth and bone health. And there’s nothing harmful in it, especially if you make it yourself.
Cut out Processed Food
It can be hard to completely eliminate processed food from your diet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. The fewer processed foods you eat, the less you’ll be eating in sugar, fat, and salt, which can impact your weight and oral health.
Eat Three Meals (No Snacking!)
Dentists have been saying this for years. Snacking between meals is bad for your teeth because it feeds parasitic bacteria. It also helps replicate the effects of a cleanse because it gives your body more time to process your meals before eating again.
Increase the Cacao Percentage on Your Chocolate
Chocolate has a lot of great antioxidants that are good for your body. The richer it is in cacao (the actual chocolate bean), the better it is for you. And if it’s more chocolate, it’s less milk and sugar, which means it’s less bad for your teeth.
Bonus: chocolate has been studied as a TMJ treatment!
Spice Up Your Diet
Many natural health advocates recommend spices for their ability to cleanse your body and contribute to feeling full sooner, so you’ll eat less and lose more weight.
End the Night with Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has many beneficial properties. It helps digestion. It makes it easier for you to sleep. And it can help with migraines.
Looking it over, there’s really nothing for us to object to in this list of suggestions from Elle. In fact, we strongly encourage this alternative to a lemonade cleanse diet. Though we can’t vouch for its effectiveness as a cleanse or whether a cleanse is necessary or desirable, if you’re going to do one, this is better option by far.
If you are looking for a San Diego dentist who is concerned about your whole body health, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment at Strober Dental.