There is a direct link between the food you eat and your oral health. While you are fasting this Navratri, you should keep in mind that with a change in diet, your dental habits should change a bit as well. Dr Neetika Modi, dental surgeon at Clinique Studio Esthétique, says it is important to choose wisely while fasting.
“When we eat or drink sugary foods and drinks, we predispose ourselves to cavities and gum disease. Plaque is a thin, sticky invisible film of bacteria that covers the surface of our teeth. When sugars and starches come into contact with plaque, acids form, which attack teeth, leading to hard enamel breakdown and tooth decay, ”she explains.
Dr. Modi advises avoiding starchy foods like chips and sugary drinks while you are fasting. Instead, opt for foods that promote a healthy mouth. These include:
1. Fruits and fruits rich in fiber: They keep teeth and gums clean. They also keep the saliva flowing. Saliva contains traces of calcium and phosphate. It restores minerals to the areas of the teeth that have lost them due to bacterial acids. Fruits like oranges and grapefruits rich in vitamin C strengthen the blood vessels and connective tissues in the mouth, thus slowing the inflammation of the gums.
2. Buttermilk, plain yogurt and cheese: They are manufacturers of saliva. Rich in calcium, they improve bone health. Adding mint to a glass of buttermilk keeps the mouth fresh.
3. Coconut water: It’s a great source of nutrients, with antibacterial and antiviral properties, that help boost immunity, keep you hydrated for a long time, and prevent fasting-related cramps.
4. Makhana or fox nut: Good protein and essential nutrients.
5. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistas: Rich in protein, healthy fats and vitamins.
6. Salads: High in fiber and self-cleaning for the mouth, salads are beneficial prebiotics that healthy oral bacteria feed on. The salad helps produce more nitrite reducing bacteria. In turn, your mouth benefits from an increase in nitric oxide, promoting healthier oral microbiomes.
7. Green and black tea: Contains polyphenols which interact with plaque bacteria, preventing bacteria from growing and producing acid.
8. Roasted amaranth and quinoa pulao: Add plenty of fiber and quality protein to your diet.
9. Seeds: They prevent hunger pangs, and raisins and nuts provide prebiotic fiber to the gut.
10. Hydration: It is absolutely essential to hydrate yourself while reducing your food intake. Keep a full bottle of water and continue to sip it from time to time. You can add lemon and sabja seeds to it.
“During the fast, the body goes into detox mode. It is important to sleep well to avoid dizziness and throbbing headaches, ”explains the doctor.