Annually millions of Americans celebrate the "most wonderful time of year" with friends and family and holiday food such as baked delicacies are the guest of honor. Although it may be tempting to throw caution to the wind and go to town on the delights, it is wiser to chose nutritious foods, exercising and portion control in order to minimize holiday weight gain and to keep dental problems at bay. Additionally, incorporating foods flavored with popular spices can provide an additional boost to dental health.
Spices are the plant based aromatics and seasons that have helped build economies, trade routes and nations. Spices can make foods taste delicious, scent perfumes, heal wounds and improve dental health. Individuals looking to tap into the power of spices for the latter should know what spices are best for oral health.
Cinnamon Helps Prevent Tooth Decay
English Renaissance dramatist Francis Beaumont once said “Nose, nose, jolly red nose, / And who gave thee this jolly red nose? . . . / Nutmegs and ginger, cinnamon and cloves, / And they gave me this jolly red nose,” thus ensuring that Christmas and cinnamon are forever linked. During the holiday season, the spice is used to flavor both sweet and savory food as well as various beverages and chewing gum and eating the spice can go a long way to combating tooth decay.
Cinnamon is an ancient spice referred to in the Hebrew Bible. Once upon a time, the spice was so valuable it was used as gifts to the royalty of the time. Now the spice is readily available world wide and is not only consumed for its taste but for the medicinal benefits as it has been found that essential cinnamon oil can lower levels of harmful oral bacteria in order to keep dental health in check.
Every human mouth is brimming with oral bacteria as those organisms are responsible for helping assist in the digestion process. When food is consume, trace elements of sugar are deposited on teeth and oral bacteria are the organisms that work to remove the stuff. As they feast on the trace elements of sucrose lingering behind, they will produce tooth enamel eroding acid as a by product. When left unchecked it is those acids that can cause dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. However consuming cinnamon can help keep the balance of oral bacteria in check and subsequently lower the odds of developing dental problems on teeth while acting as once of the best dental treatments for bad breath.