Monday, March 20, 2017

Determine Your Dental Destiny

Dental health( and health in general) is determined by what we are willing to do for ourselves. It is our responsibility as individuals.

Daily food and lifestyle choices we make have a direct effect on the health of our teeth.

SUGAR- when people eat too many processed foods, especially sugar and flour products, they wreck havoc on the body. Insulin levels spike, cortisol levels increase and the flow of the parotid gland hormone changes, resulting in cavities. Eating too much processed sugar and flour products upset the entire hormone system, setting you up for tooth decay and gum disease and makes your entire body overly acidic- an environment which allows harmful bacteria and fungi to thrive. Eating too much sugar ( even in the form of hybridised fruit) causes the body to bring heavy minerals from the bones to the blood to buffer the hybrid sugar.

Each one of us possesses the genetic potential to be healthy. 
In order to restore this potential, we must return to obeying nature's law for health( fundamental laws of life and health)
Search for the real cause, instead of succumbing to the easy and passive response of allowing others to fix the problem for you. The answers are within you. =)
Establish and implement your own healthy diet by restoring the delicate balance of your body.
Understand the causes and therefore be empowered to make better choices for yourself, instead of listening to external voices. This is the law of personal responsibility.

TOOTH DECAY is the result of physical degeneration.
We are not consuming enough nutrients to build new tooth enamel and the old enamel wears away, and the body may transform the calcium and phosphorus elements within the tooth into nutrients that are taken to more important parts of the body/brain/heart. Our teeth decay(degenerate) when we don't have enough go the body building factors, especially compounds called 'fat-soluble activators'
Nutrients that promote oral health include calcium, phosphorus, iron, B vitamins, Vit D(for calcium absorption) and fat soluble vitamins and activators (A,D,E,K )
Fat soluble vitamins -Essential for our physical health and activate substances that help our bodies to utilise other minerals (eg. calcium and phosphorus) present in our diets.
These vitamins can be found in dairy products from grass-fed animals, fish and shellfish. Vegan sources of fat soluble vitamins include:
Vitamin A- carrot, pumpkin, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes
Vitamin D- sunlight, fatty fish, eggs, mushrooms (D2-ergocalciferol-vegan ; D3-non vegan)
Vitamins K- leafy green vegetables, soy, olive oil.
In japanese natto, there is menaquinone (vitamin K2)
Gentle cooking of these foods improves absorption and also fat/oil helps in the absorption of these vitamins.
Nutritional adjuncts to the fat-soluble vitamins-
-Vit A, D, K2 interact synergistically to support immune health, provide for adequate growth, support strong bones and teeth and protect soft tissues from calcification
-Magnesium is required for the production of all proteins, including those that interact with vitamins A and D
-Many of the proteins involved in Vit A metabolism and the receptors for both vitamin A and D only function correctly in the presence of zinc.
-Dietary fat is necessary for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
-Fat soluble vitamins interact with each other and other nutrients synergistically (eg. Mg and Zn), dietary fat and other metabolic factors like carbon dioxide and thyroid hormone.
The action of fat soluble activators in the body is one factor that determines the harmony and balance of our hormones. 

Body chemistry is the end result of the functions of our glandular system- hormones which control important activities within our bodies.
Our Body chemistry is influenced by Genetics and environment 
Healthy body chemistry= healthy teeth. (25% Imbalance of body chemistry to cause teeth to decay)
Biochemical cause of tooth decay and gum disease is the ratio of calcium: phosphorus in the blood.
2.5(Ca):1(Ph)-when the amounts of calcium or phosphorus deviate form these levels, minerals are withdrawn from the dentine and bone, resulting in tooth decay. It takes a continued low level of phosphorus, over a period of several months, to deplete the dentine of its mineral structure.
Usually, the cause of unhealthy body chemistry is a lifetime of assaulting the body with toxic food and drinks, use of drugs, vaccinations, birth control pills, environmental pollutants and emotional stress. Lack of nutrition is the cause of physical degeneration- modern food and lifestyle is the primary cause of disease. These factors cause our body chemistry; the functioning of our glands to fall out of balance (hormonal imbalance) and this places us in a state where we are susceptible to disease.
One primary factor determining the prevalence of tooth decay/disease/acne is the amount of modern processed foods one eats, instead of heredity, as we are taught to believe in our modern culture. Modern diet or foods of the 'white man' has caused loss of ideal beauty and health. It should be a matter of deep alarm that human beings can degenerate physically so rapidly by the use of a certain type of nutrition, particularly the dietary products used so generally by modern civilisation. There is a nutritional basis for modern physical, mental and moral degeneration.
Each individual differs from another in endocrine pattern and nutritional needs and that in nutrition, we have the means to bring about or prevent breakdown within the body.( diet provides us with the means to balance the body) 

It is important to note that each person requires an individualised protocol in order to achieve balance. This is because everyone possesses unique glandular strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, only you can pave your way towards health. You must look and listen for your body's cues on how to obtain balance. You need to determine what your body does or doesn't want.

Blood sugar fluctuations lead to tooth decay. Sugar consumption causes calcium ratios in the blood to become unbalanced. Calcium: Phosphorus ratio is then altered. If this change is prolonged and consistent then this will lead to a more permanent change in body condition, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
Frequent meals containing vegetable, protein and fat are a benefit in controlling blood sugar fluctuations.
One of the most crucial factors in achieving glandular balance is to avoid sweet foods.

I hope this was useful in shedding light on how we can control our state of dental health in a more holistic way. Lets eat well, love and care for our bodies and health as best as we can!

Sending you lots of love and light,
Madeleine xx

Thursday, August 11, 2016

be a God pleaser

Trying to gain acceptance and please others will really complicate your life. when you spend so much time and energy trying to please others, you take a great risk in losing yourself.
always remember God must be number one in your life.
even if everyone else walks away from you, he will never leave you or forsake you =)

Decide NOT to accept condemnation. God has set us free through Jesus Christ and offers  us a life filled with peace and joy! Just believe and receive!

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind!
Fear causes is to shrink back, but God wants us to go all the way through and see our dreams fulfilled.
God always supplies everything we need. the ability, help, finances, courage, wisdom...
step out in faith, God will provide!

Don't follow what the world thinks we should and ought to do! don't get caught up in the world system and expectations of society and others.
some people spend so much time meeting what they think their obligations are that they don't even know what they want.
what do you want out of life?
there is something deep in our hearts that God has planted there.
everyone is called and equipped to do something!
it takes boldness to follow your heart instead of the crowd.

Make the choice to care about what God thinks more than anyone else!
don't live under the tyranny of what people think
let them think whatever they want to think
don't live in bondage to fear! dont live your life being afraid of a thought others might have of you!

Let go of the human desire to be right
God is your vindicator
God has called us to peace.

Being positive is a choice
it is an attitude we decide to live with and it opens the door for God to work in our lives.
when we are negative, we lose our joy and peace
concentrate on the bright side of life, be grateful for every single thing and every good thing you can find and things will start to change!

we should not be anxious for anything, but in all things by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make our requests known to God.

If you're not happy, here's why!

'Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you'

-Our experience of reality has very little to do with reality itself and has everything to do with our interpretation of our circumstances through the controlling forces of your BELIEFS- in simple terms; the rules we have about what has to happen in order for us to feel good.

-The truth is that nothing has to happen in order for you to feel good. You can decide to feel good this very moment!

- As long as we structure our lives in a way where our happiness is dependent on something we cannot control, then we will experience pain.

-We can decide to enjoy your day no matter what happened. Decide that no matter what happens, we'll find a way to enjoy it

-If you adopted and consistently applied this rule to your own life, it would change virtually EVERYTHING you experience.
To adopt this rule is to raise your standards. It means you will hold yourself to a higher standard of enjoying yourself despite the conditions of the moment.
It means that you've committed to being intelligent enough, flexible enough, and creative enough to direct your focus and evaluations in a way that allows you to experience the true richness of life! 

How to be a better person - develop your character

'life is a journey and becoming better everyday is the goal.'

Commit yourself to the continuous pursuit of self improvement!

The thirteen virtues according to Benjamin Franklin

"Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."
-do whatever it takes (healthy diet, workouts, change in lifestyle, habits) to maintain coolness of clearness of head which is so necessary where constant vigilance has to be kept up.

"Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation"
Listen instead of speaking and you will gain knowledge.
Also, it helps to break a habit of careless conversation, which only makes one acceptable to trifling company.

"Let all things have their places, let each part of your business have its time"
Everything has its place and time. By establishing/ achieving order, you can get more time for the pursuit of other worthy causes.

"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve"
Resolution, once habitual, will keep you firm in your endeavors to obtain all the subsequent virtues.

Waste nothing.
Value and be grateful for what you have.

"Lose no time, be always employed in something useful, cut off all unnecessary actions.
Frugality and industry produces affluence and independence and makes the practice of sincerity and justice easier.

"Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty"

"Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly and speak accordingly"

"Avoid extremes."

"Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation. "

Be not disturbed. Let nothing steal your peace.

Never think you're better/superior to anyone else. Never Judge, be always kind and compassionate

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to be independent

1. Accept yourself .

You cannot build a strong, independent life you if you can't live with yourself. Accept your body, your personality, your opinions, your choices, your preferences, and your life story. Do not say things against yourself. Put behind you your mistakes and learn from them. Make an effort to be a better you and most importantly love yourself.
  • This is an important part of being independent because accepting who you are will keep you from trying to act like someone else.

2.Believe in yourself.

If you don't believe in yourself then who else will ? We are all different and have something unique to say. No one can speak the words on your lips and not everyone is going to agree with what you say which is why it's important for you to stand by who you are because at the end of the day you are all you got and if you believe in yourself that's really all that matters. Believing in yourself will make you trust your own decisions -- even if they completely go against someone else's -- or even society's -- expectations.
  • If you don't have faith in yourself, you will always second guess yourself and turn to others for help every time you have to make a decision. Step away from that.
3.Accept the world. 

Learn to accept the world, the good, the bad, your circumstances and decide to be strong.
Accepting the world and all of its complications will also help you see that there are an infinite number of ways to live out there -- nobody is forcing you to conform to one of them.

4.Be emotionally independent

Chances are, you depend on many people for emotional support. It may be your parents, a boy or girl friend, or good close friends. Although it is possible to continue to depend on these people for the rest of your life, it is in your best interest to realize that everyone in your life that you depend on will one day no longer be around. Some will move away, some will stop talking to you, and they all will eventually die. The only person that will always be with you is you. If you depend on yourself for support, you will never be let down.
  • It's okay to get attached to a few key people in your life, but you cannot let these people determine your level of happiness. That's up to you.

5.Be self-motivated

Other people do not have and will never have the same vested interest in your success. Motivation and success is a function of habit. You must break your bad habit of procrastination, and replace it with one of good planning. The most successful people in the world aren't always the brightest, or the best looking, but no matter what other talents or gifts they have been blessed with, they have, underpinning their self esteem, a series of victories over tasks both large and small. This is how you learn anything in school, gain confidence dating, and everything else in life.
  • If you want to achieve a career goal, it should be to please yourself, not to please your family. If you want to get amazing grades, then the same thing is true.
  • Don't be motivated to lose weight, publish a book, or build a house just to impress others. Do it because you want to drive yourself to succeed. Do it for yourself.

6.Be your own hero. 

A role model can help inspire you and show you how to live your life. It's not a bad thing to find someone you deeply admire who shares your values. However, at the end of the day, it's important to think of yourself as your own role model, as a person who is capable of doing and saying anything he or she wants. Aim to be yourself, and be the best you can be. If you can't look up to yourself, you can't be independent.
  • Avoid idolizing any friends or acquaintances in your social circle. This will only make you even more likely to forget about doing your own thing.
7.Accept that life is not fair. 

The rules in the world usually protect either the majority (which you may not be a part of) or people with money and power. You will be treated badly for all sorts of unfair things: your skin color, your intelligence, your height, your weight, how much money you have, your opinions, your gender, and just about everything else that makes you who you are. You have to be happy in spite of that.
  • Don't let the unfairness of the world keep you from doing what you want to do. Want to be a male nurse? A female in the military? The first person in your family to graduate from college? Go for it instead of convincing yourself that it's just not possible in the world you live in today.
8.Stop caring about what other people think.

This is the most important thing about being independent. If you depend on others to tell you if your music is cool, or if your outfit is cute, you won't be very happy! As long as you like it - nothing else matters! Stop worrying about other people's judgments about your life, whether they are thinking about your clothes, your choice of career, or your choice of significant other. These are your decisions, and not anyone else's.
  • If you always have the nagging thought, "But what will other people think if..." in the back of your head, then you'll always be holding yourself back from doing your own thing.

9.Don't just think that you're the best; prove it to yourself!

Your opinion matters the most in your own motivation, but you know when you're pulling your own weight as to your accomplishments. It's far easier to just start dealing with your responsibilities knowing, with an incredibly strong faith in yourself that you can handle what comes up because you have done so before.

10.Get your own information.

Watch and read the news and make sure you get it from a variety of sources. Follow it as often as you can and always have a goal of getting both sides of every story before forming an opinion. You can talk to people of a variety of backgrounds to get more information on a relevant topic, too, but never let other people tell you what to think. Make a goal of reading as much as possible, whether you're reading literature or The New York Times. Being well-informed will keep you from being a follower and will lead to more independent thought.

11.Maintain solid friendships.

You don't have to throw away your friends to be independent. In fact, your independence is reinforced with good friends. When your friend needs someone to talk to, be there for them. Be trustworthy. Do not gossip or tell anyone about your friends' secrets or personal matters. Be a strong person for your friends and loved ones. It not only shows you're selfless, but pretty soon you'll learn how to deal with any situation that comes your way because of your friends' experiences.

12.Become financially independent.

It is tempting to depend on others financially, but before you experience independence, you must be independent. Secure your finances. True independent living relies on financial freedom. Pay your own bills, drive your own car, sign a personal check for your rent.
  • If you don't have the money for these expenses, save aggressively. Not only will you gain financial freedom with your savings, but the money you keep to yourself will give you an incredible feeling of independence and motivation.

13.Don't settle for anything, for comfort, for ease, or to "be nice". 
Work hard at everything you do. Defend your opinions. You shouldn't feel it's necessary for people to do things for you that you could do for yourself.
  • Work your best and hardest to leave people saying "That person doesn't rely on anyone to do things for them. What a strong, independent person."

14. Find your PASSION !
 Something you are devoted to, whether it is a sport, music, art/dance, religion. Something that you do constantly that takes up some time. 
  • Finding a passion will make your life feel more meaningful and will make you feel more like you know what you really want out of life.
15. Plan your day around you. 
People who are most dependent on others allow their worlds to revolve around the needs of other people or other things. Plan your day according to your own schedule--make a list of what you want to do, what you need to do and what you should have already done.  

16.Spend time with people with different worldviews. 
Hanging out with people who are just like you won't inspire you to be any more independent. Making an effort to be friends with a variety of people who all have different perspectives and occupations can give you more of a sense of what's out there and to see that there's no one way to do it right.

  • It can be refreshing to hang out with a lawyer if you're a yoga instructor, or to spend time with a chef if you're a student. This can make you more open-minded and more willing to do something completely new on your own.
17. Don't wait around for other people to determine your fate. You should be able to do whatever you want to do -- whenever you want.

18.Don't compare yourself to other women. 

While there is nothing wrong with having a female role model to look up to, constantly feeling jealous of other women will leave you feeling horrible about yourself. 
  • Try not to compare your own negative qualities with other women's positive qualities. Every woman has her own best assets, whether it is her breasts, her legs, her arms, her eyes, her hair, or her butt. Let go of trying to have it all, and appreciate what you do have.
19.Don't base your happiness on being in a relationship. Having a man (or woman) to love should enhance your life, not define it. No matter how bad you may think you need a relationship, you must first learn to love yourself before you can even begin to love somebody else.
  • Remember that nothing lasts forever. Even the perfect relationship might end one day, so you need to be sure that you have a strong enough cushion to land on after a breakup or divorce.
  • If you are already in a relationship, be sure you have other things going on in your life outside of the relationship, whether it is school, work, friends, a fitness routine, or your family.
20.Stay educated. 
Being educated not only gives you the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue your career, it also makes you more well-respected by the people you encounter in your life. Your level of education (whether formal or informal) reflects your intelligence and shows others that you care about things other than your own personal life.
  • Remember that not all education has to be formal (i.e. attained through an institution like a university). Keep up with current events in politics, science and technology, read books (both fiction and non-fiction), learn another language, watch documentaries, and so on.
21.Stand up for yourself. 
Whether you are a man or a woman, you will have to learn to fend for yourself in the real world if you want to avoid being taken advantage of. You must learn how to stand up for yourself at school, at work, and in your social life.
  • If you hear somebody making a sexist, racist, or otherwise disrespectful comment, don't let it slide. This doesn't necessarily mean engaging in an argument; calmly tell the person that what he or she said is not appreciated.
  • Let people know when they have wronged you. If somebody betrays you in any way, be sure to let him or her know. This will prevent the person from repeating the behavior in the future.
22.Take care of your body. 
Personal strength is manifested physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you want to be a strong, independent woman, you need look no further than your own body.
  • Exercise every single day. Staying in shape improves your overall health, your mood, and your energy levels, which will improve your performance in all aspects of your life.
  • Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains. Stay away from excess sugar and fat.
23.Give to others. 
One of the best ways you can exert your strength is to give back to those who are less fortunate than you. You don't have to be rich or affluent to make a positive impact in your community, so start small.
  • Consider volunteering at a non-profit organization in your community. Identify what issues you are most passionate about. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, your local SPCA, or other community development program.
  • Practice random acts of kindness. You don't have to become a formal volunteer to give back. If you see somebody in need, then help them. Even as small an act as helping somebody carry boxes can brighten up his or her day.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Yes, you! (and me!)

God created every person on this earth with a special purpose- and the world is waiting for you to share yours! Don't let excuses (too old, young, poor, lack of education etc) hold you back!

ANYONE and EVERYONE can make a difference for good. The ways are limitless.
Use your God-given gifts to make a difference that outlives your life!


Sometimes, we take for granted the fact that life is a GIFT!

wake up excited everyday!
make your life matter!
Live in such a way that the world will be glad you did.

Know: YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE! lovingly handcrafted and fashioned by GOD.

He put you together with a unique combination of personality, skills, talents, feelings and looks.
He made you one of a kind. He made you to make a difference!
He created us to know His love for us and love Him in return.
When we live out this purpose, then and only then can we live a life of meaning, a life that changes other lives, a life that is beyond ourselves.
It's a life partnered with God to change the world!
Eph 2:10
We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

You can make a difference by SERVING others!
Live your calling.
Serve others. Serve GOD.
And when you serve GOD, its where the insecurities disappear, worries fade and questions die. For once, you know exactly who you are and why you were created.

There is no time like the present to get started. All over the world, people need food, friendship, clean water, acceptance, shelter and love. More than anything, the world needs to meet Jesus. And the best way for them to get to know him is through YOU and ME! Someone who shows Jesus' love to them. Share a meal, start a friendship, say a prayer!
Eph 6:7
Do your work with enthusiasm, work as if you were serving the Lord.


1.The first step on your great adventure to make a difference with God is to get into a real relationship with Him. Go deeper into your walk with Him. Talk to Him, confide in Him, trust Him!
2.You will then start to see yourself the way He sees you!
3.He will show you all the things He has equipped you to make a difference.
4.He will take you to the people who need exactly what you can give.

God will give us eyes to see what HE sees! So that our everyday, boring routines turn into an adventure!!- an opportunity to serve someone, love someone, listen to someone. An opportunity to make a difference! =)

Nutrition for healthy teeth!

Diet plays a very important role in the health of your teeth and gums!
Eat regular, well-balanced meals and try to include these foods in your diet !

1) High-fiber fruits and vegetables
 - High-fiber foods work like a detergent in the mouth, not only physically “scrubbing” the teeth, but also stimulating saliva flow by requiring longer chewing times. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense, because it neutralizes tooth-damaging acids, and contains calcium and phosphates that help rebuild minerals leached away by bacterial acids. Crunchy, juicy fruits and vegetables also have high water content that helps offset their sugar content. High-fiber foods are also a key foundation of an overall healthy diet, so they offer a double benefit.

2)    Water – When it comes to oral health, water is indispensable. It’s the primary component of saliva, and is important to both tooth and gum health. Water is valuable as the final rinsing agent for foods and sugary drinks, and, if fluoridated, works to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.

3)    Dairy products – Dairy products without added sugar help teeth in a number of ways. Cheese helps stimulate saliva, while its calcium helps replace minerals leached from the teeth. Other dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and similar products also provide calcium and phosphates; enriched milk also provides Vitamin D, which helps the body use calcium.

4)    Xylitol - Sugarless gums of any kind can help boost dental health, because they stimulate saliva production and can help “scrub” teeth. But those sweetened with xylitol – a type of sugar extracted from a variety of plants – can actually battle tooth decay, because xylitol works against mutans streptococci, the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Xylitol is available as a general sweetener at health stores.

5)  Green and black teas contain compounds called polyphenols that interact with the bacteria that causes plaque. These polyphenols either kill or suppress bacteria, preventing them from growing or producing tooth-attacking acid. 

6) Nuts- Many nuts provide vitamins and minerals that help your teeth. These include peanuts (calcium and vitamin D), almonds (high levels of calcium that helps both teeth and gums), cashews (stimulates saliva and helps clean teeth) and walnuts (fiber, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, iron, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and zinc).

7) Minerals – Foods that provide vitamins A, C and D as well as calcium and phosphorus, are especially good for the teeth. These foods can be part of an overall healthy diet, as well. These include beef, eggs, fish, potatoes, spinach, fortified cereals, tofu, leafy green vegetables, beans, whole grains and poultry.

 And...Avoid these foods for healthy teeth!

1)  Carbonated beverages & other drinks -
 Soft drinks are a perennial target of nutrition police, because they add so much sugar to the national diet. The sugar content – as much as a king-sized candy bar - is bad for both body and teeth. But teeth aren’t safe even for those who stick to diet drinks! Like their sugar-loaded versions, artificially sweetened soft drinks contain tooth-eroding acids, such as phosphoric and citric. Even canned iced teas, which normally might be good for teeth, contain flavor-enhancing organic acids that can erode tooth enamel.
Even so-called health drinks are brimming with danger for your teeth. Sports drinks are notoriously acidic and full of sugar. And vitamin waters can contain as much sugar as a candy bar. Chewable vitamins – from multivitamins to large chewable vitamin C tablets – are especially bad, because they contain a concentrated acid that tends to cling to and between teeth. 

2)  Mouth-drying consumables –Alcohol and medications. One must to take extra care to keep the mouth hydrated, from deliberately washing with water or fluoridated rinses, to mouth hydration solutions.

3)Long-lasting and sticky sweets - It’s not news that caramels and other gooey, sugary sweets are bad for teeth. It’s not just the sugar, though; it’s how long the teeth are exposed to sugar. So while those caramels stick and cling tenaciously to tooth surfaces and crevices, hard candies and lollipops are also very bad; they’re designed for a long, leisurely suck. This principle applies to any sweets, from candy to sweet drinks –sugar should stay in the mouth as briefly as possible.

4)  Dried fruits – While fresh grapes and plums are considered “good” foods, if they are dried, they go from hero to villain. Although often touted as healthy snacks, dried fruits like raisins, prunes and apricots, are similar to caramels. Already sweet when fresh, their sugars are highly concentrated as the water is dried away, and their gummy texture can cling to teeth as much as gooey candy. And worse, the fruit is packed with non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can bind and trap sugars on and around the tooth, making it worse than candy.

5)    Starchy foods - Many starchy foods, including white bread, potato chips and French fries and al dente pasta, can easily become lodged between teeth and in crevices. While they may not necessarily taste sweet, the starches can begin converting to sugar almost immediately, not only by the bacteria, but also by the pre-digestive process that begins in the mouth through the enzymes in saliva.

6)    High-acid foods and drinks - Citrus fruits and drinks contain powerful citric acid – in fact, such juice is often used as a cleaning agent. While oranges, lemons and grapefruit can be a healthy part of the diet, they should be consumed quickly, preferably as part of a meal, and the teeth should be rinsed afterward. Sucking on citrus fruits should be avoided; this especially applies to the "home remedy" practice sucking lemon wedges for tooth-whitening.

Additional tips! Some tooth-healthy dos and don’ts
1)    Crunching ice and popcorn – Teeth are tough and made to last a lifetime eating a normal diet, but they do have a breaking point. Ice is tough – tough enough that glaciers carve mountains and an iceberg could peel open the Titanic. Chewing ice is a common habit; but even if this doesn’t cause a major break, it can lead to a network of tiny cracks that can develop serious problems as time goes on. Popcorn has its own dental danger, from husks that can easily become wedged between teeth to uncooked kernels that can damage teeth.
2)    Use a straw/don’t swish – The impact of sweet and/or acidic drinks can be cushioned by getting into the habit of drinking through a straw aimed toward the back of the mouth. Swishing a drink through the teeth, however, intensifies the effect of both sugars and acids.
3)    Use water as a mouthwash – Water makes the perfect rinse to clear sugars and acids after eating or drinking.
4)    Be careful brushing - Brushing is recommended after every meal. However there’s an exception; if one has just eaten or drunk an acidic food or beverage, they should rinse with plain water to clear the mouth, and then wait at least a half-hour before brushing. After the acid bath, tooth enamel is more vulnerable to damage. Waiting a while gives saliva a chance to remineralize the teeth so the brushing doesn’t worsen damage.