The world will be very boring without spicy food.

However, have you ever wondered if eating spice is good for your health or teeth?

Well, some spicy foods are actually good for your health rather than bad.

Though, when it comes to oral health, there can be both pros and cons of eating it.

In certain oral health conditions, the spice can exacerbate your symptoms.

So what is the verdict on eating spicy foods and how does it affect your oral health? Let’s find out below!

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Is Spicy Food Bad For You?

Well, spices aren’t exactly bad for your oral health.

In fact, they may also provide some benefits for your teeth.

However, there is a downside to consuming them especially if you are already suffering from an existing condition.

It can exacerbate the symptoms and worsen them.

One such problem is associated with sensitivity.

Spices Can Worsen Tooth Sensitivity

If you already have sensitive teeth then eating spices is not great for them.

Tooth decay or receding gums can cause sensitivity.

The heat and flavor of the spices can hit right at the gums causing irritation.

Moreover, they can worsen the sensitivity in the same manner as sugary foods do.

The sensitive teeth are more tender to spices.

Hence, you will feel a sudden bout of pain and discomfort from the heat and acidity.

If you love to eat spice, then cut back on it a little rather than consuming it in large quantities.

Due to the sensitivity, you will not be able to enjoy it anyway so, the best way to enjoy some flavor is to modify the heat index.

That makes the amount of spice more comfortable.

Gum Irritation

Similar to how it impacts sensitive teeth, it can also irritate sensitive gums.

As soon as you eat spice, your gum becomes red and puffy while they also feel tender and swell a little.

These are signs of irritation.

This is why again, you can only enjoy them in moderation.

If the swelling and irritation persist, rinse your mouth with a saltwater rinse.

Mix one tablespoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.

Rinse your mouth thoroughly with it.

Salt’s antiseptic properties along with healing properties, soothe the irritation.

Thus, it will relieve the discomfort, you may face by eating spice.

More below on how spice affects teeth.

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Spicy Food Affecting Oral Health

Can Discolor Your Teeth 

The dark color of spices along with their acidity result in yellow teeth.

Turmeric is a spice that is yellow in color and can stain your teeth if you use it often.

Hover, the same spice is also good for your teeth in many ways so you do not have to cut out turmeric altogether.

Moreover, hot sauce has a dark color and high acidity which can darken your teeth over time.

They Can Result in Acid Reflux

Spices can aggravate acid reflux.

After eating anything spicy you may end up with your stomach acid regurgitating in your mouth.

This is more harmful to your teeth than the other downsides of eating spice.

Acids can erode the enamel over time.

Even those acids with a high pH will end up eroding the enamel lest stomach acid which actually has a very low pH and is highly acidic.

This will make teeth sensitive and will also make you prone to decay.

Hence, if you get reflux after consuming spice then it is better for your physical as well as oral health that you refrain from eating it altogether or at least cut back on it to a great extent.

Spicy Food has Sugars 

You may want to check the ingredients of your favorite packaged spicy foods and sauces to check if they contain sugar.

Usually, sugar is added to these packaged foods to tone down the spice.

A popular condiment, the hot sauce also contains sugar and also vinegar, lemon and tomato.

That makes it both sweet and acidic making the perfect environment for bacteria to feed on it and erode the enamel.

If you like eating these condiments, try to reduce the acidic environment by drinking water or rinsing your mouth. Wait 30 minutes for brushing.

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How Spicy Food is Good For Oral Health

Even if you know the cons of eating spice, there are many pros of it too.

Rarely spice is bad for you, usually, it is good for your health.

However, sometimes it can be beneficial for your oral health as well.

Spice itself along with other ingredients that make spicy food are good for your teeth in certain ways.

For instance, capsaicin, the flavor that makes the spice hot helps your oral health by stimulating saliva.

Capsaicin stimulates salivary glands to release more saliva.

The saliva washes away the debris in your mouth and makes its environment less acidic.

As a result, the bacteria do not erode away the enamel.

Moreover, it also remineralizes teeth.

Hence, by stimulating more saliva, spices promote oral health.

Other than that, chili powder contains Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is good for bones, teeth and gums.

It reduces inflammation while promoting the tissue health of your gums.

It also decreases inflammation from an infection.

Hence, better gum health will result in better oral health overall.

So you can use chili powder in moderation for healthier teeth.

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Furthermore, ingredients such as onions are usually part of spicy foods.

Onions fight oral bacteria and prevent decay.

Along with that onions contain vitamins that result in stronger bones.

Vitamin B6 and folate reduce inflammation in your gums.

It also contains manganese which binds calcium to your teeth as well as your bones.

There is also Vitamin C present with its added benefits for your teeth.

What’s more, there is no pigment present in onions that will stain your teeth.

Yes, it may result in a bad breath but the rest of the spice and the salivary flow it stimulates will take care of that.

Besides all that, spices are also generally good for your health. Let’s dig deeper!

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How Are Spices Good for Health?

It Speedens Metabolism 

Spices like cumin, turmeric, chilies, cinnamon and peppers can slow your appetite while increasing your resting metabolic rate.

It may have a mild effect but it can aid in some weight loss.

Turmeric can also suppress fat growth though there are no human studies on this benefit.

So you can add these spices to your diet during your weight loss journey.

Can Fight Cancer Cells

Capsaicin is a wonder I tell you.

This active component present in spices like chili powder can destroy cancer cells.

It can fight them off while the normal cells remained unharmed.

Increases Longevity

Eating spicy food six or seven days a week can lower mortality rates by a significant 14 percent.

In fact, eating it only once a week can have a considerable impact.

It Can Reduce Inflammation 

Turmeric contains the compounds curcumin.

This compound can combat inflammation in your body.

Moreover, spices like ginger and garlic have anti-inflammatory properties.

They can provide healing in conditions such as arthritis, headaches, autoimmune disorders and nausea.

It is Antimicrobial and Antioxidant 

Spices like turmeric and cumin have both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Therefore, they can fight bacteria in your body.

Improves Heart Health 

Spices break fats in food.

This reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

People who ate chili peppers were 13 percent less prone to die of heart attack and stroke.

Helps to Boost Microbiome

Capsaicin boosts the microbiome, i.e. the good bacteria in your gut.

This microbiome consists of microbes and other good bacteria that are important to the immune system’s function.

Therefore, it stimulates a healthy gut flora producing a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract.

This is why you should not completely cut down the spice.

Rather using it is beneficial for health.

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How to Use Spice?

Use spice in moderation.

You can add chili powder to your vegetables rather than using hot sauce.

If you do not combine spices with healthy foods then you may not be able to reap its benefits.

For instance, spicy chicken wings will not be a good option and will neither help with your metabolism or reduce your cholesterol.

Also, condiments and processed foods may contain added sugars.

These are not great for your teeth and will end up harming your oral health.

If you want to continue eating them, then there should be a healthy limit to stop and also the practice good oral hygiene.

Due to the highly acidic and also sugary content of processed foods, you cannot brush your teeth immediately afterward.

Wait for at least 30 minutes till the saliva rinses off the debris and the environment if the mouth is not as acidic.

Then brush your teeth and use a mouthwash to rinse.

You can also rinse using saltwater and drink water immediately afterward to wash away the food particles.

Therefore, you can continue to use spices in your diet while also maintaining good oral health.

Final Verdict

Spicy food isn’t bad for your health or teeth.

However, it can have some downsides hence, you should consume it in moderation.