Improving Oral Health
I’m always been somewhat fascinated by oral health and even remember asking my orthodontist why my teeth were crooked to begin with when getting braces. Of course, his answer: simply genetic. Just like my dentist told me that teeth couldn’t heal and that sugar was causing cavities.
As I researched my way into a real food diet, a lot of things started making a lot more sense, but the idea that dental health was sheerly genetic and the presence of sugar on the outside of the teeth causing cavities didn’t make sense at all. Then, I read by Rami Nagel (much if you have it) and Dr. Price’s and things feel in to place.
How to Boost Oral Health
Optimal oral health comes with supporting the body and mouth from the inside and outside at the same time. Once I realized this logically, I was still shocked to see the changes start taking place in my own mouth! My teeth got whiter, my gum puffiness went away, and my dentist even commented that cavities were getting better and my plaque was gone!
There were several things that were vital for me to boost oral health for myself and my family members:
- Change in Diet
- Adding Supplements
- Balancing hormones
- Change in oral health products
1. Change in Diet
What you eat can impact oral health as much (or more) than brushing or flossing.
Teeth are in constant state of remineralization as the saliva in the mouth provides minerals to the teeth and the cells in the teeth use these minerals to strengthen themselves.
I first started researching this after reading by Rami Nagel and Dr. Price’s . Both books delve into the work of Dr. Weston A Price, a dentist who studied the oral health of people in cultures around the world.
He found that certain tribes that never brushed or flossed had virtually no cavities or tooth decay, and everyone had perfectly straight teeth and wide jaw lines. His research showed that several factors contributed to this incredible oral health in certain populations, mainly:
- The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins in the diet
- Low levels of phytic acid in the diet
- Enough minerals in the diet
I talked about this in depth in this post about how I reversed my own cavities and this one about how to have healthy teeth from the inside out.