It’s no secret that dental surgery is invasive, expensive and often very painful. The common dental practice when it comes to cavities is to drill away tooth decay and fill the space with a synthetic material which will often breakdown over time and requires routine maintenance. Sounds more like patchwork than healing.
Dr. Weston A. Price was one of the first dental practitioners to study the relationship between diet and dental health. In his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration he concluded that modern Western diets high in sugars, flours, and processed vegetable fats are the cause of most dental irregularities.
The American Dental Association, which Dr. Price established in 1914, found that dangerous bacteria thrive off sugars and starches in the mouth and can produce harmful acids that destroy tooth enamel. A diet high in grains, nuts, seeds and beans can lead to mineral deficiencies and loss in bone density. By avoiding those hazardous ingredients you can substantially improve oral health and reduce costly medical bills.
It is true that cavities left untreated eat away at the inside of the tooth and lead to painful nerve damage and potential tooth fractures. You may be under the impression that once your doctor prescribes a root canal your options for natural healing no longer apply, however those teeth can still be saved!
You can not only avoid tooth decay but substantially reverse and heal already damaged teeth with a balance of nutrient rich foods and fat-soluble vitamins. Here are 5 ways to drastically improve your oral health:
- Cooking with bone broth
This will not only decrease your chances of tooth decay, but it’s a great way to save money and waste less. By boiling the bones of healthy animals such as beef, bison, lamb or fish, you are pulling the most essential nutrients from the animal. Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus vitamins are all key to remineralizing and strengthening tooth composition.
- Eat Raw and Cooked Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens are extremely high in water and fiber, which are proven to balance sugars and clean teeth. They are also among the cheaper vegetables on the market. Spinach, swiss chard, beet greens and cabbage are proven to help bone and tooth density.
- Up Your Vitamin D Intake
When it comes to good oral health, the most essential function is to regulate the healthy absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Luckily for us we have free access to an unlimited supply of it: the sun! Studies show a little goes a long way and just 10 minutes of sunlight can provide enough Vitamin D to maintain a strong overall health.
- Eat Foods high in healthy fats (also fat-soluble vitamins)
These fatty options are packed full of magnesium and aid in the absorption of bone fortifying calcium. The fat soluble vitamins perform the same function and are found in a ton of the foods available at most local suppliers. Examples are coconut oil, avocado, olives and fish, which are great ingredients to include in your diet as a way of reversing dental decay.
- Avoid processed foods
Avoid them like the plague. Sugars and hydrogenated oils are added to foods as a way to preserve their shelf life but those added ingredients contribute substantially to the degradation of tooth enamel.
The next time you feel tooth pain, it could be an indication of a growing cavity. Your first instinct may be to visit your dentist, but a growing number of health professionals are doing otherwise. Encouraging testimonials show the positive effect these 5 steps have had on symptomatic dental issues. If you’re interested, check out this story of a doctor who effectively avoided a root canal by diet alone.