I have always known that dental wellbeing is extremely important part of our health. Unfortunately there has been very little proper information about how to ensure a healthy mouth. It is obvious that eating sugar causes tooth decay, but I feel that no dentist has ever talked about the fact that actually eating excess amounts of carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta is just as harmful and causes problems that cannot be solved by fluoride toothpastes. Too much carbohydrates actually upsets the calcium to phosphorus ratio in the body, which in turn will cause calcium and other minerals to be leached from teeth and bones, weakening them. The most important thing is to eat specific nutrient-dense foods that make teeth stronger and healthier and bacterial balancing diet.
Not only you will you gain a healthy mouth, but a healthy body too.
I had already been reading about Weston. A. Price before, but recently came across with a new book, called The Dental Diet, by a dentist Dr. Steven Lin. Finally someone actually explains properly all about the link between what and how you eat, your dental health, and the long term health of your body. In his book, Dr. Lin tells us how “Life-changing health begins when you understand how to heal your body starting with the food you put in your mouth”.
It is very important to keep a constant eye on the situation with your teeth and gums as possible problems are always a sign of a deeper problem with your overall health. If there are signs of decay in your teeth, it could mean that there aren’t enough calcium to keep your teeth dense and if that’s the case, it is very likely that the same thing is happening with your bones.
Your dental health might also be linked to heart disease. If your body is not distributing calcium well and it is on your teeth as tartar build-up, it may be that the same thing is happening in your arteries. Vitamin K2 is important here as it, like Dr. Lin explains “activates a protein called matrix-GLA which goes around your body and mops up calcium where it shouldn’t be”, makes sure that the calcium goes into your teeth and not your arteries.
If your gums regularly bleed, it might be because of a problem with your immune system. Gum disease, like many other problem, is often also linked to many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and MS.
It is clear that brushing, no matter how regularly you clean your teeth, is of very little help if you don’t follow a healthy, teeth-friendly diet. So if you want to have a clean, healthy mouth, this is where you’ll have to start. The best way to follow a healthy diet is of course always cooking your own food. Remove all processed foods from your diet and make your that your food is full of foods that contain inflammation lowering fats and antioxidants. Follow a diet low in carbohydrates, so avoid grains and sugar all together as well as starchy vegetables. Also cut down on fructose intake by avoiding fruit which helps to rebalance bacteria in your mouth and improve your liver health too.
Dr. Lin also talks about the benefits of fasting by skipping a meal 2-3 times per week, preferably breakfast. He explains how a break from digesting food helps your gut micro biome to repopulate and your metabolism to work more efficiently.
Most importantly, Dr. Lin recommends daily consumption of probiotics in the form of fermented food, like sauerkraut, and prebiotic vegetables such as asparagus. In your daily diet, you need to eat foods containing teeth- and bone-building fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. These extremely important vitamins for your dental health are unavailable in vegetable sources, so include dairy (from grass fed animals), organ meat, shellfish and oily fish like mackerel. Eating this type of healthy diet also helps to balance hormones, because like we know any imbalance of them cause osteoporosis. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is best generated in the human body from regular sun. Supplements will be needed, at least during wintertime.
I also like to include healthy, mineral-rich bone broth in my dental-diet. Gelatin found in home-made bone broth can heal the digestive lining to improve absorption and food sensitivities and broth also contains many other minerals necessary for strong teeth and bones.
Good diet is of course the most important thing to think about when you want to make sure your teeth stay healthy. But you also have to keep your teeth clean by daily brushing, like we all know. However, don’t overdo this. If you regularly use mouthwash to kill off bacteria in your mouth, you a very likely to again harm your gut health. Your mouth is also full of beneficial bacteria and when you swallow, this bacteria enters your gut. Many digestive conditions such as IBS are now known to be at least partly caused by a loss of probiotic bacteria and antibacterial mouthwashes will make the situation worse.