Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent oral diseases among men and women of all ages today. Luckily, it is also one of the easily prevented diseases. Regular dentist appointments can certainly help, but if you want to prevent the diseases completely, turn to nature.
Here are 4 easy, completely natural ways you can follow in order to prevent tooth decay.
1. Consume Plenty of Nutrient-Rich Foods
Eating too much “dead foods” (overly processed, nutrient-void) can easily lead to mineral deficiency. Many people nowadays suffer from calcium, magnesium and phosphorus deficiency, not to mention that practically all of us need more fat-soluble vitamins – A, K, E and D. This can easily be solved be consuming plenty of:
- Animal foods such as dairy, organs, fish and eggs,
- Leafy green vegetables, cooked and raw,
- Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil, etc,
- Nuts and seeds.
2. Avoid Refined Sugar Completely
There’s no going around this one – sugar is the enemy No.1 of healthy teeth and gums. It feeds oral bacteria that are highly acidic and can demineralize the structural content of teeth. Avoid all sugary foods including soda, candies, baked goods with sugar, ice-cream, etc. Instead, go for stevia, raw honey and maple syrup.
3. Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been practiced for centuries thanks to its detoxifying properties. Besides helping your overall health, oil pulling may also be able to cure gum disease and improve the health of your teeth in general. Simply pick an oil like coconut or sunflower oil, swish it around your mouth for 5-20 minutes, spit it out and brush your teeth as usual. Practice every or every other day.
Note: oil pulling shouldn’t be done if you have loose teeth.
4. Reduce Phytic Acid
Found in grains, beans, nuts and seeds, phytic acid can be healthy in small amounts, which is exactly how our ancestors consumed it. The reason why phytic acid has become a problem today is because almost no one prepares their food in traditional, healthy ways: sprouting, fermenting, soaking. Before consuming foods that contain phytic acid, soak them, sprout them or ferment them.