Everyone wants beautiful, white and cavity-free teeth, however for many this is not the reality of their dental health. And while tooth decay in general is on the decline the last few decades in America, it is still the most common chronic disease in both children and adults.
Like many other chronic diseases, tooth decay is preventable. For years most of us have been taught to brush our teeth using fluoride toothpaste, get regular dental cleanings, get fluoride treatments at these cleanings, floss regularly and get our cavities filled promptly. However, in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, it has been now found that diet can potentially not only prevent but reverse tooth decay.
To effectively prevent and reverse tooth decay it’s essential to understand the causes. Going back to the early 1900’s, Dr. Weston A. Price, Chairman of the National Dental Association, began a mission to understand tooth decay and thereby prevent it.
Tooth decay occurs when plaque, which contains bacteria, forms on the teeth. These bacteria then eat sugar from foods. This process produces acids which cause tooth decay. Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, and lactobacilli are the most common bacteria involved in this process.
In Dr. Price’s travels, he discovered numerous indigenous tribes with no tooth decay. Obviously these tribes didn’t use fluoride or visit their dentist twice a year. So what prevented them from getting tooth decay? Diet was theorized to be the answer. Once these individuals were exposed to the typical Western diet, they experienced tooth decay. So what is in the typical Western diet that’s wreaking havoc on our teeth?
Most of us have been told at some point in our lives, probably childhood, that if we eat too many sweets we’ll get cavities. There’s no doubt about it that diets consisting of large amounts of sugars promote tooth decay. Too much sugar in the diet not only can cause obesity, cancers and diabetes, it also decays our teeth.
Diets high in sugar aren’t the only part of the modern diet advancing tooth decay. In addition, it has been found that high amounts of phytic acid in the diet are also a culprit. This acid blocks the absorption of many minerals essential to dental health. And we certainly don’t need the small amount of minerals most Westerners consume to not be absorbed. The lack of minerals is an issue for all aspects of health including dental health and tooth decay.
The solution to tooth decay may be simpler than thought. Rather than fluoride (which incidentally has been found to be cause some serious health issues and is cited in the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products as more poisonous than lead and a bit less poisonous than arsenic) basic diet changes can make a tremendous difference.
Eliminating sugars found in many beverages like sodas and juices as well as candies is the first step. Cutting out foods high in phytic acid comes next. Stick to limiting grain intake and only eating grains that are GMO-free, organic and have been soaked and sprouted.
Possibly the most important way to not only prevent but also reverse tooth decay is to begin a process of coconut oil pulling. The benefits of this process are numerous and have been touted for a number of years now.
Coconut oil is affordable, easy to get and the process is simple, pain-free and consumes minimum amounts of time. Originally an Ayurvedic practice, coconut oil pulling is an effective way to rid the mouth of bacteria and help on the road to decay-free, healthy teeth and gums. This process attracts the bacteria causing tooth decay. When you then spit out the oils, the bacteria goes too.
According to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Tamil Nadu, India, researchers have found that oil pulling removes one of the key bacteria that promote tooth decay.
Not only does this simple process help your oral health, it has other benefits. From being a hangover cure to boosting the immune system, coconut oil pulling is something to consider for promoting optimal health.
The process is simple. Put about one tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth and gently ‘swish’ the oil around the mouth. This should not be a strenuous process that tires your mouth or jaw rather a gentle one that allows the oil to go between teeth and around gums. Do this for about 20 minutes, however you may want to begin with five minutes and work your way up to 20. The best time to do this ‘pulling’ is in the morning before you eat or drink anything. You can do it while you are making breakfast, packing the day’s lunch – even while showering. When the allotted time is up, simply spit the oil out. It is recommended to use a trash can so that the sink doesn’t eventually clog. After you’ve spit out the oil simply rinse out your mouth with warm water or warm salt water to promote even high levels of detoxification.
Aim to do this as many times a week as you’re able. Many people report whiter and healthier teeth within weeks of beginning oil pulling. If you want to improve your dental health and decrease tooth decay follow the diet tips of removing sugars, foods with phytic acids and give coconut oil pulling a try.Leave a reply →