Although most people don’t think much of their oral health, the health of our gums and teeth is of absolute importance for our overall health. Healthy gums and teeth have a far more important role in our health as most people think, which is why we should always keep them in perfect condition, especially as we age.
This, however, is easier said than done. Proper oral hygiene is the key to proper oral health – this includes everyday brushing and flossing. Another thing important for our oral health is our diet.
Studies have shown that vitamin A and D, as well as other nutrient deficiencies, can ruin the state of our teeth and lead to tooth decay. Unfortunately, the common diet nowadays is full of unhealthy nutrients and foods with literally no nutritional value, making things for our teeth even worse.
Like that’s not enough, phytic acid from some foods erodes the enamel on our teeth, opening the door to several oral problems. Phytic acid is present in most nuts and seeds. When we eat them, it reduces the level of phosphorus in our body and binds to minerals such as magnesium and zinc forming phytates. Our body can’t process phytates, which means we’re left without precious minerals. This causes serious nutritional deficiencies, resulting in poor oral health.
The good news that the phytic acid can be removed if you only soak the grains, nuts, and seeds in water overnight, then eat them in the morning.
Tooth decay and cavities are the two major problems attacking our teeth. Although doctors say there’s no way of healing them naturally, it’s all just a marketing trick. There is a way of reversing cavities and healing tooth decay, and we’re going to show you how.
1. Avoid Consuming Nuts and Seeds Too Often
As we already mentioned, phytic acid is detrimental for our oral health – it causes nutritional deficiencies and destroys the enamel on our teeth. The solution is to avoid eating nuts and seed often or at least soak them in water overnight. In this way, you can enjoy your favorite treats while keeping your oral health in check.
2. Nutrient-Rich Diet
In order to avoid nutritional deficiencies, we need to eat food rich in vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables, as well as coconut and avocado oil, have nearly all the nutrients our body needs, so make sure to include them in your diet.
3. Avoid Consuming Sugar
Sugar is considered as a number one enemy of our teeth. It is on the highest spot on the list of tooth decay and cavity causes as it decalcifies your teeth and destroys them slowly. You don’t have to avoid sugar altogether, but please keep its consumption to a minimum if you want to keep your oral health in check.
4. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient way of remineralizing your teeth and destroying all the bacteria in your oral cavity. Just swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth every day for 20 minutes and you’ll drastically reduce the chances of poor oral health.
5. Homemade Toothpaste
Instead of buying expensive toothpaste that doesn’t really protect our teeth, buy fluoride-free toothpaste or make your own homemade toothpaste for best results. Here’s how:
- 3 tablespoons Diatomaceous Earth
- 1 tablespoon water (filtered)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon chlorophyll (mint-flavored)
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
It’s simple – mix all the ingredients well until you get a paste-like consistency, then use this DIY toothpaste to brush your teeth every day and night.