These Tips Will Help You Prevent Tooth Decay And Cavities!
The health of our gums and teeth is of vital importance for our health. After all, if our teeth and gums weren’t healthy, we wouldn’t be able to chew food properly. There are also other oral problems which can cause quite a lot of problems for your health, which makes taking proper care of your oral health a priority.
Proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet is the best (and only) way of keeping your oral health in check. Not brushing and flossing and eating a diet rich in acidic foods will slowly chip away at your teeth’s protective coating (enamel). Furthermore, some nutritional deficiencies are also to blame for tooth decay and cavities, and due to the lack of important nutrients in the foods we eat nowadays, most people are affected by this problem.
And that’s not all that’s attacking your teeth and gums. The phytic acid found in various plants, nuts and seeds also has an eroding effect on your teeth. Phytic acid will reduce your body’s amount of phosphorus and bind to important minerals such as calcium and magnesium, rendering them unusable to the body. In fact, all foods with phytic acid content (legumes, nuts, seeds) act as anti-nutrients that can harm your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Luckily, there’s a simple way of removing the phytic acid – you just need to soak the seeds, nuts or legumes in water for a few hours before eating them. This will keep your oral and overall health in check.
Additionally, here are 5 natural ways of preventing tooth decay naturally:
Avoid foods with phytic acid
As we already said, phytic acid is detrimental for your teeth and gums, so make sure to avoid foods rich in it. If you must eat them, at least soak them in water for a couple of hours before consumption.
Consume nutrient-dense foods
Eating a diet full of foods with a rich nutritional profile will help your whole body run perfectly and prevent tooth decay and cavities. Add some leafy green veggies into your diet, as well as foods rich in healthy fats such as avocado, olive and coconut oil.
Reduce your sugar intake
Eliminating (or at least reducing the intake) of sugar from your diet is an absolute must to prevent tooth decay. Sugar can demineralize your teeth and destroy the enamel coating, making your teeth more prone to cavities.
Oil pulling is a centuries-old technique which involves swishing coconut oil in your mouth in order to eliminate bacteria and improve your oral health. You should do so for 20 minutes, then spit out the oil. This works better than any commercial mouthwash product and is safer for your teeth.
Brush your teeth with this mineralizing toothpaste
Here’s a recipe for a natural remineralizing toothpaste that will keep your oral health in check:
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
¼ teaspoon chlorophyll (mint flavor)
½ teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon water (filtered)
3 tablespoons diatomaceous Earth
It’s simple – mix the ingredients until you get a paste, then brush your teeth with it twice a day.