Have you ever wondered why broken bones can mend but your teeth can’t? How about why you can brush and floss regularly and still get cavities? How about those cultures that don’t even have tooth brushes but still have amazing teeth? The photo below is provided by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Our modern diet has greatly effected our dental health. There are populations throughout the world that still eat a native diet and have no need for braces or dental care. Dr. Weston A Price was a dentist who traveled the world investigating why some isolated native tribes had nearly perfect white teeth even through they didn’t own a toothbrush. He compared their diets with our modern diets and found some interesting things.
The main cause of tooth decay came down to these diet results:
- Too much processed sugar
- High phytic-acid rich foods
- Lack of fat soluble vitamins
- Lack of minerals in diet
Although these tribes of people with great teeth varied in location, they all had one thing in common. They all consumed a diet high in fats. Their fat’s came from organic meat products, seafood and unpasteurized dairy. Most tribes also consumed fermented dairy daily such as cultured butter or kefir. Their foods were natural, low in grains and unprocessed. Foods that are high in calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
I want to take a minute to talk about Phytic acid rich foods. Phytic acid is found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans. This acid actually blocks calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper from being absorbed and can leech minerals out of bones and teeth. Over consumption of these phytic acid foods along with high sugar diets create the perfect environment for tooth decay. This anti nutrient can be decreased by soaking or sprouting your grains, seeds or nuts before consuming.
Simple diet adjustments can help remineralize teeth, cutting back on sugar processed foods and reducing grain consumption are a great start. Adding in fish and cod liver oil, unpasteurized grass fed dairy products and good animal fats as well as bone broth will give you a head start on your cavities. Here is the toothpaste recipe we use to help remineralize our children’s teeth. It supplies the vital nutrients our bodies need form bone and enamel. It also helps to balance the PH of saliva which reduces bacteria growth in the mouth.
- 5 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1 tea. Stevia powder
- 5 Tbsp. Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
- 2 Tbsp. Bentonite Clay
- 25 drops of Trace Minerals
- 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix powder ingredients together then add in liquid. Store in closed container.