Outside of following a natural oral care routine with products that help control bad bacteria, support remineralization and detoxing — what else will help?
Whole Body Approach to Oral Health — 7 Core Elements
1. Work with a Holistic/Biological Dentist.
They understand overall health and nutrition and its impact on oral health. Plus, they are focused on helping to find cures to oral health issues vs. just dealing with symptoms. Reminder, stick with regular cleanings (at least 2x a year) — more if you are having issues.
Here are a few resources to help you find one in your area — you can also google “holistic” or “biological” dentist:
2. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamins A, D and K2.
The best source of Vitamin D is well, directly from the good old sun! To stay safe and get effective exposure:
- Don't use sunscreen.
- Limit time (15-20 minutes, depending on your location/sun strength).
- Expose as much skin as possible.
The DMinder app is a handy timer tool. It measures sun exposure to help optimize and balance vitamin D intake & while avoiding burning.
Vitamin K2 works in tandem with Vitamins A and D and has been show to help build strong teeth, reduce cavities and support optimal oral health. Here is a great article from WAPF on oral health and nutrition regarding K2 and the best sources which include fermented foods and grass-fed animal fats.
3. Practice eating well — make it a lifestyle now.
Another reminder of the importance of a good diet — yup, it affects oral health too. In many ways you are what you eat. Get the nutrients your body needs from the food you eat. There is no substitute here.
Healthy, whole foods: organic and/or pasture raised meat, eggs and dairy, a wide variety of vegetables and fruit and high quality fat (eg. olive oil, coconut oil, butter, lard and ghee).
Avoid as many “white” foods as possible such as highly processed wheat and sugar and processed vegetable oils. Consider doing a sugar detox to get over the addiction (considered to be as powerful as heroin!). We really like Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 day plan. It works.
Weston A Price Foundation offers great wisdom and practical advice. We have found their 1 page Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets to be a simple powerful guide — we have it posted prominently in our kitchen. For a deeper dive, this free 90 page guide is excellent: Healthy 4 Life - How To.
4. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C and CoQ10 (as Ubiquinol).
Both are powerful antioxidants that defend against tissue damage and support collagen synthesis, important to gum health and strength. Avoid synthetic versions of Vitamin C (e.g. ascorbic and citric acid). They are not nearly as effective as natural forms such as Camu Camu and/or Amla.
For CoQ10, look for a highly absorbable, "bioavailable" form — either Ubiquinol or a liposomal (fat-soluble) version — we like Quicksilver Scientific. This short video by Dr. Chris Shade of Quicksilver Scientific does a great job giving an overview on the benefits of CoQ10 and Oral Health. Organ meats are another great source.
5. Take Mineral supplements.
Mineral supplementation, with natural, elemental, bioavailable forms (ie. ionic or plant based) helps support tooth remineralization through the roots and saliva, improving oral health AND overall health.
Due to modern agricultural practices, most minerals are deficient in our soil, which in turn makes them deficient in our food and therefore, our bodies. Biodynamically or regeneratively grown foods, marine-based foods (especially seaweed & algae) and some herbs (e.g horsetail) are particularly rich in minerals.
We need all minerals in their naturally occurring form (i.e non man-made). A few important minerals to highlight:
Magnesium: There are various forms of Magnesium. Magnesium chloride is the master mineral and chelated forms of Magnesium glycinate, taurate, malate as well as orotate and l-threonate are all good too — we find a blend is ideal for oral consumption. Magnesium sulfate and chloride are great for transdermal absorption via bath or skin application).
Keep in mind, Calcium, which is important for healthy teeth and bones (along with Phosphorus and Potassium), is dependent on Magnesium to function properly in the body - most people are deficient in Magnesium, which can lead to excess Calcium which is associated with many illnesses.
- Trace Minerals: 74+ trace and macro minerals are believed to be essential to overall health and oral wellbeing. For bioavailability you want them in a plant based form, (like we offer in our Akamai Fulvic Mineral Complex). Eidon ionic minerals are a good source of bioavailable minerals - they carry single minerals and blends.
- Cell salts are micro-doses of minerals that represent the basic building blocks of human tissues, bone, skin, etc. There are 12 minerals that stimulate healing processes in the body and address imbalances. These Cell Salts are beneficial for oral health (Hyland's brand is good):
Calcium Phos 6X - bone health, gives solidity to bones and assists in building strong teeth.
Calcium Fluor 6X - assists with improving enamel of teeth and strengthening bones.
Magnesium Phos 6X - bone development & quick pain relief associated with toothaches.
Silica 6X - assists in building strong connective tissue to support deficient assimilation.
Remember most of us are deficient and/or have a poor balance of minerals. If you want to find out exactly which minerals you need along with the supporting cofactors (ie. vitamins), consider getting hair mineral test — which can then be compared to a full nutrient evaluation (this is a blood serum test that also tests for a few of the major minerals).
From the Institute of Mineral Research: “Minerals are inorganic substances required by the body in small amounts for a variety of different functions. They are components of enzyme systems, give us structure, and are essential for nervous system function. The body requires different amounts of each mineral. A deficiency or imbalance of these elements in an otherwise nutritionally adequate diet can lead to very diverse and indefinite metabolic abnormalities many of which are classified as diseases by our medical establishment.”
6. Address (better yet cure) acidity in the mouth.
An overly acidic mouth will damage dentin and cause sensitivity (this is the number 1 cause). Address the root cause by consulting with your Holistic Doctor since it is typically related to diet and lifestyle or an underlying illness (reflux, acid indigestion, food sensitivities, leaky gut) or deficiency.
You can reduce oral acidity by following your tooth brushing with a baking soda rinse (1/2 tsp of baking soda with 8 oz of water). This is temporary but helpful.
PH Adjust can raise your PH quickly in your mouth and body - within a day. It is also very useful in times of disease since most viruses, and even cancer, thrive in an acidic environment.
7. Address other potential causal sources of tooth erosion.
Excessive use of whitening treatments and toothpastes, grinding of teeth, gum recession (periodontal disease) and aggressive brushing can all contribute to eroding dentin. There is a cure for all of these. Use a toothbrush with medium to soft bristles, and learn how to brush optimally. Most dentists recommend the Bass Method — our Bamboo Toothbrush is specifically designed for this method with a unique bristle pattern, shape and spacing specifically designed to get into the gum line (brushing at a 45-degree angle).
SUMMARY / PUTTING IT INTO ACTION.
- Work with a Holistic Dentist.
- Consume proper nutrition and supplementation of key nutrients.
- Address causes of acidity and erosion.
- Use optimized oral care products.
Prominent Holistic Dentist, Dr. Steven Lin, discusses how to cure tooth decay naturally, following a very similar supplementation protocol along with a healthy diet.
The Weston A Price Foundation has several great articles on Holistic Dentistry and Oral Health:
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