Can You Eat To Beat Tooth Decay?

For years tooth decay has been thought of as irreversible – once cavities are formed there is little option but surgical intervention. Luckily, this isn’t the case, with attention to diet and your oral health routine you can re-mineralise your teeth, repair damage and whiten them naturally.

Like the rest of your body, your teeth and mouth are a living and changing environment so you must treat them from within (nutritionally) as well as by brushing and flossing. When it comes to dietary advice, calcium is praised as the superstar nutrient but it won’t do anything on its own. For calcium to become deposited where needed, it requires the fat-soluble vitamins K2, D and A. Together, this trio works to strengthen teeth and protect against erosion. Making sure you get enough of these nutrients into your daily diet whilst avoiding foods that cause damage to oral health will go a long way to keep tooth decay at bay.

Foods rich in vitamins K, A, D and E include hard cheeses, egg yolks (from pastured ducks and chickens), grass-fed cow’s butter/ghee, grass-fed animal organ meats (liver, kidney etc), raw grass-fed cow and goat’s milk, yoghurt, kefir, natto and lacto-fermented vegetables. Aim to include green leafy vegetables, oily fish, fish eggs and coconut oil in your tooth-friendly diet.

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