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Reversing Tooth Decay: Can it be as Simple as Changing Your Diet?

Mouth checkupAs a holistic dentist, we always strive to find the best way to treat out patient’s dental health concerns, in the most efficient, and health conscious way possible. We like to focus on overall health, along with the health of your mouth.

Many people have the false idea that damage caused by tooth decay is irreversible because teeth can’t be healed, repaired and fully restored.

The truth is that in some instances, it is possible to reverse tooth decay damage and restore your teeth to their former glory. It is as simple as changing your diet. That’s it. No gimmicks or special formulas.

The Best Diet for Teeth

Chances are, you’ve heard that your diet impacts your overall health. Your oral health is no exception. A poor diet consisting of fats, carbs, and starches lead to cavities and other dental issues. A healthy, well-balanced diet is good for your physical health. It is also good for your dental health as well to a certain extent. Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals that work wonders in building up your teeth. Vitamins A, C, D, E and K as well as calcium and magnesium are also vital to teeth and gum health.

Here’s where the healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grain and lean meats take a surprising turn. While starches are things to be avoided, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans and some fruits are also on the no-no list if you want to heal and restore your teeth. Why? They contain high amounts of phytic acid.

Say No to Phytic Acid

What is phytic acid? Phytic acid is a type of phosphorous molecule that is not easily digestible and it takes calcium out from the body.  Your teeth, like the rest of your bones, need calcium to be strong and to heal.

A diet low in the consumption of phytic acid is the best diet to restore your teeth and reverse tooth decay damage. This diet excludes the sugars, bad fats and starches of a healthy diet, but it also excludes: oatmeal, brown rice, tofu, corn, seeds, flour, wheat, bread, soy, beans, chickpeas and lentils. Fruits should be limited.

You may have noticed that no meat was on the list.

If you want to confidently walk into your next dental appointment follow the diet listed below:

  • Limit grains, beans and nuts.
  • Replace starchy fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, with vegetables rich in minerals
  • Consume foods high healthy fats, such as lean meat.
  • Substitute coconut milk in place of soy, or almond milk. Pasteurized butter is okay.
  • Bone broth. Lots of bone broth.
  • Fermented cod liver oil, vitamins C and D, coconut oil, magnesium, gelatin

For vegetarians out there, this diet may be appealing. You can still restore your teeth and gums with some alteration to the above diet. Whole grains, beans and nuts lose a lot of their phytic acid when they are soaked, fermented and dehydrated. While it is time consuming to soak, ferment and dry grains, beans and nuts, you’re removing much of the harmful phytic acid while still enjoying the many nutrients of those foods.

Your teeth can be restored and all it takes is some tweaking of your diet. A healthy diet will not only improve your dental health, but it will also improve your overall physical health.

If it’s time for your bi-yearly teeth cleaning and exam, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Stacy Godes. Dr. Godes is a certified holistic dentist who believes in natural dental treatments over the use of invasive and harsh dental procedures and products.


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