4. Lack of phosphorus.
Phosphorus deficiency is more common than you think as it is easily depleted from our soils. You have to deliberately strive for foods that are high in phosphorus, like raw nuts and seeds, grass fed meats and dairy, wild fish, and pasture-raised eggs is key to bone and tooth health.
BOTTOMLINE: Phosphorus is good for your bone and dental health. Strive to get as much phosphorus as you can since it is easily depleted.
5. Lack of other minerals.
Other minerals vital to your dental and bone health are strontium, magnesium, and silica. The most nutrient dense sources of these minerals are bone broths, seafood, and seaweeds. Most vegetables are grown on depleted soils—even organic ones—so you may not get enough from eating a lot of leafy greens and other vegetables alone, especially if you cook them.
BOTTOMLINE: Deliberately find rich sources of these other minerals and include them in your diet. These are good for your bone and dental health.
6. Poor food absorption.
Poor diet leads to poorer nutrient absorption. Poor absorption is common in the West and other places where fast food diet is ubiquitous. This is because the guts have been damaged from years of poor-quality, processed and denatured foods.
It is important to include daily consumption of fermented vegetables or meats, and lots of raw foods to provide your digestive system with the probiotic bacteria and enzymes necessary to properly utilize the nutrients you eat.
Eating 40% or more of your daily diet in raw vegetables and fermented, living foods is optimal. Fermented, living foods include unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and yogurt from raw milk, etc. Raw foods include all raw vegetables and fruits as well as raw eggs, steak tartare, sashimi, ceviche, etc.
BOTTOMLINE: Increase your capability to absorb nutrients by eating fermented, living food. The poorer the quality of your diet, the poorer your capability to absorb nutrition gets.
How to Prevent Tooth Cavities and Eventual Decay
According to WebMD, there are daily habits we must learn in order to prevent tooth decay from ever occurring in the first place. Here they are:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Preferably, brush after each meal and especially before going to bed.
- Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners (brushes that can reach in between teeth)
- Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash. Some rinses also have antiseptic ingredients to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacks. Avoid carbohydrates such as candy, pretzels and chips, which can remain on the tooth surface. If sticky foods are eaten, brush your teeth soon afterwards.
- Check with your dentist about use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from decay.
- Drink fluoridated water. At least a pint of fluoridated water each day is needed to protect children from tooth decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exam.
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