Diet and Dental Health
We all know that eating lots of sugary treats, candy, and soda causes tooth decay. It’s a no-brainer. But this deeper dive into the ins and outs of diet and how it affects dental health and tooth decay will fascinate you as much as I do.
Most of us believe that this tooth decay is irreversible after a tooth decay and the only solution is to drill out part of your tooth and fill it with a synthetic material. However, it has been proven that there are ways to naturally reverse cavities. Studies have shown that tooth decay and tooth decay can potentially be reversed with diet.
62 children with tooth decay were divided into three different nutrition groups.
Group 1 ate a standard diet plus oatmeal high in phytic acid.
Group 2 was on a normal diet and supplemented with vitamin D3.
Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and was supplemented with vitamin D3.
The results showed that Group 1, who ate the diet rich in cereals and phytic acid, had an increase in voids. Group 2 showed improvements in the number of voids. Eating a grain-free diet with nutrient-rich and energetic foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and vitamin D3, Group 3 saw the biggest improvements.Almost all of the cavities in this group were healed.
According to Dr. From Weston Price and several others, there are four main factors that contribute to tooth decay:
Lack of especially minerals in the diet (calcium deficiency, magnesium deficiency and phosphorus deficiency)
Deficiency in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K, especially vitamin D3 deficiency)
Consume too much phytic acid-rich foods
Too much processed sugar
The bottom line for me was the destructive nature of high phytic acid foods that many of us consume on a regular, if not daily, basis. If you are unfamiliar with the term phytic acid or phytate, it is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds, and beans that can cause serious health problems in our diet.
The main reason phytic acid has become a problem today is because we have abandoned old food preparation techniques such as soaking, sprouting, or fermenting that kill the phytic acid.
Too much phytic acid leads to mineral deficiencies in two ways – by preventing you from absorbing minerals and by depleting them from your bones and teeth – both of which can lead to osteoporosis and dental problems.
So do you have to give up your favorite morning oatmeal altogether for good? No, not necessarily. I would suggest limiting it to 2 or 3 times a week rather than daily. I would also recommend soaking cereals for 3 or 4 hours, or overnight, before cooking to clear most, if not all, of the phytates. Sprouting is another great method.