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While not everyone brushes or flosses as much as they should, it’s widely known that these are an essential part of dental health. What’s not so widely known is the impact our diet has on our dental health. In 1939, Dr. Weston Price published a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, in which he detailed his pioneering work where he traveled the world studying the diets of different indigenous people for nearly 10 years. He hoped to discover what made these people virtually impervious to degenerative disease and tooth decay, and what the modern western diet was missing that made us so vulnerable to disease and tooth decay. What he discovered was that there were indeed specific vitamins and minerals essential for strong, healthy teeth that were deficient in our modern diets.

From their work and from the modern science that followed, there are clear dietary changes one can make that will promote healthy teeth and bones. The primary goal should be to supply adequate amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, essential minerals, most notably calcium and phosphorus. Maintaining balanced blood sugar levels and balancing hormones is also an important part of this tooth mineralizing diet. Below are some of the best foods for teeth that will help to prevent and remineralize cavities.

Butter

Butter from grass-fed animals is an excellent source of vitamin A, D and what Dr. Weston Price called “Activator X,” which was a mystery vitamin he postulated to be deficient in our modern westernized diets. Today we know “Activator X” as vitamin K2. Our osteoblasts require vitamins A, D and K2 to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. These vitamins govern bone growth and the remineralization of our teeth. Butter from grass-fed animals is also full of beneficial fat that provides the building blocks for hormones. Hormonal balance is necessary to maintain a remineralizing ratio of phosphorus and calcium in our blood. Grass-fed cheese is also a useful source of calcium and phosphorus, essential nutrients needed to re-mineralize our teeth.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great source of healthy vegetarian fat. It is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids, which are easily digested and go straight to the liver where they are converted to energy, not stored as fat. These fatty acids provide the building blocks for hormones thus promoting hormonal balance. Hormonal balance is necessary to maintain a remineralizing ratio of phosphorus and calcium in our blood.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Cows Milk

High quality, raw milk from grass-fed animals in its natural form has such a nutritionally complete profile that it was used as the base staple in many societies. Fresh, non-pasteurised, raw milk contains vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 as well as folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, selenium and chromium. What’s more is that these are all delivered in a delicate bio-dynamically balanced structure of protein, fats and carbohydrates that enables proper absorption and digestion.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Eggs

Eggs are a good source of both vitamins A and D, essential for halting and reversing tooth decay. Our osteoblasts require both of these vitamins to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. Together with vitamin K2, they regulate bone growth and the remineralization of our teeth. Eggs are also excellent sources of healthy fats and cholesterol, which provide the building blocks for hormones. Hormonal balance is necessary to maintain a remineralizing ratio of phosphorus and calcium in our blood.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Herring

Herring is very high in vitamin D, essential for stopping and reversing tooth decay. Our osteoblasts require vitamin D to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. Together with vitamins A and K2, it governs bone growth and the re-mineralization of our teeth. Herring are an excellent source of omega-3s, which provide the building blocks for hormones thus promoting hormonal balance. Hormonal balance is necessary to maintain a remineralizing ratio of phosphorus and calcium in our blood. They also have useful amounts of the minerals calcium and phosphorus, essential minerals for our teeth.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

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Liver

The liver of grass-fed animals such as beef, lamb and chicken are packed with vitamin A, essential for stopping and reversing tooth decay. Our osteoblasts require vitamin A to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. They also contain what Dr. Weston Price called “Activator X” or as we know it today, vitamin K2. Together these two vitamins, along with vitamin D, govern bone growth and the re-mineralization of our teeth. The liver has very concentrated amounts of many nutrients that support the remineralization of your teeth. Dr. Weston Price recommended eating liberal amounts of organs from grass-fed animals and animals from the sea.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Onions

With dental cavities on the rise, it’s great to find natural ways to reduce tooth decay. Chewing onions for just 2-3 minutes will help to balance the bacteria in your mouth. Russian doctors recommended that eating one raw onion a day will protect you from a host of dental problems. An onion a day will help keep the dentist away!

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidant flavonoids and also has powerful antibacterial properties. It has low acidity and promotes remineralization of tooth enamel, making it a good addition to a diet for promoting oral health. Green tea has a long history of use in Chinese medicine where it had a broad range of uses, in fact, there’s not a lot that green tea isn’t good for. Try using powdered “matcha tea”, which you can add to yogurt or smoothies. It has more antioxidants than normal green tea!

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Grass-Fed Cheese

Cheese from grass-fed animals is an excellent source of vitamin A and what Dr. Weston Price called Activator X, which was a mystery vitamin he postulated to be deficient in our modern diets. Today we know Activator X as vitamin K2. Cheese with the highest levels of vitamin K2 are Gouda, Edam and Brie. Our osteoblasts require vitamin A and K2 to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. Together with vitamin D, they regulate bone growth and the remineralization of our teeth. Cheese from grass-fed animals is also full of beneficial fat that provides the building blocks for hormones. Hormonal balance is necessary to maintain a re-mineralizing ratio of phosphorus and calcium in our blood. Grass-fed cheese is also a fantastic source of calcium and phosphorus, essential nutrients needed to remineralize our teeth.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Grass-Fed Beef

High-quality protein like that from organic, grass-fed beef is necessary in your diet to help balance blood sugar levels. Keeping balanced blood sugar levels throughout the day is important because fluctuating blood sugar levels negatively affect the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the blood and over time can lead to minerals being leached from our teeth and bones in the body’s attempt to conserve balance. Beef also contains high levels of phosphorus, iron and other trace minerals that support remineralization. The bone marrow in a beef broth is an excellent source of easy to assimilate minerals essential for the remineralization of teeth and bones. The gelatin and amino acids support a healthy gut and promote a proper balance of bacteria that in turn helps to balance hormones. Balancing hormones is necessary for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and the proper calcium/phosphorus ratio in the blood that will support remineralization.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Fermented cod liver oil may be the most valuable food supplement for reversing tooth decay. It’s incredibly high in vitamin D (the full spectrum) and vitamin A, both of which are fat-soluble vitamins essential for remineralizing teeth. Vitamins A and D are required for our bone building cells, called osteoblasts, to produce osteocalcin, a protein responsible for depositing calcium and phosphorus into our bones. Together, these vitamins along with vitamin K2 regulate bone growth, thus governing the remineralization of our teeth.

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin

Dentist

AUTHOR of The Dental Diet

Australia