Tooth decay and bad breath are usually caused by bacterial overgrowth in the mouth. You can either disregard the problem and watch your teeth fall out, or learn how to properly care for your oral health and take some action, which is the reasonable choice.
Brushing and flossing are key techniques for proper oral health, but you should also eat a healthy diet if you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Make sure to add more vitamins A and D in your diet and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus as well. These nutrients will keep your teeth clean and white. If you love eating nuts, seeds and beans, removing the phytic acid in their coating is a good idea. You can easily do this by soaking them in lemon water overnight, then eating them the next day.
Here are 5 simple tips on improving your oral health:
Oil pulling is an ancient technique that can significantly improve your oral health. It’s pretty easy to perform – simply swish a bit of of coconut oil for about 20 minutes and spit it out in the end. The oil will collect and destroy all the bacteria in your mouth and resolve problems such as gum inflammation or gingivitis.
Eliminate sugar from your diet
Sugar-rich foods are the main culprit for tooth decay and cavities. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar to survive, so in order to cut down their numbers, you should cut down your sugar intake.
Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals
To take better care for your teeth, you should add leafy green veggies, nuts and seeds and avocados in your diet. All these foods have a rich content of vitamins and minerals which can strengthen your teeth and keep them healthy.
Remove phytic acid from your diet
Phytic acid is a compound found in grains, nuts and seeds that can prevent nutrient absorption in the body. To remove the acid from these foods, simply soak them in water before consuming them.
Use a remineralizing toothpaste
The toothpastes we often use are full of fluoride and other chemicals which can slowly damage our enamel. Luckily, you can prepare your own remineralizing toothpaste at home which will help your teeth regenerate. Here’s what you need to do:
½ a teaspoon of coconut oil
3 tablespoons Diatomaceous Earth powder
¼ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon chlorophyll (mint flavored)
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
A tablespoon of water
Just mix the ingredients well until you get a nice paste, then use the toothpaste instead your regular one.