The health of our gums and teeth can reflect the health of our body in general. A thorough dental hygiene routine is one of the best ways to keep the teeth healthy. Here, we’ve listed a few ways to strengthen teeth naturally to help prevent decay or cavities in the future.
Oil pulling refers to a process wherein a good-quality edible oil, like, say, coconut oil, is swished around the mouth for a few minutes. This process helps the teeth stay clean and remove plaque build-up. Oil pulling also is believed to help remove bacteria from the mouth and keeps them from sticking to the surfaces of the teeth. When bacteria remain on the surface of the teeth for long periods of time, they can produce acid that could corrode the enamel, exposing the dentin layer.
Snacking on foods that are rich in carbs during the day provides the bacteria in the mouth with a steady supply of food. Well-fed bacteria will result in more acid, which, in turn, will weaken the enamel. What’s more, not snacking frequently will also give the digestive system a break. People who tend to snack often should try to consume foods that are carb-free or rinse the mouth with water and mouthwash after eating.
Eat Foods that Are Rich in Minerals
Teeth, by nature, are porous. This means they can lose or gain beneficial minerals through the course of our lives. But ensuring that our teeth receive more minerals than they can lose will help with remineralization and keeping the teeth healthy. Mineral-rich foods to include in one’s diet are organic bone broth, grass-fed meats and poultry, eggs, dark leafy greens, cheese, mushrooms, and Himalayan salt.
Avoid Refined Sugar
Sugar is, in fact, one of the primary food sources for oral bacteria that release harmful acid. It is also a contributing factor to various health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Given this, it’s a good idea to eliminate or, at the very least, reduce the amount of refined sugar we intake. Not only will this protect the teeth, but it will also keep us in good health.