Ever since you were young, your parents probably told you to always brush your teeth and keep them clean to not get cavities. Many children have healthy teeth, but many also have poor dental health. Your dental health can say a lot about your overall health. When your teeth are unhealthy, your body often is as well. Many people often do not take the proper care their teeth need, and expenses amount at the dentist. Not to mention the neurological damage that mercury fillings cause.

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Since your dental health is a reflection of overall health, that’s the first place to begin. Are you getting the proper nutrients your body needs to use calcium effectively to help your teeth? If you’re eating unhealthy, you cannot expect your teeth to be in perfect shape, even if you do brush them. Your dental health always comes from within. So, lessen the amount of sugar you are eating, and start to eat more alkaline foods. Acidic foods wear down your enamel and make your teeth more prone to cavities, so having a more alkaline diet will help stave off tooth decay.

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Likewise, there are several key vitamins and minerals that play a huge role in dental health. These are calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K, among others. Taking a calcium supplement alone will not help, nor will just a vitamin D supplement if you are trying to help your teeth. Rather, many forms of calcium on the market are cheaply made, are poorly absorbed, and often accumulate in soft tissue, which can cause kidney stones. Taking the proper form of calcium from algae, along with magnesium and vitamin D help significantly. But, a big key here is vitamin K, which allows calcium to go into bones, not the soft tissue, allowing for proper utilization of the element to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency often makes its presence known first in the teeth, as they become soft, translucent, even yellow. So know the signs before it’s too late.

Physical hygiene is also extremely important. While it’s not necessary to brush after every meal, certainly not after sugary and/or acidic fruits and snacks, it’s best to monitor your teeth for deposits of food, and flossing, ideally using a water flosser. This can help you prevent decay and enamel from wearing down by foods sitting on your teeth.

And lastly, one of the biggest misconceptions about teeth is fluoride. We are taught that this element is used to harden enamel and prevent tooth decay. While elemental fluoride in toothpaste has various contradicting studies showing it works and doesn’t work. For certain the fluoride in drinking water has no beneficial effect on teeth, especially since the form added to water is a toxic waste product known as hydrofluosilicic acid, which is actually corrosive, can damage teeth, and the entire plumbing system in your home. The kind in toothpaste, however, is sodium monofluorophosphate, which is used to prevent cavities. Too much fluoride can cause a condition known as dental fluorosis, hence why it’s best to limit exposure to fluoride and go with a probiotic toothpaste instead.

The best thing you can do for your teeth is eat healthy and get the right vitamins and minerals for optimal dental health.

Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!

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I’ve always had perfect teeth. Never once had a cavity when I was younger. I got fluoride treatments every year, and that possibly could’ve helped. I stopped using a fluoride toothpaste and noticed my teeth changing for the worse. The fluoride may have been helping, but it was also masking a bigger problem, severe vitamin D deficiency. I was extremely deficient and my teeth reflected it. They were yellow, and even a bit translucent. I noticed the enamel completely wore off, causing me to be more careful of cleaning afterwards to prevent any decay. I’ve had teeth chip as a result. I then started taking vitamin D and K and noticed a huge improvement in my teeth. I’ve been on and off with vitamin K, trying to find the best one since some of them actually cause my teeth to become more brittle, which is strange. But, I’ve finally found the right one that truly works and helps build strong teeth and bones.

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