As much as diet can affect your physical health, diet can also affect your oral and dental health. Unhealthy eating habits and grinding can demineralize your teeth and enhance the chances of teeth decay and cavities.
Worn-out enamel can be weakened by demineralization, exposing the interior of the tooth known as dentin and eventually negatively affecting the sensitive root and nerve of the tooth known as pulp.
Here are the top tips for remineralizing your teeth:
1. Brush your teeth with remineralizing toothpaste:
Brushing your teeth twice a day with remineralizing toothpaste can help to remove the formation of plaque and bacteria that promote mineral loss and cavities.
2. Cut down on sugar and acidic food consumption:
Sugary and acid foods are the worst culprit when it comes to demineralization of your tooth enamel and loss of valuable minerals in your teeth.
3. Consume fruit and fruit juices in moderation:
Fruits are part of a healthy diet, but most fruits are highly acidic which can eat away the tooth enamel and promote the loss of valuable minerals in the tooth. It’s better to stay away from fruit juices and cut back the consumption of acidic fruits.
4. Get more calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 and vitamin D:
Vitamin K2 (found in full-fat dairy, cheese and organic beef), vitamin D (found in wild fish, cheese and egg yolk), and magnesium (found in dark chocolate, and green leafy veggies such as kale and spinach, quinoa and almonds) are great for remineralization of teeth.
5. Take beneficial probiotics
Probiotics can promote the presence of good bacteria in the gut and improve the digestive health. Probiotics can lower the risk of gum diseases, prevent plaque and fight cavities and bad breath.
6. Reduce starchy foods
Starchy foods such as rice, potatoes and bread are rich in carbs and the sugar content in starchy foods can erode your teeth enamel.
7. Drink more water
Water is a great drink for hydration and removing toxic substances in the body. Make sure to drink water after eating sugary or acidic foods. Water can help to lower the risk of demineralization and lack of sugar in water can improve oral and dental health.
8. Eat foods that promote remineralization:
Foods such as organic grass-fed cheese and eggs, organic grass-fed meats and poultry, dark leafy veggies like kale, swiss chard and spinach, wild-caught salmon, apples, celery, dark chocolate, avocado, and green tea are beneficial for teeth remineralization.
9. Cut down foods that promote deremineralization:
Grains, oatmeal and cereals are high in phytic acid and can block absorption of valuable minerals and nutrients. Soak grains and legumes overnight and sprout them in order to reduce the level of phytic acid in them. Processed foods, high glycemic index foods, and sugary drinks can promote the process of deremineralization.
10. Address your dry mouth
Saliva in your mouth contains valuable minerals that exists in teeth such as phosphate and calcium and is vital for teeth remineralization. You need to address the root of your dry mouth since dry mouth can prevent teeth remineralization.