You brush your teeth. You floss your teeth. You gargle your mouthwash religiously. You go to the dentist regularly. You turn down caramels and candies to avoid cavities (most of the time). And while these are foundational practices for healthy teeth, it's time to dig into how your dental care and daily diet choices affect your oral health.
Learn About Your Dental Care
Something important to consider is how well you have investigated the ingredients in your toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride, specifically, is an ingredient that has been making waves in the wellness community for several years.
Fluoride is hailed by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) as one of the top 10 achievements in modern health for preventing cavities. Fluoride is a natural part of the remineralization of your teeth, and adding it to your dental care routine can help support that remineralization and calcify teeth to protect against cavities.
However, it is also important to understand that the quality and quantity of the fluoride that is being ingested could be harmful. The added fluoride to our water and dental care products is not the same as the fluoride naturally produced in our bodies. In addition, the recommended daily quantity of fluoride that is healthily ingested is quickly surpassed by the average human simply in their daily intake of eight, eight-ounce glasses of water. This is where fluoride begins to have damaging effects on our brain and central nervous system, metabolic system, and sexual development, and increases our risks for cancer, bone fractures, and diabetes.
Therefore, while fluoride may offer some benefits and help some specific oral concerns, the long-term consequences should be considered. Choosing a fluoride-free toothpaste, oil pulling instead of using mouthwash, filtering your water with a Berkey, and regular exercise are all good ways to begin decreasing your fluoride build up.
Invigorate Your Diet
A healthy diet is directly linked to your dental health, as it creates the optimum nutrition for maintaining strong periodontal tissue, dental elements, quality, and quantity of saliva.
Avoiding sugar is a popular recommendation when it comes to connecting the dots between diet and dental health, but further suggestions include:
- Eat more whole foods.
- Vary your vegetable and fruit intake.
- Dairy is important for feeding your body the calcium it needs for your teeth.
- Increase your fiber-rich foods.
- Indulge in dark chocolate with low sugar content.
- Keep leafy greens on your plate consistently.
- Decrease your intake of nitrate-preserved foods, alcohol, and tobacco.
Adding supplements like omega-3, collagen, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, magnesium, and probiotics are also linked to promoting vibrant oral health and remineralizing your teeth.
At Terra, our extensive, carefully chosen and researched personal care items, like toothpaste and supplements, support vibrant oral health.
Note: We recommend consulting with a dental professional for your specific dental concerns.