A holistic approach to dental health may just save your teeth

When it comes having healthy teeth, most people know that regular brushing and flossing is essential. But modern dentistry fails to account for one simple fact: The body is an interconnected organism — including the mouth. Diet is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated contributors when it comes to tooth decay. While most modern dentists are at least savvy enough to recommend their patients cut down on sugary drinks and candies, few dental professionals are out there suggesting that people consider a total nutrition overhaul to protect their teeth.

Like other parts of the health industry, the field of dental care has been overrun by corporate interests. The prevalence of fluoride in dental products is proof of that: Fluoride is not, and has never been, a nutrient that is essential to human health. The notion that tooth decay is the result of some “fluoride deficiency” is not just erroneous, but dangerous.

In the instance of water fluoridation, this is even more true. As Fluoride Action Network reports, the fluoride added to tap water by municipalities in the name of “public dental health” is actually a by-product of the chemical fertilizer industry.

Indeed, across the healthcare spectrum, corporate influence is easily observed — but there is an alternative approach to dental health, one that empowers people to take care of their bodies. As Derek Henry, founder of Healing The Body, explains in a new video, taking a more holistic approach to dental care could be what saves your teeth.

As Henry contends, “Like doctors, we have handed over our dental health to the “professionals” whose archaic thinking is often dangerous to our health. The fact that many of them still believe that any type of the mercury in the mouth is safe, that fluoride is fantastic, and that cavities can’t be healed naturally, shows their lack of knowledge of toxins and the healing power of the body.”

The holistic approach to better teeth

Dr. Weston Price, Henry notes, has been a pioneer in the more holistic side of oral health. Price, he says, has found three key factors in the onset of tooth decay: A lack of minerals in the diet, a lack of fat-soluble vitamins  (A,D,E and K), and a lack of nutrient bioavailability. Phytic acid, in particular, is known to disrupt nutrient absorption.

While brushing and flossing regularly are important factors in dental health, they are not the only options you have to prevent tooth decay. Many mainstream toothpastes are loaded with toxic chemicals like fluoride or antibiotic compounds like triclosan — but there are alternatives that still boast antimicrobial properties. Oil pulling is another great addition to any dental care regime, as it benefits both teeth and gums.

“Most importantly, what you put in your mouth is going to help determine the health of your teeth and gums. Too much sugar and processed foods will only make the problem worse, while vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and supplements that are easily digestible will help build a glassy hard tooth structure. These types of foods and various herbs will also provide a strong antibacterial component, which is helpful in keeping those harmful microbes in your mouth at bay,” Henry explains.

Foods that are rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K are integral to oral health, as well as consuming foods that are rich in essential minerals, like calcium and magnesium. Henry notes that seeing a holistic dentist is another great way to further your path to naturally healthy teeth. Dental health is a huge indicator for other health concerns, which means it’s quite important.

Learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy and happy at HolisticDentistry.news.

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