What’s the best way to keep our teeth super clean?
I’m asked this daily and patients seem to think fancy toothpaste or even mouthwash does the trick. Of course, using these products can contribute to a healthy mouth but DIET is key.
We think our teeth are like windows.
The more we polish them from the outside, the cleaner they will be. But nothing can be further from the truth! Our teeth are alive on the inside and they need a balance of vitamins, minerals and proteins to stay healthy and strong.
Our teeth have living inner cores that make them functioning organs, so if you want a healthy mouth we have to treat them right!
Patients often think, the worse they brush the more holes they will get. Yes of course that is true but do you ever find that no matter how hard you brush, every time you visit the dentist the dreaded filling is recommend. Your friend or brother does a halfhearted job and his 6-month checks are a breeze.
Some people seem immune to tooth decay and some people prone to it – why?
We consider tooth decay as normal as its very common. A whopping 31% of adults have tooth decay and this is on the rise.
But we seem to be brushing well? There seems to be incredible new products, which promise to rid of that nasty plaque yet we all expect to get fillings.
We are thought to believe its weak enamel or weak teeth. This isn’t wrong completely but this difference isn’t genetic. There’s a good chance that one persons teeth are stronger because of their diet. In other words the person who hardly ever needs fillings probably eats more nutrient rich food their teeth need to fight off decay and disease.
Our modern diet is shaped more around convenience than around foods we need, so we are missing crucial nutrients. To gain our health back we need to reshape our diets.
What I recommend in my consultations for clean teeth:
- Eat a diet rich in protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. Keep your meals varied and exciting.
- Cut down on refined sugars.
- Brush twice a day for 2 mins.