NUTRITIONAL FOR TEETH

Certain oligo-elements, notably bromide and manganese, play an important role in protecting tooth enamel. Significant variations in the concentration of these mineral substances can be detected even before clinical problems appear.

Until recently, fluoride has received more or less exclusive attention, but it has now been established that tooth decay is primarily caused by imbalances of a number of minerals present in the body. Of course an imbalance of these two minerals (bromide and manganese) is not the only cause. A number of other factors have to be taken into account, including calcium bonding, sufficient intake of organic fluoride, and various vitamins, especially Vitamin C.

Biologically nutritious foods like sprouted seeds and the sap of sugar cane provide the body with a wide variety of important, easy-to-assimilate vitamins and oligo-elements, including calcium phosphates.

Increasing your intake of oligo-elements is effective as a preventive rather, rather than as a treatment for existing problems. Recent research has shown that chemical imbalances in teeth are accurately reflected in the composition of tartar (which is very similar to enamel) and saliva. Consult a dentist as soon as any signs of tooth erosion appear, and ask for a supplement of oligo-elements to prevent further problems.

Note: if you have amalgam fillings, ask your dentist about replacing them with plastic ones, since the mercury contained in amalgam preparations can be toxic.

TOOTH DECAY

A diet that is too rich in sugar promotes tooth decay. Avoid eating sweets or drinking sweet beverages in the evening after brushing your teeth. If you are in the habit of drinking a glass of warm milk and honey before going to bed (it is true that the calcium in milk helps you fall asleep!) try to brush your teeth afterwards.

To prevent cavities eat carrots and make sure you are getting enough fluorine. Since very few foods contain fluorine (shellfish and fluorinated salt are two possible sources) you might want to take a supplement if you have problems with your teeth. Children up to the age of 10 should be given supplements regularly.

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