May 1st, 2013
How To Remineralize Your Teeth
Not only is the word “remineralization” kinda hard to pronounce and spell, but it is also a fairly uncommon word for many people. Once, I tried to introduce the word to my friends, and they looked at me in this really funny way, mouth hanging open and all, as if I was speaking in a different language. The fact is, not everyone knows about remineralization of teeth, and just how important it is.
Remineralization, if broken into its root form, is from the prefix “re” (to repeat or go back), the root word “mineral” (naturally occurring elements), and the suffix “tion” (denoting a state or process). From these meanings, we can say that remineralization is the process of returning or restoring minerals. So when we say “remineralization of teeth”, is it very easy to understand that this refers to the process of restoring minerals to the teeth.
Importance of Teeth Remineralization
Why is remineralization of teeth important? To fully understand this, we need to know that our teeth are made up of a tough shell or coating called the enamel, the hardest tissue in the human body. To maintain its strength and density, it needs essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, as well as Vitamins A, D and C. It is said that the enamel has no living cells, therefore it cannot repair itself once the damage is done . But some studies and evidence have emerged in the past several years, raising many questions against this dental claim. Studies have shown that proper nutrition can restore the minerals that make up our tooth enamel, promoting natural healing of this substance that had always been thought of as non-living . Dr. Weston Price, a dentist and researcher, studied and established this truth of natural healing, and wrote about it extensively in his book called, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. At that time, not many people fully accepted his findings, and for many years his work had been belittled, buried and neglected. Today however, his discoveries have become one of the most significant discoveries of all time, his work conveying a message that is relevant to us all .
What Causes Teeth to Lose Minerals?
Gummy Bears, Twinkies, Snickers, M & M’s, Hershey Kisses… I grew up munching on them and truly loving them as a kid. And of course, I’ve always been told candy is bad for my teeth. But you know how kids are. They have this stubborn way of always doing exactly the opposite of what they’re told. I ate candy and sweets, never questioning the joy they brought to my childhood. And when I got a toothache, I blamed them, but eventually forgave them once the toothache was gone. Now that I’m older, wiser, and a parent myself, I now see the big picture. Even if candy brought me happiness as a child, I know now that it wasn’t the best for my health and well-being. It never was, and never will be.
Candy and sweets are nothing but sugar. Now, sugar is not a bad thing. It provides the human body with energy. But when sugar stays in your mouth for a long time, the bacteria in your mouth converts them into acids. These acids pull minerals such as calcium and phosphate ions out of your teeth, depleting the enamel of the right amount of minerals needed to stay strong and resistant to damage. This scenario is called demineralization. Over time, demineralization causes the enamel to weaken. It becomes prone to acid erosion, until damage takes place. As a result, cavities and tooth decay develop.
How to Remineralize Teeth
Demineralization causes tooth decay. Remineralization cures it. To promote natural healing of teeth, remineralization must take place. We need to restore our teeth (and our body) to a state of health and balance. There are two very effective methods of restoring this balance.
- Proper Nutrition. Dr. Weston Price proved this beyond dispute. With proper nutrition, we can promote healing of our teeth, by giving back to them the vitamins and minerals that they lost, the nutrients that they need to remain strong. It’s like equipping a warrior with a sword and a shield to face his enemies against battle. Our teeth need these nutrients to be strong enough to fight back. Foods that are whole, fresh and unprocessed are the best source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and fats that the teeth need. Green leafy vegetables, cheese and nuts, butter, fresh farm eggs, raw milk, grass fed meat, beef and chickens, bone broths, bone marrow and liver, are some of the best examples of foods that are ten times more than the amount of nutrients found in the modern diet of cereals and fast foods that most Americans consume today.
- Miswak. Come again? Yes, a Miswak. It has been around for thousands of years, and has been used by the ancient people as a toothbrush and chewing stick to cleanse their teeth. It comes from the Arak or Peelu trees of Asia, particularly in the Middle East. It can also come from an olive tree or a walnut tree. Miswak has natural mineral content composed of Alkaloids, Vitamin C, as well as Calcium, the building block of bone and teeth. Chewing it promotes saliva and blood circulation, both necessary in remineralizing teeth. Brushing with it is even more effective than an ordinary toothbrush because it achieves a deep cleaning with its fine bristles that can reach deep into the crevices of our teeth. Miswak is also antibacterial. It prevents tooth infections because of its antibacterial property. Miswak is the only tooth brush that promotes remineralization of teeth. You can learn more about Miswak by visiting this site, http://miswaksticks.com
Remineralizing teeth is so important in tooth decay healing and prevention. I bet some of you didn’t even know about it until you came across this article. Dentists really should talk more about it and give more emphasis on healthy eating and nutrition. People who have used Miswak should share their experience, and let people know how one little stick can make such a huge difference on one’s oral health. As a true advocate of natural healing and prevention, I recommend that you read all about Dr. Weston Price’s studies which he documented in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Another eye-opening book is Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. To learn more about natural cavity healing, the book Never Get Another Cavity by Spencer Arnold will do wonders for you. The third book in particular, gives step-by-step methods on healing and preventing cavities naturally.
How about you? Have you heard about remineralization? About Miswak? Comment below and tell us what you think!
*Contributed by: Michelle G. [link]
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