Dental Health and Cavities: What’s Diet Got to do With It

I guess we all know eating lots of sugary treats, candy and soda causes tooth decay. That’s kind of a no-brainer. But this deeper dive into the specifics of diet and how it impacts dental health and cavities in particular was very fascinating to me.

Most of us believe that once you have tooth decay, that cavity cannot be reversed and the only solution  is to have part of your tooth drilled out and filled with a synthetic material. However, it’s been proven that there are ways to reverse cavities naturally. According to this study, cavities and tooth decay could potentially be reversed with diet.

Sixty-two children with cavities were divided into three different diet groups. Group 1 ate a standard diet plus oatmeal, which is rich in phytic acid. Group 2 consumed a normal diet and supplemented with vitamin D3. Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and supplemented with vitamin D3.

The results revealed that Group 1 who ate the diet high in grains and phytic acid had an increase in cavities. Group 2 showed improvements in the number of cavities. Group 3, who followed a grain-free diet with nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and took vitamin D3, saw the greatest improvements. Nearly all cavities in this group were healed.

According to the insights of Dr. Weston Price and several others, there are four main things that contribute to tooth decay:

Lack of minerals in the diet (calcium deficiency, magnesium deficiency and phosphorus deficiency)

Lack of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K, especially vitamin D3 deficiency)

Consuming too much phytic acid-rich food

Too much consumption of processed sugar

The bottom line for me was the destructive nature of phytic acid-rich foods, which many of us consume regularly, if not daily. If you are unfamiliar with the term, phytic acid or phytate, is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans that can cause serious health problems in our diets. The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques, such as soaking, sprouting or fermentation, which kills off the phytic acid. I did an in-depth newsletter on the subject you can read here.

Too much phytic acid causes mineral deficiencies in two ways – by preventing you from absorbing minerals and also causing them to be leached from your bones and teeth – both of which can lead to osteoporosis as well as dental problems.

So do you have to completely give up your favorite morning oatmeal forever? No, not necessarily. I would suggest limiting it to 2 or 3 times a week and not daily. I would also recommend soaking any grain for 3 or 4 hours or overnight before cooking to deactivate most if not all of the phytates. Sprouting is another great method.

Would you be willing to make some changes if your diet is affecting your dental health? Or that of your children?

Make gradual changes. Boost health, vitality and energy. Become your best YOU.      

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13 Responses to Dental Health and Cavities: What’s Diet Got to do With It

  1. I can’t speak to cavities as I had very few in my life. I can speak to dental health overall, as hereditary (so I’ve been told) gingivitis led to numerous heart health issues through the years. Great post Ms. Ann. An important bit of information ma’am; thank you!

    • amusico says:

      I strongly relate J.D. I seem to have inherited that same propensity to develop gingivitis and have struggled with those issues for most of my adult life. Thankfully I finally got to a better place with changing my diet years ago which helped and found products and routines that have helped to keep my gums healthy and stable at my checkups. Amazing how your gums can so powerfully impact overall health, particularly heart health. Thank you for reading and commenting my friend.

  2. Holly Scherer says:

    Wow! Who knew? Not surprised by the D3, it’s crazy how it affects almost everything. Also not entirely surprised by the grains. I’m not happy about it though. We eat mostly a whole food plant-based diet and a lot of beans, nuts, seeds, and grains.

    • amusico says:

      It’s all in the balance Holly and if you soak them or with beans use a brand that pressure cooks them like Eden then the phytates are greatly reduced.

      • Holly Scherer says:

        Yeah, I should definitely look more into soaking. Thanks for the awesome tips!

  3. Very helpful. I guess if we could takecare of diet, we would not need to worry much.

  4. I just came across this site and found this informative blog about dentistry. Thanks for sharing!
    Keep it up!

  5. Leif Price says:

    Very helpful post! Thanks for sharing!

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