Cavities. They’re scary when you’re a little kid, but maybe even more scary when you’re a mom remembering your own dental problems. Maybe it’s worse, maybe you’re in the middle of your own dental problems and watching your kid develop them at the same time. Fortunately, there’s an easy tool at your disposal to give every tooth in the family a fighting chance; trace minerals!
Even if you’re doing everything “right” with nutrition and dental hygiene, don’t put all your pastured eggs in one basket – teeth are made up of minerals and they need plenty to fill in any little holes forming! With rampant nutritional deficiencies and soil depletion across the globe, eating the best quality food around isn’t guaranteed to save you from mineral deficiencies. Fear not, I have some solutions that are a piece of cake – grain and sugar free, of course!
Real sea salt is a delicious source of trace minerals, as long as you make sure it’s the colored kind. Don’t let good old Morton fool you – not all “sea salt” is made the same. And with those colorful trace minerals, feel free to salt at your leisure – it’s yet another thing that is not actually bad for you to consume normally.
Cell salts are a basic homeopathic-like remedy that are made purely with salts and a bit of lactose for easy consumption (you can find them lactose-free if you need it). Calc Fluor and Calc Phos are two specific cell salts that aid in the building of strong bones and teeth. I give my daughter 16 tablets of each every day. If your kid isn’t going to eat them up, they’re easily dissolved in liquid.
Calcium bentonite clay is a double whammy for tooth health because it not only has lots of trace minerals that support cellular functioning and of course building healthy teeth, but its also used as a gentle detox. Adults can take whole teaspoons wet or dry, but I recommend soaking first then mixing with water. Children can take 1/4tsp of dry clay into 4oz of water, soaked for at least 8 hours. The clay water can then be added to any beverage or taken straight – the clay is basically flavorless.
MI Paste (get the one without fluoride) has made its rounds in the health conscious circles, so I feel a need to mention it even though I have not used it. The paste is spread around the teeth and left to “soak in”, directly aiding in remineralization. I have spoken with a few people who have had dramatic results, so it’s worth a shot if you’re really needing help.
Two more tips:
Don’t just steer clear of sugars, watch out for grains, legumes and even nuts. Phytates bind to minerals, robbing your body of already precious resources. Kids are especially at risk as they don’t even develop the digestive enzymes required to break down those foods until after 2 years old. Some people use the guideline of having all molars erupted before introducing them, but at least try to limit consumption prior to 2 years and do your best to properly prepare them regardless. After that, stick with sprouted/soaked foods.
Make sure you skip all the chemicals that modern dentists like to push on us. Fluoride, additives in toothpaste (like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and even xylitol gels should all be left by the wayside. Teeth need to be clean of plaque to maintain proper mineralization processes, but additives that are present even in natural toothpaste can stick to teeth and inhibit that process. Try using the Wellnesse whitening toothpaste, regular old mint soap or make your own!
What steps are you taking in making sure your family doesn’t get cavities?