Recent evidence suggests that we may have been surviving without our teeth as much as 1.7 million years ago. However, in this day and age it isn’t really unusual to enter our nineties with a full set of nashers. But this isn’t a given. I also didn’t say they would necessarily be our own teeth Even alignment of the jaw is so important for sports performace, but more about that another time. First to teeth
I know it isn’t our usual topic but your teeth are incredibly important and sometimes we forget about them a bit, depend on our local dentist to work their magic next time (after a little telling off). But keeping your teeth healthy does not have to take long, maybe ten minutes at tops. Everyone should be able to give this time for something that is incredibly important to their health.
Tips for keeping those pearly whites:
- Get a good dentist that you trust… and go there! Purposely I would choose a dentist that fits with my philosophy on health; ‘don’t fix what isn’t broken (or inherently about to break) please’. I have found this in a wonderful place on Harley street called Facial Wellness (the link is at the end of this post). They focus on good quality, trustworthy dental care, with minimal invasive surgery. Facial Wellness don’t just have dentists, they offer a holistic approach encompassing dentistry, ayurvedic wellness, physical wellness and body balancing. Most importantly, they have a real family feel, taking the time to get to know their patients. It’s simple, they do not do work that isn’t necessary.
- Don’t believe everything you hear. In the world of ‘natural fitness’, there is a tendency to see modern dentistry as an enemy. A dark force that is secretly scheming to make serious fortunes through questionable techniques. Now… there may be some truth to this. When my father was young, the dentist used to come to the school and they would be paid by the filling! It doesn’t take a shrewd businessman to figure out that his teeth are ALL filled! When I was young(er), my teeth were also filled with amalgams and I later learned (from a most trusted dentist and friend) that there was absolutely no need. The fillings were too shallow to have been necessary and could have been watched. Yes watched because teeth can heal themselves. Unlike what some dentists may have you believe, with the right cleaning regime and nutrition teeth can regenerate. Do I think dentists are evil? No. I think the ‘natural’ dental world has also become a little bit misleading, scaring people and provoking the rise of sub-par products and expensive alternatives. You just need to find the right one for you. A good dentist should answer your questions openly, be able to tell you exactly what they are (or are not) doing and WHY.
- Keep that old toothbrush head. It’s perfectly moulded to the shape of your teeth! Just make sure you clean it regularly! Choose a soft brush. You can clean it regularly with vinegar to stop it harbouring bacteria. You will at some point need to change it, but as long as it is clean and still has it’s bristles then it should be okay.
- Brush teeth twice a day. Such a simple piece of advice but how many of us actually do it. Use a circular motion when brushing. More than twice is not necessary and will just cause more wear. Choose a good toothpaste that is approved by a dental association please! The simple fact is that many of the ‘natural’ toothpastes are simply not good enough. I have tried and tested a few and the only one I can really recommend is Kingfisher. Otherwise, take a lesson from our older generation and just using plain baking soda mixed with a bit of coconut oil (my teeth were amazingly white using this method).
- Floss daily.
- Drink bone broths or gelatine rich soups. The evidence from our pre-farming prehistoric ancestors suggests that they were a fair bit more resistant to tooth decay than we are nowadays. This is most likely due to their diets, very few grains and cooked starches. They instead would have consumed things like fruits and vegetables, marrow and other nutrient dense foods.
- Have two teaspoons of coconut oil a day. Coconut oil is antibacterial and has been shown to have potential benefits for tooth care. Bacteria in the mouth can cause cavities and to minimise this you could also use a mouthwash like the Original Antiseptic one from Listerine. You can also use something like a salt water rinse or, as studies show might be effective, try coconut oil pulling.
There is a superb site from the Paleo Hygienist, which I feel is a really balanced, well written blog by someone who can really explain the ‘regular’ and ‘natural’ dental worlds brilliantly. I really recommend you take some time to read it. http://thepaleohygienist.com
If you are interested in finding out about some truly top class dental care then please check out the Facial Wellness centre. http://www.facialwellness.co.uk