Here’s something I’ve noticed: Even families with what are considered good dental plans often end up suffering significant out-of-pocket expenses each year. Dental plans only pay up to a certain point and then the costs fall to the patient.
As with your car or anything else that has to be “fixed” every so often, the way to save money in the long term is through sound preventive maintenance and to avoid those big dental bills, the best way to do this is with natural tooth care.
Not only will your healthy teeth promote a brighter smile, not having to write those checks to the dentist should get you grinning from ear to ear.
Eat the Right Food
If you’re like most of us you remember your mom telling you that candy was going to rot your teeth at Halloween and all the other major holidays where candy is handed out like business cards at a sales convention. Okay, that’s fine; it teaches us what’s bad for our teeth, but how about taking a proactive approach and concentrating on what’s good for our teeth? That would be even better.
Sugar is bad because it leads to plague, which leads to the bacteria that eat away the enamel of our teeth. Therefore, foods that naturally reduce bacteria around our teeth would be good and some delicious foods do this, like cranberries, cinnamon, raspberries and blueberries. Can you see yourself substituting some of those for a sugary snack?
Those foods are working from the outside-in to reduce tooth decay, let’s talk about some foods that work from the inside-out to improve our dental health. Researchers have found that our modern diet distorts our blood chemistry and the way to put things back in order is by getting vitamins A,D,E and K—the fat-soluble vitamins—via whole foodd and natural sources. Grass fed animals, shellfish and wild fish are among the best sources for these vitamins and especially the organ meat.
There are also good plant sources for fat-soluble vitamin E, including these grains: oats, barley, rye and wheat. But since grains can go rancid quickly, which destroys the benefits, you need to make sure they haven’t been processed or stored too long.
Natural foods rich in calcium are also said to promote good dental health. Eat a lot of dark leafy green vegetables, almonds, figs, chickpeas and use sesame seeds on your food. Other beneficial and mineral-rich foods include pumpkin seeds, kale, kelp, blackstrap molasses and dulse.
High fiber foods promote the production of saliva which is nature’s way of restoring the right pH in our mouths. Instead of sugary sodas, drink a lot of water, milk and unsweetened tea. By the way, if you’re in the habit of sipping a soda all day long, that’s one of the worst things you can do for your teeth.
Brush Often with a Natural Toothpaste
The old adage of brushing after every meal is a good one. Do you keep a toothbrush at work? Have you considered how much eating you do throughout the work day? It can be very significant, especially if your office insists on birthday celebrations and bringing in “special treats.”
Find a natural toothpaste you like and stick with it. Keep a tube along with a toothbrush at work and use them whenever you eat. Time is the culprit here. Would you let your opponent get a 25-yard head start in a 100-meter dash? If you’re only brushing before you go to bed at night, you’re giving bacteria inside your mouth that kind of advantage.
Stay Away from Metal Fillings
Work hard to avoid tooth fillings, or amalgams. Typically these are 50-70 percent mercury which is extremely toxic. Further, they tend to fail over time and then your teeth require even more significant, and costly, restoration work.
The key here is to find the right dentist. Talk to friends, family members and neighbors about their dentists. When you’re interviewing dentists discuss your desire to use natural oral care as much as possible and your hope to avoid amalgams. See if your prospective dentist is willing to monitor small cavities before drilling them out and filling in the holes.
Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for Dental Implants Dentists in the UK, a comprehensive directory of local implant surgeons.