Overcoming tooth decay

Canine Tooth Decay

Have you already needed to support your child through a dental filling? You might even be thinking that this is normal and inevitable, but that is actually not the case!  Tooth decay, while it does rival the common cold as the most prevalent complaint today, is not an unavoidable fact of life.  Tooth decay is a bacterial disease that can be prevented by feeding your immune system… 

What is tooth decay?

When bacteria in the mouth combine with mucus and food debris, they create a sticky mass called plague. That plaque sticks to the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque feed on the sugars from the food debris, producing an acid that leaches calcium and phosphate from the teeth, weakening the enamel. Given enough time, the enamel erodes, then the dentine (body of the tooth), and eventually the pulp containing the nerve in the centre of the tooth, causing toothache.

 

Tooth decay thrives in an acidic, imbalanced mouth

Keeping tooth decay at bay is not just about keeping the teeth clean and not eating sweets.  You need to make sure that your probiotic bacteria are balanced, and your saliva is alkaline rather than acidic. You also need to make sure that those teeth are well nourished so that the enamel is not weak and vulnerable.

 

In other words, tooth decay will thrive when these things are in place:

1. Bacteria allowed to flourish in the mouth,

2. Sugars left over for bacteria to feed on, building up acid that attacks the enamel,

3. Tooth enamel vulnerable due to a deficiency of minerals and supporting nutrients

 

So how do you stop tooth decay?

A decayed tooth can’t be reversed, and you do need to have it cleaned out and filled by your dentist.  And of course, children with a very sweet tooth or who don’t brush properly / often enough are definitely in more danger of tooth decay, and this is something you can work on.  At the same time, put yourself back in the driving seat by taking a few immune-building measures to avoid further tooth decay:

  1. Start by nurturing your child’s probiotic bacteria balance. 

    Antibiotics, toothpaste and mouthwash with sugar or antibacterials, and eating a lot of refined carbs (including sweets) will all attack your saliva’s normally high balance of probiotic bacteria. 

    Probiotic “friendly” bacteria play a big part in a healthy immune system.  Balance them and nurture them by:
    ** Giving them a probiotic supplement (please see our product recommendations). 
    ** Changing their toothpaste to one with no sugar or chemical antibacterials (see our product recommendations below), 
    ** Not regularly using antibacterial mouthwash,
    ** Eating nutrient-rich foods with plenty of raw fruits and veggies to keep their body and saliva alkaline (see our Healthy Diet Profile)

    Why does this work?  Probiotic bacteria keep problem bacteria under control, so they naturally prevent tooth decay.  They also help digest sugars faster, and create a more alkaline environment…

  2. Use high quality supplements to top up their nutrient levels

    Our kids have plenty of gaps in their diet today. The pressure from polluted environment, food and water adds to this, so its super easy for them to end up with nutrient deficiencies that contribute to weaker teeth.  A good supplement can make all the difference.  See our suggestions below.

  3. Then work on avoiding those refined carbohydrates.

    Refined carbs provide an acidic environment that leaches tooth enamel, proliferates harmful bacteria, and depletes probiotic bacteria.  Your kiddie will also use up vital nutrients just to get them digested – nutrients those carbs won’t be supplying in the first place. 

    Any form of processed sugar – sweets, fruit juice, biscuits, cakes etc are things you should work on avoiding.  The simplest way to do this is to gradually change your approach. Treat every meal as an opportunity to nourish your child, and take steps to reduce the amount of carb they eat to just 1/4 of their food.  Choose those carbs from high quality, whole grain, low GI options. 

    Need help getting this right?  See our 8 Week Immune Booster Programme in the Product recommendations below for a simple, practical way to get your kiddie healthy from the inside out. 

 

Our recommended products for preventing tooth decay

  1. 8 Week Immune Booster Programme

    If you would like to make changes to your child’s diet in a way that sets you up for success, take a closer look at our 8 week Immune Boosting Programme.  We guide you through building their immune system, and we guarantee that it will work for you.
     

  2. Probiotic (GNLD Acidophilus Plus)

    We recommend a probiotic called Acidophilus Plus.  This will correct the probiotic “friendly” bacteria in the mouth and colon.  This capsule is very easy to open. Sprinkle into cooled down rooibos tea, with a ¼ teaspoon of honey.

  3. Multivitamin and antioxidant supplements for kids

    We recommend that you combine Vita Squares with Vita Guard to provide a good base of nutrients for your child that closes the gaps their diet leaves behind.  In particular, these supplements provide Carotenoids, Flavonoids, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.

  4. Calcium and Magnesium supplement for kids

    As an add-on to the Multivitamin and Antioxidant supplement for kids, we suggest Calmag Calcium and Magnesium supplement as an option that is easily absorbed and very effective.

  5. Xylitol Toothpaste (no antibacterials)

    Choose a toothpaste that uses xylitol as the sweetener instead of sugar. Avoid any antibacterial toothpastes… Some names that come to mind are Spry (find it at health shops) and Nature Fresh (find it at health shops and even Pick ‘n Pay).  Health shops are a good source of safer toothpastes.