Good healthy nutrition can result in a healthy mouth. But feeding a killer smile means more than just avoiding sugary candy or acid drinks: you have to give your body the right fuel so you can avoid the risk of (oral) inflammation. Of course the right fuel can also result in strong teeth and bones…
A healthy mouth needs nutrients
When you miss certain nutrients (vitamins, minerals) your mouth has a difficult time to fight against infections. We do not suggest that malnutrition is the cause of periodontal diseases but what is clear, is the fact that a disease can grow much faster when there is a lack of nutrients. So think carefully which foods you eat in addition to using the right oral products. An optimal oral health means a healthy body and vice versa.
Here are some tips to optimalize your oral health:
1. Oral superfood: Calcium
Calcium and vitamin D are essential to maintain a strong set of teeth and bones (we already knew this right?). What we often don’t know is that diary IS NOT good for your body (and the calcium in diary doesn’t do us any good). How does that come about?
Once upon a time diary products of cows were healthy. The so-called primal cows grazed outside all day and not only ate grass but also healthy herbs. Because this was and is the natural food source of cows, they produced healthy, fresh milk. This milk we drank raw so we could absorb all the nutrients that was in that milk. Nowadays milk isn’t that pure and fresh anymore. This has to do with different factors:
- Most cows live indoors and only set foot outside half the year (or don’t see grass at all).
- They are fertilised continuously so they can keep producing milk (the calf is allowed to drink with his mother for 2 days and is removed after that so the farmer can use the milk for production).
- After 300 days of milking, the cow gets a 2 month rest (best case scenario) and after this the process continuous. This high level of milk-production will cause udder infections which in return causes pus discharge in the milk.
- Cows don’t receive their natural food (grass) but get fed corn. This is a cheap nutrition. Corn cannot be digested easily for a cow in which case the quality of the milk reduces.
- Most cows receive antibiotics (prevention) so it can’t get sick. Hormonal injections are given as well so calfs can grow as fast as possible so they can become milk-producers as well. These antibiotics and hormones are injested by us people (not so healthy).
- Milk is pasteurized to prolange the perishable date. This process unfortunately lowers the quality of the milk and its nutrients.
Also the calcium in milk has such a tight consistency that we as humans cannot asborb this specific form of calcium. My advice is to avoid diary products in general and to choose other calciumrich sources such as: green vegetables, almonds, wild salmon, beans, seaweed or a calcium/magnesium supplement.
Important: without enough vitamin D in your system, we cannot absorb calcium the proper way. Read more about the importance of vitamin D in this article >>
2. Oral superfood: Wholewheat products
Wholewheat products are particularly good due to the presence of folic acid. Folic acid is not only good during pregnancy, but should also be taken additionally by all women who use birth control and by elderly people over 55 years of age. Folic acid can make a positive contribution to the prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis. Folic acid can also be found in vegetables, fruit, oily fish, chicken, liver and eggs.
3. Oral superfood: Protein
Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, help wounds to heal faster. A dietary pattern high in natural protein can help you cure surgical interventions such as implant placement or the extraction of wisdom teeth more quickly. Many protein-rich products also contain the mineral zinc, which gives an extra boost to wound healing. Protein is naturally found in nuts and seeds, eggs, miso (fermented soya) but also in fatty fish, for example.
4. Oral superfood: Water
Our saliva production is essential for a healthy mouth. saliva contains self-cleaning ingredients to keep the flora in the mouth balanced. When there is a lack of moisture, there is also a saliva deficiency at the same time. You need sufficient moisture in the form of water or herbal tea to keep your saliva production going.
Sufficient amounts of saliva helps prevent possible infections so you keep a healthy mouth. Adequate moisture also ensures that the food cannot stay between your teeth and teeth. If nutrition remains in your mouth for a longer period of time, there is a greater risk of bacteria developing. And these bacteria can cause halitosis (poor breath). Drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water or herbal tea per day.
5. Oral superfood: Oxygen
Oxygen plays a key-role in the health of the whole body. We cannot live without oxygen. But constantly too little oxygen in the body, which affects many of us, causes acidification in the body. The more acidified the more quickly inflammatory reactions can occur. To counteract these reactions, it is advisable to make your body as oxygen-rich as possible.
Why blue®m helps
blue®m products contain active oxygen. This oxygen is extracted from unheated honey. As soon as the honey comes in contact with your mouth, it turns into hydrogen peroxide. This substance has an oxygen-enriched effect. The active oxygen kills anaerobic bacteria, reduces infections faster and promotes wound healing. In addition to oxygen, all products contain Lactoferrin and Xylitol. Two powerful ingredients that provide an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and fungicidal effect. Keep that healthy mouth by using our products twice daily.
In addition to using blue®m oral care products, eating enough vegetables is also important. Vegetables have a strong deacidifying effect and thus provide more oxygen activity in the body. How many vegetables per day? Try to eat at least 400 grams of vegetables a day. That takes some getting used to, but you will notice how fit and energetic your body becomes if you remain faithful to this amount.
My name is Laura Kluyver, orthomolecular nutritionist. Every month I write several blogs and articles for blue®m about food and oral health.