What Causes Tooth Decay: The Role of Nutrition

Teeth and nutrition {Photo credit: www.good-gums.com)
Teeth and nutrition {Photo credit: www.good-gums.com)
Teeth and nutrition {Photo credit: www.good-gums.com)
Teeth and nutrition {Photo credit: www.good-gums.com)

Typically, if a dental practitioner is asked what causes tooth decay, sugar would be at the top of the list of responses. I won’t argue that sugar doesn’t play a crucial role in tooth decay, but it is only one of a number of key nutritional factors.

Surprisingly, although sugar plays a major role in tooth decay it is not for the reason commonly believed. As I have already addressed the role of sugar in another article on what causes tooth decay, I won’t go into it here.

Suffice to say that sugar contributes to the mineral imbalance, which causes reversal of the dentinal tubular flow of the teeth as previously noted. This reversal of the fluid flow, which is the underlying cause of tooth decay is also affected by other nutritional factors.

As I previously pointed out, raising the serum phosphorus level above 3.5 will right the dentinal flow, that is, in the correct direction from the metabolism to the mouth. It is the unhealthy reversal of this flow, which draws bacteria from the mouth right into the teeth causing them to decay from within then cavitate.

The tricky thing about the serum phosphorus level is that it is also regulated by the amount of calcium in the blood. The precise ratio of 4 parts of phosphorus to 10 parts calcium is needed to deter tooth decay and bone loss.

To sum up and simplify all of these rather complex elements is to say this. If our diet includes such that our blood sugar is stable and contains sufficient amounts of calcium and phosphorus, we won’t suffer from tooth decay or gum disease.

Seems simple enough, but in a culture ravished by the convenience of processed foods and the sweetness of the sugar therein, it is easier said than done. A simple example would be that white flour found in so many of today’s foods has been stripped of 80% of the calcium and phosphorus found in whole grain.

This is not the only evil of the highly favoured white powder. It is probably only second to refined sugar in causing an increase in the blood sugar levels. I explain this process in an article on whole grain. Hence, two of the largest contributing factors to tooth decay are found in refined sugar and white flour.

This largely explains why tooth decay is a result of modern civilization and has risen so dramatically in our day. As I noted in an article on healing tooth decay this has been substantiated by the lack of tooth decay in indigenous cultures worldwide.

Other myths and practices spawned by the diet dictocrats of the food giants have also played a major role in tooth decay. One of these being how the cholesterol myth has scared so many folks away from fat in their diet.

Without fat soluble vitamins like A and D, our bodies cannot absorb calcium into the blood. Even if we have sufficient calcium and phosphorus in our diet, which is unlikely, without sufficient fat it won’t do us any good.

I know with today’s nutritional trends that I am treading where angels fear to go, but this has been well researched and demonstrated by Dr. Weston Price and other eminent figures. A lack of healthy fats in the diet is at the root of a host of physical ailments and the effects are first seen in a degeneration of oral health.

As if this is not enough, there is another critical factor. As I explained in an article on vitamin K2 it is an activator essential to vitamins A and D functioning. It’s primary source traditionally was from raw milk, chiefly the butter therein, from pasture fed cows.

With today’s feedlots and pasteurization those are largely things of the past for most of us. So, what in the world is one to do? Well, to tell you the truth, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to insure uptake of these essential nutrients from real food sources.

These include, but certainly aren’t limited to, eating a homemade raw liver pate for vitamin A and fermenting natto from organic soybeans for its high levels of vitamin K2. I also consume a lot of homemade bone broths as the minerals in it are in ionic form as electrolytes, which are very easily assimilated. But I know that not everyone has the time nor the inclination to go to these lengths.

My recommendation to insure good oral health and in some case with ideal conditions, remineralize existing cavities, would be to get quality, natural supplements. The very best I have been able to find are high vitamin butter oil and fermented cod liver oil (CLO) from Green Pasture.

These products have been made in the traditional manner. The cows are pasture fed in the optimal conditions and the CLO has been extracted naturally via the fermentation process. Commercial CLO has been refined in a process, which has destroyed most of the Vitamins A and D. Synthetic vitamins are often put back in to replace them.

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  • Jim,

    I actually made a long overdue appointment at the dentist just this morning!

    Roger.

    • Jim

      Haha Roger, did my article “touch a nerve?”

  • Lisa

    I find the whole concept of dentinal flow fascinating. I’m going to try to learn more about this. Thanks

    • Jim

      I also find it fascinating Lisa. I also find it perturbing that the research happened at a leading dental university so many decades ago and isn’t even taught there now!

  • I sure wish I had known these facts years ago. Recently I have been checking the sugar levels in my diet and I’m astounded at all the things that contain sugar.

  • Jim

    Yeah, John, it is pretty hard to get away from it as a result of the corporatization of the food industry. It takes a fair bit of research and planning to eat healthy these days.