As a holistic Practice, one that considers both the cause and the treatment for dental concerns we consider your systemic health. We understand the profound effect that your diet and lifestyle can have on your Oral Health, which in turn effects your whole body. We take a “systemic (whole body) approach to your dental treatment. It may interest you to know that the average dentist studies nutrition for about 10 - 15 hours over their 4 year Degree ! When people ask us how they can improve the health of their teeth, gums and oral cavity the answer really is quite simple.
Filtered or spring water is best and its readily available If you choose water over sugar filled drinks your teeth will thank you with longevity and good health! Not to mention the lack of staining you may otherwise inflict on your smile if you were to choose coffee & tea over water. Simply switching to a green tea will be very beneficial to your health and result in a brighter whiter smile as well!
Saliva production is an important element of assisting your teeth to overcome acid attacks, by neutralising the acids. However if you are eating too frequently then your saliva does not have the opportunity to do its best work.
Studies have shown that chewing sugar free chewing gum for 20 minutes will encourage a higher production of saliva, which in turn as mentioned above will aid in neutralising decay caused by acid attacks. At Crown Holistic Dental we take our nutrition advice to heart, you will notice in our Tea, Coffee and Spring Water Bar we are well stocked with healthy alternatives that you may help yourself to before or after your appointment! We advocate green juices (more vegetables and less fruit) and our founder’s personal favourite is celery juicing. Celery Juice is wonderful to heal and clean the gut. You can find out a lot more about this wonderful juice by reading the book – The Medical Medium by Anthony William.
Of course, we always advocate having your own nutritionist or naturopath. What does a naturopath actually do? A naturopath uses non-invasive and natural therapies to promote the body to heal.
They take into account your general health, physical symptoms as well lifestyle factors and your mental health when assessing your health requirements. We have a long list of trusted colleagues who will be more than happy to give you further in depth advise on nutrition and its role in Oral health.
Many people mistakenly think that the teeth are somehow disconnected to the rest of the body, that they only need regular cleaning and flossing, yet this could not be further form the truth. We often hear patients report that they brush and floss regularly and yet they still have problems and have the need for restorations (fillings) The tooth is a living structure, it contains nerves and blood supplies keeping it vital.
Just like in other areas of the body the blood supply carries nutrients to the tooth. And the primary nutrients needed to keep a tooth healthy are calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D and K2. Vitamin A is great to assist to build and repair teeth. Vitamin K2 is responsible for activating proteins that support the use of calcium and . it is also responsible for activating the protein that removes calcium from where it should not be (i.e. the inside of arteries).
A lack of these Vitamins may result in an increased build-up of hardened tartar on the teeth. Vitamin D is needed to keep the internal cells of the tooth healthy. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to poor tooth formation, tooth decay in children, and gum disease in adults. Without adequate vitamin D, calcium cannot be utilized correctly by the body, causing the body to pull calcium out of storage, meaning from the bone, leading to osteoporosis.
At Crown Holistic dental we are able to discuss at length with you what is required to support a health mouth, teeth and gums. We advocate a healthy well balanced meal, including a wide variety of nuts grains, meat fish and of course healthy vegetables and fruits.
Vitamin A is found in foods like:
Leafy green vegetables, kale, spinach, broccoli, Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and other winter & summer squash Tomatoes & Red bell peppers Rockmelons and mangos Beef liver. Fish oils. Milk & Eggs.
Calcium is found in foods like:
Dairy products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, Calcium-fortified beverages such as almond and soy milk. Dark-green leafy vegetables, such as Bok Choy, broccoli and spinach Dried peas and beans, Fish with bones, (low mercury if possible) V
itamin K2 is found in Foods like:
Dark leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards. lettuce. turnips.
We always recommend choosing organic whenever possible, We are confident with a diet rich in all of these wonderful foods you can look forward to Optimum Oral Health. If you would like a more in depth conversation about how good nutrition can effect your Oral and systemic Health