Ways To Prevent Tooth Decay


How can you prevent your and/or yours kids teeth from decay?

Let's start with the easiest and that would be washing your teeth. The ideally would be that we wash our teeth every time after we eat something. And many times that is immposible and also washing your teeth so many times a day would be so irritating to our mouth, tounge and teeth. We would also damage our enamel on the teeth.
Enemal is the hardest, white outer part of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium phosphate, a rock-hard mineral.

So washing your and yours kids teeth 2-3 times a day is adequate. And washing your teeth should last for 2 minutes.

But first we need to clean between our teeth. We need good old dental floss for that.
I like waxed dental floss with mint flavor. I find that with waxed dental floss it is easier to clean my teeth unlike with unwaxed. But that is personal choice also like with flavor.
Of course there are also other flavors like unflavored, fruity flavor, cupcake flavor,bubble gum flavor, cinammon flavor etc....

Flossing is realy important because it removes all food that is stuck between teeth. And also flossing is a great way to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to cavities. Use dental floss every time before you are going to wash your teeth.

After flossing we need to wash our teeth. There are so many diferent toothpaste today. But not every toothpaste is good. You have fluoridated toothpaste, fluoride-free toothpaste and home made natural toothpaste.


First what is fluoride?

Fluoride is a trace mineral (like iodine) called fluorine. In nature, it is found only in compound forms, such as the ore fluorspar (calcium fluoride) in soil. It can be found in both fresh and sea water, in food (fish, bone meal, tea), and in our bodies as part of the bone. Fluoride helps diminish demineralization of tooth enamel and even enhances the remineralization of potential decay spots.
In toothpaste they use few types of fluoride.
There is sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, stannous fluoride and olaflur (amine fluoride).

A range of toothpastes are available that contain different levels of fluoride. The amount of fluoride that’s in the toothpaste can be found on the side of the tube and is measured in parts per million (ppm). Toothpastes containing 1350-1500 ppm fluoride are the most effective. 



 Do you need fluoridated toothpaste?

If you have a child under the age of two, the child should definitely be using a fluoride-free toothpaste. Kids can swallow too much fluoride, especially at the ages of two and under, when it's tough to teach them to spit out toothpaste.

-Children between three and six years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm fluoride. 

-Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1350-1500 ppm fluoride.

If your water is fluoridated then I would skipp fluoridated toothpaste. To find out how much fluoride is in your tap water, contact your local water supplier.

In my city they don't add sodium fluoride to our water. Because of that we use fluoridated toothpaste.
And we only use Elmex toothpaste with amine fluoride.  

Elmex - is manufactured by GABA International AG, a Swiss manufacturer of branded oral care products located in Therwil. 
Amine fluoride is an organic fluor formula.
Unlike sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate and stannous fluoride they are inorganics fluorides.

Amine fluoride increases the concentration of fluoride in and around the teeth compared to sodium fluoride and provides significant caries reduction compared to sodium monofluorophosphate  toothpaste. Which means amine fluride toothpaste is better for tooth decay prevention.
With Elmex amine fluoride toothpaste we also use Elmex gel (gelee) and GC Tooth Mousse.

Elmex gel -
is used for caries intensive prophylaxis. Because it have active amine fluoride in high concentration. It remineralises decalcified enamel and hardens it permanently. It is  used only once a week because it contains 12500 ppm of amine fluoride.

I remember when I was kid and every time when I was for my dental checkup my dentist would coating my teeth with fluoride varnish.
And that taste I can feel even today. Similar tasting also have Elmex gel but not so strong like fluoride varnish.

We use Elmex gel only once a week half a pea sized amount.

GC Tooth Mousse -
is produced by GC Chemicals Research Laboratory established in Ikebukuro in 1921. , Tokyo.

GC Tooth Mousse is water based, sugar free dental topical cream containing Recaldent CPP-ACP (Casein Phosphopeptide - Amorphous Calcium Phosphate).
Recaldent is derived from the milk protein, casein. Tooth Mousse is used to restore mineral balance in the oral environment.
It provides extra protection for teeth. And also It helps neutralize acid challenges from acidogenic bacteria in plaque and other internal and external acid sources.

Tooth Mousse is used once a week right before you go to bed. First is flossing your teeth, then washing with toothpaste and in the end is applying Tooth Mousse.
You need to spread it good all over your teeth and leave it through the night. It is used pea sized amount for whole teeth. Tooth Mousse does not have fluoride in it so you don't need to rinse your mouth with water after application.

And the last product I use is only for grown-ups and children who live in area where water is not fluoridated. It is called Fluoretten and there is also Zymaflour, Epiflur, Fluor a day, Ludent etc. They are the same thing but different manufacturer.

Fluoretten - are sodium fluoride tablets. Very small tablets. I use Fluoretten 0.5 mg and there is also 0.25 mg and 1 mg.

I start to use sodium fluoride tablets for the first time when I was pregnant with my first baby and it helped me with my teeth and my son's teeth also. He never had any tooth decay and he is 6 years old now. He has perfect white teeth. I have also used sodium fluoride tablets in my second pregnancy with my daughter. And she is 2 years old now also has perfect white teeth and no tooth decay. I'm still using sodium fluoride tablets today because I'm still breastfeeding my youngest. And it really helps me to save my teeth form cracking and caries.

We don't want to forget mouthwash. I use it regularly in the morning and in the evening after I have washed my teeth. I use mouthwash with fluoride.

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Natural toothpaste and mouthwash. Sure,why not!

One home made natural toothpaste and mouthwash coming up!


Recepie for toothpaste:

2 tablespoon of white or gray ventilated clay ( it must be ventilated,that means it is food grade)

1 tablesoopn of glycerin vegetable
1 tablespoon of distilled water
1 tablespoon of baking soda (aluminum free!)
2 tablespoon coconut oil ( organic extra virgin unrefined cold pressed)
1 teaspoon stevia extract powder ( stevia is added because of sweet taste and it is good against tooth decay)
essential oil of Sage (lat.Salvia officinalis) or Clove (lat.Eugenia caryophyllata) or Spearmint (lat.Mentha spicata).Pick one of essential oils and add 8-10 drops. Or you can combine two of essential oils but then add only 4 drops of each essential oil.

Blend together clay, baking soda and stevia in the small dish. Add glycerin and water in first blend and mix together. Then add coconut oil and stir well. And finally stir in the essential oil of your choice.

This home made natural toothpaste you can keep in a small storage container. You can grab your toothpaste with a toothbrush or with a small spoon and then put on toothbrush.

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Recepie for mouthwash:

100 ml of  filtered or destilled water

1 teaspoon of honey.
2-3 drops of essential oil Spearmint (lat.Mentha spicata)

- Or -

100 ml of filtered or destilled water

2 teaspoon of baking soda (aluminum free!)
2 drops of essential oil Spearmint (lat.Mentha spicata)
2 drops of essential oil Tea tree ( lat. Melaleuca alternifolia)

Before every use, shake well the bottle. Avoid swallowing the mouthwash.


 Does food have effect on tooth decay?

It certainly does!

Foods that cause tooth decay are;

- flavoured milks and yoghurts

- sugary breakfast cereals and cereal bars

- jams

- fruit canned in syrup

-  junk food

- candys, sweet biscuits or cakes, chocolate

- soft drinks, juices, sports drinks and coffee

- refined carbs (they quickly break down to sugars)

- "white" food like white bread, withe rice, plain pasta, sugar....

- some medicines can affect your and yours child's oral health because of their sugar content

- asthma inhalers or puffers ( the powder in some puffers is acidic and can damage tooth enamel. This could lead to tooth decay over time if it    isn’t balanced with good oral hygiene.)

- bottle-feeding (settling babies to sleep with bottles of milk can lead to early childhood tooth decay, particularly if it happens often. The problem is that the milk contains natural sugars, which can build up around baby’s teeth at night. The germs on the teeth can turn the sugars into acids, which eat away at the enamel of the baby teeth.)

-alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs 

Some sugars occur naturally in food and drink, such as fruit, honey and milk. The naturally occurring sugar in dried fruit, such as raisins, dates and apricots can also contribute to tooth decay.

Many dried fruits are sticky ( but they are healthy food!) Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.

Frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. 

Potato chips are filled with starch  that can lead to plaque build-up.

Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease. 

Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid as a waste product, which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth.

Intrinsic acids, which are produced by the body, cause dental erosion following vomiting, regurgitation, or reflux, and can be extremely damaging to the teeth. Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is now a recognized cause of tooth erosion from hydrochloric (stomach) acid. It is responsible for the extensive erosion of teeth seen in conditions like bulimia and anorexia where reflux is common and constant.



 Can you prevent tooth decay with food ?

Of course you can!

Brown rice
 - is rich in magnesium and it also contains different types of B vitamins, which are essential for strengthening teeth and keeping the gums healthy.

Milk - should be consumed without sugar and artificial ingredients.

Yogurt - helps prevent cavities, build up of plaque and bad breath. Remember to eat yoghurt without sugar and artificial ingredients.

Cheese - calcium in cheese and the calcium and phosphates in milk, butter, cream and other dairy products, help put back minerals in your teeth that you might have lost due to other foods.

Green and black teas - both contain polyphenols that interact with plaque bacteria. These substances either kill or hold back bacteria. This prevents them from growing or producing acid that attacks teeth. 

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables -  foods with fiber have a detergent effect in your mouth. They also get saliva flowing. This is your best natural defense against cavities and gum disease. Because saliva contains traces of calcium and phosphate, it also restores minerals to areas of teeth that have lost them from the bacterial acids.

Fresh fruit and vegetables.

Leafy green vegetables.

Sea food.

Grassfed meats and organs.

Whole grains.



Drinking plain water.

Summary is changing your and your children's not so good eating habits to healthy eating habits.



 Vitamins and minerals do I need them to for tooth decay prevention?

Yes you do!

Vitamins and minerals are so important for healthy teeth! The main reason is because you can't get so much needed vitamins and minerals from your daily food. You can get some but not all and not in that quantity that you need.

We need vitamins A, B complex, C, D , E, K.

We need minearals calcium citrate, magnesium citrate or chelated magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc chelated, iodine, iron chelated, copper.

Cod liver oil is full of vitamin A and D and omega-3 fatty acids.

We also need proteins ( best sources are beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and legumes like black beans and lentils and protein supplements).

And we need antioxidants. They are found in many foods including fruit and vegetables. Also you can find them as dietary supplements like beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, C and E.

Since vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble you need to be careful with them. Fat soluble means that they are stored in our body and you can't flush them out. Do not exceed recommended daily dose.

For vitamin A it best to take beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is natural form of vitamin A drived from fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is converted in our body into vitamin A.

Daily dosage as a dietary supplement, capsules or chewable tablets:

- adults and teenagers: 6 to 15 milligrams (mg) of beta-carotene (the equivalent of 10,000 to 25,000 Units of vitamin A activity) per day.
- children: 3 to 6 mg of beta-carotene (the equivalent of 5,000 to 10,000 Units of vitamin A activity) per day.

Vitamin D is recommended daily intake 2000 IU. Vitamin D3 ( cholecalciferol) is better then D2 (ergocalciferol).

Regular sun exposure can stimulate the human skin to produce quantities of vitamin D that far exceed your needs. The good news is that you can't overdose on the vitamin D manufactured by your skin. 
Also keep in mind that particularly in the higher northern latitudes, vitamin D levels can be problematic. If you live above 40 degrees north latitude you won't make much of any vitamin D in the winter. So taking vitamin D in pill form is necessary.

Vitamin E you can buy them in different dosage from 100 IU to 1000 IU. I would settle for middle. I never take more then 400 IU a day. Natural vitamin E is d alpha-tocopherol and synthetic is dl alpha-tocopheryl. We need natural vitamin E because it is drived from vegetable oil. Also it is very good to use mixed tocopherols vitamin E. Like d-Alpha Tocopherol, d-Beta Tocopherol, d-Delta Tocopherol and d-Gamma Tocopherol. Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are among the best sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin K is offten found in multivitamins and daily intake is from 90 mcg for adult women to 120 mcg for adult men. Vitamin K is also found naturally in many food like green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, blueberries, figs, meat, cheese, eggs, and soybeans.



We also need probiotics a.k.a. good bacteria for tooth decay prevention.

Good bacterias are very important in maintaining good overall health. So you don't forget them. Acidophilus yogurt, greek yogurt, plain yogurt, kefir and probiotic supplements.


Keep your teeth healthy!

Layla 🙂


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