From the amount of research that’s been done, it’s become increasingly apparent that fluoride is a toxin and harmful for our teeth and bodies. As mama’s who care for our children, we can speak up and tell our dentist no to fluoride for our kids. There are healthier alternatives to your children having strong, cavity-free teeth without using neurotoxins. There are even natural solutions to turn to when little ones do develop a childhood cavity.
But what about the everyday stuff? How do we nourish our children’s bodies and keep their enamel healthy and decay free through our everyday choices? It all starts with the food we eat.
How Cavities Start
We’ve been taught that certain foods, like sugar and other acids erode enamel, creating a haven for bacteria to invade and causing cavities. But the issue is actually much deeper than that.
“Daily the calcium and phosphate of the enamel migrates out of the teeth to the bones, heart, brain and other places where it is needed. This is called by dentists demineralization.” (source)
Unless we are providing the body with the minerals it needs to function properly, the minerals in our teeth will continue to leech out. Our bodies don’t just need calcium though, they require water soluble and fat soluble vitamins and minerals.
Primitive people’s diets contained ten times more fat soluble vitamins than our average diet today. There was also little to no tooth decay. If you look at pictures of indigenous tribes in Africa today, their smiles are straight and very white, without modern dentistry.
So what should we be feeding our children to promote strong, cavity-free teeth?
Foods To Eat
These foods and nutrients should be incorporated into children’s every day meals. It’s also really important for pregnant and nursing mothers for the proper development of the baby they’re nurturing.
- Fat soluble vitamins A, D, K and K2. These are found in grassfed dairy, aged cheeses, pastured butter, high vitamin butter oil and pastured meats. And yes, vitamin K and vitamin K2 really are two different nutrients.
- Include regular protein throughout the day to help balance blood sugar. Dentist Dr. Melvin Page found that the incidence of tooth decay would increase when blood sugar levels raised above the 80-90 range. (source)
- Increase mineral intake from bone broth high in gelatin, raw and cultured dairy products, and seafood products.
- Fermented foods and probiotics are also a must have.
- Fermented cod liver oil, high vitamin butter and coconut oil provide necessary fat soluble nutrients.
- Vegetables contain vitamins necessary for strong enamel, so a wide variety should be included.
Foods To Stay Away From
There’s a huge list of unacceptable foods listed in the Cure Tooth Decay book. Unless your child already has decay though, you can most likely get by on a real food diet. The Weston A. Price Foundation’s guidelines are a good place to start. Diets low in sugar, especially processed sugar, and high in fat soluble and water soluble minerals will prevent tooth decay in most cases. Some of the foods that can cause cavities include:
- Refined flour and other grains, unless properly prepared
- Refined and processed sugar
- Prepackaged and fast food
- Coffee, soda and sweeteners
- Soymilk and tofu
- Pasteurized milk products, even organic
- Hydrogenated Oils – like margarine and low quality vegetable oils
- Non-grass-fed meat and eggs, and farm raised fish
What About Cavities?
If your child already has weakened enamel, decay and cavities, then additional measures should be taken. The Cure Tooth Decay book is such a wealth of information on the subject, so at that point it would be best to get the book and follow its protocol.
36 Healthy Recipes For Strong, Cavity-Free Teeth
- Loaded sweet potato soup via Wellness Mama
- Meatloaf cupcakes with sweet potato “frosting” via Wellness Mama
- Crock pot pulled pot roast via Live Simply
- Easy crock pot braised shepherd’s pie via Live Simply
- Grain free chicken fried steak via Mommypotamus
- Grain free mini pizzas via Mommypotamus
- Teriyaki salmon via Deliciously Organic
- Cottage cheese via This is So Good
- Glazed brussels and bacon via The Herbal Spoon
- Parsnip fries with harissa mayo via Wellness Mama
- Vegetable fried “rice” via Wellness Mama
- Beef and veggie taco lettuce cups via Live Simply
- Bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese via Pinch of Yum
- Healthy sweet potato skins via Pinch of Yum
Broth and Soup
- Slovak Sunday bone broth soup via Almost Bananas
- Easy borscht via Almost Bananas
- Purple cauliflower soup via A Harmony Healing
- Quick and nourishing Japanese soup via Almost Bananas
- How to make bone broth via Eat Beautiful
- How to make fishstock via Fearless Eating
- Creamy roasted cauliflower soup via Live Simply
- Creamy meyer lemon gummies via This Is So Good
- Mango lime and coconut gummies via This is So Good
- Strawberry basil popsicles via This is So Good – sub raw milk for the almond milk to follow the Cure Tooth Decay guidelines
- Berry cheesecake pops via The Herbal Spoon
- Simple (and best) liver patte via Almost Bananas
- Honey butter pecan ice cream via Wellness Mama (use raw honey and raw milk)
- Strawberry Gelato via Wellness Mama
- 3 veggie packed popsicle recipes via Live Simply
- How to brew kombucha (and add flavors) via The Herbal Spoon
- Eggnog via The Herbal Spoon
- Turmeric tea via Wellness Mama
- Beet kvass via Wellness Mama
- Kid friendly green smoothie via Live Simply
- Homemade herbal electrolyte drink via Growing Up Herbal
- Shamrock shake via Deliciously Organic
My son doesn’t have a perfect diet, but we do try to include strengthening and nourishing foods as often as possible. So far he hasn’t had any cavities, and I’m hoping that with diligence, it will stay that way.