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The Power of Nutrition in Dental Health

In the bustling modern world, where convenience often takes precedence over nutrition, our diets have undergone a drastic transformation. This shift affects both our overall wellbeing, and our dental health. Let’s explore the realm of dental health and nutrition, exploring how what we eat shapes not just our smiles, but also our airways, jaw, and overall health.

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In the early 1900s, a dentist named Dr. Weston A. Price began a cross-culture study into how diet contributes to optimal dental health. What he discovered was truly eye-opening. Traditional diets that were rich in essential nutrients like vitamins D, A, and what he referred to as "Activator X" (now identified as vitamin K2), were the cornerstone of strong, cavity-resistant teeth and broad, well-shaped jaws.


Compare this to the modern diet, laden with processed foods lacking balance and vital nutrients. The consequences of this diet are high rates of tooth decay, narrow dental arches, and compromised airways. The missing link? Key vitamins like K2, which play a crucial role in directing calcium to where it's needed most. Without adequate levels of these vitamins, our dental and overall health suffer.


Let's focus on the role of vitamin K2. It activates two essential proteins: osteocalcin and Matrix GLA. Osteocalcin guides calcium into bones, ensuring they stay strong and healthy, while Matrix GLA prevents calcium from accumulating in arteries and teeth preventing the formation of harmful calcifications. However, for K2 to work its magic, it needs the support of vitamins A and D. Together, they ensure that calcium is distributed efficiently throughout the body, including teeth. This strengthens teeth and the jawbone supporting them, providing optimal dental health.


In our modern landscape, achieving this delicate balance of vitamins solely through diet can be challenging, particularly for those following vegan or vegetarian lifestyles. That's where supplements come into play. While traditional diets contained nutrient-rich staples like organ meats, fermented foods, and bone broth, today these are often disregarded. Thus, supplements like vitamin D3K2 and cod liver oil can play an important role in maintaining optimal dental health.


At Natural Dentistry, we understand the intricate connection between nutrition and dental wellness. That's why we collaborate with our Naturopath, Reema, who works next door at Pymble Grove Health Centre. Together, we can tailor holistic solutions that address the individual needs of our patients. Whether it's recommending essential supplements or guiding dietary adjustments, our integrated approach ensures comprehensive care for your teeth, gums, jaw, and overall health.


So, if you're ready to optimise your dental health, we invite you to explore our integrated services at Natural Dentistry. Get in touch with our team today!


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