Are you having a hard time getting your kids to brush their teeth? Do you look at that tube of kids toothpaste and wonder if it is really good for your child?
I thought I was doing a good job on my child's teeth when alas, cavities. Luckily, they weren't too bad and I am postponing getting them filled while I attempt to strengthen the teeth with some of the many methods I have read about.
I have found some amazing information on www.curetoothdecay.com. Ramiel Nagel recommends adding the following foods to our diets. He did a lot of research and used Weston Price's research to come up with these great suggestions.
Since I was already doing the GAPS diet, it was fairly easy to incorporate a lot of these foods into my kids diet. These foods are high in vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy teeth and bones. Teeth can actually heal and remineralize when given the right nutrition.
Kids Toothpaste Recipe
Redmond Trading makes an amazing toothpaste that they call Earthpaste. I love it but couldn't get my kids to use it, so I made one for them. The Redmond clay is full of trace minerals and many of the people using Earthpaste are seeing amazing results including the healing of dark spots and remineralization of teeth.
1 cup water
1/2 cup xylitol
1 cup Redmond Clay (may need more or less depending on desired thickness)
5 drops Nature's Flavors Organic Flavor Oil (berry, guava, pina colada etc.)
2 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Old toothpaste tube
Stir the xylitol into the water and let sit for a few hours until dissolved or warm in a pan until dissolved. Stir in the clay 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time. We like our toothpaste a little runny but if you want it thicker, add more clay. If it is too thick add more water. Stir in the flavor oil, lemon oil and sea salt.
I used an old toothpaste tube that was plastic to pour the mixture into. I cut off the top and poured the mixture in until it was about an inch from the top. I then put a piece of tinfoil over the opening and flat ironed it for a few seconds to get it to seal.
If you don't have an old toothpaste bottle, try any bottle that you can squeeze.
One of the first things I learned about in my search for how to prevent cavities was xylitol.
I found the below information on www.xylitol.org, a great resource to learn more about xylitol.
"Over 25 years of testing in widely different conditions confirm that xylitol use reduces tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups (high caries prevalence, poor nutrition, and poor oral hygiene) and in low-risk groups (low caries incidence using all current prevention recommendations). Sugarfree chewing gums and candies made with xylitol as the principal sweetener have already received official endorsements from six national dental associations."
This awesome sweetener also aids in the absorption of calcium which is one of the ways that it helps strengthen teeth.I sometimes use the candy and gum but they are expensive so I came up with a much cheaper way to get my kids their daily dose of this cavity fighting champion.
Yes, brush their teeth with syrup - xylitol syrup. You can purchase this sweetener at the health food store or on amazon.com for about $4.50 a pound. It is very white and looks like sugar only with bigger crystals.
To make this simply heat one cup of water with one cup of the sweetener until it dissolves. Pour it into a clean bottle with a pump or an old mouthwash bottle. You can add 1 drop of lemon or orange essential oil to give it flavor
I squirt some into my kids mouth every night and let them swish it around before or after brushing. They really like the taste of it.
Minerals are absolutely necessary for healthy teeth. Colloidal minerals are best because the minerals are very small and in a natural state. The minerals are readily available for the body to use. We need more than calcium. We also need magnesium, zinc, boron, copper, iron manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and silver.
I buy colloidal minerals from amazon.com. I put them in a clean dropper bottle and drop them in their mouths. You can also add xylitol to the minerals so they taste better.
They all work together to build healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin D is also very important to aid in the absorption of minerals. I buy a liquid Vitamin D. My kids do really well with anything coming out of a dropper.
Good luck with the kids toothpaste! You may find that your kids really like it.
If you can have dairy, raw milk from grass fed cows contains many valuable nutrients and minerals that strengthen teeth. Ghee (clarified butter) from organic, grass fed cows is high in nutrients and works to stimulate the production of stronger teeth and bones. Ghee is lactose and casein free so many people who are allergic to dairy can still have ghee.
I use baking soda to brush my teeth frequently. Baking soda is alkaline and kills bacteria and reduces acid. There is a lot debate about whether it is acid on the teeth or bacteria that cause tooth decay and baking soda helps both. I use it on my kids teeth occasionally if I see there is buildup on their teeth. They don't like it but it works really well to get plaque off.
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