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Natural Way to Strengthen Your Teeth
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim
Instead of waiting for a visit to the dentist to be told that your teeth are weakening, try the following: Grit your teeth and inhale, sucking air in through your teeth. If your teeth feel sensitive with this exercise, here’s what you can do to strengthen them:
For two weeks, eat a head of romaine lettuce everyday and avoid all sugar and sweeteners.
One head of romaine lettuce per day is a minimum. Feel free to have more. You can have it mixed in with a vegetable salad with a healthy dressing, as freshly pressed juice, or straight up, just as a rabbit would eat it. If you have dental or jaw problems that prevent you from chewing thoroughly, juicing or blending romaine lettuce will allow you to extract the nutrients necessary to nourish you and your teeth.
Avoiding sugar and sweeteners means staying away from fruit juices, soda, sugary cereals, raw and heated honey, maple syrup, molasses, corn syrup, dried fruits like raisins and dates, sauces and snacks that are loaded with sugar, and large quantities of super sweet fruits like sweet grapes. Good whole fruit choices are apples and blueberries.
After two weeks of eating lots of romaine lettuce and avoiding sugar and sweeteners, try sucking air in through gritted teeth again. If your teeth feel noticeably stronger, why not turn this two-week experiment into a way of life? If you can eat lots of romaine lettuce and avoid sugar most of the time, you’ll have many years of healthy teeth to look forward to. This approach to strengthening teeth is so effective that it can reverse mild tooth decay.
If your teeth are already strong and you have no problems when you suck air in between gritted teeth, consider doing this simple test from time to time to monitor your dental status.
Addendum on March 25, 2013: If your diet is relatively low in refined carbohydrates and rich in nutrients that strengthen teeth, it's probably a good idea to ask your dentist to look for signs of bruxism - regular grinding or clenching as you sleep puts tremendous pressure on your enamel, and can cause irreversible damage over time. If you do grind or clench your teeth regularly, to preserve what you have, I highly recommend that you look at wearing a mouthguard - one that many clients have reported being happy with can be found here:
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