Do we really need to brush our teeth?
- Anat Edwy
History tells us that the ancient people didn't suffer as much as us from cavities or dental problems.
They also never brushed their teeth with a modern toothbrush and toothpaste.
The twigs were used as a natural toothbrush for teeth cleaning.
They promoted antibacterial activity and controlled the formation and activity of dental plaque. The twigs are still being used in India as they are effective, inexpensive, and contain many therapeutic properties.
Tooth powder was invented in Egypt around the same time (5000 BC) and contained antibacterial agents, abrasives (for plaque removal) and calcium.
Fast forward to the 21st century reveals that the typical modern toothpaste consists of 20%–42% water, and three main ingredients: abrasives, fluoride, and detergents.
And oral health? has never been so bad. Young kids today suffer from many dental problems despite all the modern ways of maintaining oral hygiene.
So what are we doing so wrong?
If you'd like to avoid dental problems, as much as possible, let me introduce you to the well-known dentist Dr Weston A. Price.
Dr Price, a Canadian dentist, travelled the world and met indigenous groups that maintained their traditional diets (but not so much dental hygiene), yet their teeth were perfectly straight and free of decay.
Dr Price discovered that the secret for healthy teeth was the food the traditional groups consumed, non-processed foods that are extremely rich in minerals and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K.
He discovered that the modern way of eating (particularly flour, sugar, and modern processed vegetable fats) promotes nutritional deficiencies and is the cause of many dental issues and health problems.
The dental issues he observed include the proper development of the facial structure (to avoid overcrowding of the teeth) in addition to dental caries.
To answer your question, a nutrient-dense diet rich in minerals and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K and high in Vitamin C will help you maintain great health and teeth. (Vitamin C assists when your diet contains carbs).
And yes, we do need to brush our teeth to remove food from our mouth.
If you'd like to avoid the artificial ingredients commonly found in regular toothpaste, try brushing your teeth with BreathLess, All Natural Non-fluoride powder for gum protection & teeth cleaning.
It is a mild-tasting powder with great powers:
It helps freshen breath and whiten teeth with regular brushing.
It encourages mouth health, helping combat plaque and tartar with regular brushing.
It's also a High alkalinity formula - Designed to keep harmful bacteria out of your mouth for an extended period.
BreathLess helps remineralise teeth with calcium, silica, boron and more.
BreathLess is also:
• Contains 100% sustainably sourced natural ingredients
• Gluten & Dairy Free
• Sugar & Sweeteners Free
• NZ Made
• Zero waste. The powder is packed in a stainless steel refillable shaker.
•A little bit goes a (very) long way. It's cost-effective, and It's All Good!