A dentist, Dr. Steven Lin from Australia, claims maintaining good eating habits is the only way to stave off unhealthy teeth.
The doctor said the hygiene habits learnt and developed since birth are not sufficient when it comes to caring for your teeth, adding that incorporating four crucial vitamins into your diet will do worlds of good for your oral health.
He claims that meticulous brushing and flossing are not enough to prevent cavities and harmful levels of tooth enamel, saying the answer is diet.
‘Then there’s people who brush and floss religiously who are confused as to how they keep getting cavities no matter how many toothpaste brands and techniques they try.’
“The problem comes down to the nutrients these people are consuming,” he was quoted as saying in several publications.
Dr Lin boils it down to four vitamins that he claims will save your teeth – A, K2, D and E.
He explains: ‘When you aren’t getting enough vitamin A, your saliva glands can’t do their job and it can contribute to pits on the surface of your enamel.
‘There’s actually a little immune system within your teeth, called your odontoblasts, which needs vitamin D to be activated. Your ordontoblasts are the cells of your teeth that produce dentin and are vital to tooth regeneration.’
‘Vitamin K2 is like the traffic cop for your calcium, telling it where and when to go.
“When people with K2 deficiencies take calcium, it goes to their kidneys and arteries instead of their teeth.
“Lastly, vitamin E, an antioxidant, makes sure the levels of bacteria in your mouth are under control. The supplement regulates the microbiome in your mouth, which houses viruses, fungi and bacteria.”