Tooth remineralization is a natural process in which our body restores tooth enamel damaged by acids.
Tooth enamel is the most durable tissue in the human body, but even it is vulnerable. Due to the large amount of sugar that enters our mouth with food, acidity increases. This is a negative factor for the health of the oral cavity and teeth, increasing the likelihood of caries and the development of harmful microflora.
We have compiled a list of key elements that affect dental health.
It is unlikely that you were surprised to see calcium on this list. As a rule, we bind calcium with healthy, strong bones. This is because calcium is the main building block for our bones and teeth. It is also necessary for the remineralization of tooth enamel. (1)
However, calcium is a fairly demanding nutrient.
If your body is not efficiently absorbing calcium, it will quickly become useless. In addition, without taking additional nutrients, calcium can easily get out of control and be completely out of place where it should be. In order to ensure proper absorption of calcium, as well as to direct it in the right direction, you need the right combination of minerals, in particular vitamin D3 and K2.
Recommendations: In order to help remineralize your teeth, take 1000 milligrams of calcium per day, but TOGETHER with the following supplements.
2. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D is perhaps one of the most important nutrients for health. Its name does not quite clearly reflect its essence, since vitamin D is more a hormone than a vitamin. For this reason, vitamin D receptors are present in all tissues and organs of our body.
Speaking specifically about the remineralization of teeth, this fat-soluble substance is necessary for proper absorption of calcium and maintaining the balance of minerals throughout the body. (2)
These two processes are extremely important for the formation and restoration of bones and teeth. In addition, they help maintain tooth structure throughout life. Of course, subject to proper care.
Approximately half of the world’s population is deficient in vitamin D. There are many reasons for this, including the following: (3)
We get less sunlight, as we spend most of the time indoors and abuse sun protection products.
We consume too much phytic acid, which interferes with the metabolism of vitamin D.
High phytic acid foods include:
- Soya beans
- Sesame seed
Recommendations: Between vitamins D3 and D2, you should choose D3, since it is easier for our body to use it. We recommend taking at least 1000 units per day.
3. Vitamin K2
I always recommend combining Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2, as they enhance each other’s effects and promote the absorption and distribution of calcium. Vitamin D3 is responsible for the absorption of calcium, while vitamin K2 acts like a regulator, distributing calcium throughout the body.
In addition, vitamin K2 is necessary for the activation of osteocalcin, a protein that is needed in the dentin matrix (part of the tooth) for its restoration and growth. It also interacts with matrix Gla-protein, contributing to the remineralization of teeth. (4a, 4b)
Recommendations: We recommend taking 90 micrograms of vitamin K2 per day.
When it comes to remineralization of teeth, magnesium is necessary for the structural development of teeth. It also determines how effectively your body absorbs calcium. (5)
Therefore, an excess of calcium in the body, as well as vitamin D and phosphorus, can lead to a decrease in magnesium levels, which in turn can impede the process of remineralization of teeth. Simply put, the most important thing is to maintain a balance of all these nutrients.
Just like in the case of vitamin D, about half of the world’s population does not get enough magnesium. Therefore, it is possible that you need to add more of this important mineral to your diet.
Recommendations: We recommend taking 300-400 milligrams of magnesium per day, in combination with the proper (above) amount of calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2.
Throughout life, teeth are constantly wearing out, but with the help of remineralization, they are also constantly restored. The teeth consist of different parts – enamel, dentin, tooth cement and bone – which contain both organic and organic components.
Collagen is an essential part of the organic component of teeth. In fact, type I collagen makes up 90 percent of the organic components of dentin, cement, and bone. (6)
And collagen XVII is vital for the formation of enamel. Its deficiency can lead to abnormal tooth formation. (7)
Most collagen is found in products of animal origin, especially in connective tissues and organs, which modern humans rarely eat. Therefore, it is worth considering taking collagen supplements. In addition to the benefits for teeth, collagen promotes intestinal health, and high glutamine levels even help get rid of increased intestinal permeability, which improves nutrient absorption.
Recommendations: There are many different sources of collagen, but grass-fed cattle meat is the best, as it has the highest concentration of type 1 collagen.
6. Oral probiotics
Many of you have heard about the intestinal flora, but few people know about the existence of a microbiome of the oral cavity, the main component of which is saliva. Studies have shown that in people with a high concentration of inorganic components in saliva (including calcium phosphate), as well as a more acidic pH, the risk of periodontitis is much higher. (8)
Probiotics increase the concentration of organic substances in the oral cavity and saliva, which neutralizes the effects of inorganic components and even, as studies have shown, improves breathing, alleviates the symptoms of gingivitis, reduces inflammation and can even prevent oral cancer. (9, 10) They also reduce the work of destroying harmful bacteria, which can cause tooth decay and slow down the process of remineralization of teeth.
Recommendations: When choosing probiotics for the oral cavity, be as careful as when buying probiotics for the intestine. Give preference to trusted manufacturers and choose probiotics with a large volume of colony forming units and the most useful strains.