Healing teeth naturally with vitamins and minerals

How can teeth be repared in a natural way?

Wikipedia: Tooth Parts (for general information)

Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is able to significantly reduce tooth decay and other dental diseases. It has a key role in the mineralisation of teeth, because it is an essential cofactor of the proteins osteocalcin and matrix-Gla-protein. Both proteins bind to calcium; osteocalcin is carrying it into hydroxyapatite, which is a cristalline form of calcium phosphate, of which the dentin and enamel are composed. The matrix-Gla-protein has a similar function, but it is also an inhibitor of mineralization, preventing that calcium deposits on the wrong locations and leads to damage.

Vitamin K2 stimulates osteoblast formation in bones, so it seems likely that it also stimulations odontoblast formation, the teeth equivalent of osteoblasts. These cells produce osteocalcin and matrix-Gla-protein, form dentin and are responsible for the immune defense of the tooth. Besides vitamin K2, other important cofactors for odontoblasts and therefore mineralization of the teeth are vitamin D and vitamin A. These vitamins might work synergistically.

Vitamin K2 buffers the pH of salvia, which promotes enamel remineralization. Too low pH values are damaging to enamel and dentin. Studies show that vitamin K2 stimulates the expression of several genes related to dental health, this effect occurs at a dosage of 0,2mg/kg body weight. It also promotes dentinal fluid flow, the system which supplies the tooth with nutrients form the blood and prevents that bacteria and other harmful substances from the salvia enter the tooth.

Many elements can as well enhance the mineralization of teeth by incorporation into the hydroxyapatite in dentin and enamel and thereby increase their stability and acid resistance. Most natural occurring elements are detectable in enamel.

Strontium, like fluorine, leads to significantly higher acid resistance and therefore prevention of caries. Studies indicate similar effects for the elements boron, silicon, zinc, manganese, aluminum, molybdenum, vanadium, copper, lithium, gold, iron and yttrium.

However, it is important to notice that the current state of research is rather unclear and partially very weak or contradictory. In light of the great amount of elements, for which a positive effect on teeth was observed, we come to assumption that (nearly) all elements are important for the teeth, and that this not only depends on the dosage but on the ratio of the elements – a huge excess or deficiency has a negative effect.

According to our own experiences, the following elements have the best influence on existing lesions, sensitivity and stability of the teeth: palladium, silicon, strontium, boron, nickel, neodymium.

It is often claimed that only dentin but not enamel can be rebuilt, but our own experience shows remineralization and restoration of enamel.

To rebuild your enamel and for overall dental health, we suggest to take high doses of vitamin K2 (2-10mg of vitamin K2 MK-7 daily, divided over the day), vitamin D, vitamin A and the elements mentioned.

Luisa Gleichauf

Our product recommendations:
Vitamin D
Vitamin A
Vitamin K2 MK-7

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