Tooth decay and degradation is primarily imputed to the presence of bacteria whose production of organic acids,
especially in the presence of starch and sugars, leads to the eventual erosion of the enamel, damage sipping into
the structures beneath.
Rational thinking might in this case point to the most obvious solution to tooth decay as being the destruction
of the bacteria, a somewhat flawed resolution when one takes into account the fact that certain bacteria will play
vital roles in the mouth, not to mention the conducive nature of the location in question, moist and warm,
encouraging bacteria of all sorts of thrive.
As progressive as modern medicine has proven to be in the fight against tooth decay, traditional cultures have
been known to stave off the destructive effects of periodontal disease and decay without the assistance of modern
medicine and prescribed dental practices, their only salvation found in the nutrient rich food articles they so
Indeed it is fairly common knowledge the impact food and diet will have on the health of one's teeth, the reason
many a professional discourage the consumption of soft drinks; yet one might wonder how truly enlightened to the
truth regarding dietary habits and teeth dental professionals are, specifically in the area of magnesium deficiency
and tooth decay.
It isn't really that rare to find conventional dentists advising cavity ravaged patients to brush twice a day,
change their tooth brushes periodically and increase milk intake to aid in calcium generation while avoiding sweet
substances where possible; after all it is in the presence of sugar that bacteria from food particles generates
lactic acids which dissolve calcium, hence eroding the enamel of teeth.
A cursory look at such advise might draw fairly commendable words from a clearly knowledgeable dentist, clearly
discounting the fact that milk produces lactic acid, and in greater amounts than any other food item; not many
people are aware of the link between Magnesium deficiency and tooth decay, the results of fairly recent studies
placing greater importance on magnesium rather than calcium as the key in augmenting the tooth's ability to resist
Does calcium aid in the formation of enamel?
Yes it does, that much is true, but only to an extent; calcium might aid in generating enamel, but nothing hard
enough to resist the erosive capabilities of lactic acids, not in the absence of magnesium. As such the conclusion
reached here isn't that calcium, and indeed phosphorus, is inimical to the health of one's teeth, the intake on
both minerals playing a considerable role in combating tooth decay.
Yet their efficacy is restricted when not balanced by the presence of magnesium, these minerals sometimes
proving noxious to dental health when increased intake causes them to dissolve into the enamel and debilitate the
dental structures beneath; a balance is essential in effective dental care.
One would hope that many a dental professional is starting to wake up from their daze, coming to the realization
that magnesium is no longer the mysterious mineral, will play a crucial role in strengthening teeth and their
ability to resist erosion, and that, in understanding the link between magnesium deficiency and tooth decay,
treatments such as pain killers and antibiotics will only serve to deplete magnesium levels, exacerbating the