Whichever side of the food debate you lean towards, there is no denying the fact that there are more chemicals in food today than ever before. It is indeed well established fact that food manufacturers add chemicals to food such as MSG to enhance the taste and also use them in the processing of food. It has been estimated that more than 100,000 chemicals can be found on the market today.1

When we talk about “organic” foods, we are really talking about the way in which farmers grow and process foods. These farmers do not use any toxic chemical methods to control weeds, fertilise and prevent livestock disease. Organic farming methods encourage soil and water conservation in addition to preventing air and water pollution. Organic foods are essentially free from the harmful pesticides that are routinely sprayed onto crops, which are harvested for mass consumption and widely sold through supermarkets and grocery shops.

Based on data gathered from more than 94,000 food samples and 20 different crops, researchers found that organically grown crops contained one-third as many pesticide residues as conventionally grown versions.2

Organic Foods vs. Conventional Foods

Organic Foods vs Conventional Foods

Just like your body, your teeth also rely on nutrients from foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy products – to stay healthy and strong. Although non-organic fruits are bigger and look more appetising, they actually contain fewer of the nutrients needed to keep your mouth healthy. More importantly, these processed foods have been exposed to pesticides that are carcinogenic – meaning they can cause cancer!

The bones of your teeth benefit greatly from calcium found in milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, the milk processed through intensive cattle farming techniques has depleted calcium as compared to that which is obtained from organically reared cows.

Organically raised cows, fed with natural healthy diet of grass, will in turn provide calcium-enriched milk that protects your teeth and bones. On average, organic products contain 63% more calcium than non-organic ones.

Researchers in Chicago compared the amount of essential minerals between those found in organically and conventionally grown crops. Analysing the mineral content, they found on a per-weight basis, the average levels of essential minerals were much higher in the organically-grown food as compared to conventionally-grown food.3 The organic range consistently scored higher in all groups of essential minerals: Calcium (63%), chromium (78%) Iron (73%), magnesian (118%), phosphorus (91%), potassium (125%) and zinc (60%).

Meanwhile, organic foods have higher nutritional value, which means you can save money on nutritional supplements simply by going organic – and still enjoy 25% more nutrients in your organic fruits and vegetables.3

The same applies to fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that helps to strengthen our immune system, thereby keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Although it is fair to say that both organic and non-organic foods are sources of vitamin C, the former contains substantially more – in fact up to 20% more than their non-organic counterparts. Studies revealed that non-organic oranges contain 30% less vitamin C than organically grown ones.4

Besides having no pesticides, organic foods also taste fresher and are better for the environment. Organic foods are also known to be richer in the following nutrients as compared to non-organic foods: Calcium; chromium; boron (prevents osteoporosis); and lithium (treats depression). Conversely, organic foods contain lesser heavy metals which are harmful to the body, including the following substances: Mercury; aluminium, cadmium and lead.

Of course, eating organic does not mean that you are free to eat whatever you choose. Sugary products for example will still cause dental caries, whether they contain organic or artificial sweeteners. To keep your teeth and gums in good repair, you should follow the conventional wisdom of eating low-sugar, nutrient-rich foods. However, if you wish to steer clear of harmful pesticides while maximising the rich nutrients that comes from naturally grown foods, you won’t go wrong by choosing organic!

At Face Value Dental, we offer a range of preventative care services. If you’re interested to jumpstart an effective oral care maintenance program, please contact us on (07) 3221 0677. or visit our webpage http://www.facevaluedental.com for more information.


  1. Rossol, M. "We Interact with 100,000 Chemicals, and the Dangers Are Barely Understood." Alternet. October 06, 2009. http://www.alternet.org/story/143130/we_interact_with_100,000%2B_chemicals,_and_the_dangers_are_barely_understood.
  2. "Is Organic Food Better for You?" WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/organic-food-better#3.
  3. "Organic foods vs. supermarket foods: Element levels." Journal of Applied Nutrition. https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/Organic/organicstudy.php.
  4. Mokhtar, Dr N. "Why bother going organic?" The Star Malaysia. December 29, 2013. http://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysia/20131229/282664685220496.