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Natural Dental Health

Prevent Tooth DecayWe have all been indoctrinated from birth with the same message about oral health. Brush and floss religiously and avoid sugar and acids. Follow this recipe and you will have perfect teeth and if you do not end up with perfect teeth then you did not follow the recipe religiously enough.

A New Paradigm for Dental Health
Here is the problem. The recipe does not work. Virtually 100% of people in modern society have some form of tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth loss, dentures and bridges are considered a normal and inevitable part of growing up and aging. Is is possible that tooth decay and gum disease have a different cause than we always believed and therefore a different approach to treatment?

According to a growing group of natural health advocates, everything you have always been taught about dental health is wrong. They believe that your teeth and gums are an excellent reflection of your overall nutrition levels and overall state of health. Your teeth are not an island, simply reacting to sugar, brushing and fluoridated water.

Your teeth and gums are living body parts that respond to vitamins, minerals and fatty acids just as your skin, hair, muscles and organs do. Sugar harms your teeth by displacing vital nutrients rather than only having an exterior effect on your dental enamel as is commonly believed. True dental health comes from within your body and teeth via your nutrition levels and enamel hardness comes from the nutrients in your diet.

The majority of followers and researchers that subscribe to this line of thinking, are using the work of Dr. Weston Price as a starting point. Dr. Price made the observation that certain groups of people who lived primitive rather than modern lifestyles and never brushed or flossed, had perfectly healthy teeth with no gum disease or tooth decay. The common denominator he found in those with perfect teeth, was a primarily raw food diet high in quality fats, specific nutrients and the absence of processed foods.

“The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected —nutritional deficiencies.” Realmilk.com

While the primary cause of poor oral health is nutrient deficiencies, some other causes and risk factors for modern tooth decay and gum disease include stress, pacifier use, chewing aspirin, prescription drugs, sports drinks, low fat diets and other similar unnatural behaviors and dietary choices. Oral health is also caused by or a symptom of certain diseases and conditions, such as poor circulation, digestive ailments, allergies, diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Nutritional deficiencies have been proven to cause a number of dental problems. Periodontal disease for example, is linked to a zinc, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium or maganese deficiency. Sugar, alcohol and caffeine all make it impossible for your body’s nutrients to be in balance and therefore have no part in a regime for oral health.

Nutrition for Dental Health
Dr. Price discovered that all of the primitive societies he studied ate similar foods with a similar nutritional makeup. They received huge quantities of vitamins A and D from shellfish, fish eggs and the organ meats and butter from grass fed cows. It is interesting to note that these societies also used the exact same foods in very large quantities for optimal preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding health. The same societies experienced tremendous increases in tooth decay and deformed dental arches when they adopted a “modern” diet.

Fats are crucial for oral health. If you want optimal health and oral health in particular, then you must eat lots of good, high quality fats such as cod liver oil, butter from grass fed cows and ghee. Skim milk will not work even if it is raw. Neither will low-fat butter even if it is organic. The best choice is organic, raw, full fat, non-homogenized, grass fed animal products such as dairy, cultured dairy and eggs if you can get them.

You cannot be afraid of animal products, animal protein or fat to subscribe to the research of Dr. Price. More than one non-sugar eating vegetarian with inexplicable cavities has switched sides much to their delight and continually improving dental health. Eating raw is very important for both overall health and dental health, but without high quality animal fats that contain A, D and K, your dental health will suffer tremendously. This should only be a problem for hard core vegans, because many vegetarians will still consume dairy and eggs.

One additive your body does not need however, is fluoridated water. Pharmaceutical grade fluoride does have some benefit in cavity protection when applied directly to the surface of the tooth (topically). Ingested fluoride does not provide any benefits to your teeth and is incredibly toxic to your body in a myriad of ways. The fluoride dripped in our water supply (without our consent) is a toxic, industrial waste product that has been scraped from the inside of smokestacks, that is too toxic to “dump” anywhere else so they drip it indiscriminately in our water supply and only those who can afford to buy filtered water can afford to “opt out” of this mandatory drugging. Have you ever wondered why “they” aren’t placing vitamins and minerals in our water supply if they care so much about our health?

Additional nutrients that natural dental health experts recommend are large doses of C0Q10 (300-500 mg daily) and Vitamin C. Other people take Vitamin E, calcium phosphates, monosodium phosphate, B complex (for stress), cranberries and fermented foods. Supplements are fine to take but the results will never match that of whole foods. You can spend time in the sun for your Vitamin D, but that will also not replicate the benefit of high quality animal fat. The company Standard Process makes products specifically designed on the principles of Dr. Price for dental health. You should also take colloidal minerals daily for both your overall health and your dental health.

Topical care for Dental health
Nutrition and dietary choices will keep your teeth healthy from the inside out, but what about keeping them clean on the outside? It is still important to keep your teeth clean even if you have an excellent diet. Avoid traditional toothpastes however. They are loaded with chemicals, sugar, additives and other no-nos. Stick with water, baking soda, salt or bar soap . Advocates of brushing with bar soap recommend Ivory, pure olive oil soap or any other bar soap from your health food store that does not contain sodium silicate or fragrance. Commercial toothpastes will leave a glycerin film on your teeth that will prevent remineralization, so even if you are eating the right minerals in your diet, they cannot help rebuild your teeth and using bar soap keeps your teeth really clean and film free.

Some other topical treatments people use for oral health are Tea tree, Neem, oil of oregano and Magnolia tree bark. You can also try increasing gum circulation with Bayberry root bark, Echinacea root, Peppermint oil or Cayenne pepper. Other dental care options include oil pulling and using a magnetic pulser.

    • Use un-waxed floss and rub it back and forth across your teeth like you are shining shoes to really clean the surface and leave it ready for remineralization.
    • Brush first thing in the morning before you eat anything.
    • Always drink fluids while eating. Water is ideal but milk or coffee will work fine as well.
    • Be sure to stay hydrated. Adequate saliva production is imperative for dental health. Avoid prescription drugs for the same reason. Over 600 have been proven to reduce saliva which in turn will lead to tooth decay.
    • Try Xylitol gum. Xylitol has been proven to halt and even reverse tooth decay. An important caveat; Please never, ever chew gum if you have any amalgam fillings. It will increase the rate at which your fillings leak mercury to dangerous levels. This is even more important during pregnancy.
    • Gum massage Massage your gums 3-4 times a day. This is required for excellent gum circulation and health. Raw vegetables and other foods that stimulate the gums are also excellent (as opposed to soft,chewy processed foods like cereals or breads).
    • Try using a Sonicare toothbrush with your bar soap and add some hydrogen peroxide in your Waterpik.

Bottom line: Keep your teeth clean and ready for remineralization. Eat lots of good fats so you can absorb the minerals you eat. Avoid processed foods that will displace minerals you eat. Eat high quality animal protein and colloidal minerals which will give you strong healthy teeth from the inside and also allow your teeth to remineralize and pinpoint cavities up to 2millimeters can reverse and remineralize.

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Good Teeth, Birth to Death

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Natural Health – who has written posts on A Much Better Way.


Discussion

26 Responses to “Natural Dental Health”

  1. PLEASE don’t tell people to use SALT to brush their teeth!!! I can’t tell you, as a dental professional, how many people have come to me in pain or with damage to their teeth because of the abrasiveness of salt. Baking soda, water, or even bar soap are much better choices than salt.

    Posted by Melanie | August 22, 2008, 11:03 am
  2. @Melanie:

    Thanks for the information Melanie. I always appreciate receiving input from professionals in the field. It makes sense that salt will be too abrasive for delicate teeth.

    Posted by Natural Health | August 22, 2008, 11:17 am
  3. @Melaine, can to much baking soda damage teeth? I know its in toothpaste but I’ver always been afriad of puttiong to much on my teeth.

    BTW… I just brushed my teeth again after reading this article haha

    Posted by Jake | May 13, 2009, 12:49 pm
  4. This post makes a lot of sense. I’ve never thought about your teeth needing more care than just brushing and flossing. I currently use a baking soda based (I guess?) toothpaste.

    Posted by max | June 23, 2009, 1:23 pm
  5. Baking Soda is fine to use, there are many toothpastes that use it as a main ingredient. Salt, I would probably stay away from.

    I’ve actually heard many times of stress causing gum disease. Stress causes all sorts of trauma on the body that most people aren’t aware of.

    Posted by Orlando Whitening | July 19, 2009, 1:42 pm
  6. Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you all. Baking soda is actually fine to brush with. However, because it is an abrasie, if you have sensitive teeth it can make the teeth more sensitive. Any sort of whitening products should actually be avoided with sensitive teeth because they WILL make the teeth more so. However, there are many sensitive teeth products out there that are whitening and cause no problems.

    As for the gum disease, Orlando whitening is very right. In our practice we have seen an increase in gum problems since the economy has taken a down turn, especially ulcers and NUG (necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis), commonly known as trench mouth. Stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep and impaired immune system can cause the onset, which is very painful. Immediate treatment is required. As a dental hygienist you feel that you take good care of your teeth and gums, and think something like this can never happen. Boy was I wrong. My case was mild, but excrutiating. Treatment for me included lysine and vitamin c with antibiotics. It took about 2 weeks to get over it.

    Posted by Melanie | July 22, 2009, 8:29 pm
  7. Hi! I’ve been struggling with gum problems for more than 10 years. This is the first time I’ve read to use un-waxed floss. I find that it irritates my gums more. I’ve just started chewing on Neem twigs and that seems to have made the swelling in my gums go down a bit. Thanks, David :-)

    Posted by David | August 26, 2009, 9:43 am
  8. I have to say I disagree with “polishing” your teeth with floss. And using bar soap is fine, if you can stand the taste, but there is no fluoride in it, which is needed for the mineralization you are preparing your teeth for. Floss is ideal for massaging the gums when used properly, as is the toothbrush. If gum problems are present step one is visiting the dentist. Step two is getting any treatment that may be necessary. Step three is following what the dentist/hygienist recommends for treatment and follow up. Strict home care (flossing daily, thorough brushing, and a good mouth rinse such as one containing tea tree or neem oils) is essential for any professional care to be successful. Although some people are by nature or genetics more prone to gum problems than others, there is no need for a person to suffer

    Posted by Melanie | September 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
  9. Tried it, Loved it, Will definately recommend to others.

    Posted by James | October 24, 2009, 11:27 am
  10. I am a smoker and wine drinker so this would definatly serve me good.

    Posted by Rosie | November 3, 2009, 7:21 am
  11. Thanks for the useful posts.Glad to see that Cayenne pepper is very helpful in maintaining a good dental health aside from my detox purpose of taking it.

    Posted by james | December 4, 2009, 11:03 pm
  12. There are many ways how to whiten our teeth, we can whiten our teeth using whitening products or go to dentist. Baking soda is good in whitening too, cause it have active ingredients to whiten our teeth.

    Posted by jose | December 10, 2009, 8:05 pm
  13. People use Magnolia tree bark to improve their dental health? It’s the first time I hear that.

    Posted by Shimon | December 23, 2009, 5:16 pm
  14. I have never tried the Xylitol gum great stuff – I love reading articles on teeth as this is my passion and this one is full of some great information – don’t know if I could stand the taste of bar soap though :(

    Posted by heather | December 24, 2009, 10:10 am
  15. Did you read the story’s in the papers this morning about the futuristic “plasma jet” that eradicates tooth decay without fillings could be replacing the dentist’s drill in as little as three years, a study claims. The space-age device fires a beam of electrically charged oxygen atoms into tooth cavities to obliterate decay-causing bacteria without pain. The study has shown that firing low-temperature plasma beams at dentine – the fibrous tooth structure below the enamel – can reduce bacteria levels by up to 10,000 times. Plasmas are produced when atoms in a gas are stripped of one or more of their electrons, leaving them positively charged. This is a great breakthrough. Not that I know what a plasma thingy migigy is but the fact I may never need to experance my teeth getting drilled will make me sleep better at night.

    Posted by Gavin Boyd | January 20, 2010, 5:01 am
  16. I’ve had mixed reviews on xyiltol gum – some people have told me that if gives them pasties on your lips – others swear by it – not sure whether it’s worth it or not!

    Posted by Paris | March 1, 2010, 4:50 pm
  17. If you want optimal health and oral health in particular, then you must eat lots of good, high quality fats such as cod liver oil, butter from grass fed cows and ghee.

    Posted by Emergency Dental Care | March 24, 2010, 8:42 pm
  18. This is actually an amazing way of looking at your teeth and dental health. But once you’ve said it it seems so obvious! Of course your teeth are a living, organic, growing part of your body and they are fed by what you eat!

    I know friends who have an excellent diet and did growing up who have great teeth and other with poor teeth who have a very bad diet and bad teeth. I guess I had put it down to their oral hygene alone but it’s clearly more than that.

    Great educational post, thanks :-)

    Posted by Richard | March 28, 2010, 3:37 am
  19. Our teeth is always affected by the foods we eat and the ways of how we are taking care of our teeth.

    Posted by Chad Wilson | August 2, 2010, 7:08 pm
  20. That was very very interesting. Great and helpful information. I love reading articles about teeth and oral health. As for me i often use baking soda to whiten my teeth. I’ve never tried bar soap even never heard of it. Thanks again for the info.

    Posted by Lea | September 21, 2010, 6:25 am
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  22. I visit my dentist twice a year to keep my pearly white teeth as well as I use a whitening pen that my dentist advise for me to use to keep them white aside from eating healthy foods, brushing it properly and flossing immediately to remove any residue after eating.

    Posted by Pearl White | November 30, 2010, 12:26 pm
  23. My gum disease started in my teenage time (I know now). But we have no dental education at that time (80’s) in Africa. Most of poeple my age have it altthough our diet is rich of vitamins, mineral etc…

    Posted by jeff | December 1, 2010, 2:14 pm
  24. I think the way you write this blog about taking a good care of our blog is the good way to follow to remain our teeth healthy. We are not going to maintained every mentioned points but can follow some points that will be more than enough for our dental health.

    Posted by Kate | August 22, 2011, 3:27 am
  25. Thanks for the great information. I actually too use baking soda combined with hydrogen peroxide just to keep my teeth white, but I will definitely try to find more natural ways. The natural teeth whitening ways I know are mostly too abrasive – http://whiteningteeth360.com/natural-teeth-whitening-the-dos-and-donts/

    Posted by Dave Saget | September 4, 2011, 12:33 am
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