Hello my friends,
This is a distillation of multiple sources on the topic of oral hygiene and tooth decay
Catchy title :
Dental Denial; the true story behind what causes cavities and what to do about it
Dr. Ramiel Nagel – Author of “Cure Tooth Decay: remineralize cavities and repair your teeth naturally with good food.”
In 1915 prominent dentist Weston Price was appointed as the first research director of the National Dental Association found and detailed in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, that there are cultures throughout the world who have perfect teeth despite no access to modern dentistry, while similar cultures with different diets had very high rates of tooth decay.
Sir (Dr.) Edward Mellanby (discovered Vitamin D) and his wife Dr. May Mellanby were also influential in discovering the roles of nutrients in oral health. These two contributed much research in the areas of bone and tooth health and mineral absorption.
Source one again:
In 1883 a dentist by the name of W. D. Miller found that extracted teeth immersed in fermenting mixtures of bread and saliva produced what appeared to be tooth decay. He thought that acids in the mouth that were formed by microorganisms dissolved teeth, yet never himself believed that tooth decay was caused by bacteria, but that bacteria were simply just part of the process of decay.
Dr. Miller wrote this: “The extent to which any tooth suffers from the action of the acid depends upon its density and structure, but more particularly upon the perfection of the enamel and the protection of the neck of the tooth by healthy gums. What we might call the perfect tooth would resist indefinitely the same acid to which a tooth of opposite character would succumb in a few weeks…. The invasion of the micro-organisms is always preceded by the extraction of lime salt ….”
Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Miller, Dr. Edward Mellanby and Dr. Mary Mellanby would all reached the same conclusion – that tooth health is largely determined by three main factors:
- The presence of enough minerals in the diet.
- The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in the diet.
- How bio-available these nutrients are and how well the body is absorbing them. They found that this is largely influenced by the presence of Phytic Acid in the diet and how much sugar is consumed.
Dr. Miller once again:
Over one hundred and twenty years later dentistry and the American Dental Association (ADA) sticks with Dr. Miller’s theory while leaving out vital information! – They write: “[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay”.
Dr. Rameil Nagel:
The modern theory of tooth decay further dissolves because white sugar actually has the ability to incapacitate microorganisms since it attracts water. In a 20% sugar solution, bacteria will perish. Yes, bacteria are present as a result of the process of tooth decay, but a lot of sugar at once will destroy them. If dentistry is correct about bacteria, then a high sugar diet should eliminate them.
… so that is something to think about …
If you like the sound of the diet ‘route’ over the dental ‘root’, below there are 6 diet suggestions that will help you on your path:
- Eat fermented foods, especially fermented cod liver oil (for vitamin D)
- Get your Vitamin K1 and K2 – Dr. Weston Price calls them the X-factor
- Avoid Phytates, they cause demineralization – Soak your Grains! (Fermentation helps break down phytates)
“Phytic acid is found in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes and in much smaller amounts in some fruits and vegetables. The body naturally converts phytic acid into phytates, which are un-absorbable and take calcium from the body” (source two).
- Raw milk, Bone broth, Grassfed meats, Seaweed, Pasture butter/cheese, Organic Raw Chocolate
- Mineralize and Alkalize your Water for better nutrient absorption!
- Oil Pulling?!? – plaque is fat soluble and is more likely to dissolve in oil than trying to brush it off
- Healing Teeth Naturally!
- The #1 Weird Way to Remineralize Teeth and Heal Cavities
- Wiki – Reminiralisation of Teeth:
- How I Remineralized my Tooth Cavities Without Dentistry