Most of us have been
told that the way to have healthy teeth and gums is to
brush after every meal, floss our teeth and go to the
dentist regularly and get a hygienist to scrape plaque
off our teeth every six month.
The biggest question is does this
help? Do you still get cavities and have to get
filings? Do they still talk to you about
periodontal disease? And if you get periodontal
disease (which means actually "around the
tooth" disease), do you get the feeling that the
one day you didn't floss was the evil act that created
I don't think so.
One day I realized that there was
something wrong with the modern dental care. Not
once did I hear about nutrition to keep teeth & gums healthy
(except maybe the milk industries promotion to
"drink milk" for the calcium). Most of
the time, if nutrition came up, it was about sugar in
the diet. Now, yes, sugar can deplete the body
of a lot of nutrients, but does it cause decay?
The dental viewpoint is that bacteria that live
in the mouth thrive on these foods; it produces acids
that destroy the tooth enamel. You then get tooth
Here is the problem with that theory:
1) Bacteria do not consume sugar or flour as they
lack nutrients. (hint: don't eat sugar and flour if you want good health)
2) Other foods create bacteria - milk, vegetables,
fish, meat and fruit - have you ever been told not to
drink milk or eat vegetables because it causes tooth
So, what causes tooth decay?
Demineralization of the tooth - not enough minerals
in the diet, not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E,
& K). Now that makes more sense.
Here are two articles about this; the first article talks about the research that was done - in
It is interesting to note that the hypothalamus
(in your brain) is supposed to signal the parotid
gland (both sides of your face near the jaw line) to
not only re-mineralize the teeth, but to clean them.
Or go right to the horse's mouth and read what
Dr. Weston Price has to say. He did the research
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