My teeth hurt. And it’s not the first time. I have had tooth problems my entire life. The fewest cavities I’ve ever had at a dental appointment is five. Yes at one time. And yes that is the fewest at one time. It seems like my childhood revolved around the dentist’s office.
Traditionally, scientists believed that cavities were caused by bacteria that grew on the teeth. These bacteria loved sugar and so the more sugar you eat, the more bacteria you have. And you know the rest of the story-the bacteria create acid and the acid erodes our teeth. How many times have we been told this?
Current Theory from ADA “Tooth decay is a destruction of the tooth enamel. It 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.”
I’ve always wondered about this over the years. Shouldn’t are teeth be tougher than this? It’s not like sugar didn’t exist in our evolutionary past. Humans have always eaten honey, alcohol’s been around forever, milk is full of a type of sugar, and sugar cane sugar and beet sugar have been around for quite a few centuries as well. How is it that we can’t handle sugar? Sure maybe I could see how a huge amount of sugar could cause cavities, but I also knew friends with cavities who both avoided sugar and had cavities as well as ate tons and didn’t have cavities. And strangest of all, even babies who don’t eat all the junk us adults do get cavities. It couldn’t be that cut and dry.
Plus, teeth are just bones. If our bones can break and heal, why can’t our teeth?
Turns out they may be able to. Dr. Price of the Weston Price Foundation did tons of research that proved people with better nutrition had better teeth. And especially, people who drank raw grass-fed milk had better teeth. A current Dr. Rami Nigel has written a book about how to heal or prevent cavities with nutrition. I just ordered it so I will post more as I read it.
But here’s the point. I’m tired of having tooth problems. I am going to do something about it and I’m going to document it as I go. I’ve got a dental appt to get some x-rays and I’m going to get before and after shots. Let’s see if you really can heal your teeth with just nutrition. Trust me, if it fixes my teeth it will fix anyone’s.
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