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by Ellen Landauer
Can tooth decay be fixed?
This is a question you may ask if you are looking for alternatives to having tooth tissue drilled away - and worse.
Dr. Margaret Ames, (1) an amazingly honest and caring Biomimetic dentist said to me that every dental intervention to 'repair' a tooth brings the time closer to when you may lose it. Has YOUR dentist been that honest with you?
Below, I am going to outline some measures that have been a boon to my own dental health and for some other people as well.
Can tooth decay be fixed?
One factor is extent of damage. When acids from carbs remain in contact with tooth enamel for any length of time, pathogens (bacteria, yeasts) feed on the sugar and attach themselves firmly to the surface.
Even if you brush after eating, while you eat, the bacteria are already at work. ALSO, no matter how thorough your dental cleansing protocol is, the sugars and plaque will remain in some cracks and crevices.
So even if the enamel is as yet undamaged, eating a significant amount of carbs will begin the deterioration. Obviously, the more concentrated the sugar content, the faster the deterioration. Carbs are HIGHLY addictive! I would suggest a stiff program of carb reduction - which is not only a boon to dental health, but to overall health.
If the damage is limited to weakening the enamel, you can fix it. If the enamel has been penetrated down to the dentin - doubtful it can be repaired by diet alone.
You will see claims on some forums of people saying they 'cured' a tooth which needed a root canal. IGNORE THOSE CLAIMS! The reason these people believe they 'cured' a root canal infection is this: after a period of intense pain, if a person can get through it, the tooth dies and commonly then there is no more pain.
If a cavity is just beginning, and limited only to enamel layer, one could refuse drilling and - taking the right measures - avoid tooth surgery (I like to call drilling and filling what it is). Dr. Margaret Ames has an even better term - 'amputation of your tooth enamel.'
Carnivore diet, which consists of grassfed red meats, poultry, eggs, raw dairy if well-tolerated, and clean, wild-harvested fish - is the way to go.
Especially beneficial is raw dairy from pasture-raised cows and sheep. It is ideal food for nourishing and supporting teeth, jawbone, skeletal structure and indeed - your whole body!
Raw fish oil: The ONLY one I recommend has never been heated, distilled, 'purified,' or (as is the case with virtually ALL other brands) been stored in huge barrels with no refrigeration for 1 1/2 to 2 years. Yes, you heard that right - after all, by the time they get done steam distilling, sanitizing, etc. there is nothing left in other brands fish oil that can hurt you. **Also nothing that can nourish you unless you count the synthetic vitamins A and D, omega 3, etc. that is then added to the dead oil.**
Foods to Minimize or Avoid on Carnivore Diet:
Pasty foods that stick to your teeth (nut butters, pasta, pastries, breads)
Vegetables - especially avoid sweet or starchy root vegetables, also peas and beans. A few dark greens if you must.
Acidic foods and condiments such as: citrus, vinegar, fruit in general, tomatoes
Can tooth decay be fixed - my personal strategy around dental cleanings...(disclaimer: this is not advice for you).
I finally saw the light about the 'polishing' that is typically done at the end of a dental cleaning. This consists of applying a mild abrasive on a rotating appliance to 'polish and make a smooth surface' on the enamel - ostensibly 'to keep food from sticking to irregularities on the tooth surface.'
I fell for this for years. So if you are a 'good' dental patient and get a cleaning every 6 months, a little of your precious tooth enamel gets ground away each time - sort of like sanding a wood floor! Tooth enamel should last more than a lifetime - but in most cases it doesn't. Tooth 'polishing' gradually grinds away some of the enamel that protects your teeth from decay.
“There is no health benefit to polishing,” said Julie Frantsve-Hawley, the editor of The International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist. “It’s not going to impact tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.”
In its latest position paper, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association advises that polishing should not be considered a routine part of a dental cleaning. So feel free to skip it. (2)
This 'polishing' that sounds so benign is removing the enamel that nature put there - a crystalline layer so strong that ideally it should outlive a really long-lived person!
Can tooth decay be fixed? I'll clue you in on a little secret. Raw, grass fed dairy is beneficial for strengthening and smoothing the living tissue of the tooth surface.
PHOTO ABOVE: Raw grassfed dairy promotes dental health.
Think of your teeth as alive; they are. All parts of our bodies have an energy field, similar to our body as a whole.
Raw dairy SUPPORTS dental vitality! When teeth are healthy, energy radiates outward same as that of our body when we are vital. When teeth are 'sick,' their energy field shrinks inward, just as ours does when we are ill.
There are little microtubules leading from the pulp into the dentin and even a little to the enamel. Decades ago, a holistic dentist said that in healthy teeth, the flow in the microtubules expands outward. Dentin and enamel is nourished and deteriorating influences repelled. When a tooth is 'sick,' the flow in the microtubules wakens and shrinks. The enamel and dentin are left without defenses against sugar, acids and pathogens. Because the dentin and enamel are not bolstered by nourishment, they deteriorate - inviting even more detrimental influences into the tissues.
Can tooth decay be fixed - raw dairy to the rescue! Raw butter, cream, cheeses and whole milk are favorite foods of mine - and of my teeth. Forget dental 'polishing' - the ministrations of these foods are a blessing and a balm to all tooth tissue whether enamel or exposed dentin. Raw dairy is ALSO good for what lies beneath the surface -
I saw this play out in practice. When I first did a hair mineral analysis test, the recommended diet included little to no dairy and also recommended I not eat foods high in fat. So in the name of science, to see how well the recommendations benefitted me, I stopped eating some of my favorite foods: raw grassfed cream, butter, milk and cheese. Turns out my body knew what is right.
After a couple months of strictly following the diet recommendations that came with my hair analysis, tooth sensitivity increased significantly - along with a feeling that my tooth surfaces were rougher, more porous. I decided to add the fat-rich raw dairy back into my diet. It did not take long before the sensitivity went away - and the surfaces of my teeth felt luxuriant, smooth and polished. Raw dairy proved to be a great food for dental health!
My personal choice of toothpaste is - NONE!
Instead, I use baking soda. Baking soda is alkaline, so does an excellent job of neutralizing acids that break down enamel and dentin. I just dampen the toothbrush and take up a small amount of baking soda on the bristles. Bob's Red Mill is an excellent brand of baking soda.
My experience with Biomimetic dentists is that they are light years beyond the crude measures that pass for dentistry these days. My advice, however, is to assiduously check out the credentials of any dentist claiming to do Biomimetic dentistry. I had contacted a holistic dentist in my area who listed Biomimetic dentistry as one of her credentials. After I asked twice for certificate of completing advanced training (with no such forthcoming), she took that claim off her site. So be aware!
All the best to you for finding the best solutions for optimal dental health!
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen Landauer is also a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE
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