As someone who has had more than my share of dental issues, I’m always on the look-out for articles like the ones below that focus on ways to improve the health of my teeth and gums naturally…….
(byCarolanne at www.Thrive-Living.net for NaturalNews) Before heading off to the dentist to have cavities drilled and filled, save your hard-earned cash and use nutrition to heal dental caries instead. Following the wisdom of traditional diets, and the observations of Weston A. Price, teeth can be strengthened without resorting to dangerous and costly dental procedures.
“The Isaac Newton of Nutrition”
Dr. Weston A. Price was a Cleveland dentist in the 1900s who was intrigued with the root cause of dental decay and physical degeneration. Traveling the world, he documented groups of individuals who had exceptional teeth and strong bodies. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, “Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of primitives on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.”
When Dr. Price analyzed the diets of these isolated groups, he discovered that they contained at least four times the minerals, as well as over ten times the fat-soluble vitamins, as a standard Western diet. What’s more, when the indigenous people veered away from traditional food and chose typical Western fare, dental health, vitality and resistance to illness declined. In light of these findings, Dr. Price is known as the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition.”
Modern uses for a traditional diet
If we want to have strong teeth and robust health, it would be wise to consider the dietary recommendations of Dr. Price. Using the framework of a traditional diet, a tooth- and bone-strengthening diet contains:
- Animal foods (bone broth, eggs, fish, meat)
- An abundance of vegetables (especially leafy greens)
- Raw dairy (milk, kefir, cheese, butter)
- Plenty of vitamin D (either from sunshine or 5,000 IU/day vitamin D3)
- Healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, fermented cod liver oil)
- Sprouted nuts, seeds and beans
The diet should also include low amounts of fresh fruit, restricted consumption of fermented grains and absolutely NO processed, sugary, packaged or fast food.
Moreover, it’s important to ensure the diet is rich in vitamin K (pastured butter, parsley, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collards and cilantro), phosphorus (pumpkin seeds, meat, Romano cheese, salmon, Brazil nuts and whey) and silica (bamboo, nettles, oat straw, horsetail, cucumbers, leeks, onions and celery). For the ultimate benefit, focus on organic produce, as well as pastured dairy, eggs and meat. Lastly, Katie at Wellness Mama has created a safe and effective do-it-yourself re-mineralizing toothpaste recipe, which can be found here.
How To Heal Cavities Naturally
(by Derek Henry) The world is slowly waking up to the fact that, when you give the body what it needs, it can heal things we previously thought were impossible. A fine example of what is often deemed as an incurable health problem is dental cavities, but extensive research is now becoming more public about the true nature of tooth decay and the fact that there are proven remedies that can remedy it.
THE LIES PERPETRATED ABOUT TOOTH DECAY
According to the American Dental Association, the reason we have tooth decay is as follows:
“[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.”
There are a few problems with this theory, including:
• Groups of indigenous people who had fermentable carbohydrates stuck on their teeth all the time that did not brush or floss were mostly or completely free of tooth decay.
• Bacteria do not consume processed sugar or flour because of the lack of nutrients in them.
• Foods that bacteria like to eat, such as milk, vegetables, meat, fish and fruit, are not commonly implicated in causes of tooth decay.
So if the modern explanation of tooth decay is not accurate, what is actually the cause of tooth decay?
WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSES TOOTH DECAY
Tooth decay, as researched by Dr. Weston Price and other dental pioneers, boiled down to three factors:
• Not enough minerals in the diet.
• Not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) in the diet.
• Nutrients not being readily bioavailable, and your intestinal system not properly absorbing them. The presence of phytic acid largely influences this factor.
Over a period of time, if your diet lacks vitamins and minerals from a poor diet and/or contains high levels of phytates (from grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes), the blood chemistry and the ratio of calcium and phosphorous become out of balance, which results in minerals being pulled from bones, causing tooth and bone loss.
So, the long-standing belief that sugar causes tooth decay is true, but as a result of it depleting nutrients from the body, not because bacteria eat it and produce acid that ruins your teeth.
THE FOOD REMEDIES THAT CAN HEAL CAVITIES AND TOOTH DECAY
In order to restore the ratio of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, and to enable minerals to bond to our teeth, it is not enough to just avoid eating too many sweet or processed foods. We must also eat health-building foods, containing copious amounts of minerals and vitamins that will build a glassy hard tooth structure.
Foods to focus on are:
• Coconut oil, grass-fed organic dairy (especially butter), grass-fed meats, seafood and bone broths.
• Organic cooked vegetables (soups with bone broth are ideal).
• Organ and gland meats, like liver.
Limit foods that are high in phytic acid, like grains, beans, nuts and seeds, as well as limiting processed food intake full of processed flours and sugars that upset blood sugar balance.
Supplements to consider are:
• Fermented cod liver oil – very high in fat soluble vitamins A, D and K.
• Magnesium – required to use calcium and phosphorous effectively.
• Gelatin – if you don’t have time to make bone broth, this is a good alternative and is great for gums and digestion.
Source: Natural News
PERSONAL NOTE: Will and Susan Revak offer a wealth of information on their website and blog over at Orawellness.com on dental health and various issues such as fillings, gum disease, root canals, and implants.
One of the resources they have is an interactive chart that shows the connection between the teeth and the various internal organs and body regions. There’s also a mouth map you can download to use for getting to know what’s happening with you teeth, plus tutorials on brushing, eliminating bad breath and more. They make some really great products for dental health, too. I love their organic brushing blend….a little bottle goes a long way and is so convenient for carrying in your purse/bag wherever you go. Very refreshing, not a lot of rinsing required since it’s non-foaming, and it can even be used as a mouthwash by putting a drop or two in some water.
I have one of the small bottles in my bathroom, one in my purse, and one in my travel bag, so I’m never without. The blend may seem expensive, but a bottle will last a long time, and if you buy 2 you get one free! Just go under the “Order Now” button on the menu and you’ll see that option. AND for one day only on April 24th, which could be today or tomorrow depending on where you live and when you read this, they are offering 21% off (their biggest sale of the year) in celebration of their 21st wedding anniversary. Simply enter the code “ANNIVERSARY” at check-out and viola! They are such nice people and a real eco-friendly company, so I love supporting what they offer. It’s a win-win-win situation (the best kind!).
Another all-natural dental product I highly recommend is the toothpaste at Vibes Up. It contains Holocurens Propolis, which is known for promoting healthy gums, healing and preventing canker sores, preventing gingivitis, discouraging plaque bacteria, minmizing mouth infections, and freshening breath. And it’s 10% off right now and comes with a free “sticky stone” you can use however/wherever you want to off-set EMFs. The stone usually costs $20, so that basically cancels out what you spend on the toothpaste. How does it get any better than that?! And Vibes Up is another company I love to support, so again it’s a win-win-win situation. I usually alternate between brushing with the Orawellness Brushing Blend and the propolis toothpaste because I really like both and they each have special benefits.
Something else you may want to check out is the book offered by health and nutrition guru Frederic Patenaude on oral health and natural ways to protect your teeth and heal decay. It comes with several bonuses and a 30-day money back guarantee. He also offers a Raw Health Starter Kit to kick-start your health and find out exactly how you can use the power of raw foods to experience more energy, detox and rejuvenate, and reach your ideal weight.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.