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Challenging the Myths of Modern Dentistry
Cavities, Gum Disease and Other Dental Problems
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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is found in every age group from toddlers to senior citizens. Statistics show that 42% of children, ages 2 to 11, have dental caries in their primary teeth and 21 % of children who have their permanent teeth have dental caries. The decay doesn't stop there. During adolescence 59% of teens between 12 and 19 will suffer with dental caries in their permanent teeth. After entering adulthood, the prevalence of dental caries in Americans between the ages of 20 and 65 jumps to a whopping 92%. By the time we reach 65, Americans have an average of 3.3 root canals or missing teeth and 13.6 decayed or missing tooth surfaces.
Modern dentistry teaches us that this is all the fault of bacteria in the mouth. We are all taught that the only way to prevent these problems is through brushing, flossing and mouthwash coupled with dental visits for cleanings, fillings, sealants and in more severe cases, crowns and root canals.
On top of the problem of cavities, most people's jaws aren't wide enough to allow wisdom teeth to grow naturally, so they are removed surgically. Numerous teenagers have malformed bites and misplaced teeth requiring orthodontic work. Many adults have serious problems with gum disease. Are all of these dental problems natural?
What If We've Got it All Wrong?
Consider this for a moment-what if this basic hypothesis of modern dentistry is wrong? What if tooth decay isn't caused by the presence of bacteria but by degeneration of the tooth enamel caused by nutritional deficiencies?
Dr. Weston Price was appointed as the first director of the American Dental Association. Price's opinions about what causes tooth decay were radically different than the ADA. Dr. Price spent years traveling the world seeking native people who were resistant and even immune to tooth decay. He found that people living on traditional diets had bacteria in their mouth but did not get tooth decay until they were exposed to refined foods.
He discovered that changes in our diet, such as moving away from grass-fed meat and dairy, fish, whole grains and vegetables to refined sugars and flours, processed vegetable oils and canned foods was the root of all dental problems, not just cavities, but impacted wisdom teeth, improperly formed bites, displaced teeth requiring orthodontic work and gum disease. Dr. Price observed that good dental health went along with good physical and mental health. The bottom line is that improved nutrition, not better cleaning of the teeth and gums, is the ultimate answer to our modern dental problems.
Natural Care for Teeth and Gums
Dr. Price found that indigenous groups with the highest immunity to tooth decay ate at least two of the following three kinds of food daily: dairy products from grass-fed animals, fish and shellfish and the organ meats of land animals. What these foods all have in common is that they are very high in good fats and fat-soluble vitamins.
Dr. Price found that on average, traditional diets had ten times more fat-soluble vitamins than modern diets. He noted they had four times more water-soluble vitamins and three to four times more calcium and phosphorus. Remember that this was in the 1930s and people's diets are much worse today.
To build healthy bodies, bones and teeth, Dr. Price recommended supplementing the diet with 1/4 teaspoon of cod liver oil and 1/4 teaspoon of high vitamin butter oil 2-3 times daily with a meal. These nutrients can be supplemented by taking Super Omega-3 EPA, Vitamins A & D and Vitamin D3. For small children Sunshine Heroes (are soft chewables) Calcium Plus D3, Omega-3 and Vitamins A & D (it’s a small gel capsule that can be chewed.
Dr. Price recommended consumption of organ meats from wild or grass-fed animals. These can be difficult foods to find, but organ meats are generally cheaper cuts of meat and a great way to save money in today's economy.
Other dietary recommendations included eating whole grains that had been soaked before cooking, green vegetables and seafood and the preparation of homemade stock. Stock is made by simmering bones, vegetables and meat scraps, which extracts minerals and other nutrients needed for healthy bones, teeth and bodies.
You should avoid refined sugar, white flour, processed vegetable oils, canned and frozen convenience foods and fast foods in favor of whole, natural meats, grains, vegetables and fruits. For more information on Dr. Price's dietary recommendations and discoveries, get the book "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon
Supplements for Healthier Teeth
It's harder to find healthy food today than it was in 1930. It's more important to supplement with the extra nutrients we need. If you don't get daily exposure to natural sunlight, you should consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D3. This vitamin is essential for the bones and teeth to store minerals.
Besides supplementing with fats and fat-soluble vitamins, it is essential to supplement with minerals. Even the best diets are missing important minerals for healthy teeth and bodies. A good supplement that will provide macro minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium for healthy teeth is Skeletal Strength but it may be even more Important to supplement the diet with trace minerals, which are even lower in modern diets.
Trace mineral supplements Mineral Chi Tonic combines Colloidal Minerals with adaptagenic and tonic herbs that improve absorption, reduce stress and promote general health and Ionic Minerals with Acai. Colloidal Minerals is a basic supplement that supplies about 60 trace minerals. For small children Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 and Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.
Ionic Minerals with Acai contains minerals that are electrically charged and ready for absorption. This means the minerals in this product are more easily assimilated. It contains Acai, which is a powerful antioxidant. Can be used for small children.
HSN-W is an herbal designed to provide calcium, silica and other nutrients for healthy hair, skin and fingernails, HSN-W promotes healthy bones, teeth, connective tissue and nerves.
Natural Dental Hygiene
Xylitol helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Xylitol is a sate alternative to sugar that has the same sweetness as sugar. It’s safe for both hypoglycemics and diabetics because xylitol rates on the glycemic index is a mere 7, compared to sugar's glycemic index score of 100.
Using xylitol candy and gum has been shown to reduce tooth decay because the cavity-causing bacteria that thrive on sugar can't survive on xylitol. Even swishing a teaspoon of bulk xylitol after a meal can help. Although it is a refined product itself, xylitol helps reduce sugar cravings. The use of Xylitol Mouthwash and Xylibrite Toothpaste will also help prevent cavities and gum disease.
For stronger and healthier teeth use Black Walnut and White Oak Bark. By opening an equal number of capsules of each herb and mixing them together, you can make a great tooth powder for promoting dental health.
Black walnut and White oak bark have anti-cavity and antimicrobial properties and used to treat gingivitis, bleeding gums and loose teeth. White oak bark can strengthen tooth enamel and helps small cavities heal. To use the powder, simply moisten your toothbrush and dip it in the powder. Brush the powder on your teeth, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse. It is all right to swallow because the herb powders are good for internal use.
Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Studies show that the bacteria present in gum disease may cause blood clots that contribute to heart disease. German scientists discovered and confirmed genetic links in patients that suffered from periodontitis and coronary heart disease. Inflammation of the gums is a sign that you may have inflammation in your arteries.
A valuable remedy that reduces inflammation in both the gums and the heart is Co-Q10. This wonderful antioxidant works on gingivitis, bleeding gums, gum disease and loose teeth. It does great things for the heart including treatment of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and weak hearts. Knowing that issues of gum disease and heart disease are linked Co-Q10 is a great nutrient to strengthen both parts of our body and take preventative measures against tooth and heart illness.
Modern dentistry is a major source of two kinds of chemical toxicity that can be ruin our health, fluoride and mercury and other heavy metals. Here's the scoop on how to avoid these serious health hazards.
Fluoride Fables and Fluoride Facts
Fluoride became popular in the late I 940s as a way of strengthening tooth enamel and preventing decay. The belief that fluoride could aid dental health was based on falsified and misleading test results. An experiment was done in two cities. One city's water was fluoridated and the other was not. During the five-year experiment both cities saw a decrease in tooth decay by 65%, but the results in the control (non-fluoridated) city were never reported.
Fluoride is a toxin that displaces iodine in the body, which can depress thyroid function and contribute to problems with the breasts, uterus, prostate, skin and bones. Fluoride is harmful for your teeth and causes fluorosis, which leads to discoloration, pits and crevices and weaker teeth. It can weaken bones contributing to the development of osteoporosis.
Fluoride is carcinogenic and depresses testosterone production in men. It weakens willpower and makes people more docile and submissive. Fluoride is a deadly toxin. It is used as an insecticide and rodenticide, but it can kill people, too. There is enough fluoride in one tube of fluoridated toothpaste to kill a small child and children have died from swallowing fluoride treatments in dental offices! (Note the warnings on fluoridated toothpaste.)
In 1990 Dr. William Marcus blew the whistle on fluoride, exposing its connection with higher cancer rates, birth defects and osteoporosis. Dr. Marcus was the senior toxicologist in the Office of Drinking Water at the EPA and was consequently fired for trying to make his findings about fluoride known and was only rehired after suing the EPA.
The America Dental Association (ADA) is still teaching Americans that fluoride is good for their teeth by recommending fluoridated toothpastes. It's not. It is true that fluoride in your toothpaste can kill bacteria that may cause tooth decay, but there are far better ways of maintaining mouth hygiene.
To protect yourself from fluoride, purify your drinking water at the tap (bottled water may be fluoridated), buy dental products without fluoride and reject fluoride treatments at the dentist's office. You can help to detoxify your body to get rid of any fluoride to which you may have already been exposed. This can be done by upping your intake of iodine. Dulse Liquid or Black Walnut ATC are two good sources of iodine, but you may need a stronger source if you've had serious exposure.
Iodine has been clinically shown to increase urinary flushing of sodium fluoride. To flush calcium fluoride use iodine with extra Calcium.
Mercury Myths and Heavy Metal Mayhem
Amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver and other heavy metals, was introduced into dentistry in 1833. At the time many dentists were against the idea of inserting toxic metal into their patients' mouths. Doctors and patients were reassured that the mercury in amalgams was stabilized so it would not harm the body.
Almost a hundred years later, the debate arose once again because Dr. Alfred Stock showed that mercury vapor did leech from amalgam. In 1986, the ADA admitted that mercury was leeching into the body, but maintained that it was not happening in large enough amounts to be harmful. Dentists are told not to recommend the removal of these amalgam fillings for health reasons and dentists who do so can be considered unethical.
Fluorescent light bulbs only contain 22 milligrams of mercury and have been dubbed as hazardous waste, while the average amalgam filing has close to 1,000 milligrams of mercury. If a dentist drops amalgam on the floor, he is required to evacuate the building and call for a hazardous waste disposal (HAZMAT) team. Yet this substance has been put into the mouths of millions of people.
Mercury depresses immune function, making it difficult for the body to fight infections and cancer. It displaces iodine, lowering thyroid function. Mercury attacks the nervous system and may be involved in sudden infant death syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, ADHD and other nervous system problems.
Removal of amalgam fillings, followed by a mercury detoxification program, has helped many people improve their health. A basic mercury detox program is:
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