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Forgotten tooth decay cure : heal your cavities and prevent root canals

By Rami Nagel

This article was originally published here and is part of the January 2009 round up.
It is not true that dental treatments and fluoride are the only ways to heal your teeth from cavities.

Using nutrition, Dr. Weston A. Price reduced the rate of tooth decay 250 times in seventeen individuals who had severe tooth decay. In this group, approximately half of all teeth had been affected by decay prior to Price’s nutritional program. After the program, only two new cavities formed within a three year time period putting the rate of reoccurance at 0.4%. 1

No longer should we accept dental surgery or the dangerous chemical fluoride as our only hope and solution for tooth decay. My book, “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal And Prevent Cavities With Nutrition”, describes another way to heal teeth that flies in the face of the medical dogma that believes in disease and suffering.

I began investigating tooth decay, and health in general, because my own daughter was afflicted with tooth decay at the age of one. Children’s tooth decay is commonly referred to as “Baby Bottle Mouth” because it is supposed to happen when children drink fruit juices from bottles. My daughter did not eat sweets frequently, never had fruit juice, was breastfed regularly, and has almost never eaten any type of processed foods, which are known to be harmful and decay promoting.

Weston Price documented how our modern nutrition program is a primary cause of disease and tooth decay. The theory that tooth decay is caused by germs and bacteria is outdated and it does not hold water. The reason is that germs do not like to eat nutrient devoid foods. Germs and bacteria need sustenance just like we do. So when the dental associations say that germs cause tooth decay by eating certain foods and producing acid, it is unreasonable to believe since germs cannot eat devitalized foods like white sugar and white flour - the foods that we know cause tooth decay.

Weston Price was widely respected in his time, and frequently published in many dental journals, including several articles in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Why have his wise words been forgotten, and what did he teach us?

Three Important Food Factors

Dr. Price documented that both water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins are missing from our modern diets. Of particular note, is the near complete absence of fat-soluble vitamins in our modern diet. Without eating those special foods, and it does not have to be large amounts of them, but frequently, and enough to fulfill your bodies needs, you can be susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and other diseases.

Eating special foods with fat-soluble vitamins won’t cure tooth decay in themselves, but they are a part of the cure.

These special foods are as follows:

  1. Raw grass-fed dairy including, milk, cheese, cream and butter.
  2. Organs of sea animals including fish organs, fish heads, fish eggs, oysters, clams, mussels, and crab and lobster with the innards.
  3. Organs of land animals, including liver, bone marrow, tongue, heart, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, gonads and for the more adventurous, brain, eyes and stomach lining.

Dr. Price found that a characteristic of groups containing a high immunity to tooth decay is that they ate regularly from two of these three food categories.

Our modern diet is so lacking in these special foods, and they are not consumed in regular amounts, so it is no wonder why our bodies degenerate.

Tooth Decay Gets Worse Over Time

In an extensive study of over 15,000 people, the Centers for Disease Control published some statistics regarding tooth decay that should be cause for alarm for most people.

Here is a summary: The older you get, the more your teeth are affected by decay. That’s why old people have dentures (fake teeth) and most young people do not…yet.

On average, people in the 16-19 age group have 11.6% of all teeth affected by decay at one time. This steadily increases, and by the time adults are over 60, more than half of their teeth (62.36%) have been affected by decay. A total of 93.1% of all people over the age of 60 have had teeth affected by tooth decay.

If brushing, flossing, massive fluoridation campaigns, and dental surgery were effective in preventing tooth decay, it would not get worse over time. It would stay the same, or get better. This is what I refer to as unscientifically sound practices. If we are to examine the effects of our dental care as a society, the statistics clearly show it is a failure, as tooth decay becomes worse and worse over time. Either Nature is fundamentally flawed and has doomed us to a life that includes decaying teeth, or humans are flawed in understanding and utilizing Nature.

Until we change the way we live, and return to more natural and life-building foods, the trend of tooth decay worsening with age, will continue.

What Really Causes Tooth Decay

After reading and studying the work of Weston Price, the late Harvard Professor Earnest Hooten said we need to consider the habits and ways of the indigenous people, because “it is store-food that has given us store-teeth.”

Time and time again, Dr. Price documented the tragic plight of indigenous people coming into contact with modern industrialization. Many of these groups enjoyed generation after generation of life without significant tooth decay. But after the arrival of industry and commerce, and with them modern foods, their teeth began to degenerate very rapidly.

Freedom From Tooth Decay

This is just an introduction to how you can be free of tooth decay, and avoid those pesky root canals. Our teeth can rebuild themselves, and cover themselves over with a hard and glassy layer, provided we give ourselves the right kind of nutrition.

Living Without Tooth Decay

I have written an entire book on how to live without tooth decay and how to heal your teeth with good nutrition. I cannot give you all the answers in an article, but I can let you know that there is a new way to having healthy teeth.

I was diagnosed with three cavities two and a half years ago. But through regulating my diet, and eating special foods, my teeth have become stronger and the cavities have halted. My daughter has lived with her tooth decay without the need for dental surgery for close to three years now. With enhanced nutrition her mood has improved, and her teeth have protected themselves internally from infection; this is called arrested decay.

In our society we have deep beliefs in disease and suffering. We believe that “life is suffering.” Or some say that “to be human is to be in a state of sin.” Many of us are not totally conscious of these beliefs, or others like them, so we inadvertently look past answers staring us blatantly in the face. We promote systems such as dental surgery and water fluoridation, which are many times not necessary given the light of knowledge showing us that our teeth are not designed to decay.

You can minimize your tooth decay, indeed prevent it entirely and even heal it once a cavity has formed, if you make good choices for yourself based on the knowledge of decay-free indigenous people.

We continue to fool ourselves, saying that diseases are not curable. But it is time to move away from these limiting beliefs. The cause of tooth decay is known, and knowable. From this knowledge, let us become empowered to take more responsibility for our dental health.

You can learn how to live without tooth decay. You can heal and prevent cavities. To purchase a digital or print copy of Cure Tooth Decay, visit curetoothdecay.com

1 Price, Weston A, DDS, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, CT, 1939

Rami Nagel is the author of "Cure Tooth Decay: Heal And Prevent Cavities With Nutrition," available from: curetoothdecay.com. Rami is a father who cares about the way we affect each other, our children, and our planet through our lifestyle choices. His health background is in hands-on energy healing, Hatha & Bhakti yoga and the Pathwork. Rami is also the author of several health resources including: healingourchildren.net - Learn the Cause and Prevention of the Diseases of Pregnancy and Childhood and preconceptionhealth.org - A Program for Preconception Health based on Indigenous Wisdom.

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COMMENTS - 40 Responses

  1. Every patient has the right to question the dental professional who is about to provide a service and if you are not comfortable with the answers then get up and walk out and find another office. You also have the right to ask to see the sterilization area and talk to the dentist before you have any procedures done.

  2. 2. Cathy Mifsud
    May 23rd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Hello Chandler
    Do you know about the work of Dr Weston Price?
    Kind regards,
    Cathy

  3. I feel helpless…………………………

  4. I have been part of a cow-share since the beginning of May (this morning was my third drop-off as it is every two weeks, Saturday morning bright and early) I have to bike 20-25 minutes to a train station, and then take it 4 stops, and then bike another 10-15min to get to the drop-off. This is basically the very edge of what is considered Toronto East. WOO. its a worth it.

    Anyways, I have noticed two things since I’ve been drinking the milk:

    1) I seem to have a more balanced energy. I can literally just have a tall glass (about two cups) of the raw milk, and then go for a long, strenuous bike ride, and I can keep pace. Before, I could not do this, unless I ate a good breakfast of lots of eggs and meat. That seemed to be the only food that could sustain my energy. Perhaps, my body likes fats a lot? I’ve always been partial to savoury, tangy, etc. All of my favourite foods are full of fat or pure fat, rather than sugary.

    2) I have noticed that my gums and teeth do not ache at all what they used to. I think they do the odd time, but so rarely I do not even remember when. I have not brushed my teeth and more or less, in fact, as bad as it is, I think i have been lagging in the brushing department the last few weeks. (I use tooth soap by the way, ITS A BIG DIFFERENCE in appearance and feel of the teeth, than regular old fluoride paste)

    I have been wanting to try to the raw milk diet for a week, but I the max I can fit in all my baskets would be enough to only last me that week, and then I would be without the milk for another whole week. BOO! The one time I want a car.

  5. Although I hold Dr. Weston A. Price’s work in the highest regard, I’m still not totally convinced that tooth decay can really be healed, especially when you’re an adult. I do believe however that tooth decay can be prevented and halted with this diet. Healing the enamel seems to be the hardest thing. Since when tooth decay appears, there are also underlying tooth problems. In my understanding, the body will always heal the most important parts of the tooth, namely the dentine, cementum and the pulp, leaving the enamel and the gum on the bottom of the to-do-list. I really want to believe enamel can be healed with this diet, but so far I’ve yet to see convincing evidence. Maybe Mr. Nagel can present some? :-)

  6. Just want to add that even this article states that it only halted tooth decay not healed with the examples of Dr. Weston A. Price’s seventeen individuals and Mr. Nagel’s family.

  7. 8. Cathy Mifsud
    Jul 31st, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Hi MK
    I have written on this blog before so for more info read through.
    There are those of us that have healed decay and enamel.
    I have remineralised tooth enamel and reversed decay.I saw two dentists in a few months because i couldn’t %100 believe it! Both dentists words were that i had great teeth. They could see where the decay was but it was reversed. I saved myself big dollars. It took 2 to 3 years but i was breastfeeding during the whole time.
    Our body is absolutely amazing. Give it what it needs and it will use it!

    This was how I discovered Dr Weston Price and the Price Foundation, after I typed in heal teeth naturally because I didn’t want to have work done while pregnant or breast feeding and I didn’t want to lose any teeth.

    Also my daughter chipped her front tooth (small but clearly visable) at about 9 months old. Now at 3.5 it has filled in.

  8. 9. Cathy Mifsud
    Jul 31st, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hey Anita
    I just discovered coconut oil is great for cleaning teeth too! i ran out of my paste and tried coconut oil and its great!
    I want to experiment, try mixing the oil with a bit of bi-carb soda, have you tried it?

  9. Hi Cathy Mifsud,

    thanks for answering. I will give it a try. Have nothing to lose :-).

    It’s really difficult in my country to find a toothpaste without fluoride that doesn’t taste bad though. All the toothpastes without fluoride here have sodium bicarbonate, which I found too abbrasive for the enamel of my teeth and some sort of calcium compounds which I understand isn’t also very good (in toothpaste that is).

  10. You can dissolve baking soda in warm water and then brush with that. That way you avoid the abrasiveness of using the b.s powder directly on your teeth. I use about half a tsp or less in half a cup of water.

  11. 12. Cathy Mifsud
    Aug 1st, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    MK
    your welcome.
    Some tips,not sure if these are above in Rami’s blog post. Don’t brush after food, always a bit before or well after. So the enamel can do its thing uninterrupted.
    Avoid citrus or sour fruits while healing it can strip enamel.
    For one week I’ve been brushing with coconut oil because I keep forgetting to buy some paste (I actually hate buying paste even the good one I’ve found, so I’m probably forgetting on purpose) and I find the oil great! Its weird, it even lathers up a little. I am going to experiment with some bi-carb, I don’t think it would be too abrasive together with the oil but we’ll see.
    Also there is so much to gain eating this way, SO much, not just on teeth!
    Anita how are you going with the coconut oil???

  12. Hi Cathy, are you trying to say that breastfeeding might have slown down the process in your case? The reason I’m asking this is because I’m wondering if extended breastfeeding can deplete calcium (and or other minerals?) in your body. I’m still breastfeeding my 19 months old and last month I experienced some pain in my right shin and also some lower abdominal cramps. Could that be related to breastfeeding?

  13. Anita, thanks for that link about coconut oil. I visited it and learned something new and useful: using coconut oil for oil pulling. But after further researching the topic of oil pulling I read that sesame or sunflower oils are the best for oil pulling for some reason. I’m so excited about oil pulling now that I can’t wait to try it. Apparently, it helps pulling out mercury from the gums and tissues which is important for those who have amalgam filling. But also good for general detox and improves health in general.

  14. Hi Cathy,
    Re. Coconut Oil for cleaning teeth- I only tried that once, with everything else, but will get back to it. Sounds great with bicarb soda! My concoction is bicarb soda, himalayan crystal salt, a splash of hydrogen peroxide, & now adding Coconut oil.

  15. Mainstream toothpaste makers are now producing products touted as remineralizing teeth. I’ve seen them offered at the dentist’s office and I’ve also seen OTC stuff in the stores.

    If they think it can be done, I bet it can be done.

  16. Oh and Bettina? Yes, absolutely, breastfeeding can rob you of minerals if you aren’t getting enough in your diet. Your body’s going to prioritize the baby’s health even if it has to steal from your own. This is why Dr. Price noted that traditional cultures offered special foods to pregnant and nursing mamas. They needed it. :)

    I had not been able to take very good care of myself between pregnancy 1 and pregnancy 2 even though almost nine years elapsed between my children’s births so when child number two came along she really depleted me. I had inflammation problems during the pregnancy and huge weight gain afterward along with various other physical grievances. Finally I have some knowledge I can use to turn it around.

  17. Dana. Thanks a lot for your answer.

  18. Here’s some info. about Clay for healing teeth decay. The calcium in Bentonite clay may help re-mineralize a tooth with mild decay. Fascinating!!
    http://www.aboutclay.com/info/Uses/toothpaste.htm

  19. Make sure you buy a pure clay from a company that has a certificate of analysis - there is alot of clays being sold with high levels of toxins, metals, contaminates etc A good company will have provide this info to you.

  20. 21. Rosmarie David
    Jun 8th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Hi,
    My daughter has been bedridden for about 10 years and can’t go to see her dentist. Just finding out that it’s a fortunate thing, right? Anyway, we’re so excited about being able to reverse tooth decay with the right diet. We also read that Vitamin K2 helps tremendously. Does anyone know the dosage? My daughter’s weight is 100 lb.
    Thanks for your help!

  21. Hello Rosmarie

    I highly recommend reading books by Dr. Hulda Clark. One to start with is The Cure for All Diseases.

    Perservere, it will work.

    It may also be worthwhile to look into the works of Dr. Johanna Budwig.

    Best wishes,

    John

  22. I am sorry but I work in the dental industry and would have to say there is a lot of misinformation in this article. There are many contributing factors to tooth decay. Some factors are genetic predisposition, medications taken during the formation of the teeth, acid reflux, salivary flow and decay stemming from abrasion lesions. This is just a few.

    As for “baby bottle mouth” also referred to as “cot mouth” this often occurs when a child is laid to bed with a bottle of milk. If anyone adult or child goes lays down with a sugary substance, in the case of babies it would be the lactose in the milk, there is no salivary “rinsing” of the teeth. This is what causes the decay. Similar decay is present in adults that go to sleep sucking cough lozenges at night. It is however recommended that children of any age should drink fruit juices diluted with water due to the levels of sugar and acid present. (Children and adults alike will miss out on important fibre if drinking too much juice and not actually eating fruit!)

    As for your statistics on modern decay rates there is no mention of the changes to the modern diet. We are drinking more soda, sports drinks and sugary foods than ever. If you do further research you would find that decay rates are hugely different in countries with fluoridated and non fluoridated water. There has been a recent increase in decay rates in fluoridated countries though as a result of people drinking bottled water. Fluoride don’t forget is a naturally occurring mineral and was added to tap water after scientists discovered lower decay rates in people drinking water from a stream which contained fluoride.

    I would urge anyone reading this article please do not stop brushing and flossing your teeth. This article speaks a lot about tooth decay but neglects to mention anything about periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing are very important to prevent this common disease.

    Decay rates and periodontal disease do tend to get worse with age this is often to do with salivary flow and circulation. Maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water are the most important things you can do for your health and this diet is sure to help but I definitely do not think that traditional dentistry can afford to be abandoned.

    I would also like to say that there is a difference between pharmaceutical companies and dentists. Like you would with any healthcare professional, find a dentist who will give you the right information and ask them for sources. Any brochures provided to you that come from a pharmaceutical company may be misleading SJI is a great source of independent research.

  23. April,

    Before you accuse others of spreading misinformation, you might want to do a little research of your own. What you have stated about fluoride definitely qualifies as misinformation. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, but the fluoride that is added to our drinking water is sodium fluoride, which is not naturally occurring or beneficial in any way. In fact, it is a toxic byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Corporations avoid having to pay high fees to dispose of this toxic waste by selling it to municipalities and convincing them to add it to the water. Sodium fluoride is also known as rat poison. The very bags of sodium fluoride that are added to our water say “DEADLY POISON” on them.

    Fluoride also lowers IQ; just do a search for “fluoride and IQ” on GoogleScholar. It has been linked to bone cancer.

    I can attest to the truthfulness of the information in this article. I have had tooth decay all my life, despite brushing and flossing. Now that I have changed my diet, I can actually see the gaps in my enamel remineralizing. Its easy to see because the areas of decay are brown, and the new enamel is bright white.

    Weston A Price found an astonishing lack of decay in the teeth of primitive isolated peoples that he studied, despite the fact that these people did not brush their teeth. Their teeth were covered in green slime (yuck!), but under the slime, their teeth were excellent. How do you explain that?

  24. I graduated first in my dental class which qualifies me to make the following statement: This article is clearly written by either a charlatan or by someone with no education in the dental sciences. No not believe a single word in this article. It is just plain awful. Go to the dentist. Allow your children to have the appropriate fluoride treatments. Keep your diet low in sugar.

  25. Dear OrthoBrad,

    You may feel that having graduated first in your dental class makes you superior to those who have not graduated from dental school in matters of teeth and dentistry. I hope that you will not make the mistake of many in the dental and medical sciences and will keep an open mind, listen to patients, and forever learn, ask questions, research. Please do all of us a favor and research flouride as thoroughly as possible and look at it from all angles. I personally have never allowed flouride treatments for my three children at their twice yearly dental visits. They are now 19, 21 and 24 and each one had only one cavity. I was always careful with their nutrition and rarely allowed them to eat fast or processed foods and sugar intake was kept to a minimum. But it was not a perfect diet as I did not know that they should have been eating more quality fats and quite often tried to give them low fat meals. I wish I knew about Dr. Weston Price’s research about dental health while they were babies, as I would have worked harder to give them quality food sources of nutrition. There has been much research done about the dangers of flouride and many more dentists are taking a stance against flouridating water. EPA scientists are speaking out against flouridation. Finally, please always remember that our government is and has been controlled by large corporations whose main obligation is to their stockholders and profit is their main motive, no matter what the cost. To make flouride illegal as in many European countries would upset the apple cart.

    I wish you the best and hope that you will be a leader in dentistry as a progressive who will look at the causes of problems and not just try to fix problems.

    Sincerely,

    Kathryn

  26. 27. Lillian Lee
    Sep 21st, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Just because you graduated from a dental school does not mean you are actually informed.
    Dentists and Doctors are at the mercy of chemical companies that control research and they fund the outcomes.
    Gone are the days when scientific research was pure and for the sake of knowledge. You have been brainwashed by a very slick propaganda machine that has no interest in accurate scientific knowledge. There is no profit in that.
    They want you to buy their drugs/chemicals. There is no value in it for them if you were to recommend bi-carb for teeth in the practice you will one day run.
    I know this as I was a victim and almost wheelchair bound because of toxic chemicals. It has taken 15 years to break free of the shackels of modern medicine.
    I hope you too can become informed.

  27. OrthoBrad: Graduating first in your dental class just means that you learned the misinformation the dental industry wants you to spread. Dentists, in general, are no more honorable than the rest of the medical “charlatans” that try to use lies to get more money from the unsuspecting public. The fluoride that is put into our water is a poison, that’s a fact. See Laurel’s post above, she’s got the right of it.

    April: Fluoride was put into the nation’s water supply without any testing on the effect on human health so that industry could make money from a waste product they would otherwise have to pay to get rid of. It is an endocrine disruptor, and likely at least partially responsible for many of the diseases we are dealing with in the US.

  28. 1) I was given to understand by a dentist that decay up to a certain point can heal given the right oral environment and nutrition; the result is a “brown spot lesion”. Check it out with your dentist or via online search. The more pervasive the rot, the less likely this will succeed however.

    2) Dr Robert Nara’s writings on dental self-sufficiency etc taught me the importance of the *length of time* spent on brushing. 2 minutes minimum/session. Hence the priority recommendation after diet: get a good electric toothbrush, particularly if you are arthritic / suffer mobility impairment in the hands. My dental hygienist says I need attend only 1-2 times/year compared with their average of 3-4.

    3) you may be a nocturnal tooth grinder/bruxism sufferer and not be aware of it and/or it may be discontinuous. If you have restorations of any kind their longevity can be significantly impaired by this grinding, meaning the fillings etc need replacing more often, with more risk of insult to the pulp and rct. Effects of grinding can be reduced/eliminated by a traditional night guard plate or NTI - the latter did not work for me, it made the front teeth ache; the plate has worked and also I feel more rested. Used one for 9 years now.

    G.B. Shaw may have said that all professions are a conspiracy against the laiety, but in the absence of evidence that my dentist is conning me or recommending adverse action through ignorance, I respect the fact he’s done the training - and I haven’t. Which is why I pay him.

  29. How about keeping our teeth clean of food debris and using oxygen peroxide? When I tried this a couple of months ago, my toothache disappeared overnight, thanks God.

  30. Weston Price was widely respected in his time, and frequently published in many dental journals, including several articles in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Why have his wise words been forgotten, and what did he teach us?

  31. Hi!
    I am a dental hygienist myself and find this debate very interesting. I think there is some truth to the info given by the author of this article but also in the root of scientific dental research. Diet and nutrition have a HUGE part in prevention of decay for sure. However, it has been proven that certain bacteria are responsible for tooth decay. There are specific bacteria that are also responsible for periodontal disease (it is a bacterial infection that can be exacerbated with poor nutrition/smoking/supressed immune system, etc). These bacterias are passed from person to person and usually introduced from family members (sharing utensils/kissing/etc).

    Sugars and acids feed the bacteria that cause decay and create cavities when they produce acid and drop the saliva’s ph (long/compliacated process that has many factors-won’t get into it). If the lesion has not gone through the enamel and into the underlying dentin it is possible that the decay can be halted via our own saliva and the minerals in it. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that comes from corn cobs, birch bark and other things-even made in our own body. It helps raise the pH of our saliva and is not a usuable form of sugar by the decay causing bacteria and therefore reduces these bacteria/raises the pH level of saliva after sugar/acid attack and prevents decay.

    April (previous post) has some very good facts in her post. It doesn’t mean that she is totally wrong nor is necessarily anyone else. There are many good points to many of the posts here. I think it’s important to realize that there may be more than one truth or different studies to show different outcomes. It’s just like the area of nutrition. It can be a fledgling science at times. What is good in nutrition isn’t always good for the next. There are truths to many different diets and each person needs to listen to their body and choose food on how their body reacts and how they feel after eating certain foods. It’s called bioindividuality. Good DIET and BEVERAGE choices along with preventative measures such as flossing and brushing to reduce bacteria and food matter from sitting on your teeth are most important thing to realize here. That is something I think everyone can agree on. It helps prevent decay and periodontal disease both. Good diet choices provide things like calcium and phosphate (our teeth are made up of this) and it hangs around in our saliva and helps with the remineralization process of teeth (when they undergo sugar/acid attack -which happens all day long). This is partly how teeth remineralize and stop/arrest beginning or incipient decay. And yes, there are products that have been put on the market that help with the remineralization process, especially for those who don’t have a good diet and have waaay too much sugars in their diet and don’t plan to change habits. There is a product that contains calcium, phosphate and fluoride (also a fluoride free version as well) that gives a big boost of these minerals in a form that is bioavailable to the teeth to utilize. For those who don’t choose to reduce sugars/acidic foods and beverages, it really really helps. We have had several people who have decay each time they come to the dental office reduce the amount of decay and actually reverse very beginning decay (that has not gone into dentin) where it is no longer visible on xrays a year later. REMEMBER, once decay has gone through the enamel into the inner layer of the tooth the decay spreads much much faster and at that point really needs to be restored to avoid infection of the nerve or abcess.
    When I entered the dental field, I had no idea how controversial dental topics could be. I don’t always agree with the products etc or treatments that are recommended in the dental field…but I apply it case by case and what the patient is dealing with. I think there are many more natural ways to deal with things in many cases, but some need a little extra help that I have only found through traditional treatments. I often try to recommend natural ways for people to improve their dental health if I feel that it is manageable in this way.
    Anyhow, the topic could go on and on…instead I will just say: eat well, brush, floss and take good care of your entire body. The mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body…take good care of it. Problems in the body can be reflected in your mouth!

  32. I understood the essential point made by Price was to do with minerals in the diet affecting the calcium to phosphorus ratio in the blood which was achieved by the intake of vegetables, meat that was not overcooked and no sugary processed food.

  33. For Lindsay: Is there anyplace to order the tooth powder you discovered in India in the U.S.? Am very interested in getting it.
    Enjoyed your writeup on your use of it!

  34. 35. Sarah Morrow
    Jul 4th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I ran across this page online and would like to add a comment.

    I grew up on standard dentistry, using fluoride toothpastes, and getting my teeth drilled and filled. None of it helped, because I was eating the typical American sugar-garbage-dead-milk diet. I got a mouthful of mercury fillings.

    Fifteen years ago I got sick of it. I stopped brushing and flossing. I switched to raw milk and raw eggs. I stopped eating all grains. I lost 30 pounds in a few months. I felt ten years younger.

    Last month (June 2011) I went to a dentist because after fifteen years, I thought I’d better get my teeth checked, because it had been so long. The dental technician told me she had never seen such wonderful teeth and said it was obvious I was taking great care of them, I must be spending several minutes a day brushing and cleaning them. I said no, sorry, I haven’t brushed in years. (I wipe them every couple of days with a cloth with a little Dr. Bronner’s soap on it, for a few seconds.) I had ZERO new cavities in those fifteen years since I stopped brushing and flossing. Why? Because I’m eating a healthy diet full of healthy fats… raw whole organic milk, raw butter, raw eggs. And avoiding the junk that harms your teeth.

    BTW, when I saw the dentist fifteen years ago, before I ditched dentists, he told me I had two small cavities. Now I have none. They have not been filled. They healed.

  35. There is sadly a lot of superstitious nonsense about flouride. Pace Lilian Lee, not all dentists are at the mercy of the pharmas or any other industry. And there are dental researchers. And they really are able to work free of industry influence. I had one such as my father. He was not keen on industry or the pharmas - though he saw the latter as a necessary evil. He was not keen on chemicals to love problems of human behavior: thought that the food industry was a big part of the problems of dental health. Talked about “sucroholia”, addiction to sugar. But he was also a realist and a scientist. In other words, his mind was not closed, he waited for the evidence before making up his mind. And one thing he was convinced about was the value of flouridation. Because it reduced dental decay, and therefore the need for dental interventions, and because that was of great benefit for the large numbers of people who cannot afford dental work. Yes, sodium flouride is a by-product of industry; yes, it is poisonous and used as rat poison. So what. Anything in the wrong quantity is deadly (eg that dangerous hydrated oxygen aka water). Many natural foods contain poisons eg arsenic in almonds. Flouridation uses very low doses, you can drink as much as physically you can without getting anything near a dangerous dose, and it is mimicking a natural phenomenon.

    It is sad when well motivated people hit on an answer (”flouride is bad”) and bend their efforts, and the truth, to try to prove that outcome. Do the work, examine the evidence without bias, and accept that life is not full of evil conspiracy.

  36. I have question..my little niece has two cavities in her teeth and she is complaining of pain. The last time I took her she had two other teeth filled. Right now I am so tight on money that any remedy would help? I can see the dark markings in her teeth. I have limited juice and sugar intake. She drinks plenty of water…Any advice to cure it possibly naturally?

  37. I’m a single mom and I have 2 kids who both needed braces. I make just enough to not qualify Medicaid services. I had to pay over $4800 so that my child can have braces and a beautiful smile. . .She was very scared and timid at school. I couldn’t find anyone in Los Angeles who would do the braces at a normal price so I had to launch find it with free services like
    http://www.healthsouk.com (HealthSouk) and http://www.1800dentist.com (800 dentist) The first one was free and the second apparently charges the dentist but not me.

  38. I bought and read this book.

    He has some good ideas, though has no medical background.

    I didn’t appreciate his evidence against being vegan was him doing a “Vision Quest” and the fact that all he wanted was a turkey sandwich. Not the most sound evidence.

    Another suspicious point was you either have to eat fish heads or buy one supplement that he names by brand name.

    Another thing he doesn’t mention on his website is that instead of fixing cavities, he’d rather leave his daughters front teeth shiny and black. The psychological damage of being stared at might not be worth it.

  39. can using hydrogen peroxide on my teeth make them whiter???

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