After the discovery of her first ever cavity, she decided to get serious about finding out what she could do to reverse this and prevent future cavities and tooth decay. Here’s what she found:
As I left the dentist office I felt almost helpless in knowing how to
stop any further decay. I already didn’t eat any type of sugar and
white flour and brushed and flossed. Could I do anything else?
Apparently I can.
form partly because you are not absorbing and eating enough of the
right nutrients. If you eat a diet rich in the right foods with the
right activators (activates you absorbing the nutrients) than you can
actually start healing cavities, and preventing future ones. I am
excited about this info because not only could it help me, but it could
help me better serve my family.
Read the entire post here.
I have always struggled with cavities. I had many in my late childhood and early teens, and then at the age of 20, I believe I had around 10 filled over the course of one summer (which ended with all 4 wisdom teeth being pulled- a lovely way to end any summer, I must say).
The reason this post caught my attention so much is twofold. Firstly, because I would like to stop and reverse the damage and weakness that is present in my own mouth, and especially because I want to prevent it in my children’s teeth, so they do not have to deal with it as I have.
Secondly, because in my reading of Nourishing Traditions, which includes many excerpts from Dr.Weston Price’s fantastic studies of traditional cultures all over the world (in the middle part of the twentieth century), I have been intrigued to read about cultures with very little, if any, tooth decay or dental caries (cavities).
In his opinion, as both a dentist (by profession), as well as an avid scholar and researcher in the area of nutrition and primitive diets, he believed that a wholesome, whole foods diet, rich in nutrients such as Vitamin A and D (among many others), from sources like grass-fed butter and dairy, cod liver oil, seafood, etc. were instrumental in protecting teeth (as well as bones).
"Each isolated Swiss valley or village has it’s own special feast days of which athletic contests are the principal events. The feasting in the past has been largely on dairy products. The athletes were provided with large bowls of cream as constituting one of the most popular and healthful beverages, and special cheese was always available…their cream products took the place of our modern ice cream…it is reported that practically all skulls that are exhumed in the Rhone Valley and, indeed, practically throughout all of Switzerland, where graves have existed for more than a hundred years, are found with relatively perfect teeth; whereas the teeth of people recently buried have been riddled with caries or lost through this disease."
"…In Sudan, Egypt, I found considerable traffic in high-vitamin butter which…was being exchanged for and used with varieties of millet grown in other districts…It’s brilliant orange color testified to the splendid pasture for the dairy animals. The people in Sudan had exceptionally fine teeth with exceedingly little tooth decay. The most physically perfect people in northern India are probably the Pathans who live on dairy products largely in the form of soured curd, together with wheat and vegetables. The people are very tall and are free of tooth decay."
Weston Price, DDS Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Keep in mind that the dairy that Dr.Price is referring to is from grass-fed animals, and is either raw or cultured (ie. yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, etc).
Kimi’s post referred to some great info and resources regarding nutrition for reversing and preventing dental decay. Many of the things my family and I are already starting to do (drink raw milk, have organic butter daily, use a cod liver oil supplement, cook using homemade bone broths), but I’m eager to look into this topic more!