Dental Crowding, Cavities, and Health Problems – What’s The Connection?

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Most people have had cavities, periodontal disease, orthodontics, and other dental issues – or know someone who has.  In fact, crowding in teeth and cavities are extremely common conditions in modern day civilizations. They are so common, we’ve come to view these issues as being “normal”.

But they’re not.

In fact, these disorders are clear markers of widespread malnutrition in our society. It is indicative of mineral deficiencies that would ordinarily be non-existent in those consuming a nutrient-rich diet.

The conventional way to take care of teeth riddled by decay (cavities) is to drill a hole and fill that hole up with a substance that is intended to prevent the hole from getting any larger. Modern dentistry also uses chemicals such as fluoride and teeth polish and metal dental scalers and spatulas to “remove plaque” beneath the gumline, which is believed to be the cause of tooth decay.

When cavities become larger or fillings wear out, the next step might involve replacing the original filling with a crown or possibly a root canal. All of these procedures are dangerous and provide opportunities for heavy metals, harmful bacteria, and other toxins to enter the body system.

The conventional way to remedy crooked teeth is to cement hardware on the teeth and put pressure on them with wires to cause movement with the end result of straightening them.  Once again, this exposes the person to toxic chemicals and other heavy metals which enter the body system.

Dental cavities and disease

Did you know that the percentages of people afflicted with dental caries (cavities) in modern times are higher now than ever before in history? Roughly 90 percent of the population has it, and it grows more acute as we age. In 2-5 year olds, 28 percent of have dental cavities. In people ages 20-39 that percentage increases dramatically to 87 percent!

Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who practiced during the 1930s, was highly respected in his time. His work was published in various dental journals, including the Journal of The American Dental Association. He traveled the world to try and determine the reason why so many of his patients had dental disorders as well as other health problems, discovered some startling facts on his journey. What he found all over the world was that people eating indigenous diets of the lands where they lived had wide dental arches and straight teeth, few cavities, and superb health. They were largely free from the degenerative diseases prevalent in developed countries like the United States.

In treating various illnesses – and in particular – dental caries – he discovered that cod liver oil used in conjunction with a healthy fat-soluble food like high-vitamin butter oil was more potent that cod liver oil alone. High-vitamin butter oil from healthy cows consuming rapidly growing grass on pasture is a particularly rich source of Vitamin K2 – one of the critical co-factors needed to work in tandem with Vitamin D to maintain health.

Decayed and crooked teeth are indicative signs of disease in the body.  If the problems people experience with their dental health did not continue to worsen over time despite aggressive campaigns undertaken by dental professionals to instruct patients to brush, floss, use fluoride treatments, toothpaste, and mouthwashes, and the use of complicated and expensive surgical and drilling procedures, we could truthfully say these practices had a positive impact.

But, they don’t.

From an interview with Ramiel Nagel, author of Curing Tooth Decay, Natural News, January 2008:

“This is what I refer to as an unscientifically sound practice. 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.”

When I was 12 years old, my parents took out a loan to have braces, orthodontic hardware, put on my teeth. It took 2 1/2 years to straighten them with those devices. But did my nutritional problems disappear after my teeth were straightened? They did not. In fact, they only became more acute because during my treatment, no one ever said to me, “Your eating habits are causing health problems that have made your teeth crooked and are causing other issues in your body.” So, for years and years I continued to eat poorly and consume nutritionally-empty foods.

The result was that at age 35, when I should have been in the prime of my life, my health had hit rock bottom. I was continually fatigued and irritable, depressed, experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and other digestive problems. I was having “panic attacks” that kept me awake for hours during the night (and I also started having them in the daytime as well), muscle-weakness, heart palpitations, and general malaise. I was exhausted and I couldn’t do the normal activities required in my life. It wasn’t until I completely changed my diet and lifestyle that things began to change.

I had dental pain my whole life – gum pain, bleeding when I brushed, and sensitivity to temperatures. Whenever I went to the dentist, I asked what I could do to stop this from occurring. The answer was always, “brush and floss, avoid sugar, and get dental checkups.” For many years I had not flossed as regularly as I should, and I was eating a lot of refined sugar and processed foods. But after I completely changed my diet and started eating high-fat foods from clean sources and removed grains and processed foods from the things I consumed, my dental pain and bleeding gums have since vanished.

What’s the solution to dental crowding and cavities?

Avoid processed foods -from Ramiel Nagel’s foods that cause tooth decay:

  • grains
  • refined carbohydrates
  • sugar
  • hydrogenated oils such as those found in margarine, shortening, “butter” spreads, and other artificial fats, and all vegetable oils, especially – canola, cottonseed oil, and soybean

If you still decide to consume grains, soak them overnight in filtered water and whey (from pastured cows). Alternatively, you can use raw apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Foods like grains, corn, soy, and even nuts and legumes contain phytic acid, which if not neutralized by proper preparation methods, blocks the absorption of nutrients. Even when properly prepared, the phytic acid will not be completely neutralized enough to prevent nutrients absorption from being blocked.

Read more about how grains affect dental and bone health on Ramiel Nagel’s site. If you continue to have dental or bone issues, avoidance of grains is the best choice.

Here are Ramiel Nagel’s foods for prevention of tooth decay:

  • 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times per day of Green Pasture Products Blue Ice Royal Blend fermented cod liver oil / butter oil mix (1-1.5 teaspoons per day)
  • 1-4+ cups of raw grass-fed milk daily, or 4 ounces of cheese
  • 2 cups daily of bone soup, made from slow cooking the bones & organs of fish, chicken, beef and so on
  • 1-4 tablespoons of grass-fed bone marrow. Either raw or cooked.

In general, eat more whole, unprocessed foods – and especially fats and proteins from healthy animals on pasture – raw dairy foods like raw milk, butter, cream or ghee, fermented cod liver oil, broths made from the bones of healthy animals on pasture, dark and organ meats from healthy animals on pasture, and  safe-sourced seafood like fish, mollusks, scallops, (oysters, clams, squid, octopus), and crustaceans (crab, lobster, crayfish).

Suggested reading on the topics of dental health, dental caries, cavities, and fluoride:

Curing Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel – speaker at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference, November 2010

The Case Against Fluoride – Paul Connett, Ph.D., James Beck, M.D., Ph.D., and H.S. Micklem, DPhil.

Tooth Decay Trends in Fluoridated vs. Un-fluoridated Countries

More information about fluoride in our water supply

Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?

11 Comments

  • Slow Food Gal
    December 8, 2010 - 6:35 AM | Permalink

    I totally agree with your comments. So are you saying you don’t have to get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every 6 months or once a year? Have you had your teeth cleaned since starting the nutrient dense diet?

  • December 8, 2010 - 8:08 AM | Permalink

    SlowFoodGal – I have not had my teeth cleaned for over a year and a half because our family no longer has insurance. I think it’s up to the individual to decide. However, I don’t like the chemicals used in dental offices, and I believe they have created a “need” for people to come and get their teeth cleaned. After all, they make money on those procedures – and the root canals, fillings, x-rays, etc., all of which expose us to harmful chemicals and radiation. But, I have noticed that my dental health has actually IMPROVED over the last year and a half- and since eating healthy, I have also increased my dosage of cod liver oil and the gum pain and bleeding I once had is gone. I’ve been eating a nutrient-dense diet for almost 6 years now.

    I do brush my teeth and floss, I just don’t use toothpaste because almost all toothpastes have glycerin in them, which contributes to the de-mineralization of teeth. Instead, I am using a tooth powder called Good Gums. I paid $12.95 for it back in August and I am still using it – much more economical than toothpaste and has lasted 4-5 times longer. I still won’t have to replace it yet. My son prefers baking soda and sea salt, which are two ingredients in the tooth powder I am using.

    Everyone has to make their own choices, but I think we have all become accustomed to going to the dentist – indoctrinated, if you will – and believe this is how we should maintain our teeth. I, on the other hand have witnessed first hand the improvements in my dental health with a nutrient-dense diet, and after reading Ramiel Nagel’s book, wholeheartedly agree!

    • January 27, 2011 - 4:45 PM | Permalink

      @Raine, I agree about most in the dentistry field. After all, they do make their living on ‘drill and fill’ protocols. However, there is a group named the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology who specialize in supporting patients in addressing the underlying cause of tooth and gum damage. Although I’m not sure that they approach their care from as immune based of an approach as folks like us, they are definitely qualified to help folks with gum disease.

      I am very pleased with our Brushing Blend. Like many other products, it was created out of personal need. I was tired of brushing my teeth with questionable at best ingredients and wanted something completely free of toxins and organic. So, after plenty of research and consultation with Chinese herbalists, we have the OraWellness Brushing Blend.

      I agree with the baking soda and sea salt powder. I like to add some xylitol for the remineralizing benefit as well.

      To health!
      Will

  • Alicia
    January 27, 2011 - 11:02 AM | Permalink

    what about goat milk?

  • January 27, 2011 - 12:20 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for this article. I have “good teeth” that were repaired with orthodontics when I was in highschool. I have always taken good care of my mouth since having so much work done, I have large teeth, and crowding was an issue for me. Since my son was born 4 years ago, I’ve been only once to the dentist, since we have no dental insurance, and lately I’ve been thinking I need to go – only because I feel I “should” and not due to any problems. It’s so hard to know what to do. I want to believe that our bodies are well-designed and able to exist healthy and happy without conventional doctoring, but I also wonder if the “natural dentistry may be the way to go?

    I’ve never read or heard about the de-mineralization as a result of glycerin, I may consider switching to a tooth powder ( I remember a while back on making homemade toothpaste – bet you could make it without the glycerin…)

    • January 27, 2011 - 4:31 PM | Permalink

      Raine – interesting as always. Like I said on FB recently – “oh that I had known this stuff about 30 years ago”. Never too late to start, I guess. At least I’ve got the opportunity to teach my kids while they are still relatively young.

      Finding a toothpaste without glycerin is next to impossible, even the “natural” ones seem to use it a lot. I can’t stand the taste of baking soda, and my experiments with homemade toothpaste made me want to hurl. Have you ever tried tooth soap? I’ve heard of these online, but haven’t looked into them yet.

  • January 27, 2011 - 5:05 PM | Permalink

    Hi Laurie – I have not tried toothsoap, but I’ve heard it works well. I use Good Gums by Dr. Brehm. It does have baking soda, but you can’t really taste it. I love the taste. It’s very earthy in flavor. Here’s the link:

    http://www.good-gums.com/

    It recently went from $12.95 to $19.95 a bottle, which does seem expensive. But I bought mine last August and I still have it. You don’t have to use very much, so it lasts awhile. And yes, finding a toothpaste without glycerin is almost impossible. I’ve never seen one except the kind made my Miessence:

    http://www.miorganicproducts.com/bodycare/mint_toothpaste.php

    Again, expensive, but I think you would use it sparingly. I’ve never tried it. I think the tooth powder is way more economical. With shipping you would spend much more on the toothpaste than the tooth powder.

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