Yeah, so I went to the dentist yesterday.  And I hadn't been to the dentist in, oh, awhile.  My mother had been on my case, hounding me, offering to pay — basically everything short of going to dental school herself.  (I've got a great mom.)  So I finally got an appointment.  For yesterday.  And just before going in, I started to get a little nervous about what they'd find.  Maybe I drank the paleo kool-aid a little too much and thought I was invincible — not realizing that even paleo-flavored kool-aid will rot your teeth.

So I arrive, and the dental hygienist starts to drill me with questions (in a commanding Eastern European accent):

  • When was the last time you went to the dentist?  Uh, probably about a year and a half ago.  Or so.  Oh dear, she says.
  • I see on your chart that you said you floss regularly.  How often do you floss?  Oh, every week or two.  Dear, that's not regularly.  Yes, it is — I regularly floss every week or two.  I seeee, she says.  [Editorial note: I also floss whenever food is stuck in my teeth.]
  • How often do you brush?  Twice, sometimes three times a day.  Good.
  • Does anything hurt?  No.  Good.
  • I also don't eat much of any sugar, no candy at all, no processed food, no soda, and fairly little carbohydrate.  Ok.

Then she takes X-rays. They have an awesome digital X-ray machine, so they actually can email me pics of my chompers.

   

And the verdict?

  • You have really beautiful teeth.  Oh, why thank you!  You must have good genes.  Or my diet may have something to do with it.
  • Though I do see a little spot here that might be something.  Uh oh.  The dentist will have to take a closer look.  [Editorial note: #@*&!!!]

I'm starting to feel like a really big idiot who should have gone to the dentist more often.  I get to dwell on that thought while she cleans my teeth.

She uses this awesome ultrasound plaque removal device.  ULTRA-SONIC BOOM!  Next up, she uses this amazing high-pressure sand-blaster to strafe my teeth with baking soda or something, in order to polish and whiten them.  This was slightly unsettling, especially the part where I accidentally moved, and she soda-blasted the bottom of my mouth.

  • So you didn't have a whole lot of plaque.  That's cool.  But you had some stains.  That would be the coffee.

Then she called in the dentist.  The moment of truth.  I'm definitely getting nervous, releasing some serious cortisol at this point.  He comes in and starts picking at my mouth.  Then he and the hygienist start talking in dental code.  Did you see the D12?  Yes, I think it's an PRD.   Boy, do I hate that.  If you're going to talk about me behind my back, at least have the courtesy to do it behind my back.  People these days, no manners.

  • Well, you have a cavity.  Shoot.  Where is it?  Upper row, left side, molar next to your canine.  It's on the side in between that molar and the next molar.  What did it look like on the X-ray?  Well, it doesn't show up on the X-ray, that other spot was nothing.  But it's early — some of the enamel is gone and it sticks when I press it.  What do you recommend?  Put in a filling.  How much does that cost?  ~$350.  [Editorial Note: I don't have dental insurance.]  I'd like to try a dietary approach first.  Hmm…. [long pause]…well, you know that the enamel doesn't grow back.  What did you have in mind?  

Then I explained about Mellanby and Price.

The dentist said I was free to wait and see, and said he'd be happy to see if that part of the tooth was still "sticky" in a few months, free of charge.  Nice guy.  Though I have to say, I've never completely trusted dentists.  They have a financial incentive to recommend unnecessary procedures, after all.

So I went home and bought some Green Pastures High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil Blend, already have a lot of Vitamin D, and we're going to run a little experiment of n = 1.  And I shot an email to the dentist and bet him $20 that the tooth will heal.  Gotta put your money with your mouth is, right?  And whether it works or not, you'll hear about it from me.

Oh, one more thing.  I looked up the date of my prior visit to the dentist — turns out it had been longer than I had thought.  I hadn't been to the dentist in 2 years and 3 months.  Oops.  Sorry, mom!

Anyhow, stay tuned…

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NOTE: I am not encouraging you avoid the dentist.  Please go.  There are probably lots of factors that determine whether you'll more likely to get cavities: coffee, genes, alcohol, occasional deserts, flossing, mineral content of your diet, and more.  Let me be the idiot guinea pig.


55 Responses to “After a long hiatus, John goes to the dentist”

  1. Valant says:

    If we register at iranican.com to post blogs does our email get published? I see that your bloggers have their emails published.

    gravura in lemn

  2. Melching says:

    Hey, you used to write outstanding, but the last few posts have been kinda boring!K I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just slightly out of track! come on!

    sigilii

  3. Justin says:

     Did we ever get an update on this? I would like to know the outcome.

  4. Tadas says:

    Now nearly half  a year passed… UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE!

  5. Tadas says:

    2,5 months passed. Please give us an update.

    • Henry D says:

       I highly second an update. I’m scheduled for a couple fillings next week. I really want to believe something like these Blue Ice supplement or other nutritional effort will help with cavities. 

       

      Thanks

  6. Michelle the Hygienist says:

     I found this to be very interesting! Seeing as I am a dental hygienist who recently became aware of the Paleo scene.  The past year or two I have dabbled with raw vegan and vegetarian diet..to say the least I am very excited to be trying the Paleo diet for a multitude of reasons. Immune problems related to my skin as well as easy weight management. I love my profession as it is geared as a health model is based on prevention.  I do talk with my patients about diet. I really look forward to seeing what results you get with your experiment.  There is a point where you are able to remineralize the outer layer of enamel (the outermost white shell of your tooth) so the tooth appears to be healing where the cavity was once larger. But the downside to this and is very common now with fluoride being highly utliized, is that there is still decay on the inner surface of the tooth that does not remineralize depending on how large the cavity was to start.  There is a laser that a dentist or hygienist can use to evaluate the density of the enamel to make sure that it has healed and has not continued to decay under a "healthy" outer layer. (called Diagnodent…incase you are interested)

    Anyways I just felt the need to post! I love following and researching how the diet and nutritional habits are related to ones health.  Good luck!

     

  7. andrew says:

     I’m 23 and have never been to the dentist.  My parents couldn’t afford it, and I’m not yet working a job that has dental insurance (and I definitely can’t afford it.)  I’m so terribly frightened, but am anxious to be able to go so I can at least have fixed what’s already messed up (nothing visually or anything I can physically feel, at least.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    How much of a dose do you take of that Blue Ice CLO and butter blend? I can’t find any nutritional info bc they sell it like a food.

  9. Mark says:

    Sounds like a good experiment.  I’m looking forward to hearing the result.   I’m curious, are you going to cut back your fruit consumption?   How much do you eat nowadays?

    I’m curious as I’ve been experimenting with eating maybe a piece of fruit every couple days.  Been feeling pretty good, but there was an adjustment period.

  10.  Great post John!  It’s a great  service to remind people about the effects that diet and oral hygiene have on dental integrity…If I may, I would like to suggest that daily flossing is probably the single most important maintenance activity for avoiding problems later in life.  Sure, many people can get away with flossing once or twice a week (for a while), but eventually, Father Time will work his evil and periodontal disease will result from the combination of gum recession and bacterial action.  Every day you floss, you are delaying the onset of big-time dental problems, and over time it will make a big difference!  I hate flossing, but I try to do it every day (I manage 5-6 times a week) because I plan to live a long time, and i hate having my teeth worked on!  So I want to keep them as healthy as I can for as long as possible.  

    It’s funny, I posted "Dental Health" on my blog a few days ago, and though I don’t have high-tech x-rays like you do, I do have a pretty scary picture…I feel lucky to have had few problems with my teeth, though due to coffee, red wine and my dear friend Father Time, my teeth are more like "pearly yellows" than "pearly whites."  Oh well, can’t have it all!  Keep up the great work John!

     

     

  11. Anonymous says:

    You might want to check out this blog (or her book) by this "minimally invasive dentist." She offers info that may enhance your efforts.

    she would be perfectly happy with your 2+ years between visits.  She feels that how you clean and store your toothbrush is very important, as caries is contagious. In other words, change your toothpaste when you change your girlfriend.  http://askdrellie.blogspot.com/

    She also thinks that poking the sticky spots can slow down healing because it damages the cells that are doing the rebuilding.

    Wuite a lot of her program is non-paleo, so take what you like and leave the rest.

  12. Good post.

    Not sure what you eat — I am curious if you consume raw grass-fed dairy.

    If you don’t eat butter and cheese, you can get lots of vitamin K2 from grass-fed beef tallow (and of course, organs), and you can get plenty of vitamin D from pastured lard and pork.

    I am curious if you get a lot of bone broth in your diet? 

    The Japanese don’t eat dairy but they eat fish stock with every meal. The Native Americans always ate the part of the body that needed fixing. In other words, they ate testicles for male fertility, heart for heart health, and so on.  For bones, bone broth.

    The bone broth also helps you absorb nutrients better, as do fermented foods.

    Also, if you’re not eating lots of organ meats, you can build very strong bones and teeth with lots of seafood, particularly mollusks.

  13. Lena says:

    I think the longest I went without seeing a dentist was about 6 years, basically college and a couple years until I had dental insurance. When I did go, I had the beginnings of gum disease,  a cracked molar, and my fillings all had to be replaced.   A few thousand dollars (because healthcare workers get the shittiest health and dental insurance)  and a couple of years later, I started moving towards a paleo/primal-type diet (I had a wonderful experience with a  low carb  diet (South Beach) clearing up my skin a few years prior, and when I decided to try it again I came across WAPF/Nourishing Traditions, and from there the various paleo blogs).  While it did wonders for my gums–I went from 4 cleanings a year to 2–cavities were still  an occasional issue. I was pissed when I had to fill two  new cavities about a year and a half ago, and then last June the dentist found 2-3 more. I had been reading anecdotes about glycerin-containing toothpastes  being a problem…something about it coating the teeth and making it impossible for them to absorb nutrients form saliva. No idea  if that’s true, but I decided fuck it, why not? I found a glycerin-free toothpaste and started using that.  I’ll occasionally , maybe once or twice a week, use a flouride toothpaste since they don’t add flouride to the water here. When I went back for my next cleaning in December, the hygenist made no mention of any cavities. When I ashed her about them, she said she saw no decay.

     

    So, if you’re like me and can’t bare the thought of giving up toothpaste while not batting an eyelash at forgoing soap and shampoo, try a glycerin-free one (I use Coral White). 

     

    I’d also like to mention that in those 6 months between dental appointments, I had gone on a 2 week trip to Italy, where budget constraints and vacation mentality  meant I wasn’t even trying to avoid the bad stuff.  There were pastries (seriously, wtf is up with Italy and pastries for breakfast? I was once so desperate for a real breakfast that I paid 14euros for an "American breakfast" that consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, a surprisingly tasty hotdog, tomatoes, and  toast (which I  ignored) )sandwiches, pizza, and gelato (VACATION!). When I got back it took me a good 2 months to get back into the cooking groove and eating my regular diet, and  the cavities still went away.   I think there really is something to that glycerin-free thing.

  14. Primal Toad says:

     I also have not been to the dentist in a long time… It has almost been 2 years for me! I will have to set up an appointment asap!

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is stupid.  You’re ideas are completely faith-based.  What I mean is, you have a belief (paleo can cure everything), and so you find and believe the articles and facts that support your opinion.  You don’t address counter arguments, because they are outside your belief.

     

    I agree with many (actually, probably most) of the things you talk about in this blog.  I appreciate that, in this post at least, you do mention the fact that a variety of other factors can influence people’s teeth.  What is often missing from your blog is any sort of admission that every human is inherently different, despite the fact that we are from the same species, due to genetic and environmental factors.   Therefore, not everything will work, or be a cure-all, for everything.

     

    Eating paleo will likely help many people with digestion problems, weight issues, or diabetes.  It will not cure everyone.

    Running barefoot will help lots of people, except those who are going to get hurt anyway.  Why is injury from running in shoes due to the shoes, but injury in barefoot running due to some error in the athlete’s form/foot structure/whatever?  Ridiculous double standard.  That’s a faith-based belief system that only supports the belief already held.

    As for the teeth…you may get lucky and be able to "cure" it yourself.  At least you point out that in this one case, this probably won’t work for everyone.

     

    I appreciate the research and interesting articles (or sometimes totally random, like the tooth article) you use to support your case.  Please sometimes address counter-arguments more fully, to make your argument less faith-based and more evidence-based.

    • Anonymous says:

       This commet is stupid.  He just said it’s an experiment, n = 1, steering away from "faith-based" and testing out a hypothesis.  That sounds more like science and less like faith.  There is no research on the evolutionary diet and teeth, so people don’t have much direction, faith or otherwise.  I’m happy he is bringing this idea up, planting the seed for people to take a bit more control over their own health and not rely soley on the current practices of dentistry that are inherently flawed and will change any time a new study comes out.

       

      Get real.

  16. Stephan says:

    Don’t forget the vitamin D– that was the most important element of Mellanby’s regime.  Good luck.

  17. I recently went to the dentist after a 5 year hiatus. I have had no cavities thus far. Unfortunately the dentist convinced my the I needed to fill the sticky spots. So far, I’ve had one filled. I think I’ll wait on the others. I’ve been taking cod liver oil and vitamin D3 for about 6 months plus a very low carb diet (not completely, I eat corn)

    I’m glad to have seen this post! Especially the Reversing Tooth Decay link: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/03/reversing-tooth-decay.html   Fillings suck. I never had one until this last dentist visit. Fillings make your teeth more sensitive, which they did not tell me prior to drilling.

    Cheers!

    Dana

    • John says:

      yeah, they’re so drill-happy. That said, it’s probably the right decision for most people eating garbage. Here goes nothin’

  18. Sarah says:

    Daughter of a dentist here.  My dad was actually a big Weston Price fan – my mom too – and we were raised on minimal sugar and grains (not none, but far less than most families), mostly wild game & home-grown organic veggies.  I’m 38, my sisters are 36 and 34, and none of us has ever had even one cavity.  And lest anyone start yelling about genetics in this, I should point out that both my parents ate "normal" diets before their dental training; my father had very few of his own teeth left when I was born and my mother has had constant dental work all her life, needs a root canal every year or so and bridge work and whatnot.  So our dental health isn’t genetic.  We’ve also brushed with fluoride toothpaste our whole lives and when we were children, there was fluoride added to the drinking water in our town.  Spout the anti-fluoride rhetoric as you will, but I know of several people I grew up with are still cavity-free despite not eating as good a diet in childhood or adulthood as I did/do.  So I think that has something to do with it as well.

    • I have had a similar experience, except I wasn’t brought up on as healthy of a diet. Parents required me to eat bread when I just wanted what was between the slices.  Anyway, I grew up with Flouride in the water and rinsed with it periodically in school. I believe it helped I have only one filling as of today (I’m 30yrs. old) and it was "preventative". I know better now, the teeth can repair themselves and preventative means "feathering the nest" or an ignorant dentist.

      I’m not sure of the adverse effects of Flouride. I have seen some fanatical people speaking against it, but I feel like with other "poisons", when it’s taken in small does it can have a beneficial effect.

      Thanks for posting your experience.

    • John says:

      Yeah, the genetics comments really bug me. As for fluoride, I know very little about it and probably have a fairly conventional view on it. need to read more

  19. Jules says:

    Don’t feel too bad; I’ve gone 7 years, yikes!  When I went back, I had to get 2 fillings and a crown.  That was during my SAD years.  This summer will be my first x-ray since going paleo, I’m curious how it will turn out since I’ve been eating better but mostly just brushing with water…

    • John says:

      well, let me know how it turns out. what’s your reason for no toothpaste?

      • Jules says:

        Just an experiment- I guess I want to find out if it’s really all that necessary.  I tried oil-pulling a few times last year, but I just don’t have the energy in the morning to swish coconut oil around for ten minutes…

  20. Cheryl White says:

    I have gone to the dentist regularly (every six months) for my entire life.  I never floss.  I seldom have cavities and never between my teeth.  Since going Paleo I’ve had none and my dentist says I will have my teeth longer than I need them. :D   My mother has had horrible dental issues her whole life, but I don’t know what to attribute my good fortune to other than genetics since my diet pre-Paleo was pretty atrocious. My sole purpose in going to the denist regularly has always been simply to identify any issues early so they can be dealt with before they get truly expensive.  Now that my nutrition is so much better I think my motive for going (other than the cleaning which always feels fantastic!) will be for that smug sense of self-satisfaction. :D

    • John says:

      yeah, I’ve gone every 6 months for most of my life. love the feeling of clean teeth…and self-satisfaction :)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Keep up with the bone broth too! After being subjected to indiscriminate "drill and fill" dental work over forty years ago, the only work I need now is repairing old fillings. The hydenist loves it because I only need about ten minutes for a cleaning.

  22. Cheryl White says:

    I have gone to the dentist regularly (every six months) for my entire life.  I never floss.  I seldom have cavities and never between my teeth.  Since going Paleo I’ve had none and my dentist says I will have my teeth longer than I need them. :D   My mother has had horrible dental issues her whole life, but I don’t know what to attribute my good fortune to other than genetics since my diet pre-Paleo was pretty atrocious. My sole purpose in going to the denist regularly has always been simply to identify any issues early so they can be dealt with before they get truly expensive.  Now that my nutrition is so much better I think my motive for going (other than the cleaning which always feels fantastic!) will be for that smug sense of self-satisfaction. :D

  23. Rosemary says:

    Have you read the book "Cure Tooth Decay?" Good stuff!

  24.  The hygenist who cleaned my teeth last time asked me about my diet (yes, I was shocked too!) and she said sometimes a higher protein diet can lead to more plaque build up in spots that are close to our saliva ducts. I am not sure at all how valid that is, but I tend to build up plaque in those areas. That said, I do drink coffee with coconut milk in it regularly and I find that brushing and even flossing don’t free up that plaque too easily. Maybe part of that is hereditary slightly or just a part of my constitution as my mom and her mom have awful teeth (poor enamel too, most likely related to undiagnosed celiac disease- fun). 

    Nonetheless, I don’t have insurance either and my mom does the exact same thing to me- hounds me about going to the point where she pays for it or I won’t go- ha! Luckily the last few visits haven’t turned up anything new (hooray for Paleo) and I’ve gotten the handful of mercury amalgams that I had replaced with white fillings in the last couple of years too. That’s a note for people…

    If you have mercury/silver amalgams- look for a safe dentist who can remove and replace them a few at a time. You don’t want that stuff in your mouth if you can help it!

    Best.

    Diane @ Balanced Bites
    http://www.balancedbites.com

  25. Lisa says:

    Thanks for addressing this issue, John. I have been wondering what effect the Paleo diet would have on teeth. I have been plagued with cavities and sensitive gums all my life. I have been eating SAD (Standard American Diet) most of my life.

    Since I started cutting out non-Paleo foods one year ago I have had increasingly successful dentist visits with only old fillings causing problems. My last visit I got a clean bill of health, just a reminder to keep flossing. I floss when food is stuck and otherwise very rarely.

    I am so intrigued by the article on enamel repair through dietary improvements and supplements so thanks for that link too.

  26. gabriel syme says:

    Interesting. I adopted a  (mostly) paleo approach about 6 months ago, and for two months have been brushing without toothpaste. I previously had increasingly sensitive teeth due to gum recession, to the point where food or drink of any temperature caused my to wince. That, however, is completely gone now.  I never really made the connection.

  27. Ravi says:

    … looks to me like you caught the good doc on  a day he needed to make a boat payment…. ;-)

  28. Jenn says:

     Yeah, when I was in college and early in grad school, I went three years without going to the dentist.  No issues when I got there.  A lot of it is either good genes or good early childhood nutrition because I have a friend that goes every six months and has a cavity almost every time.  Your hygienist sounds kind of mean, though.  Have you thought about adding magnesium along with the CLO/BO to remineralize your teeth?

  29. Paleo dentist says:

     dentist here.  saw the x-rays, you do have beginnings of dental decay in between your premolars and molars on your left side,  but they are all contained within the enamel layer.  If you look at those teeth very carefully, you’ll see a "whiter layer" approximately 4-5 mm surrounding the crowns of those teeth like helmets,  this is the enamel.  Once the decay penetrates beyond this layer into dentin, then it’s time to drill and fill,  but I don’t see this yet.  Look VERY carefully in between those teeth and you’ll see those tiny little black specks, those are the starting decays.  I personally do not fill these myself and tell the patient to floss well and cut down on the sweets and will check in  6 months.  As long as you stick to the conventional paleo diet,  the decay will be contained within the enamel and will not spread furthur, and eventually remineralize and stop completely.

     

    By the way, I’m assuming that it’s the interproximal decays (in between the teeth) that are being questioned here.  If the dentist had his explorer get "sticky" into a groove or pits of the teeth, which are on the tops and sides of the teeth,  then the prognosis is poorer.  Especially if you have "deep grooves", it’s very difficult to stop the decay from  spreding furthur into teeth in these locations.

     

    Other than those tiny specks of decay, you have a perfect set of teeth.  People like you will run us out of business.

     

    As a side note, vegetarians have absolutely the worst teeth on earth.  Their enamel literally "flake off" when you press too hard on them.  The worst is when you have little kids growing up eating that junk.  I have a few kids who need root canals because their teeth are so weak from such nutrient deficient diets.  Pure child abuse.

    • mm says:

      I hadn’t been to a dentist in eleven years, and before that it was about four years (in part because I have no health care and because I haven’t had problems with my teeth or gums), when I finally went several months ago.  I had a popcorn husk stuck between my gums and a molar and hadn’t been able to get it out.  I actually went to two practitioners–at the first place they took x-rays and did a full exam.  Everything checked out great.  I decided to go to another dentist through a low-income clinic where I live, to get another opinion and a cleaning.  Again, after a very thorough examination, everything checked out fine.

       

      I’ve eaten a vegetarian/vegan diet for about 10 of those 11 years.  Maybe the problem you’ve observed is "nutrient deficient diets," which you allude to, as opposed to a meatless diet.  Nutrient deficient diets come in a number of formats, as do nutrient rich diets.

       

      By the way, I don’t care too much what people choose to eat, other than I hope it is healthy for them and the rest of the world.

    • John says:

      thanks for the second opinion, doc! he said the sticky part was on the side, so I’m thinking it was interproximal. yeah, I’ve heard the vegetarians have bad teeth…interesting to hear it from a dentist.

  30. Frances says:

    The tooth will remineralize!!!  I’ve had several "spots" like that where they told me I needed a cavity and I didn’t do it and the teeth remineralized (I’ve been through 5 different dentists over the past 12 years or so and each one told me I had a little cavity in a different place and didn’t say anything about the one the previous dentist had found.).  In fact there was a  Consumer Reports article I read — which I can no longer find on their web site — several years ago that talked about tooth decay being  very slow to progress and the right chemistry of our saliva and the tooth being fed well from within could even heal the tooth.  Not only that but the same Consumer Reports article had said that once you drill into the tooth, you compromise its structural integrity and it’s only a matter of time before it all goes down the drain.

     

    Now, having said all that, I did experience my first root canal in the past couple of months.  It was in a tooth that not one of the previous dentists had ever said had decay.  I am entirely convinced it was because I started eating sugar again last year.  In a frantic effort to see if there was an alternative to root canal, I downloaded a book about it and the book was claiming that even root canals might be reversed through diet — and the diet they were recommending was very paleo-ish!!!  They were recommending raw meat too.  But, well, as can be with most things, it was all happening very fast — too fast — and I was in a lot of pain, and I ended up going with the root canal, but I am on the alert to make sure it doesn’t happen again!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Until a year ago (when I read about Paleo and it immediately made sense and I switched 100%) I had been a vegetarian for eight years.

    Because I’ve always had problems with my teeth I had cut out sugar from my diet also around eight years ago. I still sometimes had some dried figs but not much and no honey or other sugar substitutes. I reckoned that with this healthy vegetarian diet (brown rice, porridge, tofu, beans, lots of vegetables and fruits) my teeth would be perfect. But far from it. Every six month there was either a new cavity or some old filling fell out. Having learned that for instance pasta is nothing but delayed sugar I’m not surprised by this looking back now.

    Having switched to paleo with just the occassional beer and very rarely some 80% cacao chocolate I hope that it will change. I still have to go to the dentist to get some old filling fixed but then that should be it.

    Looking forward to check out your reversing tooth decay link.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, I just read the article by Stephan on reversing tooth decay. Very eye-opening. So, there’s lots of phytic acid that prevents remineralization of the teeth not only in whole grains (which I ate predominantly, at one time even raw) but also in nuts. So, I guess, I’ll have to say goodbye to the yummy macadamias, brazils, pecans, walnuts and almonds for some time.

      Regarding remineralization of the teeth. There is the claim that glycerine, which is a standard component in nearly all tooth pastes- even the ‘healthy’, non-fluoride ones, somehow ‘fills up’ the tooth surface and prevents remineralization. Proponents of this theory recommend to brush with soap (glycerine-free obviously) instead. I’m actually doing that. I’m using a mint flavor one by Dr Bronner. The taste is quite alright and it’s also very economical. Another advantage might be that it’s more gentle to the teeth compared to normal toothpaste which is made up of abrasive particles that basically polish the tooth. Would be great to hear others’ thoughts on this glycerine theory and using soap for brushing teeth.

  32. Adrian says:

    2 years 3 months…no offense but you’re amateur :)  I went 21 years without a visit…the ages of 11 till 32 was dentist free. When I finally bit the bullet (to get my wisdom teeth removed), I was literally sh!tting myself. But, somehow, nothing was wrong with them…and I ate a lot of sugar over those years!

    Dentist said, and I quote "if all my clients had teeth like yours, my job would be boring". Just lucky I guess, especially considering my mum had dentures by the same age. That was 3 years ago and I haven’t bothered to go back!

  33. Andy says:

    I went to the dentist for the first time in 8 YEARS this year.  I follow a fairly strict Paleo diet, but I do enjoy the occasional soda.  My dental routine is similar to yours, floss when theres food in my teeth and occasionally otherwise.

    Long story short: hardly any plaque, not one cavity ever in my whole life…yay for healthy eating.

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