I'm a nut when it comes to cleaning my teeth. I brush twice everyday, floss, mouthwash, the whole shabang. I've been doing this since I got 5 cavity's over one summer. I vowed no more cavities! Yet here I am again, I see it forming on one of my molars, a dirty black spot. I've read that people have healed their teeth with cod liver oil/butter oil blend. Will this actually work?
EDIT: I've been paleo for over a year now. I go to my dentist very regularly. My next appointment is coming up and I'm worried he may want to drill it. I eat about 1-2 a day, most meals are either a stew I made over the weekend from bones and grass-fed beef or chicken with lots of veggies, or I'll eat stir-fried veggies in some kind of ground meat or eggs. I've been having a very hard time trying to eat liver, I can't do it. I gave up soda and have been drinking coffee, tea, carbonated water or kombucha. I make my own Kombucha and I know its pretty acidic so if I drink it I always try to swish my mouth with water afterwords, but I forget sometimes.
UPDATE 7/05/12: I went back to my dentist, the black dot turned out to be a cavity. I had to get it drilled. But when my dentist was taking a closer look into my mouth he actually found numerous other "dots". He lightly drilled or polished them away but said they could come back for me even though I have great daily oral hygiene. I lost a lot of my top enamel due to night grinding of my teeth in my sleep, I now wear a mouth guard. Because of that I'm going to be prone to cavity's unfortunately. I know acidic drinks won't help me moving forward, but I don't know if I can cut out my morning coffee at work. I now drink my coffee with cream and a teaspoon of coconut oil, maybe that will lessen its impact on my teeth? I've also been taking the CLO/BO regularly, a teaspoon a day.
Can you tell us what your diet is like?
My dental health has improved since going on a paleo diet. I have not healed any visible cavities but some teeth sensitivity I used to have has gone away and my teeth are more opaque.
I also stopped using toothpaste to avoid the glycerine that prevents tooth re-mineralization. Also, getting enough vitamin K2 in your diet should improve bone and dental health.
Here is some info that might help you:
Caries / cavities are always bacterial - however, the black spot may not have progressed to the point of wearing away a large hole in your tooth.
I suggest you see a dentist to take care of the issue now, and continue your cleaning regimen. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste - flouride is poison, but it works.
Supplementing with vitamins D and K, Zinc and Magnesium were recommended to me a while back after having a less than stellar dentist visit. No idea if it will help with remineralization or not, but I'm giving it 6 months before I let them drill.
I have these on my molars, too! My dentist said they are not cavities, and they could scrape some of it off. I drink tons of coffee, he said it was probably the coffee! When I do a clean Whole 30, with lots of coconut oil, they start to go away. Not sure what the connection is, though.
I had a similar experience. I'd been flossing every day, brushing several times a day and also noticed the small black spots forming on the top of my teeth, one was a cavity, which I had filled.
Then I changed a few things. Totally gave up soda pop. Switched from a toothpaste with glycerine to baking soda (with some water in the mouth) and a chaser of Kid's Spry Tooth Gel with Xylitol that does not contain glycerine (dare you to find another toothpaste without Glycerine) Came to love the combination. Two weeks ago, I switched to Eco-Dent ExtraBrite (first ingredient= baking soda) and plan to move on to the Echo-Dent daily care, why I'm not sure other than the directions, since I love the ExtraBrite.
Anyway, I noticed that the small black spots are now a light brown and don't appear to be deep. I've been on the baking soda / Kid's Spry regime for a year. Probably black spots to light brown spots changed before the Eco-Dent switch, but didn't notice.
Wonder if others could try similar and see if their very small black spots disappear?
I've seen where many people think baking soda is abrasive and while I certainly wouldn't put the dry powder on my teeth and scour, when mixed with a little water in the mouth, seems to be fine. Also if the following link comes through this post, here is the only abrasion index that I've found for toothpastes - http://dukeslc.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/toothpaste-abrasion-ratings/ - if the link doesn't come through, just search for toothpaste abrasion index. The index lists baking soda as dramatically the lowest abrasion.