I was looking in the mirror today and found little brown spots on some of me teeth and running over it lightly with a needle, it felt like holes. CAVITIES??? I didn't have them before. It looks really little right now as in the beginning stages. What should I do to stop this mess in its tracks and hopefully heal it? I eat conventional meat, eggs, conventional butter, coconut oil, no grains except rice sometimes and have no access to raw dairy, but consume conventional yogurt sometimes, and cheese sometimes, I have been dealing with some stress/family things for the past 3 months and my oral hygeine is not what it used to be. I don't get much sunlight, so theres a high chance I'm not getting enough vitamin D(but I do take 2000IU when I remember), and eat liver. I also drastically decreased the amounts of vegetables I was eating before. What are good sources of calcium? What should I do starting from today to possibly reverse this/stop it? I would appreciate any tips regarding nutrients, certain foods, vitamins, minerals, oral hygeine practices, etc.
I expect to be down voted for this, but this is truthfully what happened to me.
After doing paleo for a few months, these worn down brown spots started appearing on my teeth where my enamel was eroding. If anything touched them in just the right way, it was awful shooting pain. None of the paleo advice helped and brushing with tooth soaps, etc. seemed to make them worse, or at least did nothing to help. I got so scared of my teeth rotting and falling out I finally gave into evil CW advertising and bought an enamel strengthening toothpaste full of fluoride and other paleo antichrists. And...it worked. In just a week my teeth felt so much better and over several months the bare spots on my teeth began to fill in again. My teeth look dramatically better.
I fully accept the negative consequences that may come up down the road from swishing this chemical-laden toothpaste in my mouth everyday, but for now, all it's done is help my teeth.
It might be worth it to try the other things first, but this really worked for me.
There are three things I do for enamel health:
Chew a piece of xylitol gum after every meal.
Gargle with baking soda water every night.
Those have greatly reduced my cavities, and I have fluorosis which means my teeth are weaker than average.
Other things to be aware of is that you shouldn't brush your teeth after eating, and should only brush your teeth at most twice daily.
The xylitol gum has worked wonders for me and helps strengthen your enamel. Be aware that xylitol has a laxative effect when too much is consumed.
According to Weston Price, high vitamin butter in combination with cod liver oil is supposed to do wonders for your teeth (cavities won't actually regrow enamel, but it seems that decay can be effectively arrested). I've been taking it for about a week or so in combination with mineral supps for dental health, so can't report on the results yet but thought I'd let you know.
Plenty of good advice here. If things are getting bad, then of course have it looked at by a dentist.
But I have found that MI Paste has been very helpful with reducing sensitivity. It has been shown to help remineralize teeth, so give it a shot. I put it on when I shower and spit it out when I'm done.
Soul, I am a dentist. It is hard to tell from your description if it is decay or staining. It sounds like staining. Find a dentist that had a http://www.kavousa.com/US/DIAGNOdent.aspx. If the number comes up more than 30, get it filled, if less no worries. If you need a filling make sure the dentist uses a rubber dam.
I suggest choosing organic and grass fed. Cavities often stem from deficiencies. Fermented cod liver oil combined with the high vitamin butter oil is a must. For more details please do check out Weston Price's work, after all, he was a dentist. Also here's the best book on the subject; http://www.amazon.com/Cure-Tooth-Decay-Cavities-Nutrition/dp/1434810607
You seem to be on the right track in terms of food choices, just up the quality. The cost is greater but better to farmers than to dental bills;)
Even though this article is on fixing constipation, please read carefully #6:
I was not able to find the original post, but maybe you will :)
I would love to know what works for you because my teeth are a little yellowish. If you are willing to try remineralizing your teeth, let me know how it works for you.
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