I'm interested to see what you guys think of the paragraphs below that I just read on Amazon for a review of a book on diet and teeth health - link text
From what I can gather the author of the book advocates a paleo type diet for teeth health, while the quotes from the guy below try to assert otherwise.
I'm not a science guy so I have no idea whether he is making a valid point. Can someone here debunk/support his hypothesis?
Improving your nutrition will go a long way towards improving your teeth, but Ramiel's methods are not ideal. He begins with the premise that because many indigenous populations had healthy teeth we should eat like indigenous populations. There is some truth to that (more later), but it's not so simple. Tooth decay is largely the result of acid production and eating a diet that is largely based on meat will only increase the amount of acid in your saliva, hastening tooth decay. An alkalizing diet--which would consist of most fruits and vegetables, buckwheat, millet, some fermented dairy products and some fish oils--would do more to improve dental health than living off of bone meal and organ meats. Making the simple switch of 80% alkalizing foods and 20% acidifying foods will have a huge impact in allowing the body to remineralize tooth enamel.
The primary reasons that indigenous populations had better dental health before switching to modern western diets is because of sugar and breads. Sugar feeds bacteria while raising the acid content in your saliva, aiding in the destruction of your teeth. Breads are similar, but also have the added drawback of containing phytic acid, which prevents the absorption of minerals needed for your teeth and bones! Ramiel touches on this briefly, but with his bizarre and impractical diet of meat it's clear he doesn't truly understand what the key difference is between indigenous diets and modern ones.