Once a day, once a week, once a month, once a year?
At what level do you think the diet becomes cariogenic long term? My main goal is to not have to visit a dental office ever again.
HG seem to do well on different frequencies of honey and other sugars but it is probably max once a day probably less; I assume.
Some people think that tooth decay has more to do with phytic acid and lectin consumption than sugar consumption. I'd be more concerned with limiting grains and nuts for dental health. #wapf
I think we're forgetting the biggest factor which is whether you have the minerals and vitamins to actually keep teeth well mineralized. I ate grains and processed food for years and never had a cavity but I'm a lover of Jewish/Russian food so we always had liverwurst, chopped liver, bone in sardines, Canned cod liver in its own oil, caviar, and liver around the house. We also had tortilla chips, bread, mac n'cheese, frozen tv dinners and ice cream. I never got a cavity until very recently after my pregnancy which I think was due to him sucking all the minerals out of my body and severe morning sickness making me unable to enjoy the rich foods I loved pre-pregnancy for the first 4 months. I personally think teeth can take a whole lot of abuse when you're eating a nutrient rich diet. Not that you should eat a lot of honey, grains or anything... It's really not good for you but lets not forget what the real culprit is when it comes to tooth health.
That said, Someone on here recommended Dr. Ellie Phillips protocol for remineralizing teeth and I haven't had it confirmed by xray but it looks like my cariers have halted their progress and I'm waking up with a much less acidic taste in my mouth with the xylitol rinses. I think adding in the vitamin K and cod liver oil helps too.
If you eat a highly nutritious diet with relatively few anti-nutrients, and keep your teeth clean in between 'doses' of sugars (I have also read a lot of data that suggests that frequency of sugar intake is a big factor in tooth decay - and that sugary liquids are much, much worse than solids), for plenty of people consumption of sugars doesn't matter much.
YMMV according to the natural hardness and quality of your teeth; I have hard, healthy teeth, it's probably both genetic (my parents have great teeth too, although my middle sister has awful ones) and because my mom ate well before and when pregnant with me and fed me pretty well as kids. I almost never go to the dentist, but did a few months ago for the first time in 8 years, just to see what's up and get a little tartar I had noticed removed. My teeth are doing great.
Starches make my mouth feel more 'dirty' than straight sugar, and give me an acidic taste in my mouth...
Genetics and the levels of enzymes your body produce are also factors for a healthy mouth - if you're in good shape now you should be fine going forward. I think just simply: Brush 2-3 times a day but kind of leave it at that - over brushing can damage the enamel and harm your gums. (I brush after each meal and there are carbs involved in all of them.) Floss or use soft picks daily. Swish your mouth out really good with water after meals if you can. For sure anything sugary is going to increase the production of evi bacteria, just be aware of what you're eating and drinking, scrub/swish afterwards if you need to. Celery, cheese, kiwi, and green tea will help keep your mouth healthy and those cavities away. Good luck!
Yea you need to worry about total dosage. Do you already completely avoid grains, legumes and dairy except for maybe butter, green beans, etc.?
Limit your fruit consumption. And stick to under 100 grams of carbs a day.
This is my simple advice. Does anyone have anything that trumps my thoughts?
P.S. I have a permanent retainer and I want to throw it in the ocean...
If your worried about tooth decay, it is the frequency of sugar & fermentable carbs that will increase your risk. Due to the fact that repeated exposure doesn't allow your mouth to recover from the acidic state. (that is based on the Stephan Curve- Dental School basics) So have your 'sugar' within a 20 minute time frame. The amount of plaque on your teeth also is a factor. As far as never visiting the dentist again, Please know that teeth have anatomical concavities. So, no matter how good you brush & floss, you cannot remove all of the plaque. You will eventually develop tarter. That eventually causes inflammation and gum disease.
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