Things You Should Know About Your Pearly Whites

Dental X-ray image from Smile By Design.
Sure, we all want gorgeous, healthy teeth. It's obvious that regular flossing, brushing, and regular professional check-ups are integral to keeping those pearly whites sparkling. But there are a lot of things most people don't know about their teeth—from how we can heal our own cavities, to the causes of tooth decay, to how the health of our teeth can dictate the health of our whole bodies.

Healing Cavities Naturally
Check out this info from Holistic Healing (edited by us for brevity, click here for the info in full):

The American Dental Association says: "[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay."

There are a few problems with this theory, including:
  • Groups of indigenous people who did not brush or floss and had fermentable carbohydrates stuck on their teeth all the time who  were mostly or completely free of tooth decay.
  • Bacteria do not consume processed sugar or flour because of the lack of nutrients in them.
  • Foods that bacteria like to eat, such as milk, vegetables, meat, fish and fruit, are not commonly implicated in causes of tooth decay.
What actually causes tooth decay
Tooth decay, as researched by Dr. Weston Price and other dental pioneers, boiled down to three factors:
  • Not enough minerals in the diet
  • Not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) in the diet
  • Nutrients not being readily bioavailable, and your intestinal system not properly absorbing them. The presence of phytic acid largely influences this factor
Over a period of time, if your diet lacks vitamins and minerals from a poor diet and/or contains high levels of phytates (from grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes), the blood chemistry and the ratio of calcium and phosphorous become out of balance, which results in minerals being pulled from bones, causing tooth and bone loss. So, the long-standing belief that sugar causes tooth decay is true, but as a result of it depleting nutrients from the body—not because bacteria eat it and produce acid that ruins your teeth. 

The food remedies that can heal cavities and tooth decay
In order to restore the ratio of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, and to enable minerals to bond to our teeth, it is not enough to just avoid eating too many sweet or processed foods. We must also eat health-building foods, containing copious amounts of minerals and vitamins that will build a glassy hard tooth structure.

Foods to focus on are:
  • Coconut oil, grass-fed organic dairy (especially butter), grass-fed meats, seafood and bone broths.
  • Organic cooked vegetables (soups with bone broth are ideal).
  • Organ and gland meats, like liver.
Limit foods that are high in phytic acid, like grains, beans, nuts and seeds, as well as limiting processed food intake full of processed flours and sugars that upset blood sugar balance. Supplements to consider are:
  • Fermented cod liver oil - very high in fat soluble vitamins A, D and K.
  • Magnesium - required to use calcium and phosphorous effectively.
  • Gelatin - if you don't have time to make bone broth, this is a good alternative and is great for gums and digestion.
The Root of Disease?Check out this frightening information from Real Farmacy (edited here for brevity; click here for the article in full)

More than 25 million root canals are performed every year in this country. Root-canaled teeth are essentially “dead” teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious
medical conditions—many not appearing until decades later. Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back. 

The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have no published data to substantiate this claim. 

Dr. Weston Price, on the other hand—a dentist and researcher who traveled the world studying teeth, bones, and diets of native populations living without the "benefit" of modern food—was around 1900 treating persistent root canal infections. He became suspicious that root-canaled teeth always remained infected in spite of treatments. One day, he recommended to a woman who had been wheelchair-bound for six years to have her root canaled tooth removed, even though it appeared to be fine. She agreed, so Dr. Price extracted the tooth and implanted it under the skin of a healthy rabbit. The rabbit within 10 days developed the same crippling arthritis as the woman and died from the infection. But the woman, now free of the toxic tooth, recovered from her arthritis and was able to walk without the assistance of even a cane.
Price determined that it is mechanically impossible to sterilize a root-canaled tooth. He went on to show that many chronic, degenerative diseases originate from root-filled teeth—the most frequent being heart and circulatory diseases. Price found 16 different causative bacterial agents for these conditions. There were also strong correlations between root-filled teeth and diseases of the joints, brain, and nervous system.

Dr. Price in 1922 wrote two groundbreaking books detailing his research into the link between dental pathology and chronic illness. His work was deliberately buried for 70 years until an endodontist called George Meinig recognized the importance of Price's work and sought to expose it with a 1993 book Root Canal Cover-Up. Your teeth are made of the hardest substances in your body. In the middle of each tooth is the pulp chamber, a soft living inner structure housing blood vessels and nerves. Around the pulp chamber is the dentin, made of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The outermost and hardest layer of your tooth is the white enamel, which encases the dentin. The roots of each tooth descend into your jawbone and are held in place by the periodontal ligament. In dental school, dentists are taught that each tooth has one to four major canals. However, there are accessory canals that are never mentioned, literally miles of them.

Just as your body has large blood vessels branching down into very small capillaries, each of your teeth has a maze of tiny tubules. Dr. Weston Price identified as many as 75 separate accessory canals in a single incisor. Microscopic organisms regularly move in and around these tubules like gophers in underground tunnels.

When a dentist performs a root canal, the tooth is hollowed out and refilled with guttapercha, a substance cutting the tooth off from its blood supply so fluid can no longer circulate through the tooth. But the maze of tiny tubules remains and bacteria, cut off from their food supply, hide out in these tunnels where they are safe from antibiotics and your body's immune defenses. Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes producing a variety of potent toxins. Normally friendly oral bacteria turns into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth waiting for an opportunity to spread. No amount of sterilization has been found effective in reaching these tubules—and just about every single root-canaled tooth has been found colonized by these bacteria, especially around the apex and in the periodontal ligament. Often, the infection extends down into the jawbone where it creates cavitations—areas of unhealed bone (often accompanied by pockets of infected tissue and gangrene) in the jawbone itself. Sometimes they form after a tooth extraction, but they can also follow a root canal. According to Weston Price Foundation, in the records of 5,000 surgical cavitation cleanings or root canals, only two were found healed.

Root Canals have also been linked to heart, kidney, bone, and brain disease. As long as your immune system remains strong, any bacteria straying away from an infected tooth are captured and destroyed. But once your immune system is compromised by something like an accident or illness or other trauma, your immune system may be unable to keep the infection in check. These bacteria can migrate out into surrounding tissues by hitching a ride into your bloodstream, where they are transported to new locations—like organs, glands, or tissue—to set up camp. 

Dr. Price experimented with implanting several root-canaled teeth into animals and found mimicry of disease, as mentioned above. In another case, root canal fragments from a person who had a heart attack caused a heart attack within a few weeks in a rabbit when implanted under the skin. In fact, Dr. Price found he could transfer heart disease to a rabbit 100 percent of the time. Other diseases were more than 80 percent transferable in this way. Nearly every chronic degenerative disease has been linked with root canals. There may also be a cancer connection. 

Dr. Robert Jones, a researcher of the relationship between root canals and breast cancer, found an extremely high correlation between root canals and breast cancer. He claims to have found the following correlations in a five-year study of 300 breast cancer cases: 93 percent of women with breast cancer had root canals. Tumors, in the majority of cases, occur on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or other oral pathology. Dr. Jones claims toxins from the bacteria of an infected tooth or jawbone can inhibit proteins that otherwise suppress tumor development. A German physician reported similar findings. Dr. Josef Issels reported that in his 40 years of treating "terminal" cancer patients, 97 percent of his cancer patients had previously had root canals. If these physicians are correct, the cure for cancer may be as simple as having a tooth pulled, then rebuilding your immune system. Read more here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.