How to Take Care of Your Teeth (Hint: There’s More to It Than Brushing)
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I get a lot
of questions about dental hygiene and health, and for good reason.
records of our paleolithic ancestors show a fairly low incidence
of caries when compared to modern teeth. Exceptions
exist, but the general trends suggest that Grok
had better teeth than the average contemporary human. Of course,
when cavities struck back then, they hit hard and got really ugly,
because there were no dentists, drills, or x-rays to fix the problem,
but most never got to that point. Also, the adoption of agriculture
is generally associated with the emergence of poor dental health,
so much so that many researchers use the appearance of dental
caries in a population as strong evidence for the presence of
is particularly bad, as is wheat, but the same relationship
not hold true for rice agriculture in Asian records.
Okay – let's
take a look at a couple common questions I get about dental health:
morning as a dental assistant was making my head buzz and my gums
hurt with some sort of ultrasonic tooth cleaner, I thought, "what
can Grok teach us about tooth care?" Something tells me Grok did
not brush his teeth – did he do anything to take care of himself
in that way? And if he survived just fine, what does that tell
us about "conventional wisdom" that says we should adopt a routine,
and buy a medicine cabinet full of stuff to take care of our teeth?
I certainly don't mean to convey that tooth care is bad – but
rather am just thinking about what we can learn from the past
to harmonize the present.
reading this, and thank you for your dedication to better health!
I've recently taken an interest in making my oral regimen more
Primal. I've read up on a lot of the more natural toothpastes
and toothpaste alternatives but I'm undecided. What have you and
your wife found to be the safest and most effective way to keep
your cavities at bay?? Thanks!
to anything reactive, whether it be brushing with homemade toothpaste,
dousing your oral cavity with anti-bacterial mouthwash, bypassing
the teeth altogether with an IV nutrient feed, or using a dental
dam to chew, those seeking excellent dental health should establish
a strong dietary foundation of the minerals, micronutrients, and
other cofactors that play major roles in the maintenance of teeth.
heard about how this holy trinity of micronutrients works together
to promote proper bone and tooth mineralization, which means putting
calcium and other minerals where they belong (bones, teeth) instead
of where they don't (arteries, dental calculus/plaque). Both Stephan
Guyenet and Chris
Masterjohn have written extensively about the synergistic interplay
between the three nutritional factors, so I'll keep this brief.
Get adequate midday sun or take vitamin
D supplements; eat grass-fed
butter, hard cheeses, and organs
(especially goose liver, apparently), or supplement with vitamin
get plenty of vitamin A from liver, egg yolks, and other animal
don't have to tell you to avoid
grains, but for any newcomers who might be reading: ditch the
and other legumes that contain high levels of phytic acid, which
is known to bind to and prevent absorption of minerals critical
for dental health. Nuts
also contain phytic acid, but we tend not to eat as many nuts as
grains or legumes due to the caloric load. It's a lot easier to
eat two cups of whole wheat than it is to eat two cups of almonds.
If you do eat nuts on a regular basis, consider soaking
and/or sprouting them to reduce phytic acid content.
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June 6, 2011
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