January 18, 2017

What Do Your Teeth Say About Your Health?

Do your teeth reflect your health?  Dr. Weston A. Price believed so.  This world famous dentist pioneered the belief that nutrition directly affects our teeth.  Even in the early 1900’s, he believed that our modern day diet of processed and refined food directly affected the health and longevity of our teeth.  Dr. Price made it his mission to find out what our teeth really needed holistically to stay healthy and cavity free.

After examining the teeth of many native tribes around the world (all of which had remarkable teeth even without brushing), Weston Price put together a diet he felt would prevent and treat dental decay.

Using his nutritional approach, Dr. Price was able to prevent over 95% of cavities!  He was also able to see cavities heal themselves, once the diet was followed correctly and for an adequate amount of time.  This may seem crazy, but if bones can heal themselves after a fracture or break, why would a tooth not be able to heal?  We can literally remineralize our teeth and holes from cavities can fill in!

Dr. Price’s dietary recommendations to prevent and treat dental decay include:

  • Eliminating processed foods like white flour and sugar.  He also suggests eating soaked or sprouted grains.  Soaking and sprouting breaks down the phytic acid, which can damage your enamel.
  • Eliminating hydrogenated and other toxic oils and replacing them with healthy ones like extra virgin coconut oil. This means tossing your vegetable and canola oils into the garbage!  They are not good for you, are toxic and processed. Olive and sesame are okay to use, in addition to extra virgin coconut oil.
  • Taking cod liver oil.  I recommend Carlson’s brand, although many of those who follow Weston Price’s teachings prefer the fermented Blue Ice brand cod liver oil.
  • Making your own bone broth stocks that are packed full of minerals and gelatin. This is very easy and inexpensive.  Get soup bones from your local butcher and use your crock-pot to cook the broth.  Drink a mug or two a day or make a delicious soup.
  • Eating fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut and drinking kombucha.  These are packed with good bacteria, which help keep bad bacteria in your mouth and digestive system under control.
  • Using raw pastured dairy for your milk, butter, and cheese. Dr. Price believed butter oil was extremely important in healing the teeth.  You can get it naturally through eating a lot of pastured butter, or you can buy it in pill form from Blue Ice.
  • Increasing your foods high in K2 like cheese, bone marrow, butter oil and liver.

For more information on what to eat, I would recommend the book “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon.  You can also read Dr. Price’s book called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” for more on his research.

The Tooth – Organ Connection 

Many of you may be familiar with acupuncture or even reflexology. In acupuncture, special needles are applied along different meridians or pathways, which connect to different parts of the body. The needles are used to help align imbalances along those meridians.  In reflexology, it is believed that the foot is essentially a map of the body.  Applying pressure to different parts of the foot can balance its corresponding body part.

Chinese Medicine believes that our teeth also have meridians that correspond with body parts.  Every tooth contains nerves, which are connected to our brain. These nerves send messages to specific places throughout your body.  If you have a decaying tooth, the energy flow to the body part it is connected to may suffer.  For example, if your upper right 3 has a cavity, the energy flow to your gallbladder may be compromised. This may not cause any noticeable symptoms, but in many cases it does.  A sluggish gallbladder could result causing digestive discomfort.

A diseased tooth can cause disease in an organ, or vise versa.  Many other things can also disrupt the meridians that are connected to your teeth.

  • Poor dental work
  • Toxic tooth materials like amalgam
  • Non-vital teeth
  • Granulomas
  • Root Canals
  • Gum Disease

Look at the chart and compare your cavities or tooth problems.  It may just amaze you how accurate it is. 

Holistic Dentistry is Key

To fix your tooth imbalances, it is best to find a holistic dentist.  They can fix your problem both safely and naturally. You can also check the Holistic Dental Association, but many natural dentists aren’t registered.  I’ve found this to be the most comprehensive list:[am4show guest_error=’noaccess’ ] http://www.greenpeople.org/HolisticDentistry.html

If you have a cavity filled at a regular dentist, ask for composite.  DO NOT GET AMALGAM!  Amalgam is toxic and contains 50% mercury.  Also, never have your old amalgams removed by a dentist who is not trained in holistic dentistry.  If amalgams are not removed properly, the vapors from the mercury in the filling can outgas during drilling, causing mercury toxicity in the bodyHolistic dentists have special equipment that keep you safe.  Even if you have to drive several hours,  your health is worth amalgam removal.

Cavity Healing Toothpaste 

Your toothpaste also plays a very important part in tooth repair and remineralization.

There are a few very important things you want to avoid in your toothpaste.

  • Fluoride: Fluoride is toxic and we already get way too much of it our water supply.  Adding it to toothpaste is not beneficial and only leads to higher toxic levels in the body.
  • Glycerin: Although glycerin is natural, it coats the teeth impairing remineralization.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is a really harsh soap that should not be swallowed.  Avoid it in your body wash and shampoos, as well.
  • Artificial Sweeteners and other “Chemical” ingredients: These things are toxic to the body and should never be used in a toothpaste.

I have found that even “natural” toothpastes contain one or more of these ingredients.  Glycerin seems to be the hardest to avoid.  I believe the solution is to just make your own!  It will also save you money!

Make Your Own Remineralizing Toothpaste!

I have come across what I’ve found to be one of the best toothpastes for tooth remineralization.  This is not toothpaste that you buy, but one you make yourself.  This toothpaste is free of chemicals and packed full of minerals and bacteria fighting ingredients.

Here is how you make your own remineralizing toothpaste.

Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 5 tbsp calcium powder or dolomite powder: This contains the mineral calcium our teeth need for optimal health.
  • 1 tbsp diatomaceous earth: Contains many minerals including silica and is a mild abrasive 
  • 3 tbsp xylitol: This natural sweetener actually inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil (to desired consistency): Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
  • 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract (optional): This is a natural preservative that is also anti-viral, antifungal and anti-bacterial.
  • 10 drops of essential oils: This is for flavor.  Peppermint oil is most common, but kids enjoy orange. You could also add germ-fighting oils like myrrh, clove and tea tree oil.
  • 10+ drops of stevia (optional): This helps to naturally sweeten your toothpaste.  Some don’t mind toothpaste without, but my kids and I prefer it added.

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients one at a time, in your bowl.  Slowly add the coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract while stirring.  Add your essential oils and taste for your preferred flavor.

You can apply the toothpaste with a popsicle stick or dip your toothbrush into the paste.  Brush as usual!

You can watch me make my very own remineralizing toothpaste in this video I created for Home Cures That Work members!  So easy to follow and worth every tooth you want to keep.  Watch the How-To video here.

If you don’t want to make your toothpaste from scratch, OraWellness and Eco-dent both make great toothpaste powders with remineralizing ingredients.

With the proper diet and the proper remineralizing toothpaste, you can have the kind of teeth dentists praise.  Give natural dental health a shot and watch those cavities disappear!

Did you compare your teeth to the chart above?  I would LOVE to know if you had corresponding tooth and body issues.  Let’s talk below!

 

 

Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.
 

 

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Tooth or Consequences

Some people are just born with great teeth others really have to work at it.

We have all met the guy that visits the dentist every twenty years and never has a cavity, I wasn’t that guy.

In fact as a child, I was on a first name basis with my dentist! It is imperative that your first experience with a dentist is a good one, especially when you are a child. My earliest memories of the dentist was a “Wonka-esque” type who always kept you laughing and ended your procedure with a visit to his toy treasure chest. Is it any wonder that I have no fear of the dentist office today?

Dr. Michael Krochak, contributing writer for Floss.com shares these alarming statistics:

  • 50% of the American population does not seek regular dental care!
  • An estimated 9-15% of all Americans avoid much needed care due to anxiety and fear of the dentist.
  • This translates to somewhere between 30-40 million people avoiding dental care altogether due to fear.

This fear has a name, Dental phobia. Without making light of a serious condition, my immediate thought was, “I would be way more afraid of losing my teeth than I would spending an hour with a dentist.” This is why this month’s topic, Natural Dental Health is so important.

Even if Dental Phobia is keeping you from the dentist office, you can still fend off a mouth full of cavities with a handful of common sense.

  • Diet is important. Whole unprocessed foods are best. Stay away from foods with high sugar content. Stick with fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables. If you need a sweetener, use xylitol, lo han guo or stevia.
  • Obviously, brushing after every meal with a natural toothpaste is imperative. Regardless of your feelings about fluoride, many commercialbrands contain these toxic chemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, petroleum dyes, as well as artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Do your best to avoid them. Try Tom’s of Maine toothpaste or Desert Essence with Tea Tree Oil and Neem.
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash when possible, as it dries the mouth creating an environment for bacteria. Try to find a mouthwash that contains tea tree, as well.
  • You can also take a quality vitamin/mineral supplement that should include, zinc, coenzyme Q10 and at least 1000mg of vitamin C.
  • Don’t buy a cheap toothbrush! If you use a manual brush, replace it every month. I highly recommend the Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush. Its LCD display gives you feedback to ensure proper brushing habits.
  • And finally… FLOSS! For me, flossing is the most important part. Flossing not only removes food from between the teeth, it keeps your gums healthy. It doesn’t matter how white your teeth are if your gums are bad. I remember sitting in a dentist’s chair reading a poster that hung from the ceiling that said, “Daddy do I have to floss all of my teeth?” He replied, “Only the ones you want to keep.” Floss after every meal, you won’t regret it.

The truth is, even after following all of the above recommendations, eventually you will need to visit a dentist for an exam and a cleaning from a dental hygienist. Because so many Americans are afraid of dentists, sedation dentistry has become a very popular alternative. Sedation dentistry is a method where the patient is administered a mild sedative orally, intravenously or by gas. All of the work is done while the patient is in a “twilight” state, thus relieving them from fear and anxiety. Although this may not be considered a natural approach, it is often necessary in dental emergencies.

How important is a good dentist? Let’s put it this way, I live in south Florida and my dentist, Dr. Dan Proeschel (I call him Dr. Dan the tooth fillin’ man) practices in Apple Valley, Minnesota and he is TOTALLY worth the trip.

The other day Dr. Dan said something witty that really made me think, he said, “Be true to your teeth and they will never be false to you.”

First, I had to redefine my definition of the word true in this application. It means faithful, steadfast, consistent.

Secondly, I had to do the same for the word false in this application. it means a counterfeit, having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name.

Wow, how many titles have we assigned to people, places and things that don’t live up to their definitions? How about the term, religious?

We hear that word and immediately we think of zealous, pious, bible thumping church folk but how about this definition; scrupulously faithful, committed, consistent i.e.; “He was religious about brushing his teeth”

Obviously, Dr. Dan was sharing a light hearted sentiment used to encourage patients to be consistent with their dental hygiene so their natural teeth will not have to be replaced with dentures. However, I saw a much larger application beginning to emerge.

Words are only as true as the actions that accompany them. A person who says, “I floss my teeth everyday” will be exposed by their next set of x-rays and an exam by the dentist. Sooner or later, everything comes to light. A person that says one thing yet does another is often referred to as two-faced, which means, hypocritical, pharisaical, phony or sanctimonious.

I realize I may be opening Pandora’s box here, but as the saying goes, “If the cat doesn’t like the way it’s fur is being scratched, let the cat turn around!” What I am saying here is, things are NOT always as they appear. Let’s say you meet someone with a great smile and snow white teeth. You walk away thinking, “Wow, I wish my teeth were that healthy!” only to find out they were false teeth! Often, dentists cover discolored, neglected teeth with veneers which give the appearance of healthy teeth – but it is all merely a cover up.

Here is a real life example. Mohamed Atta, one of the “9/11” masterminds, was known as “a very devout, religious man, who strictly adhered to the Koran.” When he took an apartment (only 10 minutes from where I live in Florida!), he asked the landlord to remove the offensive art from the walls because it was against his religion. The art that was removed was a couple of large black and white pictures of people at Ft. Lauderdale Beach in the 40’s! There was no nudity in the art. In fact, most of the women bathers were in one piece bathing suits.

Now, here is the truth behind the veneer. Mohamed Atta lived with a stripper/lingerie model named Amanda Keller. He was very fond of pork chops, was a heavy drinker, used cocaine, was a stylish dresser, wore expensive jewelry and partied (mostly in strip clubs) nearly every night. And, finally, he flew a high-jacked airplane into the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Phonies come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds. In Jesus day, the Pharisees were the most esteemed religious class in Israel, yet they were brutally corrupt hypocrites who wore expensive clothes and jewelry, solicited prostitutes, loved to party and eventually crucified the Son of God!

Do you see it? If your definition of “religious” begins and ends with pious, devout or spiritual, then maybe you need to expand it to include, true, real, consistent, faithful and unrelenting. Maybe we should put our “best” face forward and stop being two-faced?

Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

It is time for us to say what we do and do what we say, for us to be genuine. Your face is your calling card, your opening statement and nothing exudes confidence more than a big toothy smile! If consistency can keep your teeth healthy and inconsistency can allow them to become false, doesn’t it stand to reason that your life should follow the same guidelines? Tooth or Consequences, a play on words yet brutally honest. A consistently honest person will never be ashamed, but even an occasional liar will be found out.

So my friends, chews now who you will serve, that you may not suffer floss. I’m not done so brace yourself.

Sorry to keep picking at you, tell me when you have had your fill. I know I can be a little abrasive at times, so I will try to scale back a little. Don’t brush me off for my lack of polish for this is the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Sorry it had to gum to this. Fluoride rather be serious, instead of just crowning around! Going to grab a bite, wish me bone appe-teeth….

Sorry for the pun-ishment!

Michael

P.S.

Q: Which teeth should I floss?
A: The ones you want to keep!

Q: When is the best time to visit the dentist?
A: 2:30 (Tooth Hurty!)

 

Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.wordpress.com

 

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