If you think your teeth suck because of all the fruit you eat, then you’re wrong…at least in part.
Yes, you still need to:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Get dental cleanings regularly.
- Potentially supplement with vitamin K2.
- Swish your mouth with water after eating fruit and fruit juice, especially orange juice.
- Floss and/or chew dental gum after eating sticky fruits, like dates, fibrous fruits like mango, and dried foods, like nuts.
But, no the fruit isn’t causing your teeth to have lots of serious problems.
There may be a much stronger force at play.
Turns out, prior dental and orthodontic work may be the culprit.
A family member of mine was an orthodontist, so I had no chance.
I don’t blame him, or think that orthodontists are bad people. They are just sharing what they know, and often do a very, very good job at straightening teeth, creating a “perfect”-looking smile, reducing overcrowding, and creating a better bite.
Frankly, I think I’d rather have less-than-perfect-looking, healthy teeth, than perfectly straight teeth that are all decayed and in need of crowns and thousands of dollars of dental work…
My dental history went something like this:
- Braces twice as an adolescent
- Bands, brackets, and all the works
- I got my first few cavities at 13, and had fillings. I really liked the laughing gas, but that’s another story…
- A tooth removed for long since forgotten reasons…maybe I had too many?
- My two front teeth separated slightly, so I had a bar plastered behind them to yank them back together.
- 3 wisdom teeth removed at age 20…and of course, dry sockets in all 3, thanks to my smoking habit plus taking birth control pills (I wasn’t always into a healthy lifestyle!!)
- And on and on…
I finally took a break from the dentist from about 2014-2018. I just couldn’t take it.
Every time I went in, it was like the sky was falling, and I had a mouth full of rotten teeth.
Going to the dentist in 2018 was no different. Of course, more cavities had formed, and I’d even a cracked tooth. Oh joy!
I was advised to get three root canals by the dentist and his friend, the endodontist.
But something about all this felt VERY wrong to me…
Every single new cavity I had was in a place where I had had prior work done.
NO EXCEPTIONS…even the cracked tooth!
I literally had cavities exactly where the metal bar was plastered behind my front two teeth…
I had cavities in the exact shapes of the rubber bands and brackets I’d had on my teeth as a kid.
Old fillings had weakened my teeth further, causing new decay to form around the old fillings.
Basically, it was like a chain reaction that all started with getting cosmetic dental work done as a child.
When I was a kid, I just knew that the braces, brackets, and bands hurt, and that I felt super ugly having my teeth covered in metal, bands, and plastic.
I didn’t know that all the discomfort was also weakening my gums and the precious little organs that our teeth are.
When you mess with the delicate, growing mouth of a child, you may be setting up the child for a cascading chain reaction of dental and gum issues as time wears on.
*Note: I’m not saying that all dental or orthodontic work is bad or harmful. There is a time and a place for both. Both can be extremely helpful when the need is dire.
I caution against doing cosmetic work and/or blindly taking the advice of traditional practitioners, who will perform root canals or other “fixes” that may or may not be the best long-term solution.
Often, traditional practitioners make it sound like what they are suggesting is the ONLY solution, and that it will work. But it’s not always the case.
These drastic and sometimes unnecessary measures often traumatize and weaken the teeth and gums, and set you up for a lifetime of decay and other issues.
Combine that with less than stellar dental hygiene, and well…it’s a recipe for disaster.
Read more here.
Fortunately, I found myself a holistic dentist who offered a refreshing perspective and approach to dental care.
I grilled him about all the questions of dental care, eating a lot of fruit, the long-term effects of early dental work, and everything else I could think of.
He said I didn’t need root canals. In fact, he doesn’t even do root canals.
He filled my cavities with non-toxic filling. He used natural numbing agents. He helped me save teeth that the dentist and endodontist wanted to kill.
Friends, your teeth are all little organs.
If they are giving you trouble, I suggest you have a sincere talk with them, in which you express your apologies for having mistreated and/or neglected them in the past. Especially apologize if you forced them to be in an arrangement that they didn’t agree to.
I suggest you ask them kindly to stay alive, and promise from the bottom of your heart to care for them the very best you can.
I had this talk with my teeth, and they have been very positively responsive to the holistic dental work I’ve had done.
Following my holistic dentist’s advice, I now do the following:
I use a fancy electric toothbrush that forces me to brush for longer and vibrates them squeaky clean.
Also, I use xylitol gum when I can’t brush my teeth. It’s very handy on the plane, or when you don’t have time or access to brush your teeth after eating something. It’s handy after eating dates or nuts! I find it’s a great palate-cleanser after an evening savory meal, and helps me stop eating after dinner.
I also floss every evening before bed. Find a floss that you like, and know that most aren’t vegan!
As I said earlier, I rinse my mouth out with water every time after I eat fruit, fruit juice, vegetables, vegetable juice, water with lemon, tea, and kombucha or jun.
Water with lemon, kombucha, jun, and other cultured beverages can all be part of a healthy lifestyle, but they are all very acidic in the mouth. So swish with plain water after enjoying any of them!
What dental hygiene tricks, tips, and savvy have you learned?!
Please share in the comments below!
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