Healthy Teeth Without the Drill

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Condition of Teeth

Because so much has changed in my food and lifestyle over the past 18 months, I decided to document the results of my first dental checkup in that period, which was last month. The following is an update on my current dental health, that of someone whose life has improved dramatically.

At my most recent dental checkup, I smoked 20 cigarettes a day, consumed 6-8 cups of sugary coffee, and regularly snacked on sugary processed meals and jelly candies. However, like any decent human, I washed my teeth twice daily and rinsed them with mouthwash.

Eighteen months ago, how was my oral health?

My teeth were brown (from smoking and drinking lots of coffee), tartar had built up around all of them, and the dentist was considering capping another tooth when I went in for a checkup 18 months ago, so I had to get a filling and a scale and polish. False. It’s impossible to fool a dentist about your habits; she knew I smoked cigarettes, drank more than I should have, drank coffee, and was addicted to sweets. I was taken aback. I did not always buy the most expensive brand of toothpaste, but rather one readily available in all stores worldwide.

I met my health mentor and started my adventure into organic living shortly after this doctor’s appointment, during which my doctor warned me that I was headed for a fatal heart attack unless I changed my lifestyle.

What’s Different?

Those unfamiliar with my background may question what I did to improve my teeth.

• I finally ended my smoking habit, which made me anxious because my first wife’s mother experienced the same thing when she gave up the pattern and now wears dentures at age 40. My teeth were healthy.

• I gave up tea and coffee in favor of hot water flavored with lemon, ginger, and sugar. The acidity of your mouth, which contributes to tooth decay, can be reduced with the help of lemon. If you want strong, healthy teeth, you must maintain a mouth pH of between 6.5 and 7.5 by eating and drinking the right things. A healthy pH in the mouth suggests healthy teeth, so I check it once weekly as a sign of my overall health (pH papers can be bought for pennies online).

• I eliminated all sources of refined sugars (sucrose), such as sugary meals, processed foods, and sugary drinks, from my diet. Refined sugars are a significant contributor to tooth decay.

• I switched to eating whole, natural foods 80-90% of the time; these contain fructose, a naturally occurring sugar that is processed differently by the body and does not rot your teeth (contrary to the widespread belief that the natural sugar found in fruits is just as bad as the refined sugar found in sweets, drinks, and half of a can of soda!!). Plaque acid can be neutralized and the tooth enamel cleaned by eating some of these raw.

It’s cheap and easy to produce toothpaste at home using only sodium bicarbonate, salt, mineral water, and (optional) peppermint essential oil, as the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs did thousands of years ago. The acid in your mouth can be further neutralized with sodium bicarbonate and salt. This is a coarse paste that effectively removes tartar and brightens teeth. We also use commercially available, all-natural, organic, fluoride-free aloe toothpaste. Most commonly found in toothpaste are:

– fluoride (contrary to popular perception, this is not beneficial for the body; it is a poisonous chemical that was a toxic waste from the manufacturing of fertilizers and such); – mercury (contrary to popular opinion, this is not good for the body; it is a poisonous chemical that was a toxic waste from the production of fertilizers and the like; you only have to do a little study to

abrasives like aluminum (which has been related to Alzheimer’s disease) and silicon, which can be so abrasive that they wear away tooth enamel; Sodium lauryl sulfate, the primary ingredient in detergents, has been associated with a wide variety of illnesses.

I use a humectant like glycerin to prevent my toothpaste from drying out (and if that fails, I add spring water!).

– carcinogenic thickeners like carrageenan;

– additives that prevent bacteria from multiplying in your toothbrush The biggest ones are parabens, which have been linked to breast cancer because they mimic the actions of estrogen; nevertheless, my toothpaste will not grow bacteria if stored in an airtight container.

Saccharine, the most common type of sweetener, has been linked to a modest increase in cavity risk.

Flavorings are added to toothpaste to mask the detergents’ unpleasant taste, but I don’t use them because my toothpaste tastes good without them.

Toothpaste would be hideous if it didn’t have color. Therefore, manufacturers add E digits to make colors.

It’s strange, isn’t it, that something so easy and inexpensive to produce at home has so many elements, some of which counteract the benefits of other ingredients and some harmful to your physical health in general? As we saw, some of the abrasives used can erode the enamel on your teeth, so if they do this to your body, picture what they are doing to your dental health. Himalayan salt, a naturally occurring material soluble in water, is our abrasive.

• The last thing I did differently was to drink a couple of mugs of cinnamon and honey in hot water daily for a month before my checkup as part of our cinnamon and honey road test. For thousands of years, indigenous people have utilized this to keep their breath smelling fresh and their teeth in good condition. I learned this when I started my driver’s license exam.

Tell Me About My Most Recent Physical.

The dentist who examined my mouth made a lot of “Mmmm” and “Aah” noises as she prodded various areas. You can’t sneak anything past them, so she asked me what I was doing differently. So I came clean and told her everything you just read, including that I make my toothpaste most of the time. She shook her head in surprise and exclaimed, “Wow!” She told me that my gums had stopped receding and were touching the tops of my teeth again and that my teeth were in “better condition than ever before.” There was hardly any buildup of tartar! Confirmation that my efforts are paying off and that my dental health has gotten BETTER due to my recent lifestyle adjustments.

You won’t switch back to conventional toothpaste.

For your attention, many thanks. I hope you’ve learned something new about taking care of yourself from this article.

Joy, hope, and love to everybody.

Dale

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