By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – It would be absolutely amazing to prevent and reverse dental cavities without the intervention of a dentist. Hard to believe, but it can be done. And the remedy is simple: modify your diet.
The research is in and it is based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. In the 1930’s, Dr. Price traveled and studied isolated populations and their native diets around the world. He was surprised to discover that many native people eating a diet devoid of modern foods had perfect dental structure and little tooth decay. Their teeth were well spaced with plenty of room, and were white and healthy. He studied people all over the world with widely different genes and found some similar factors associated with this vibrant health and perfect dentition. But the most critical factor for excellent dental health, was the noted disuse of grains, seeds and nuts.
Phytic acid is the culprit in grains, nuts, seeds and beans, and it represents a serious problem in our diets. Phytic acid binds with minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, making them unavailable for tooth and bone remineralization.
Phytic acid also inhibits enzymes that are needed to digest food properly, thereby making it difficult to absorb nutrients.
There is a powerful anti-nutritional effect of a diet high in phytate-rich grains with many health problems as a result, including tooth decay (demineralized enamel), poor jaw development (creating tooth crowding), osteoporosis and digestive problems (the digestive enzymes are inactivated). All this results from the binding effect of phytic acid to our essential minerals.
If the diet remains high in phytates, teeth will demineralize, forming a cavity that will need to be filled.
Other doctors have researched this phenomenon, and after years of study, it was determined that the health of tooth structure is largely determined by diet. There were three main factors:
1- The presence of enough minerals in the diet.
2- The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in the diet.
3- The bio-availability of these nutrients and how well the body is absorbing them.
It may be almost impossible to eliminate phytic acid from the diet, since it is found in many of our favorite foods. What should be considered is taking care to minimize the foods that contain the highest amounts. Food preparation, like soaking and fermenting grains, seeds and nuts before use, can reduce the phytic acid content and should be practiced before consuming.
If a dietary program to heal/prevent cavities were designed, it would incorporate the successes of Dr. Price and others’ research. It would look something like this:
- Rich in animal foods, particularly full-fat pastured dairy products. Also include meat, organs, fish, bone broths and eggs. Fat soluble vitamins A, D and K are essential.
- Fermented grains only; no unfermented grains such as oatmeal, breakfast cereal, crackers, etc. No breads except true sourdough (avoid lactic acid on ingredients list).
- Limit nuts; beans in moderation, only if they’re soaked overnight or longer.
- Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes as a substitute for grains.
- Cooked and raw vegetables.
- Sunlight, cod liver oil or vitamin D3 supplements.
- A generous amount of pastured butter.
- No industrially processed food.
- A limited quantity of fruit, but no refined sweets.
This diet would maximize mineral absorption while providing abundant fat-soluble vitamins. The secret to having cavity-free teeth is to have a mineral-rich diet, a healthy fat supplement system and a minimal amount of phytic acid foods. In this way the teeth can remineralize easily. In essence, cavities can be reversed.
Dr. Idelle Brand is a holistic dentist, multifaceted integrative healer and teacher of diverse complementary healing modalities. She is the author of Enlightened Indigo Child, an important book for people with high sensitivities and My Secrets to Regaining Health, a concise handbook that delves into the possible reasons for unresolved health issues and how to resolve them.
She is also the founder of Enlightened Dentistry™, a new paradigm of integrative holistic dental care that encompasses healing of the body, mind and spirit. She can be reached through her website TheBrandWellnessCenter.com