Thursday, July 1, 2010
How to Keep your Teeth for Life:
Due to outdated dental practices as we get older we tend to lose teeth. Teeth decay due to mouth bacteria; the deterioration eats through the enamel and then exposes a nerve which causes pain. You go to the dentist to stop the pain and the practitioner extracts the tooth or performs a root canal procedure. A root canal removes the nerve and leaves you with a dead tooth. Conversely the dentist can sometimes fill the tooth. Traditionally mercury has been the favored medium for such fillings. Mercury is also the second most toxic substance known to man and this is placed in an area of the body that is not only close to the brain but in a region where the cellular membrane is at its thinnest. Mercury was substituted as a cheaper alternative to gold way back in the nineteenth century. The metal forms a gas that not only poisons the system but sets up an electrical circuit in the mouth. Every tooth links to a bodily organ. The mercury travels through the system and adversely affects the organ in question. All of this can cause huge harm. Let’s get back to basics and ask the important question, why?
First of all, this crude approach to oral hygiene can be prevented. In the 1930s the dentist Weston Price travelled the world examining the teeth and jaws of societies that were removed from modern mainstream life. He went to the Polynesian islands and even to remote villages in Switzerland, where he found that tooth decay was practically unknown in people who ate a natural diet with very little sugar and no processed food. He came to the conclusion that good diet was a prerequisite for dental health. He also found that babies who had been breastfed had better teeth than those brought up on formula. His research showed that a nutritional plan needs to follow a regime high in fruit and vegetables. It required some protein and whole grains. A diet like this preserves the acid alkaline body balance, and that works to preserve the teeth throughout life.
Tooth decay accumulates as too much of the modern diet is acid forming. These acids caused by sugars and processed foods build up in the mouth and lead to dental decay. Everyone is urged to clean their teeth, but with what? Look carefully at a tube of toothpaste, usually there is a warning in small print urging you to seek medical help if swallowed. This means that toothpaste is poisonous. Most toothpaste contains powerful; poisons like sodium laurel sulphate, sodium fluoride and glycol. Mouths are not made of stainless steel, but a permeable mucus membrane. The poisons can seep through this thin membrane and into the body. Many types of toothpaste contain glycerin which coats the teeth, trapping acids onto the enamel. Many contain sugar so they taste nice, but again this is creating an acidic condition in an area that needs to be alkaline! These acids eat into tooth enamel, causing decay.
Teeth are alive; they can regenerate themselves and rid themselves of decay. The buzz of the moment is to limit the use of salt. This makes huge sense on one hand and none on the other. The human species evolved from the sea, blood plasma has a salty constituency, just like the ocean. A fetus develops encased in a sac of amniotic fluid. This fluid is salty like sea water. The key word here is salt. We need salt, but not the substance known as table salt that has been heated to 1000° C and then mixed with iodine. This sodium chloride amalgam is not the same as sea salt. It’s not table salt that we need, it is sea salt!
The teeth are like coral living in an ocean of salt. This salty environment alkalizes the mouth and neutralizes bacteria. Instead of cleaning the teeth with commercially produced toothpastes, rinse the mouth after eating with a saline solution made from sea salt. Rinse the mouth and spit out the salt water. It is not recommended to swallow it! Yes, you will absorb some of the salt through the thin mouth membrane, but that’s fine. What is not fine is to eat a diet laden with table salt which you will find in potato chips, peanuts and most processed foods. In the morning, dip your soft toothbrush into the sea salt crystals and use this as your toothpaste. You will be surprised that stains melt away as you gently brush your teeth. Repeat the procedure again at night before going to bed. It is not necessary to brush after every meal, but simply rinse the mouth with a saline solution. Oh, and do keep flossing!!