Love your teeth

You might be wondering what on earth I’m doing writing about such a boring subject. Teeth, whether you know it or not, are crucial to our wellbeing. In fact, if you have poor oral hygiene and bad teeth, there is an increased risk of developing  other health issues such as cardiovascular disease.

I want to share some of my very recent learnings about teeth and oral hygiene with you. I want to thank Xeno for this , a science writer and researcher who blogs over at True Strange Library. By the way, it’s a very interesting site worth a visit.

How I cured my cavities  tells the story of his personal experience with cavities diarised over a period of a few years. The post covers such subjects as bacterial disease, fluoride, tooth brushes, mouth wash, acid reflux, tooth paste, cavity innoculation, salivary flow, remineralisation of teeth, dental cleaning and a range of other fascinating research and information.

His research into the subject is extensive. As is the fact that he reports having healed his cavities by following some simple oral hygiene strategies. This is a list of his recommendations :

 Summary: Things To Help You Heal Cavities

  • Give up sugar. Drink water instead of soft drinks. Eat fruit instead of cake, pie and candy.
  • Brush at least twice a day with a remineralizing toothpaste (I use Burt’s Bees Fluoride-free, whitening) but the important ingredient is calcium sodium phosphosilicate or Novamin
  • Use Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash once per day to kill s. mutans (I use Desert Essence brand)
  • Once a month for a few days in a row, use Periogen powder in a water pic along your gums to dissolve tarter. (I use a Oral-B Professional Care 3000 + Oxyjet Electric toothbrush, discontinued)
  • Carry and use Tea Tree Oil toothpicks after meals
  • Floss at least three times a week, preferably daily.
  • Get a new toothbrush or new toothbrush head every month. Or steam sterilize yours to save money.
  • Get a tongue cleaner and scrape your tongue after you brush your teeth.
  • Drink enough water daily. Get in the habit of swishing after you eat.
  • Eat onions (raw are best) since they contain powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds and in a 1997 test tube study killed S. mutans. Then use parsley or mint leaves for your breath.
  • Drink Green tea (Camellia sinensis) which contains substances called catechins that kill mouth bacteria.
  • Get enough vitamin C. Kiwis have more than any other fruit.
  • Eat a tablespoon of sesame seeds to clean teeth. They have 87 mg of calcium.
  • Eat wasabi since it contains isothiocyanates that inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Eat cashew nuts which have anacardic acids that kill bacteria like S. mutans [Himajima & Kubo 1991 p419]. These nuts have antibacterial, antidysenteric, anti microbial and antiseptic properties.
  • Eat grapes since they contain polyamides, a type of tannin that inhibits the growth of S. mutans. Buy organic to avoid pesticide residues.
  • Eat pure cocoa powder or raw chocolate without sugar, since it contains tannins known to prevent bacteria from attaching to the teeth.
  • Eat Sage honey and Tupelo honey which inhibit oral pathogenic bacteria.
  • Kiss people who never get cavities.
  • Rinse your mouth with a baking soda solution within 10 minutes after you eat.
  • Cook with cinnamon and oregano. ( 134 )

No longer recommend personally due to stomach problems, but it may work for you:

  •  Culturelle ( Lactobacillus casei rhamnosus GG ) which produces an anti microbial agent that kills Streptococcus.

What he does not cover is oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic technique for oral health. You can read about it here.

© Raili Tanska

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 Peace begins with a smile.. Mother Teresa

32 thoughts on “Love your teeth

  1. Good heavens! I’m lucky if I remember to brush and floss twice a day! (Though I AM on board with the onions and and chocolate — um… though not at the same time! LOL)

  2. Thank you. This was great. I have no cavities and recently read if the person you kiss has gum disease you’ll get it. Arghhhh! I do about half of these things. Both m y parents have awful terth i grew up scared!

    1. I think I spent half my childhood at the dentist 😦 My theory is my brother sucked all the goodness out of mum (he has perfect teeth – correction:had till recently) and I got the left overs. It’s only in later adulthood that my teeth have started behaving. Poor oral hygiene/ health is a huge health issue, particularly in those who are disadvantaged in so many other ways too.

      1. Because I had crappy teeth!I had all sorts of horrid procedures and horrid dentists who had no idea how to work with a kid. So different now. School dentists do it with fun and games these days. BTW, check out Saturday Smiles. I think you’ll like the video.

      2. Its ancient history, thank goodness! All good now. Amalgam fillings removed – haven’t needed a filling for many years. Hope it stays that way.

  3. My mother reached the great age of almost 101 and still had all her teeth in good condition (admittedly a few fillings and a crown). Whenever people asked her secret she would reply: Count your blessings and clean your teeth! She saw the dentist every 6 months and scrubbed her teeth thoroughly morning and evening – and was never ill. So there’s an example!

  4. Nice post. About oil pulling – coconut oil in the mouth of our DOG before bed every night works wonders for dog teeth. He nibbles and chews it off a dog toothbrush every night so he is going to sleep with coconut oil all over his teeth. NO plaque!

  5. “Kiss people without cavities”… what technique should I use? Should I stroll up all casually, pretending I just want to ask them where they got that lovely shirt, then leap on them when they least expect it – or would it be better to creep up behind them, knock them out with a heavy object, kiss them and run away before they come round… 🙂
    Help me out with this, please 😀

    1. I have given this a lot of serious thought. There are advantages to both techniques. However, there are also some serious downsides. Like in #1 you could be accused of sexual molestation; or acquire an unwanted love interest when all you wanted was the goodies lurking in their mouth. #2 is definitely more high risk. Do you know exactly where to hit said donor without killing them? After all, crime scene investigators would have no trouble finding your DNA and tracking you down.
      Have you considered advertising for donors ?

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