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“10 Essential Tips for Perfect Teeth” – by Frederic Patenaude
For the past few years I’ve been warning raw foodists to take care of their teeth, because the raw food diet is known to cause more dental problems if proper precautions are not taken.
Many raw food experts deny that fact and yet their followers continue to experience dental disasters.
My Dental Advice Summarized
Here’s a summary of my dental advice for anyone eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.
1) Realize that the raw food diet is more cariogenic.
“Cariogenic” is a term used by dentists that means “more prone to cause cavities” or causing cavities (caries).
The raw food diet is simply more cariogenic because:
– More fruit is consumed, therefore more sugar
– Because fruits and vegetables are low in calories, people tend to eat more often, therefore more exposure to sugar
– More exposure to acidity in lemons, oranges, pineapple, tomatoes, and other acidic foods
– Raw foodists tend to eat other foods that are cariogenic, like dried fruits
Because most people have inherited pretty weak genetics when it comes to teeth, problems are more likely to appear on a raw food diet.
Keep in mind that even wild monkeys will get severe dental problems leading to death when fed bananas (even organic ones).
Maybe our natural diet would have contained a lot more tough fiber, but that’s not the cause in modern days so we should not fall in the trap of “everything natural is perfect.
2) Brush your teeth first thing in the morning, as bacteria have been active during the night.
3) Use a tongue scraper, a metal kind (not plastic).
That’s because bacteria can be transferred from your tongue to your teeth.
4) Your longest brushing session should be before going to bed.
Use a soft toothbrush and don’t apply too much pressure. Use a technique to reach all four corners of the mouth. An electric tooth brush is good too.
5) You should brush for at least 5 minutes in total per day.
You don’t need to brush after or before every meal, but you need to brush for a total of 5 minutes or more per day. However you spread that out doesn’t matter as long as you reach every corner of the mouth.
6) Use a water irrigator once a day
Like the waterpik, or Vita-Jet.
7) Floss once a day.
8) Avoid glycerin in toothpaste.
Glycerin is a substance used in toothpaste. It creates a sticky coat around the teeth that prevents remineralization. Make sure to find a toothpaste without it.
9) However, if you’ve recently experienced dental decay, you should temporarily use a fluoride toothpaste or rinse to re-strengthen your enamel.
That’s for people who have had some serious dental problems. I know there are controversies around the use of fluoride but keep in mind I’m not advocating adding it to water. However, it really works to strengthen the enamel in individuals that have experienced decay, and can stop the progression of the disease.
10) Make sure to wait 30 minutes after meals to brush as to not weaken the enamel from the acids in your mouth. (In fact, you could even brush before your meals).
This is the basic technique but you also need to understand all the background and more advanced techniques such as how to monitor the bacteria content in your mouth.
The only way to prevent dental decay for life and reverse a bad situation is to take active control of your oral environment. Just controlling your diet does not address the root of the problem.
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