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Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth by Frederic Patenaude

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Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth by Frederic Patenaude
For years, I’ve been warning raw vegans, Paleo enthusiasts, juicing fans, fruit eaters, smoothie addicts and vegans to take care of their teeth.

What I have observed is:
* I high incidence of dental decay among raw foodists, 1-2 years after they switch to the diet

* A high incidence of gum recession and enamel erosion among raw foodists (this does not mean 100% raw. Anyone who eats a lot of fruit or drinks fresh juices or smoothies should care.)

Dramatic dental problems in people who stick religiously to certain diet principles without questioning them.
In my early days, I’ve had my share of dental problems myself as a direct result of following the raw diet incorrectly. I have also met at least several hundred people who have gone through similar issues.

I’ve been talking about this for a number of years now, and I’m glad that people are finally listening!

This is truly the “weak link” of the raw diet, and it applies to anyone eating a healthy diet!

There are a lot of positive aspects to eating more raw foods.

But… a person can experience many wonderful benefits while changing their diet, and watch with horror as their dental health goes downhill.

And it’s not just raw vegans… vegetarians also must watch out. In fact, anyone who eats healthier!
We know that raw foods contain more acidity. But healthy eaters also consume more cooked vegetables, and acidity can be increased in those vegetables when you roast them.

Peta Bee writes in the Daily Mail:

“Dentists at the University of Dundee found that different cooking methods could increase the acidity of vegetarian dishes, such as roasted vegetables. Exposure to high temperatures produced chemical changes that made the acid more concentrated, and more damaging to teeth. In particular, the acidity level of zucchini, peppers, onions and eggplants increased when roasted.”

So what’s going on here?

The Two Culprits

At this point, if you have the least interest in eating a healthier diet, you should start reading very, very closely.

Dental decay is not caused by eating the wrong diet.

Dental decay is the result of the proliferation of certain types of bacteria in the oral environment. The bacteria eliminate acid waste that eat into your teeth and cause decay.

It’s all about the terrain!

If your oral terrain (the environment) is healthy, you could eat Cheetos and drink Coke all day, and you wouldn’t even get cavities.

When people change their diet, they become a dental health time-bomb. Their bacteria count is a little too high, but not high enough to cause major problems.

Suddenly, they start eating more often, because they eat foods that are not as dense in calories. They drink juices. They drink smoothies. They eat a lot of fruit.

This acid and sugar create a giant feast for the bacteria which feed on them.

The real culprits are the bacteria. But the terrain is determined by:

– Acidity
– Sugar

It’s not all about the food you eat! If you can control the level of acidity in your mouth, you can eat foods that contain acids and sugar, and you’ll be fine.

But, if your oral terrain is not under control, you’ll never be able to eradicate dental problems for life.

You want your bacteria count to be as low as possible.

You want to avoid bacteria forming into colonies and creating their little civilization in your mouth!

If your oral environment is clean… and ALKALINE… it doesn’t matter if you eat dates or raisins all day.

The Only Solution

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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And then, you can do simple things with your diet to control the remaining 5%, like avoiding snacking and being careful with the amount of acid foods you consume.

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Lies and Misinformation About Dental Health Common in Raw Food World – by Frederic Patenaude

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Lies and Misinformation About Dental Health Common in Raw Food World – by Frederic Patenaude

Because of the widespread misinformation found in the raw food world, many people continue to unnecessarily experience dental problems.

Many famous raw foodists I know have come out, either privately or publicly, to discuss the massive dental problems that they’ve experienced. But many haven’t.

So the lies and misinformation continue to be spread around.

Let’s take a look at some of the most harming pieces of misinformation that you might come across.

1) That the raw vegan diet does not cause more cavities

Although it’s true that diet itself is not the root cause of dental decay, it can act as fast-burning fuel for the development of huge dental problems. When you understand how to keep your teeth so healthy and your oral environment so clean, you could eat a diet of twinkies all day and never get cavities, sensitive teeth or any other dental problems. But if you start on the wrong foot, and lack this information on keeping your teeth cavity-free for life, you could end up with big dental disasters on the raw vegan diet.

Raw vegans experience more dental problems than any other group. That is the truth!

Don’t let any other raw vegan guru tell you otherwise. Their followers have bad teeth — almost all of them do after some time.

2) If you avoid dried fruits and nuts, you’ll be okay

Some will say that as long as you avoid dried fruits (like dates), don’t drink fruit juice and don’t eat too many nuts or dried foods, you’ll be okay. That is not true. A diet composed exclusively of fresh foods, such as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, will also lead to dental problems if proper precautions are not taken.

3) It’s all genetic

The good news: 2% of the population is total immune to dental decay. We don’t know why. Something in their mouths prevents bacteria from forming colonies, no matter what they eat. The bad news: 98% of the population isn’t.

When a raw vegan tells you that their dental problems are caused by their “bad genes,” they act just like the rest of the people who say that their heart attack was caused by family history alone.

4) Fluoride should be avoided at all cost

This is one of the most damaging lies spread in the natural health movement.

Although I don’t support adding fluoride to drinking water or other substances, like salt, the proper topical use of fluoride is one of the things that you can do that can truly make the most difference. My favorite being a fluoride rinse with no extra additives, also containing xylitol, another substance that’s very important in preventing and reversing dental problems.

5) It’s all fruit’s fault

On the other hand, we have many anti-fruits advocates who blame fruit as the cause of dental problems, because of its sugar content. But the truth is that sugar itself doesn’t cause dental decay: acid does. It’s the eating away of the enamel by acidity, produced by bacteria, that causes decay. The bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. So it’s very important to keep your mouth alkaline at all times.

People who eat a raw vegan diet with little fruit also end up with serious dental problems because of all of the acid-containing foods they consume. Of course, they don’t know how to keep their mouths alkaline.

The Solution

Once you know how to keep your mouth healthy, with strong teeth and no bacterial colonies and no acidity, you can eat whatever you want!

At that point, your diet won’t cause any problems, even if you like to eat lots of dates.

Just telling people to avoid certain foods is not enough. In fact, in most cases, it won’t make a difference.

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

Ever since our childhood, we’ve heard the same basic advice about dental health, which can be summarized as follows:

“Brush after meals, use floss, avoid sweets and see the dentist every six months.”

It turns out that this advice is in large part useless and does not truly work.

How do I know this?

Apart from the fact that dentist offices are filled with people who have tried to follow this advice to the best of their ability, and yet find themselves again and again in the dentist chair, fixing more problems, I’ve had my own personal journey that led me to question this precept.

In 2001, I got extremely bad news from my dentist. After living exclusively on a raw food diet and had been doing so for almost three years, I got some sobering news from my dentist: I had developed 19 cavities.

At the time, fixing all of those teeth cost more than I could afford, and was also painful and traumatizing.

After that experience, I kept on eating a raw food diet, but I cleaned it up. I paid real attention to my dental hygiene. I flossed every day and brushed after every meal. I had all of my teeth fixed.

I thought… “Things will be much better on my next dentist’s appointment.”

One day, less than two years later, I was eating a grape and while chewing around the seed, one of my filings broke.

So I went to the dentist again, this time, to a holistic dentist in Montreal who practiced mercury-free dentistry. I thought that maybe I would have a cavity or two, but not more than that.

When the dentist examined my mouth, I heard him mention all of these tooth names to his assistant, and it didn’t sound very good. I knew I was in trouble again. Finally, I got the news that again, I had around 20 cavities!

I was absolutely devastated.

I thought I had done everything right. I had been brushing my teeth religiously. I had eliminated most of the junk raw food I was eating before.

But I had been traumatized by this experience. Again, I had to go through the pain and humiliation of getting my teeth fixed.

I decided to go on a personal quest, to find out what I could to to stop this, and never get another cavity or dental problem again.

What I Discovered In My Research

First, I interviewed about half a dozen dentists, who seemed incapable of giving me a single piece of advice I hadn’t already heard before.

– Don’t eat sweets
– Brush after every meal
– Use a fluoride toothpaste (some avoided this and told me the opposite)
– Eat a small piece of cheese after every meal, to neutralize the acidity
– Etc, etc.

I was trying my best to apply the so-called principles of dental hygiene, but things were not progressing in the right direction.

And I was worried.

Because dental disease may start with cavities, but it eventually progresses to worst stages. Gums are affected, pockets form, inflammation starts, and teeth are eventually at risk of falling off.

I did NOT want any of that to happen to me.

One day, everything changed.

I came across a program by a certain Dr. Nara on how to prevent dental problems for life. Dr. Nara was a controversial dentist who ran into some trouble with the dentist associations by writing about the true cause of dental disease, and also teaching people how to become dentally self-sufficient.

I tried Dr. Nara’s methods, and surprisingly, they worked! In fact, my dentist was totally shocked by the results.

I had some cavities that were starting to form, and they had stopped in their track and the teeth had re-enamilized. My dentist said that this was something that was possible theoretically but that he had never seen it before on a patient.

He told me: “You must have changed something. You don’t have any cavities. Your teeth are doing great!”

That was about 10 years ago, and since then, I have carefully applied Dr. Nara’s advice while continuing to research the topic. I now believe that the entire field of dentistry has misled the public for years by never truly explaining the true cause of dental problems and how to not only prevent them, but also reverse them.

I was so taken by this research that I wanted to share it with the world. So years ago, I worked with the publishers of Dr. Nara’s books to acquire the publishing rights, so I could spread this controversial knowledge to more people.

The Surprising Cause Behind Bad Teeth

Let me summarize it: We’re dealing with a transmittable disease. It is essentially a war against bacteria. You win or you lose the war. It’s that simple.

The enemy, the acid-producing bacteria that cause dental decay, organize into colonies. Once they get entrenched, it’s very hard to get them out into a normal, free flowing state where they can’t cause much damage.

Standard dental hygiene advice is not enough to bring the bacteria count to a lower level.

Instead, you have to take more aggressive (but careful) action, by implementing a daily “super-hygiene” routine.

With this super-hygiene routine, I discovered that I could control approximately 90% of my dental health, with the other 10% being influenced by diet. So diet does matter, but it is not the primary CAUSE of dental problems.

What dentists don’t talk about are important things such as:

– Controling acidity in the mouth
– Using xylitol products to reduce the bacterial count
– Why certain mouth rinses are important and how to use them
– Exactly how to brush your teeth for maximum results

Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth

It seems that dental health is the Achilles’ heel of the raw food diet. A Germany study, published in 1999, even proved that raw foodists do experience more dental erosion than the general population.

Why is that?

For the same reason why everyone has problems with their teeth. The only difference is that the raw food diet includes more frequent fuel to the fire.

The fire is the bacterial count.

The fuel is the foods we eat, especially single sugars that are common in raw food diet.

Once you understand this simple concept, you’ll be able to eradicate decay for life. You have to extinguish the fire! Just controlling the fuel is not enough.

What happens is that when people move into the raw-food diet, they are basically a time-bomb as far as their dental health is concerned. Their bacteria count is a little toohigh, but not high enough to cause major problems.

Suddenly, they dump a bunch of sugar into their mouths. This sugar creates a giant feast for the bacteria who feed on them.

So in that sense, the introduction of a higher quantity of natural sugar is the determining factor. This sugar can be in various forms. There is no difference between white sugar and banana sugar when it comes to increasing the bacteria count in the mouth!

If your oral environment is really clean… it doesn’t really matter if you eat dates all day. If the bacteria count is low, you can do that without problems.

So although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem for raw-foodists is the introduction of more sugar, the *real* problem are the underlying issues, so the bacteria count! Like I said, 90% of the problems can be solved by dental hygiene alone, and 10% is diet-specific.

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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