Jan 312013

Tooth cartoon with a sad face and part missingTypically, if a dental practitioner is asked what causes tooth decay, sugar would be at the top of the list of responses. I won’t argue that sugar doesn’t play a crucial role in tooth decay, but it is only one of a number of key nutritional factors.

Surprisingly, although sugar plays a major role in tooth decay it is not for the reason commonly believed. As I have already addressed the role of sugar in another article on what causes tooth decay, I won’t go into it here.

Suffice to say that sugar contributes to the mineral imbalance, which causes reversal of the dentinal tubular flow of the teeth as previously noted. This reversal of the fluid flow, which is the underlying cause of tooth decay is also affected by other nutritional factors.

As I previously pointed out, raising the serum phosphorus level above 3.5 will right the dentinal flow, that is, in the correct direction from the metabolism to the mouth. It is the unhealthy reversal of this flow, which draws bacteria from the mouth right into the teeth causing them to decay from within then cavitate.

The tricky thing about the serum phosphorus level is that it is also regulated by the amount of calcium in the blood. The precise ratio of 4 parts of phosphorus to 10 parts calcium is needed to deter tooth decay and bone loss.

To sum up and simplify all of these rather complex elements is to say this. If our diet includes such that our blood sugar is stable and contains sufficient amounts of calcium and phosphorus, we won’t suffer from tooth decay or gum disease.

Seems simple enough, but in a culture ravished by the convenience of processed foods and the sweetness of the sugar therein, it is easier said than done. A simple example would be that white flour found in so many of today’s foods has been stripped of 80% of the calcium and phosphorus found in whole grain.

This is not the only evil of the highly favored white powder. It is probably only second to refined sugar in causing an increase in the blood sugar levels. I explain this process in an article on whole grain. Hence, two of the largest contributing factors to tooth decay are found in refined sugar and white flour.

This largely explains why tooth decay is a result of modern civilization and has risen so dramatically in our day. As I noted in another article on what causes tooth decay this has been substantiated by the lack of tooth decay in indigenous cultures worldwide.

Other myths and practices spawned by the diet dictocrats of the food giants have also played a major role in tooth decay. One of these being how the cholesterol myth has scared so many folks away from fat in their diet.

Without fat soluble vitamins like A and D, our bodies cannot absorb calcium into the blood. Even if we have sufficient calcium and phosphorus in our diet, which is unlikely, without sufficient fat it won’t do us any good.

I know with today’s nutritional trends that I am treading where angels fear to go, but this has been well researched and demonstrated by Dr. Weston Price and other eminent figures. A lack of healthy fats in the diet is at the root of a host of physical ailments and the effects are first seen in a degeneration of oral health.

As if this is not enough, there is another critical factor. As I explained in an article on vitamin K2 it is an activator essential to vitamins A and D functioning. It’s primary source traditionally was from raw milk, chiefly the butter therein, from pasture fed cows.

With today’s feedlots and pasteurization those are largely things of the past for most of us. So, what in the world is one to do? Well, to tell you the truth, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to insure uptake of these essential nutrients from real food sources.

These include, but certainly aren’t limited to, eating a homemade raw liver pate for vitamin A and fermenting natto from organic soybeans for its high levels of vitamin K2. I also consume a lot of homemade bone broths as the minerals in it are in ionic form as electrolytes, which are very easily assimilated. But I know that not everyone has the time nor the inclination to go to these lengths.

My recommendation to insure good oral health and in some case with ideal conditions, remineralize existing cavities, would be to get quality, natural supplements. The very best I have been able to find are high vitamin butter oil and fermented cod liver oil (CLO) from Green Pasture.

These products have been made in the traditional manner. The cows are pasture fed in optimal conditions and the CLO has been extracted naturally via the fermentation process. Commercial CLO has been refined in a process, which has destroyed most of the Vitamins A and D. Synthetic vitamins are often put back in to replace them.


Dentinal Tubular Flow and Effective Caries Treatment
By Timothy W. Fraser, D.D.S., M.A.

Dentinal Fluid Transport
Clyde Roggenkamp

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Weston A. Price, DDS


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  6 Responses to “What Causes Tooth Decay: The Role of Nutrition”

  1. My early years consisted of milk from our cows, beef from our pasture, pork from our pens, chicken from our coops, vegetables from our garden and fruit from our trees. Damn I wish I could go back to that. It was a hard but simple, healthy life.

    • Sounds like your early years were really blessed John! With a whole lot of digging around for local produce I have managed to find all of the things you mention with the exception of real milk. I mean milk from pasture fed cows that hasn’t had all the enzymes destroyed by pasteurization. I am working on that but with the stupid laws up here in Canada it is pretty difficult. Yet, if I want to destroy myself with all of the chemicals and crap in cigarettes, that is legal. Go figure.

  2. I don’t have the palate for pate or the time to make 3 day cooked bone broth, so the supplements are a good solution for me. I have not seen Butter Oil before. thanks very much. I want to stay away form dental work if possible.

    • I know what you mean Lisa, the pate took some getting used to. I had to mess around with the ingredients to make it palatable. I added some bulgur flour and a bunch of spices and it is not bad now.But for anyone not so inclined the high vitamin butter oil is the ticket. It is really effective.

  3. I love how you reference your previous posts in each of your writings. I need to get in the habit of doing that. You always have a way with words that help to inform us of what is right for our bodies, including our teeth. I grew up on the farm/ranch and stayed. I have always enjoyed working with animals and am so glad to find out that the benefits are more than I bargained for.

    Bone broth is a staple around here, so glad that you are getting this out there. Great job.

    • I have never really worked with animals much, but I can understand where you are coming from. I used to ride horses a fair bit and when I lived in Calgary, where my 3 daughter are, I used to take them. I found a ranch that would let us just take the horses we picked out and go. None of this in a line nose to butt behind a slow plodding guide!

      I can remember the first time I took them there. They all knew how to ride pretty well and had a few lessons under their belts. But when I led them galloping they were all ecstatic and I realized they had never been allowed to do that before. After that I heard a lot of, “let’s gallop dad!”

      Thanks for the encouraging comments. Your lifestyle and background are enviable. I just love it in the country where it is so fresh and clean! I am also so thankful for locals who raise animals humanely, in traditional fashion, where I can get good bones for the broth and wholesome meat.

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