I have lost track of how many times I get asked what's the best way to clean my teeth, what's the best type of toothbrush or floss, do I need to floss, how do I floss, what's the best toothpaste etc. So in this and the upcoming blog posts I will be answering these questions and more.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque or bacteria layer is a great start to preventing decay but nutrition and underlying health must be part of this equation as research published in dental journals in the late 1960’ demonstrated that decay rates are intimately associated with the systemic health of your body.
The best solution to prevent tooth decay is to:
W.D Miller proposed the bacterial model or theory of decay in the 1890's. And that is exactly what it was - a theory. A theory that the dental profession took hold of and ran with ever since. Yet, as early as the 1920's there were those who contested Miller's theory as flawed.
Miller's theory does not explain dental disease in all cases. As I mentioned above there are exceptions:
Does Sugar Really Cause Tooth Decay?
Sugar is devoid of nutrients. If you want to grow big and strong and function at optimal levels you could not do it on a diet solely made up of sugar.
If this is the case, why then would bacteria, who need nutrients to survive just like you, choose sugar as their preferred food when there are so many other essential nutrients and factors available to support growth provided by its host - you and the diet you consume?
The Standard Model of Tooth Decay - Sugar and Bacteria
If I were to ask you what causes tooth decay you would most likely answer eating too much sugar.
Sugar is the right answer but also it is also the wrong answer. Confused? How can eating too much sugar be both the right and wrong answer? Let me explain...
How To Detox Simply
This is a massive subject and would probably warrant a book all on its own. So my aim here is to provide a brief overview and simple tips that you can use to assist your body to be less toxic.
Five Keys to Detoxification:
Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older Australians are keeping their teeth longer than ever before and the average number of teeth people retain into old age is increasing. But it is not all smiles. As people keep their teeth longer, there are more problems that are likely to arise, which is why keeping up with regular dental visits is so important. Here are the most common problems, and what you can do about them:
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Toxins are very relevant to dentistry, especially in holistic dentistry, from two main perspectives:
1. Toxins can add to or be an underlying causative factor when it comes to gum disease and tooth decay. The toxins need to be dealt with to lessen the burden and impact on the body, its immune system, digestive processes and liver function.
Dr Rachel Hall Dentist of Evolve Dental Kenmore discusses the impact of toxins on our bodies and our welbeing.
A toxin is anything that is harmful or detrimental to the body.
Toxins can be internal - created by the biological processes of the body or external - something that is introduced to the body, ingested, absorbed or inhaled.