DENTAL TRUTHS AND MYTHS: CAN YOU REALLY HEAL CAVITIES? AND MORE!

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really hate going to the dentist, even if it’s just for a cleaning. I hate it so much, in fact, that I put a reminder on my calendar a few days before an appointment as a reminder to cancel in case I wimp out. I’m embarrassed, but it’s that bad.

Due to my hate for invasive dental work, I’m big on a healthy diet loaded with fat soluble vitamins, especially A, D & K2 to help prevent cavities, per the research of Dr. Weston A. Price in the early 1900’s. In recent years, there have been a lot of articles going around that say food can not only prevent cavities, but it can heal them as well. The skeptic in me wanted an opinion from a trusted holistically-oriented dentist to help sort out fact from fiction. This brings me today’s post from Dr. Paul Rubin, one of Seattle’s pioneers in “mercury-free” dentistry. Dr. Rubin has been practicing Mercury-Safe, “biological” Dentistry for over 32 years.

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MYTH #1: “NOTHING HURTS SO I MUST BE OK”

Pain is not a reliable indicator of dental problems. Sometimes pain can be a useful, early warning of trouble, but many dental problems can develop with no pain symptoms. A cavity can develop, sometimes getting quite advanced, with no symptoms at all. A deep cavity can develop over time into an abscessed tooth, and even this can happen with no symptoms! Periodontal disease can be there with no symptoms. The point is, regular checkups are your best way of early detection of problems, as well as preventive help. I will repeat: Pain is not a reliable indicator of dental problems.

MYTH #2: “I’VE HEARD YOU CAN HEAL CAVITIES WITH [FILL IN THE BLANK]”

One example here is the Weston A. Price diet. I believe it is a very healthy and health-building way of eating. You can get information from the Weston A. Price Foundation. It may be one of the best diets for preventing cavities and periodontal disease. But some have been claiming it can heal and reverse cavities. What does that really mean? I know that very beginning cavities, that have just started to break down the enamel surface, can be stopped and re-mineralized. But I have not yet seen any reliable evidence that a cavity, once it’s beyond the very superficial stage, can be “healed.” The tooth just isn’t capable of rebuilding the lost tooth structure. The mechanism isn’t there.

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