Notes Taken by Maggie Batt
The ADA says, “Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.”
However it is questionable that food left on the teeth, which then become food for bacteria determine a decline in dental health. The reason the bacterial theory is false is that sugar disables bacterial growth. This is from the Sugar Association’s website.
“Sugar incapacitates any microorganisms by its ability to attract water…The microorganisms become dehydrated and incapacitated, and are unable to multiply and bring about food spoilage.”
If you leave a bowl of white flour and sugar outside next to a piece of raw fish, in a few hours or days the fish will be ridden with bacteria while the flour and sugar will remain the same. Bacteria ignore the processed sugar and flour because these foods no longer contain the nutrients that the bacteria need.
Furthermore, the supposed acids produced by the bacteria, rather than affecting many teeth evenly, seem to affect only certain teeth and avoid others. Why would bacteria be so picky? If this theory were true, then a daily mouthwash of some anti-bacterial agent would cure all cavities.
In 1915 a prominent dentist named Weston Price was the first research director of the National Dental Association (before called ADA). He wrote of people who did not use toothbrushes, but were immune to tooth decay. He did several field studies in indigenous populations. Dr. Price was able to document the sharp decline in health experienced by previously healthy people who came into contact with modern civilization.
He states, “All groups having a liberal supply of minerals particularly phosphorous, and a liberal supply of fat-soluble activators, had 100 percent immunity to dental caries (cavities).”
His studies revealed that teeth decay for two reasons: We are not consuming enough nutrients to build new tooth enamel, and the old enamel gradually wears away; and the body may transform the calcium and phosphorus elements within the tooth into nutrients that are taken to other more important parts of the body, such as the brain or heart. Our teeth decay when we do not have enough “fat-soluble activators.” Tooth decay is the result of our environment, not genetics. Healthy body chemistry, creates healthy teeth. Toxicity, drugs, vaccinations, birth control pills, IUD’s, environmental pollutants and emotional stress are also significant factors. Much is written in Cure Tooth Decay about Dr. Price’s studies. There are also varied protocols–remedies via diet, supplements–depending on your needs and belief systems.
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