In this series on nutrient dense foods and Dr. Price (Other posts: Are you really eating a nutrient dense diet? The diet that cures cavities, and The synergy of nutrients), I mentioned that I was going to share some personal stories. Because Dr. Price was interested, as a dentist, in how healthy food affects dental health, that topic has been a part of our series too. But it wasn’t only Dr. Price who found a nutrient dense diet helpful in halting cavities and dental issues. Many modern people have found it effective as well!
Today, Sarah from The Healthy Home Economist, is sharing with us her experience with nourishing food and dental health. I find her story about her son so interesting, as there was only one missing element to his otherwise stellar diet. Once that missing element was added back in, his apparent cavity healed itself quickly. Synergy of nutrients are indeed needed.
Disclaimer: While I am a firm supporter in naturally treating teeth, I should note that dental infections are serious, and therefore a dentist should oversee you or any child with any dental health issues.
KH: Sarah, what is your past history with diet and cavities? Did you eat well when younger and how was your dental health at that time?
SP: I didn’t eat a particularly great diet when I was a child. I was only breastfed for about a week and my mother did not enjoy cooking at all. I ate a lot of fast food and sugar growing up. My typical breakfast as a child consisted of a bowl of sugary boxed cereal with pasteurized milk or a slice of Sara Lee pound cake with a glob of Peter Pan peanut butter on top!
Amazingly, I didn’t have a single cavity growing up and I didn’t need braces either. I attribute this to the influence of my grandparents who lived down the street from me. I visited there frequently and ate liver and eggs at their house at least once if not several times a week. My other siblings had cavity problems and most needed braces, so I find it very encouraging that the simple act of eating liver and eggs on a frequent basis likely saved my oral health at a young age.
KH: I understand that you noticed a personal difference in dental health when you made dietary changes, can you tell us a little more about that?
SP: After I went away to college and stopped eating liver frequently, I started to experience a few cavity problems in my 20′s. I also ended up with a very bad cavity after my first child was born in my mid-30′s. It was around this that time that I discovered the work of Dr. Weston Price and his research on dental health and diet. After transitioning to a Traditional Diet, I noticed that my cavity problems were no longer occurring and tooth sensitivity that I had was also gone.
KH: What changes do you think were the most important?
SP: The inclusion of raw grassfed dairy in my diet and frequent consumption of homemade bone broths were the two changes that had the biggest effect on improvement in my oral health when I first adopted a Traditional Diet. A daily dose of high vitamin cod liver oil and eventually butter oil too when it was introduced to the market a few years later also contributed greatly to the improvement.
KH: I read on your blog how you were surprised to have your son’s apparent cavity heal itself before you got into the dentist within a couple weeks time. What was his typical diet at that time, and what change did you make to help heal it?
My son’s diet at the time he developed a cavity was excellent. However, he was not taking his butter oil regularly with his morning dose of fermented cod liver oil. He had also gotten away from raw butter on his toast for breakfast. Making these two small changes … adding butter oil with his fermented cod liver oil each morning and making sure he ate raw butter every day (with toast for breakfast in this case), was enough to resolve that early cavity.
I believe that it was the K2 in the butter oil and raw butter that made the difference. K2 works synergistically with Vitamins A and D which he was already getting with his fermented cod liver oil. Adding a daily source of K2 obviously supercharged the effect of the fermented cod liver oil and ensured that the calcium in his diet from raw dairy and bone broths was most efficiently used to recalcify that tooth.
KH: Any advice for those who want to make changes in their diet for general and dental health?
SP: Make sure that you get the fats right first. You can make many other changes that are fantastic, but if the fats in your diet are not mostly saturated with the commercial vegetable oils eliminated, it is very hard to achieve optimal health and in particular, optimal oral health.
KH: Thanks so much, Sarah, for an interesting and insightful interview!