At my last visit, I had gotten a baby cavity and was very disappointed about that! After that visit, I switched from brushing my teeth with baking soda to using fluoride toothpaste. (Fluoride hardens the enamel.) But, my other requirement for the toothpaste was that it needed to NOT have glycerin. (Glycerin coats the teeth and prevents the teeth from re-mineralizing, which they normally do during sleep.) Easier said than done.
I stood in the toothpaste aisle for a verrrrry long time, reading the labels of every type of toothpaste. I finally came up with TWO toothpastes that do not contain glycerin! One of them is Crest Cavity Protection; the other is an Arm & Hammer paste that I don't know offhand. I purchased both and have been alternating between them.
My biggest concern was the processed juice I drink for low blood sugars, especially when I drink them in the middle of the night and then go back to bed. So, in addition to the fluoride toothpaste, I also have been rinsing my mouth with a mouthwash that does not contain glycerin, when I have those middle-of-the-night juice-drinking episodes.
I have been flossing before bed and any time I feel food between my teeth. I rinse my mouth well with water after every meal. If I have dates stuck to my teeth, I wait 5 minutes after rinsing with water, then brush my teeth with Don Bennett's method. Before bed, I brush thoroughly with that same method. Upon awakening, I have been doing a very short brush, mostly to brush the surfaces of my mouth and tongue with toothpaste (and my teeth a very little).
At this visit, the hygienist & dentist said my teeth looked great. I chatted a lot to the hygienist, including about my diet (which surprised her, since it contains so much sugar). When she said I have hardly any plaque--I must brush well, I told her I used to have a ton of plaque, no matter how well I brushed, until I changed my diet. She said that does have a lot to do with it, and asked if I eat many carbs. I said, "Yes, I eat a ton of carbs! Lots of fruit!" We then got into further discussion.
She commented on how tight my teeth are, while flossing. I agreed. My teeth seem to have gotten a lot tighter on this diet. My previous dentist, while putting in my implants (due to having no permanent teeth under my baby teeth) said that he wanted the floss to "snap"--he wanted the teeth to be tight...so from that, I assume it is a good thing that they are getting tighter.
I asked if it were possible to go from having no dental problems in one visit and then, 6 months later, to have a lot of cavities. She said, "Absolutely!" In one sense, that made me smile. I have heard horror stories about teeth on the fruit-based raw diet. I want to do everything possible to make every visit be a great one.
I smiled as I was driving away, thinking, "Wow, my teeth feel better after brushing the way Don Bennett teaches, than after leaving the dentist office today!" I think she also irritated my gums with how she flossed...I try to be very gentle on my gums to avoid irritating them. I know a WaterPik is recommended as opposed to floss. It is on my "someday" list. :)
Also, with correcting deficiencies like Vitamin D, essential fatty acids, & taking the high-quality multi-vitamin, I think I am addressing areas that play into dental problems. Even so, I am always happy to leave the dentist with a good report; just reassurance that I am doing what I need to be doing to take care of my teeth. :)
1) Also on my "someday" list, is a program many people have highly recommended: Fred Patenaude's "How to Heal & Prevent Dental Disasters".
2) Check out my video on how my teeth have changed on the fruit-based raw diet.
3) Here are the pictures of how my teeth have changed on this diet.