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Cavities and Brushing Teeth

I stopped brushing my teeth about a year ago because I wasn’t getting bad breath since going raw and I figure no other animals do it. I found out today that I have 2 cavities. I don’t want to get them filled for a bunch of reasons (philosophical, health, financial).

Can anyone offer advice? Also what are other people’s dental habits?

James

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  • I’ve been to the dentist recently and I haven’t gone in over two years.

    I floss my teeth every night and gargle with only water. I only brush my teeth 2 to 3 times a day with Baking Soda. Nothing else.

    I had no cavities and the dentist said my teeth look great and it’s obvious I floss.

    I read a book about raw foodist who don’t brush their teeth. This book convinced me that you should:

    http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Secrets-Vegan-Diet-Wo…=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213897559&sr=8-1

    If you don’t brush often, make sure you rinse with water each time you eat FRUITS.

  • I’ve been to the dentist recently and I haven’t gone in over two years.

    I floss my teeth every night and gargle with only water. I only brush my teeth 2 to 3 times a day with Baking Soda. Nothing else.

    I had no cavities and the dentist said my teeth look great and it’s obvious I floss.

    I read a book about raw foodist who don’t brush their teeth. This book convinced me that you should:

    http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Secrets-Vegan-Diet-Wo…=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213897559&sr=8-1

    If you don’t brush often, make sure you rinse with water each time you eat FRUITS.

  • I’ve been to the dentist recently and I haven’t gone in over two years.

    I floss my teeth every night and gargle with only water. I only brush my teeth 2 to 3 times a day with Baking Soda. Nothing else.

    I had no cavities and the dentist said my teeth look great and it’s obvious I floss.

    I read a book about raw foodist who don’t brush their teeth. This book convinced me that you should:

    http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Secrets-Vegan-Diet-Wo…=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213897559&sr=8-1

    If you don’t brush often, make sure you rinse with water each time you eat FRUITS.

  • I’ve been to the dentist recently and I haven’t gone in over two years.

    I floss my teeth every night and gargle with only water. I only brush my teeth 2 to 3 times a day with Baking Soda. Nothing else.

    I had no cavities and the dentist said my teeth look great and it’s obvious I floss.

    I read a book about raw foodist who don’t brush their teeth. This book convinced me that you should:

    http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Secrets-Vegan-Diet-Wo…=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213897559&sr=8-1

    If you don’t brush often, make sure you rinse with water each time you eat FRUITS.

  • Just think of a small piece of date being stuck in between your teeth, raw or not…it still will start to digest/rot (enzymes and salivia in the mouth) and it’s super sugary (natural) which will cause cavities anyway. That doesn’t sound too hot. I’m a brusher. :)

  • Hate to say it BUT animals have cavities and rotten teeth too…our cat and dog both had issues. Even wild animals have problems with their teeth…maybe they should brush :)

  • Animals eat stuff that cleanses their teeth. They chew on bones and bark and stuff. You need to go find some Bark. No..just kidding.

    We found the best toothpaste. It’s Uncle Harrys brand and it comes in a little glass jar. The taste is not the best..and we were about to toss it..but our teeth are amazing. I have never seen them so pearly white. And the ingredients are great. Then I tried their Shampoo and finally I have found a shampoo that works and doesn’t leave me all greasy after a few days.

  • Oh cool, what are the ingredients in that toothpaste? We just started using Tooth Soap, the liquid, ginger flavor. It’s almost too mild, I like a more bold taste, but at least it doesn’t taste gross like Tom’s toothpaste.

  • as far as filling the cavities, did you ask the dentist how bad they are? you really don’t want them to get worse and have to get a root canal. oh the pain!

    you could chew tea tree sticks. i don’t know how “natural” that is. i use tea tree toothpaste twice a day. and i floss every day (ok, every other sometimes) since i have flossed i haven’t had any cavities.

    if any health problems i have heard that raw foodists have it is teeth problems! it is often from eating too much fruit i hear (and i assume not cleaning the teeth properly after). but it’s your body, so do what you want. just most of us want to avoid the pain at the dentist and/or tooth loss.

    oh and about animals, i have two dogs. one chews like crazy on stuff (shoes, sticks, etc) and has GREAT teeth. the other doesn’t and his teeth are not so good. also, my cat just has a genetic defect where her teeth start decaying at an early age. poor girl only has 2 left.

  • If you don’t tend to a cavity it will just get worse. Better to get a small cavity filled than have to have your whole tooth restored with the possibility of root canal and crowns.

    I’m amazed to hear that someone doesnt brush their teeth. Even if you don’t use toothpaste it’s something that’s really important especially after meals. Flossing too. Raw food is still food. It still gets stuck behind your teeth and needs to be rinsed/brushed/flossed out.

    I actually use toothpaste with 5 times the fluoride because my teeth (from a life of not drinking fluoridated water and indulging in sugary drinks) are so bad. I honestly don’t care about any supposed “negative” effects on my health because having teeth is kind of important to me.

  • your teeth can heal! I have read about people who get cavities and then fast for a week and heal it right up. I’m working on healing my own. I stopped using toothpaste a while ago too, especially after hearing about the wonderful story of how the effects of fluoride were discovered…in Nazi death camps!

    I actually just bought this product from a local raw food wholesale place (called ELF)... I’ve only used it for a few days and already I see that my decalcification is healing up, and people have commented on how white my teeth are…i think thats amazing for just a few days, i’ve yet to see in the coming weeks! its made out of “powerful essential oils and tissue regeneration factors” that “kills bacteria, eliminates pain, and rebuilds gum tissue”, and you swallow it (after you let it soak on your teeth) because its like supplements you would buy anyway. I gave some to my friend who has such bad chronic tooth pain that hes had to take 10-20 tylenols to try to kill it (i know i know!) and he brushed his teeth with this and it made the pain go away…The woman who worked at the place i bought it from said that this guy who sells it uses this special volcanic rock from hawaii that has a super charged energy state…i’ll provide the website since i dont know more about it offhand and im probably reciting it wrong anyway lol, but she did mention it saves people thousands on dental costs because if you use it you wont need the dentist anymore… apparently it heals gum disease in 3 days, and she told me of another customer who healed his teeth from needing a root canal.

    the stuff is expensive though… i paid $75 for my bottle! but you don’t use that much of it at a time, and im sure after my teeth are healed i wont need to use it everyday…except to experience my whole body feeling tingly and minty fresh after i swallow it! here is the website from the sheet i got.. www.ascendedhealth.com ... now that i’m looking at it, it looks like they have a bunch of amazing stuff on there..

    p.s. wish i didn’t have to say this, but just in case to warn you i think some of the ingredients might not be vegan! : O

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