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I come from a background with 10 years of anorexia and bulimia so my teeth are definitely a big concern to me because I know that I have already done significant damage. I've read quite a bit about some people experiencing dental problems on this lifestyle and this definitely makes me nervous. I realize that many of these people's problems were likely caused by past damage, no longer practicing any dental hygiene in order to be "all natural", or poor dental arches due to malnutrition even before birth. I still want to make sure that I am doing the best that I can for my teeth, however, and I'm so wondering:

For those of you that have been doing a high carb vegan lifestyle for at least 3+ years and who have not experienced teeth problems, what are your dental habits like?

I've read a lot of other forum posts with suggestions but normally everyone is on a different page and everyone has dramatically different ideas on what is optimal. And, on top of this, many of the replies are from people who haven't been doing the lifestyle long enough to see what the ultimate effects may be. So I'm really wondering what HAS been successful for people who have been on this 3 or more years. What has worked for you?

How long have you been on this lifestyle?

When was the last time you went to a dentist? Were there any problems?

Do you brush? How often?

Do you floss? With what? How often?

Do you use toothpaste? What kind?

Do you eat acid fruits?

Do you eat cooked food?

What about greens? How much?

And anything else that might be relevant.

As DR has said- we need to emulate the people that are getting the results we want. So if I want healthy teeth, people who have healthy teeth are the people that I want to copy :)

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Oh thank you! I was looking for something like this and couldn't find it. I just bookmarked it and I'll give it a read tonight. Thank you so much!

These are all good questions and good that you are thinking ahead of the game and being proactive instead of reactive.  

How long have you been on this lifestyle?

4.5 years

When was the last time you went to a dentist? Were there any problems?

Go every six months for regular cleaning and checkups.  Doctor says I have cleanest and healthiest mouth she has seen.  She does not have to pick and scrape plaque off my teeth.  No cavities in last 5 years although one old filling did break off from a previous problem.  

Do you brush? How often?

Brush once before bed and once when I get up.  If I have to do something social like teach a class, then I might floss the orange hairs out of my teeth lol.  

Do you floss? With what? How often?

Yes.  Once a day, before bed time with Oral B Glide Pro Health.  It is a wide, but flat string that fits easily between teeth and cleans a wide surface area.  Flat string easy to get into and around gums too.  

Do you use toothpaste? What kind?

At first I used water and baking soda and did fine.  But, while some people might say not healthy cause of fluride, I like the taste and feel of Sensodyne.  I use a very minute amount, like less than  pea size though.  If my body is alkaline from eating fruity, then a small amount bubbles up a lot!  

Do you eat acid fruits?

All the time with my famous recommendation of eating one mono meal of oranges a day.   The foods, think opposite.  While some fruits might pass an acid litmus test, in the body, they are alkalizing in part because of other minerals like calcium.  

Another thing about fruits is the riper they are the less acid content they have.  I have tested oranges with some sweet, juicy, and very ripe oranges having a high PH.  

Another interesting fact is starchy fruits like bananas lose most of their starch content if fully ripened too, so less chronic insulin problems.  


Do you eat cooked food?

I am 99-100% raw.  If I dont have ripe fruits available, then I might eat rice, and once or twice a year, potatoes.  Potatoes irritate my kidney issue though.  Once in a while if I go out to a restaurant with friends n family, I might eat a vegan cooked dish too.  But IMO, the amount of cooked food I eat would be insignificant compared to raw foods.  

What about greens? How much?

Definitely.  I eat about 1/2 head of lettuce greens a day.  Most of our members have to eat lettuce almost every day to ward off dental issues long term.  

30BaD FADs: Benefits of Lettuce Greens

I also eat about a handful of  nuts or seeds a day.  Great source of minerals, easy way to get calories in, and higher fat content helps with assimilation of fat soluble nutrients like vitamin D.  Mother nature has beautifully packaged things together with some nuts n seeds being high in fat soluble nutrients like vitamin E, K, and A too!

Without fats and lipids, our bodies cannot manufacture or store vitamin D.  Without vitamin D combined with other nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, we have no bones and teeth!

And anything else that might be relevant.

You might have seen me mention this before, but, this short paraphrase of our lifestyle is based on 4.5 years of experience, experience in helping 100s of members achieve success long term, and evidence based research in the fields of nutrition, health, and medicine.  

99-100% Raw Long Term Success

Eat a raw frugivorous diet where most carbohydrates and calories come from whole, raw, ripe, sweet, and juicy fruits like oranges, papaya, or mangoes, supplemented with about ½-2 heads of lettuce greens a day ,(not high oxalate veggies like kale, chard, and spinach), and about a handful of raw nuts or seeds a day. Eat simple meals (like mono meals, or only use a few ingredients) but a rainbow of foods over a period of time.  

Eat enough on a daily basis with at least 2500 calories for females and at least 3000 calories for males.  Drink 2-4 quarts of water a day and pee clear. Get 8-12 hours of sleep as needed. Exercise about 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week with at least one day off for rest and repairs.  Get about 30 minutes of sunshine a day on your skin for vitamin D, mental health, eye health, and healthy bones and teeth.

For more science behind how a raw foods diet optimally for long term success:

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Almost all teeth of mine are halve filling.. i quit eating grains a year ago (now i eat white rice, corn and even wheat products again) since then i didn't have any trouble though i started brushing better, i brushed with this:  http://www.optimah.com/product-info.asp?Auto_ID=320 And i also use i don't know how it's called a iron wire with a brush on it for using between teeth. and when i had flos wire here i only used it to just pull it through the teeth so there was nothing between were the top of the teeth touch each other.

but recently i was looking for toothpaste without glycerin, couldn't find any except a non-vegan one with bee propolis so that's no option.

Last week i went to the dentist and had 3 (small) holes i said screw them i don't notice anything.. since then i got a tip from someone and now i'm brushing with sea salt.. that's all.. i'll see whats up in a half year when the dentist is going to take pictures.

Once teeth have experienced a certain level of damage, its just a gradual downward slide from there. Almost all of my teeth have cracks and chips in them from boxing with no mouth guard with friends, cutting fishing line for years with my teeth and putting hot foods on my teeth that cause micro cracks. 

If one wants a hollywood smile and was not born with that perfect dental arch, they are gonna have to buy it. Just like celebs do. Im getting some crowns here in Thailand. Ever since I was a teen I wanted a better smile but my single mum could never afford it but I can now. 



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