I know there are a few good threads on teeth issues already. But I have to contribute my story as I am in a moment of weakness. People are commenting on the sudden change and blame it on the diet. These people don't like me following 80/10/10 and think it's, "A strange kind of eating disorder"
The situation: About two weeks into dedicated lfrv, the enamel on my teeth gained great translucency. I learned this was due to mineralization, so I was pleased. Maybe a month later, I notice a small white spot on one of my front teeth. With each passing day the white spots spread throughout my teeth. It's decay, I presume. My gums have been a little receded from what I think was aggressive brushing in my past (I am 23, btw) so I have that going on. My teeth have never had spots on them in the past.
Dental habits: Maybe three weeks in I gave up fluoridated toothpaste and started to use Dr. Bronners soap. I brush lightly twice a day, floss one to two times a day, and use a tounge scraper every day. I'm open to going back to fluoridated toothpaste, but I'm not sure...
Diet: My diet has been mostly bananas, dates, watermelon and romaine. Other frequent fruits include mangoes, papaya, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Since the white spots on my teeth started taking over I have given up dates (I have quite a few monomeals of datorade) and increased the papaya. My greens have averaged probably slightly under a pound a day. But of course, I have upped that. Water has averaged 3 liters a day. Several times I have found myself without ripe fruit and ate boiled potatoes. Twice I was lured by vegan pizza. I don't think this is that significant, though. On a good day I get 3000 calories, which is what I need. Lots of times I have unwillingly under eaten during work because of bad meal management, and also the awkwardness of getting used to this lifestyle and routine. Remember, it's only been two months. My teeth have changed drastically. I sit for an hour in the sun every day for lunch and commute home in the sun for 30 minutes. So 90 minutes minimum of sunshine per day.
Lifestyle: Like I said my life has been stressful because of my job. My schedule is very tight in order to get enough rest and obtain enough food. I have very little free time. My sleep has varied, but averages maybe 7 or 8 hours a night. I have a hard time getting more sleep on the weekdays, because of errands I need to run immediately when I get home, etc. Exercise has been bike riding at least 60 minutes every day in the hot humidity of Texas, due to my commute.
My solution: So, I've increased my greens and the papaya, and dropped dates and also nuts and any dried fruit. I'll try to get more sleep. I may switch back to fluoride. I'll ignore the bullies and keep looking like a fool quickly destroying his teeth in the meantime. Any advice? Much appreciated.
So like I said, the white "spots" were actually spreading every day. I wasn't clear in that these spots looked more like lines and cracks. Today I noticed the whiteness had completely taken over my bottom row of teeth, however they looked like healthy white teeth, not fragmented white-spotted decaying ones. My upper teeth had the whiteness spreading throughout, but less than 50% of my old "yellowish" color was showing through--the color I thought my teeth naturally were. After looking very intently in the mirror for a while, I scraped a yellow spot of one of my teeth with my nail, and noticed it scraped away, revealing more white tooth. I delicately scraped it all away with my fingernail. WOAH...my teeth have never been so white. I always thought my teeth clean, and I would have never guessed they were coated with an ever so thin layer of plaque. Did this diet free up the hidden plaque from my teeth to reveal their true beauty? I'm amazed.
Happy to read that you know what is going on and feel better.
Did the dentist mention if the teeth were recalcified and or do you need any work done?
Its up to you if you want to share or not. I am just asking out of curiosity and learning purposes.
I actually haven't seen the dentist yet. I don't know if you caught it, but just today I added an update to the post. Basically I just scratched one of my teeth with my nail out of curiosity, and it revealed that the yellow=plaque and the "white spots" were actually the enamel of my teeth poking through. Big relief on my part.
I'm not sure exactly what went on. I think the combination of a clean lifestyle, and a bit of an increase in dental hygiene totally just revamped my teeth. It was awkward because the white of my enamel clashed with that I thought was the natural color of my teeth (all these years), but was really a resilient layer of plaque, which is now totally gone.
That is cool!