No, my teeth have been better than ever on this diet.
make sure your fruit is Ripe
yes, O yes. I had my first ever root canal on raw. In fact that is what sent me back to SAD after a year of high fat raw.
BUT the problem was not raw food-- it was my dental hygiene. I ate fruit--specifically sticky dates and dried fruit all day long... and only brushed (and flossed) twice a day.
I have found that keeping a toothbrush ( and a few of those plastic floss picks) on my person at all times greatly increases the chances that I will brush after eating anything... even just a few swipes and a quick water rinse has mad a big difference for me.
In 80/10/10, Doug Graham talks about teeth--and to my shame, it didn't register with me until I started having tooth pain. He says it is all about hygiene.
When the silly dental office secretary told me to stop eating bananas (only 6 a day at that time) and substitute celery for fruit--I started to cry. I knew I couldn't live raw (even high fat) without sweet fruits, and I slowly began to re-SAD my diet, Gain weight, get really mad at everybody(meat makes me MAD), have acne like a french fry eating teenager, develop new allergies, oh--my hair began to fall out, too.
All this could have been avoided if I had just brushed and rinsed after eating.
You mean BEFORE eating or at least 1 hour after eating?
I have had the best teeth on this diet. I love the fresh clean feeling of my teeth after eating green salad (mostly leaves) at night. I donot eat dry sticky fruit like dates but instead drink dateorade mostly and mostly avoid dried prunes, apricost etc.
The moment I eat cooked (which i sometimes do), i can immediately feel the difference. So actually no dental problems whatsoever on the diet.
The best advice is to keep your teeth clean at all times so that you never have food sitting on your teeth. Some people have better teeth health going into 811 and can eat all day long and only brush and floss a few times. But for starting out I would try to eat meals, even if it is 6 or 7 meals a day and then brush and floss after. Getting regular dental cleanings every 6 months is a good idea too. As your overall health gets better your dental health has a better chance. Water is all you need to use to brush your teeth, most other things will have harmful chemicals in them. If you must have something, a dab of peppermint oil to freshen is great, my family also uses a product called toothsoap which does not coat your teeth in glycerin and is all natural.
I made the mistake a few years ago of constantly eating red grapefruits and lemon water....sure, alkalizing...but hell on the teeth. I'd personally lay off the dates a bit. Bananas, avocados, seeds, spinach, kale......are all great bets for dental health IMHO.