This post is for the benefit of all those experiencing teeth sensitivity on LFRV.
First of all - have faith that after a couple of years your teeth and gums will become stronger than ever before, but to keep your teeth through the process consider the following tips:
1. Make sure that no more than 10% of your daily caloric intake is coming from fat (overt as well as covert). Blood sugar imbalances caused by a high fat diet can result in teeth sensitivity and demineralization. If you have blood sugar issues -- it's the best to temporarily forgo overt fats completely.
2. If you have a history of candida – focus on monomeals. Efficient digestion will help to starve off the candida and your teeth will feel stronger.
3. If you have any current teeth problems or sensitivity, try to minimize the amount of time your teeth are subjected to the acids -- don’t snack or drink smoothies all day long, try to eat meals instead of grazing.
4. Acidic fruits have acids in them, which can harm your teeth, if you eat too many too often. Go easy on citrus, pineapples, kiwis, pomegranates and such. Consider eliminating acidic fruits from your diet entirely for a period of time.
5. Don’t EVER eat unripe fruits.
6. Dried fruits will stick to your teeth and create breeding grounds for bacteria. If you choose to eat dried fruit – make sure that you thoroughly clean your teeth afterwards.
7. Nuts and seeds create an acidic mouth environment, which can harm your teeth.
8. Try eating plain greens with nothing on them after a meal of sweet fruit. Greens will clean the teeth of sugar and make enamel feel stronger.
8.1. Extreme teeth sensitivity might be an indication of excessive acids/toxins in the bloodstream.Eating just fruit, with no greens, would likely increase detoxification. But greens also provides more alkaline minerals which would help to neutralize or buffer the acids/toxins as they move through the bloodstream on their way to be eliminated.
9. Don’t brush right after meals especially after eating acidic fruits as acid softens the enamel.
9.1. Make a solution of baking soda in water and use as a mouth wash immediately after meals. Baking soda will neutralize the acid. After you use this mouthwash - swish the mouth clean with plain water. - (Admin note: This is controversial and has the potential to cause long term enamel erosion.)
10. Use a water irrigator to clean your teeth. You can use it right after meals with no risk of damaging enamel. This is the best irrigator ever - http://www.showerfloss.com/ - a real teeth and gum savior!!!
11. Floss each time you feel you need to, but at least once a day. Use dental tape such as http://www.dentist.net/dr-collins-dental-work-floss.asp instead of a regular floss.
12. Don’t use teeth whitening chemicals as they further damage the enamel.
13. Don’t use any toothpaste containing abrasive components. I believe that baking soda and sea salt are highly abrasive substances as well and should never be used in teeth brushing.
Brush either with water or get a Tooth Powder for Sensitive Teeth and Receding Gums from http://www.uncleharrys.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&St.... It's made of bark, roots and herbs and it really helps to eliminate sensitivity.
At this time I personally brush with plain water only using a soft toothbrush and frequently rinsing it.
14. Don’t go back and forth to cooked foods, even to steamed greens. Many people find that their teeth react very negatively and become even more sensitive.
15. Make sure that you get your sunshine for vitamin D. Aim for at least 30 min a day as exposed as it's practical. During winter months consider taking up running outdoors - this way you can get a bit less covered up in clothes.
16. Exercise every day. Exercising promotes calcium assimilation and increases the bone density in the whole body.
If you're up to following this advice, tell the dentist to put away his paint and his pliers. You won't need them -- or him at all.
I've been trying to transition to LFRV. I'm already vegan, but I do still eat some cooked stuff. At this point, I'm trying to make the cooked part as healthy as I can (low fat, little or not salt, etc.) and things seem to be going better this time. I'm not massively yo-yo-ing back and forth like I did the first time I tried to go 811 (that's what happened when I tried to do it all at once instead of really transitioning) - but this time I'm having some very scary issues with my teeth. Mainly I seem to be losing enamel. Basically I want to ask if I try to stay as low fat as I can, and limit my cooked meals severely, will I lower the risk of doing more damage to my teeth? (I plan to impliment many of these suggestions as well)
I love how transitioning to this diet has made me feel, but this is scary to me. You can actually see how thin my enamel is just when I smile now... :/
If in doubt, brush gently. Yeah there is no tooth brushes in nature but there is no one making magazines with photo shopped smiles for us to compare too either. ;)
Ive spend 1$ in the last 2 years on my teeth. It was a 1$ soft toothbrush that I still have today.
Weigh and record everything you eat for a week and calculate the % of fat from total calories.
When you do that - let us know.
I am convinced that this is the reason for your enamel problems.
You still need to brush your teeth just not directly after meals especially if you ate anything acidic, like oranges.
Soft toothbrush, water and a shower irrigator (see #10 in the main post) should do a great job.
In general the main post has all the important points about the way to help your teeth.
FREELEE - what's your view on people that are transistioning and run into teeth problems, having previously experienced no teeth problems in their life - are they being reckless if they don't go 100% and stop transistioning?
Is it more important to get the calories in, like you and DR have been stressing lately (me being vegan low fat with lots of ripe fruit) or simply go raw, where calories may be missed due to inexperience? I need ALOT of calories, as I'm also managing anxiety.
What is your view on this?
(I previously posted comments on your blog on the same topic a few months ago, as u said u were having trouble responding to people on the forum - so I posted them on your blog, but never got a response (I'm sure your very busy).
yes, a straw would help if you are having teeth sensitivity.
But it is more important to watch the amount of fat in your diet.
Particularly, time and again, a combination of fat and acid fruit (in a diet, not necessarily in one meal) proves to be detrimental for the teeth.
My desire to keep my teeth and to avoid dentists was my major motivation to keep my diet perfect the best way I knew how in various periods of my life.