Decided to post some updates as of today, December 5, 2015:
I had a dental check-up/cleaning yesterday. I missed my 6 month app, so it has been a year since going to the dentist. I did notice the hygienist having to scrape my teeth a bit more than last time. However, she said it really looked pretty good compared to most people. The best dental check-up I ever had was when I was 100% raw, though. But, she did say that my mouth looked really good. I was having some tooth pain, but I decided to not say anything for fear of being told I needed a filling or something. I was due for x-rays, so I figured if something was wrong, it would show up. To my surprise (because I am very prone to cavities and always have to 'come back'), I had a clean check-up. No cavities!!!!!
My dentist always comes in to do the oral check of my teeth, tongue, etc. While he was in with me, I asked some questions and found out HE IS VEGAN!!!!! When I described my diet, he said that is exactly how he eats, too! The hygienist knows my history and when I mentioned how I used to eat 100% fruit, she told me the other dentist actually looked into fruitarianism. Apparently, he is vegan, too! So, now I know my mom's cardiologist is vegan and both of my dentists are vegan. My dentist told me to keep doing what I was doing, that my oral exam and x-rays are proof that what I am doing seems to be working.
A few things I am noticing physically: less redness in skin (sign of reduced inflammation), minimal to no pain at monthly cycle and lasting around 4 days vs 7, deep sleep 95% of nights, stamina improving (just walked inclines of up to 12% and rode indoor cycle for a total of 41 minutes), whiter eyes (as my fitness improves, my eyes are looking whiter), weight has stabilized at 173-174 (this needs to come down a lot, but it will take time), more stable blood sugar (I have a glucometer and I test daily), blood pressure was 118/62 at dentist and my pulse was 78 which is perfect (some may remember that my bp was 98/56 and pulse was low 60's when I came to 30bad - not good numbers despite what some docs would tell you).
Just some new positives to share!!!
(I am still battling the bloat and weight gain, but the gain seems to be stable in the 170's for now. I will take a pain free life with good dental checks and the weight loss will eventually follow!!) :)