Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All about Phytic Acid (How bad is it for your teeth?)

If you've been reading about healing cavities naturally for any length of time, you've probably come across the term "phytic acid". Most people

What it is:  inositol hexakisphosphate, a molecule that plants use to store phosphorus. It's not digestible by humans, so it has no effect on you directly.

Why it's bad if you're trying to remineralize teeth: phytic acid binds to minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. Among the minerals that it binds to: iron, zinc, and calcium. So if you eat a lot of foods that contain phytic acid, you absorb less calcium, which slows down or stops the remineralization process.

Foods that contain phytic acid: grains, nuts, beans, seeds, and anything made out of them.

Does phytic acid have any benefits? Many people have called it an "anti-nutrient", but there are some benefits to having phytic acid in your diet. First of all, it will bind to certain toxic metals and prevent your body from absorbing them. This decreases your risk for cancer and heavy metal poisoning.

So is it still OK to eat grains, nuts, etc? In moderation, yes. Just make sure you've got a lot of calcium in your system, too. If you have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich once a week, you will not completely destroy your teeth (as some people would lead you to believe).

But it's definitely a big contributor to tooth decay. I only had one tiny cavity until the age of 21. Then I started eating a lot of oatmeal at work (without much calcium in my diet). Within a few months, I had at least 7 cavities. Oatmeal has a high phytic acid content, so those results aren't surprising.

That's why my system for <a href="http://www.cureforcavities.com/p/blog-page.html">tooth remineralization</a> (and pretty much everyone else's system) basically excludes grains, nuts, and seeds for the most part. IF you eat them, do it in small amounts and make sure you have a lot of calcium in your system.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Limits of Enamel Remineralization (read this before you buy any remineralization books or products!)

There are several informational products out there that claim to cure cavities and tooth decay. But there's a limit to what can be done, and this post is meant to take a balanced look at the issue.

While it's true that your teeth CAN remineralize, and very small cavities can be filled in, it's not possible to "fill in" a cavity of any significant size and restore the tooth to its original shape.

Why is that? Aren't teeth just bones?
Well, teeth are, but enamel isn't. Enamel is the most mineralized part of the human body. It's formed under the gums and stops "growing" once your teeth come out. The good news is, it can last a lifetime if properly taken care of. The bad news: once you get a hole in it, there's no mechanism that will fill it to any significant degree.

Let's take a look at enamel structure to see why there are limits to tooth remineralization:

Photo from drnates.com
On a microscopic level, enamel is a lattice. Imagine a sponge made of rock, and the holes of the sponge are filled with minerals that can be added or removed. That kind of describes how enamel works
Tooth enamel is not like a bone. Bones are living tissue, which can regrow if broken, has blood flowing through it, and contains living cells. Tooth enamel is basically a mineral shell on top of a bone (the dentin). When there's a hole in the shell, it can't just "grow back" because it's not alive.

Oh, so remineralization is fake?

Not at all. Remember the sponge analogy? Here's how tooth decay works:

1st level: The enamel becomes demineralized (the holes in the sponge get leached of the minerals on the surface. Those darker spots on the photo above). 
2nd level: holes start forming in the sponge (the lattice)
3rd level: big parts of the sponge get eaten away, never to return. 

So remineralization does its best work at the first level, where tooth enamel is white, chalky, and deprived of minerals. It fills up the empty framework with the minerals it needs.
At the second level, very small holes MAY fill up with minerals (this is my experience and the experience of many others who have tried the diet).
At the third level, remineralization doesn't rebuild the lattice because the holes are bigger, so you're stuck with the damage.

Here's what it does do, though: the dentin (the layer under the enamel), can harden and become like enamel. Dentin is porous, and much more like bone. The goal of "curing cavities" isn't to fill in holes in the enamel; it's to harden the dentin underneath to create a new protective layer (which stops further decay, stops pain and sensitivity, and prevents infection).

That being said, there have been stories of people who follow the special diet and have cavities actually fill in. Most dentists will disagree that this is possible (more on that later).

So there's hope! There's no downside to trying the diet, and it's been proven to help significantly. Shoot, my own story is a great example. But there are some people who misunderstand the mechanism involved and make it sound like a piece of tooth can "grow back". Sorry, but there's not enough proof for that yet.

Let's get more people involved and make some proof, eh :) There's no downside to the diet, and there are a ton of other health benefits.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Is It Possible to Heal Cavities Naturally? Yes!

Most people will be skeptical of any system that claims to cure cavities without expensive procedures and going to the dentist. But here's how it works:

Your teeth are made up of 4 main layers, shown here:

                                                   
                                                                                        Image from pediatricdentisttampa.com

The layers get harder as you move outward from the inside of the tooth. The outer layer, the enamel, is the part that protects your teeth from damage and lets you chew without pain. Tooth decay happens when acid created by bacteria dissolves the enamel. This process is called demineralization. But our bodies have a natural mechanism to combat this! It's called enamel remineralization. This process is the secret to reversing tooth decay and healing cavities naturally.

How it works:

1) Your saliva has calcium and phosphorus compounds dissolved in it. They rebuild the mineral crystals that your enamel is made of.
2) If you eat the right foods and keep a high concentration of calcium and phosphorus in your system, it increases the REmineralization of your teeth.
3) If you keep your mouth clean and avoid certain foods, it decreases the rate of DEmineralization.

So once you have

tooth remineralization > tooth demineralization

you have the healing of tooth decay and cavities!

But the important question is this: can you do it at home without spending big bucks at the dentist? Yes, and we'll go into details soon! There are a LOT of natural ways to cure and reverse tooth decay.

Use the following link if you want to see the whole system for healing cavities naturally.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Welcome to Cure For Cavities - How this site came to be

Let me start out first with my story (it'll be quick).

My name is Ivan. I like the outdoors, spicy foods, and spending time with my girlfriend. I also started having cavities at the age of 18. I was too poor to afford dental work, and my job didn't give me benefits. So I just lived with them and did the best I could.

Last year, I fell off my mountain bike and cut my hand pretty deep. The doctor who stitched me up put me on strong prescription antibiotics to fight off infection.

I noticed something pretty amazing: when I woke up in the morning, I didn't have "morning breath". After a few days, I noticed something else: the rough patches on my teeth were becoming smooth, and the brown parts were becoming white. I realized that the antibiotics in my blood were killing the bacteria that was causing my bad breath and tooth decay. Because I was trying to eat a high-calcium diet, my bloodstream and saliva were full of dissolved calcium. So basically:

Antibiotics killing bacteria + calcium rich saliva = remineralized teeth

It's a little more complicated than that, but I'll share the details shortly.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars to get dental work done (only to go back in a few years), I discovered that I could change my diet to heal my cavities and reverse tooth decay.

I've made it my mission to share my method with the world, because too many people are paying extravagant amounts to get their teeth fixed. It turns out our bodies can do it themselves!

What this site will have in the near future:

- a list of the strongest natural antibiotics you can buy (only certain kinds will have the desired effect)
- foods that you need to AVOID at all costs of you want your cavities to heal
- foods that need to be in your diet for optimal remineralization (and it's not just calcium)
- diet plans and schedules to help you stay disciplined while your teeth heal

There's a lot more, but it's late and I have work tomorrow.

Hope this helps someone!

For the complete cure for cavities, click that link!