July 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm #9443mamaof5Participant
My oldest two children just went to the dentist for the first time, they are 8 and 6 years old. My 8 year old just barely had one cavity that didn’t really concern the dentist but my 6 year old had two very bad ones and a couple of others that weren’t so bad. My 4th child who is 3 already has visible decay on her front teeth. My question is what should I do to help heal their cavities and keep them from getting anymore? I’m giving them extra Min-Col now. I know Ramel Nagel says to cut out grains and sugar and supplement with cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. I used to give my children the fermented cod liver oil until I read Matt’s blog. I didn’t think Matt would agree with cutting out grains so I’m not planning on that, or cutting out sugar. I don’t have any cavities at 35 years old and none of my siblings do either. We ate a pretty healthy low sugar diet growing up. Both my parents have cavities, so I don’t think its hereditary. What do you guys think?July 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm #9450ThomasSeayModerator
First of all, I think Ramel Nagel is an idiot, who should probably be reported to Child Services.
A lot of people think that a low PUFA diet will reduce dental caries. Matt wrote an article here that puts forward some of his ideas.
I am not sure about that. I do think that straight-forward dental hygiene is important. Flossing and brushing. After snacks, have them gargle with baking soda. You can also have them brush with black walnut hulls powder. An extremely effective remedy for tooth problems is White Oak Bark Powder. Apply some to their gums and leave over night. Only do that as needed. It really works and is cheap.
Hope that helps.
July 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm #9454karime22Participant
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You could possibly try adding in a little molasses (extra minerals), cooking things in homemade broth (like rice cooked in broth), and things like ice cream might be helpful—it’s full of nutrients and can drive down the stress hormones that can cause problems. Shellfish are pretty mineral rich.
I never had any problems with cavities until after my first kid. I’m sure hormones/thyroid health/stress has a huge impact on tooth health.
Matt wrote a post about this awhile back; here’s the link if you haven’t checked it out yet.
I bought that Healing Tooth decay book when I noticed my 6 year old had a huge cavity in his back baby molar a few months ago. I was hoping to avoid removing the tooth, but the cavity was huge–like 1/4 of the tooth was eroded. So it had to go. I don’t agree with the diet he proposes, only because it seems crazy stressful on the body, which would be counter- intuitive. I do, however, agree that blood sugar highs and lows can cause problems, so you could try balancing that a little if you think it’s an issue. Also, adding a little K2 (which is what the “activator x” is, I believe) might be helpful.July 19, 2013 at 1:11 am #9496The Real AmyModerator
Personally,. I think there’s nothing wrong with giving kids CLO and butter oil. It’s probably very helpful from a cavity standpoint. I highly doubt cutting out grains is necessary. The kids who Weston A. Price rehabilitated ate grains, so that refutes Ramel Nagels’s theory right there.July 19, 2013 at 10:38 am #9524ThomasSeayModerator
Amy, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with A LITTLE CLO. My problem with Nagel is that in his book he was going to cure his daughter’s diseased teeth and not send her to the dentist at all. He’s another nutcase.July 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm #9534The Real AmyModerator
Agreed on both points, and I will add that the diet his children were on is more extreme than I think is healthy.
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