a_real_man wrote:Inevitably after one's initial dose of the red pill must follow the question of what else have I been lied to; what else is a scam.
WheelBarrow wrote:I brush once a day before bed and floss a couple of times a week, some weeks. My incidence of cavities dropped way off just by that modest regimen a couple of decades ago. I'm a slow learner.
Morgu wrote:The water you drink while young makes a difference in your teeth. People on well water have a higher number of minerals in their water (and fewer chemicals) compared to town/city water.
Regarding everyday dental hygiene, the dentist's recommendations have not changed much in years: brush three times per day (preferably immediately after each meal) and floss two or three times per day.
Whether or not you choose to use toothpaste with fluoride or without is another topic.
"One promising approach is the use of topical iodine formulations, which are approved for pediatric use and have prolonged suppressive effects on oral reservoirs of mutans streptococci. They may also suppress lactobacilli. A recent study (unpublished) in which ECC children were treated with 10 percent povidone iodine while undergoing their restorative procedures showed that mutans streptococci and lactobacilli were markedly reduced for up to three months. Details of that study will be published elsewhere."
"Perhaps the relationship between iodine and fluoride explains why laboratory studies show fluoride increases decay. By ingesting fluoride you can inhibit iodine and therefore the thyroid. Several large blinded human studies and on animals show that fluoride had no beneficial effect in reducing decay and in some studies increased the damage. Remember that fluoride like mercury is a cumulative poison and the less you are exposed to such a poison the better off you will be."
Iodine as an Oral Bactericidal Agent
"Iodine is among the most potent of bactericidal agents. Its effect is not time-dependent; once bacterial contact is made, its action is immediately lethal. Iodine has excellent penetrability into dental plaques.37,38 These characteristics make it an excellent agent for oral use. Earlier studies by Gibbons and coworkers showed that a single two-minute application of a 2 percent iodine/potassium iodine ( I2-KI ) solution eliminated mutans streptococci from accessible human tooth sites for up to 13 weeks.39 In 1977, Caufield and Gibbons showed that a dental prophylaxis followed by three applications of a 2 percent I2-KI solution significantly reduced mutans streptococci levels in fissure and proximal-surface plaques and saliva. Reductions persisted for 20 to 24 weeks in proximal plaque and saliva; fissure plaques were significantly suppressed for four weeks but gradually returned to baseline levels in the absence of dietary restrictions."
"Recently, the influence of bimonthly topical application of 10 percent povidone iodine was assessed in a placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trial in preventing the development of white spot lesions on the maxillary primary incisors of Puerto Rican babies at high risk for developing early childhood caries.41 The study population consisted of 83 subjects (age 12 to 19 months, 40 female and 43 male). The healthy caries-free children were included in the study if they had four maxillary primary incisors with no visible defects, used a nursing bottle at naptime and/or bedtime that contained a cariogenic substrate, and had two consecutive mutans streptococci positive cultures from pooled maxillary primary incisor plaque. The subjects were randomized into two groups that were evaluated every two months during the study period. At each evaluation, the subjects had 10 percent povidone iodine (experimental group) or placebo (control group) applied to their dentition. The results of this study showed that the children who received topical treatment with 10 percent povidone iodine were significantly more likely to remain caries-free."
"Collectively, the preceding information strongly suggests that topical iodine agents are efficacious for preventing dental caries in babies and young preschool children at high risk for this disease. Dr. Reed Snow, director of the Delta Dental special programs in California, has many times stated over the past several years that it is time for a paradigm shift in our understanding of caries etiology, prevention, and treatment. The use of safe and effective means to inhibit bacterial transmission subsequent infection should be at the cornerstone of this paradigm shift."
...Doesn't it seem unhealthy, and even strange, to leave a dead tooth in your mouth? If any another organ in your body, like your appendix, were dead, it would have to be removed or else very aggressive strains of microbes that nature uses to decompose dead tissue would set in and threaten your life! And something similar happens with a dead tooth, whether it is killed from infection, trauma or the root-canal procedure.
After a root canal is done, the dead tooth, not sometimes, but always becomes an environment conducive to harboring chronic infection and toxicity. Because there is no reliable way, practically speaking, to completely sterilize a root canal treated tooth, (while it is still in a patient's mouth), it will be a source of infection for the whole body until it is extracted and the tooth socket is cleaned.
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