Dental Tales

P1010093

Under normal circumstances, these lovely looking, delicious, mouth watering ( ok I stop) bars of Marzipan chocolate, would last for a week and a half. But it has been 3 weeks since I bought these and I’m not done even with one bar. What happened?

Well .. I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago. I had tooth ache and wanted to make sure that it is nothing important, like some kind of inflammation that could spread to other teeth or something. My dentist made several tests and said to me that my tooth died and it needed a root canal therapy.

I had several in the past and don’t dread the pain, even though I don’t let the dentist use anesthesia. I very much dislike painkillers. I want to feel what happens with me and when my situation gets better and worse. In cases like this, I like to make the best of the situation and experiment with pain. How much can I stand? What happens when I concentrate on something else? Can I make the pain move from one place to another? etc.

For years, I was thinking that dental problems are simply genetics related. That some people have strong teeth and some don’t … simple. After all I brush, I floss, I eat healthy (or so I thought), but still have problems with my teeth. And my dentists always would say that there is not much to do apart from that … that we have to live with it.

I’m wondering why is that so. Other doctors always look at you in a somewhat judging manner when you become ill, as if saying “what have you done to get sick like that, you are not a child anymore, you should know what is good for you, etc”. But with dentists, this is different. They just drill and fill and say to come again in a few months. Not a word about effective prevention besides “brush your teeth after eating candy”.

Well, turns out it doesn’t matter that much if I brush my teeth after eating candy or not. The problem is how the blood sugar levels fluctuate and affect the rest of the system. After all our blood transports all the necessary minerals and vitamins to the various parts, including our teeth.

When we take a look at the common diet of todays people living in the ‘civilized’ world, we see that almost everything we eat raises our blood sugar levels, because they contain processed white sugar and white flour. And the body gains nothing from either .. they have no nutritional value whatsoever. High sugar levels in the blood cause the body to try to regain its balance, which takes time and during this time our immune system becomes vulnerable. I even found a list of 146 reasons why sugar is ruining your health

I always heard people saying that white sugar and white flour are bad. But they always talked about it in relation with body weight. And to be honest, I don’t mind  a kilo or two more on my bones, if it means that I can enjoy my ’sensible’ daily portion of chocolate. If I knew that it affects the body (and the teeth of course), impairing its health from the inside, I would have stopped eating them a long time ago.

Better late than never, right? For more than 3 weeks now I don’t eat white sugar and white flour. And I am surprised how easy the transition was. Every two days I take a tiny bite of chocolate, though :) The immediate effects of my new diet, which contains no processed food from the shelves except milk and yoghurt, has been:

  • 1.5 kg weight loss in the first 10 days without doing anything else
  • stronger teeth: I was very much surprised to see some results so fast

So now my challenge is to analyse my diet and look whether it contains the minerals and vitamins the body needs and then to adjust it to get the required daily amounts (not less and not more).

The second challenge is to find out how different elements of nutrition affect each other, so that I can add good combinations to my diet and avoid bad ones. For instance, calcium seems to affect the absorption of iron in a bad way.

Lot’s of research to be done on my side :) I will share the results here .. stay tuned :)

Tags: ,

10 Responses to “Dental Tales”

  1. Kreativlink Says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Smart! I hope you find what works for you!

  2. enchantedhue Says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    this is great information! Amazing how a seemingly small change can affect your whole body…
    Here in France I made the experience that a dentist not only looks in your mouth and at your teeth, but that he observes your body posture, palpitates your neck and upper back muscles, and takes into account which side you favor in chewing – and why. I like this approach, because it includes your whole body, and changes can be made without invasive procedures.
    Oh, and cudos to you that you have a root canal done without anesthesia…

  3. IngerMaaike Says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Have a fun time figuring it all out :-D

  4. gr8jewellery Says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Congrats on weaning yourself off the processed foods and white flour/sugar. I only occasionally substitute, so I admire your resolve! :)

    I look forward to your updates :D

  5. Star of the East Says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Most devistating thing for teeth are actually the ‘modern’ drinks, coke, sprite etc not only have alot of sugar but also acid which destoyes everything (like rust from metal!!). And as we drink often (much more then we eat, it is tricky but to drink only water.

  6. Kylie Batt Says:
    May 4th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Не унывай! Веселее!…

     What happened?
    Well .. I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago. […….

  7. Mami Made It Says:
    May 12th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    This is very interesting! Do you use now brown sugar? Or no sugar at all?

  8. baahar Says:
    May 12th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hi,

    I don’t use any sugar. The small amounts of chocolate and ice cream I indulge in occasionally have more than enough sugar already :)

  9. Alma Suiter Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Teeth grinding is one among my most embarrassing secrets. The worst factor is, I did not even find out about it until one of my girlfriends confronted me about it in the morning and every morning after that (we broke up – however that is a different story) and I did not just like the feeling. I attempted getting a dental guard for it, after taking a look at sites about how to stop grinding teeth, but then my jaws would get sore, and my teeth ached. It’s a real hassle, especially if I am staying with my girlfriend, as I might get up in the mornings, with drool all over if I’m wearing a teeth guard. When you’ve got any information about teeth grinding, I’d appreciate it if you shared – thanks!

  10. Earle Reefer Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find some chocolate diet recipes for free?