It is nearly three years ago that we started the GAPS diet - and three years of being flouride free. It was quite a brave thing to ditch the flouride, but having read of the dangers of flouride and knowing that it would not help us in our quest to detox our bodies, we sought out a brand of natural toothpaste, as I didn't feel up to making my own - and our journey began. So far we have not had any major difficulties.
This is our favourite, which we buy in bulk!
Of interest is our Sons' recent visit to the dentist last week: we were very surprised to find her in a panic about their teeth. On walking in to the surgery she asked me if we were still flouride free, to which of course I said 'Yes'. She then asked me how SHE was supposed to keep their teeth in good condition if I didn't let her use flouride and sealants (which we also refused as according to Ramiel Nagel in 'Cure Tooth Decay' they stop the teeth breathing). I assured her that I would take full responsibility.
She went on to inspect their teeth and found nothing - except a little plaque as they both have quite severe overcrowding. She then poured over the X-rays she had taken last time to try and find 'shadows' indicating tooth decay - but again found nothing. So instead of praising the Sons for having good teeth and looking after them well, she sent them away saying 'I think you had better bring them in every four months rather than six while you are not using flouride - just so that I can keep a closer eye on their teeth!'. I'm afraid we will be sticking to the six monthly checks as we see no need of extra care. Neither Son has a filling or any trouble of any sort. She is generally a good dentist and I know she is genuinely concerned, but her theory is that of most dentists - that it is bacteria in the mouth which attacks teeth, rather than the body chemistry being out of kilter, that causes decay - which is the reasoning of dentists such as Weston Price and Ramiel Nagal. This leads her to conclude that putting lots of sealants and flouride on chidlren's teeth will protect the from cavities. Unforunately, it won't, it would seem from reading the research on the web.
Now being flouride-free has not all been plain sailing: we have found significant plaque build up that we did not experience with flouride toothpaste. In his book 'Cure tooth Decay', Ramiel Nagel explains how plaque is not from what we have done/not done to our teeth, but rather a indication that our diet/body chemistry balance is wrong. He says that if the phosphorous /calcium balance is right, then plaque will not occur. It is interesting to note that plentiful milk products should be eaten/drunk to get plenty of calcium but work must be done on digestion to ensure the full goodness is absorbed. Calcium absorption, he says, is reliant on adquate levels of Vitamin D. Raw milk and fermented milk products are highly reccomended.
The GAPS diet is very close to the diet the advocates and after following it for so long, you would think that we would be free of plaque by now. Unfortunately, not so! We have to conclude that our body chemistry is still not quite there. So we are still battlng with working from the inside out and in the mean time, trying to keep on top of plaque - hoping that it will ease off in time. Hopefully, our bodies and teeth are stronger for doing GAPs for so long and so cavities will be kept at bay, even if the plaque hasn't yet been conquered!
Seeing as we are not in good health yet and live in imperfect bodies, we are not taking any risks, as none of us like the dentist cleaning our teeth for us! Son 1 has always struggled with the co-ordination necessary to clean his teeth well - so we bought him an electric toothbrush early on. He has had the least plaque build up. I have resorted to regular flossing, which along with regular brushing seems to be helping. Husband has had the most trouble. The dentist has told him he has receding gums - though his gums look healthy. We are still working on this one. He has many amalgams that we couldn't possibly afford to have removed.
Dr. NCM suggest brushing purely with olive oil, but Husband finds that very hard to do! Oil pulling is an option but it is hard for him to find time (and motivation) to do it.
We are normal - we are still finding our way, and have ups and downs, but I feel that our diet must be having some good effect: the dentist's assistant at least remarked on how healthy they looked!
Useful links for more information:
Ramiel Nagel - Cure tooth Decay Website
Gaps.me - FAQ
GAPS Australia - Home-made toothpaste recipes