Monday, April 9, 2012

Another Cavity Healing Diet Update; Another Liver Recipe

It's been a year since I started the cavity healing diet. Last week, I went back to the dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. Results:
  • Dr. Michelangelo (not his real name) still wanted to fill the small cavities he found last year. I had this done today. I don't think the fillings will hurt anything, and having them should prevent crud from finding a place to settle for the day. And I don't think he's given to drilling and filling for the sake of it: he never gave my best friend a filling while he was her dentist, and back in February when one of my wisdom teeth hurt, he said the tooth was fine and diagnosed a sinus infection. (Infection can raise your blood sugar, which probably didn't help my teeth over the last six months.)
  • After he was finished, Dr. Michelangelo said the cavity had probably been forming for years.I know the groove on my lower tooth was there for years.
  • He remarked that how white my teeth were, down to the roots (he used A2 colored fillings for my upper teeth; it looks dark against the white background, but it's a light tooth color). Even before I started the cavity healing diet, they started getting whiter.
  • Both the dentist and one of his hygienists recommended avoiding sugar and starch. They all but came out and said "Atkins!" They also recommended a Sonicare electric toothbrush. I replaced my broken one last weekend and was pleasantly surprised that starting it again didn't hurt my gums as it did years ago when I first got one. (My experience is that it also makes your teeth whiter.)

On one hand, some small cavities did continue to form (but stayed small) while on the cavity healing diet. OTOH, since starting a LC diet, my teeth are whiter than before, my TMJ problems and tooth grinding are gone, my teeth and gums aren't very sensitive (something Dr. M. remarked on the last time) and no new cavities have formed in the past year. While I haven't had perfect results, there's been a lot of improvement.

Dr. Michelangelo and I started talking about diet (I mentioned Drs. Price and Mellanby). He told me how he fixed liver, and I made a variation on it tonight.

Liver Curry
1/4 pound of liver
1 T coconut oil
1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 c coconut milk
1 T tomato paste
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t curry powder

Heat the coconut oil on medium low heat. Cook the liver for five to ten minutes, just until it's no longer bloody. Place on a plate. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add the coconut milk and tomato paste; stir well, and bring to medium heat. Add the spices, stir well, let simmer for a few minutes and spoon over the liver. Serves one.


andy said...

Children should learn to take care of their teeth while they still have their milk teeth. In this way, they will know how to avoid teeth cavities and gum diseases when they have their permanent teeth. It is important to have a dental exam and dental cleaning at least once per year. Regular visits to the dentist will help to identify and correct problems at an early stage.

Anonymous said...

oh. A little disappointing that your cavity healing diet wasn`t totally effective. I tried my own, after losing a small filling.I also used toothpaste with Novamin and several other variations of "enamel repair" mouthwashes. The cavity didn`t get any worse as far as I can tell,the rough edges have smoothed over and that`s over a year on. Also, my teeth seem more firm with smaller gaps between which makes me believe that the gum recession has re-grown. My dentist said it wouldn`t, and just kept on scraping away under the gum line.It appeared to make it worse. I just thought there had to be a better way.I previously had several extractions on the trot, two of which I believed were really down to a sinus infection. UK dentists are deservedly known to be quite poor.... at least most of the ones I`ve ever been to see have just been interested in pulling teeth and filling the rest. I read your blog with interest. Great job.

Lori Miller said...

Thanks--I'm glad to hear your teeth are doing so much better. You probably saved some of your teeth if they weren't firmly in place before. (The dentist who gave me a root canal said that the bone that your teeth sit in does grow back.) But unnecessary tooth extractions--wow, that's terrible.

The groove on my bottom tooth didn't smooth out, but it didn't seem to get any worse, either.