Bob’s Chipped Tooth: Poor Nutrition Leads to Poor Dental Health
A few months ago, a man named Bob was eating his dinner. As he took a big bite of his sandwich, he felt a hard crunch. With shock, he proceeded to pull pieces of a chipped tooth out of his mouth. How could this be? He was not even eating anything terribly difficult to chew; yet there he was, holding pieces of his front tooth between his fingers! In disgust, Bob put the pieces of his tooth aside and grabbed a mirror. Sure enough, his upper lateral incisor (upper, front, right) had a small chip in it. Why had Bob’s tooth chipped on a sandwich? It may have had to do more with what Bob ate on an everyday basis, rather than what he was eating at that moment. Let us explore that idea.
Bob is a 37-year-old man with some health complications. He has Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and is overweight. His daily food consumption generally consists of boxed and packaged foods and artificial sweeteners. These types of foods are often considered normal in today’s "civilized" countries; however, they may play a key role in the dental problems that plague many people like Bob. In order to understand this, we should break down at least one of Bob’s meals, and explore the problems with the foods he is and is not consuming. We can use Bob’s breakfast choices to do this.
Bob’s Tooth-Decaying Breakfast
Bob used to eat a lot of cereal, but he has recently given that up. Now, he chooses to eat pancakes or waffles that are topped with a lot of "waffle syrup". Since he understands that sugar will create problems in his blood sugar levels, he tries to use the artificially sweetened syrups. (These artificial sugars are not digested like normal sugars, so they don’t readily convert to blood glucose. They do, however, enter the body and cause a biochemical reaction.) Along with his pancakes or waffles, Bob drinks a glass of orange juice. He will also eat a slice or two of conventional packaged bacon or frozen sausage patties. What he may not realize with this meal is that he is taking in a number of sugars. Even though Bob is trying to cut back by eating artificially sweetened syrup, he is still getting a large dose of sugar from his juice. There may also be sugar in the conventional, processed meats he has chosen. The waffles or pancakes he has chosen to eat are also filled with
Bob might also think he is making a better choice by using the artificial sweeteners; however, these too can wreak havoc in the body. Regardless of whether the sweetener is aspartame, sucralose or sugar alcohols, these substances are just not healthy. They disrupt Bob’s blood chemistry. Tooth remineralization is a delicate dance that requires the hypothalamus in the brain to instruct Bob’s tooth to remineralize. With a toxic onslaught of fake sugars, Bob’s body will not remineralize his teeth. Now Bob is adding unhealthy, highly processed, toxic chemicals to his meal. This will add to the breakdown of the body. Since Bob is consuming toxic ingredients on top of sugars, he is contributing to a weakening of crucial body systems such as the nervous, digestive and endocrine (glandular and hormonal) systems. This, in turn, weakens the gums and teeth, making tooth chipping and decay a likely possibility.
Food Choices for Better Dental Health
Bob’s breakfast of pancakes and artificial syrup also gives us a good look at what he is NOT eating. The foods that would help Bob strengthen his teeth and gums are absent from this sample meal. Unfortunately, this example is typical of Bob’s daily food intake. Looking at this meal and recognizing what foods would help Bob’s teeth and gums is just as important as understanding the harmful ones. There are foods that can help Bob’s teeth and gums grow stronger. Even if he does not completely cut some foods out, there are foods that will assist in fighting weakened teeth. These include liver, grass-fed butter, bone broth, fermented foods (such as kefir, sauerkraut or full-fat yogurt), quality animal proteins and fats, and lots of vegetables. Foods such as these will give Bob
How Bob Could Improve his Breakfast
This suggestion may not remineralize his teeth, but it would be a big improvement. Bob should reduce his carbohydrate load and eat fewer pancakes or waffles. The waffles should be drenched in grass-fed butter. Since Bob is diabetic his body needs to rest from eating sugar, but for the sake of his transition, he could use a small amount of organic maple syrup to sweeten his meal. Instead of just carbs, he could eat two free range eggs and some grass-fed sausage. Instead of orange juice, he could drink raw grass-fed milk. On the side he could have some vegetables. He could take the
Now that we have examined one of Bob’s meals, we can see why a "simple sandwich" was not the culprit that chipped his tooth. It was poor nutrition throughout the years that led to mineral loss. This led to a weakened tooth that succumbed to the pressure of chewing. Bob could have prevented this by eating the