Dr. Michael Schecter DDS ・April 2014
Here are several easy steps to follow in order to manage your acid/alkaline balance and start the first steps to a comprehensive preventative dental health regimen.
This does not replace a consult with a health practioner. Rather, consider this a step towards an informed consultation:
1. Perform a pH test to get a baseline. The instructions are available at here.
2. Check your water source. Several filtering system, particularly reverse osmosis, can severely acidify water. Unknowingly giving yourself and your family highly acidic water can decay the teeth and also lead to other systemic issues.
3. Become a nutritarian. Focus on foods that are high in nutrients. The higher nutrient/calorie foods will provide for the body without adding unnecessary calories and strain. This is the true foundation of a healthy diet.
4. Diet is another important factor in the acidity of your system. It is important to eat a more balanced diet. Refined foods, processed foods, stimulants, and animal products are all acidic. Unfortunately, too many of our children subside on dairy and bread.
A Primary health practitioner can help guide a family through such a transition. Taste and food addiction begin at a very early age, arguably in the womb.
Read ingredients when feeding yourself and your family. Too many products have hidden sugars amongst other unhealthy ingredients, particularly supplements (often gummy multi-vitamins and some liquid probiotic). Even if they are sugar free, they can be highly acidic. They sit on the teeth and literally dissolve the enamel.
When eating carbohydrates, make sure they are higher on the glycemic index.
5. It isn’t just what we eat but our eating habits that impact tooth decay. Chewing our food mindfully and slowly will activate our enzymes and allow for proper digestion. This will also provide time for our body to signal when we are satiated to avoid overeating.
From a dental perspective it is much better to eat equivalent amounts of sugar in one sitting rather than eat it all day because our saliva needs a chance to catch up with the acidity provided by our diet. Typically an acid attack following eating will last 20-40 minutes; eating or snacking more frequently can lead to a greater rate of decay.
During this time, your outer layer of enamel is softened and it is important not to brush your teeth during this time. Rather, wait 30 minutes after eating acidic food so that you don’t wear away the hardest part of your enamel.
It is ideal to rinse with something alkaline, like natural baking soda (aluminium free) and water, for 30 seconds.
6. Brushing and flossing together is critical. After brushing there should be no snacking except for water. Babies will develop decay if they are nursing at night, particularly from a bottle. Simply wiping the teeth with gauze is helpful.
7. Make sure you bring your child into the dentist for a check up. I typically advise starting at the age of two; if there is a high rate of decay in your family perhaps even earlier.
A helpful hint is that it is great for children to watch their parent’s or sibling’s hygiene appointment. I find it preferable to have them in for positive sessions where we can play with Mr. Slurpee and Mr. Sun, count teeth, and ride the chair.
8. Lets do a microscopic analysis of your plaque. Unhealthy microbes such as bacteria, Candida, and amoeba can be seen on the slide in addition to inflammation (acidity) levels. This is a great preventative tool to assess susceptibility and root cause of disease. It doubles as a great teaching tool, especially for children. All children respond to watching the bugs on the screen and it improves a patient’s understanding of their oral health…
Keep in mind that Strep Mutans and other pathogens in the mouth are contagious and easily transmitted when kissing and sharing food. Similar microbes are common in families.
We offer great products that in conjunction with these steps provide a comprehensive preventative approach to oral health care. Product choice is important. We have worked to develop mindful, safe products which you can rely on.
1. Ozone, when used in therapeutic dosages has zero toxicity and no side effects. Our own immune system’s neutrophils (white blood cells) produce ozone to combat disease.
One molecule of ozone has the equivalent antimicrobial strength to 5000 molecules of chlorine. Because of ozone’s negative charge, it has a tremendous affinity for inflammation and infection.
Ozone gets pulled like a strong magnet towards the problem. And because it is a gas, it can diffuse everywhere. So ozone is incredibly powerful, gets pulled towards the deepest aspects of the problem, and is simply an amplification the body’s natural response.
2. The great thing about the iodine treatment is the ease of application. Simply dry the teeth and apply Provo-iodine once every 2 months. This simple step aids in arresting harmful bacterial growth while killing the bacteria that have formed in a layer on our teeth.
Coconut oil has been shown to prevent decay. Sunflower oil is used in traditional ayurvedic oil pulling. We use 100% vegetable glycerine to avoid any toxicity