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  • Does Primal Eating Cause Dental Plaque?

    I'm not ready to blame this on the PB yet, but I went to the dentist today to have my teeth cleaned, for the first time since going primal and there was considerably more plaque than last time, which was before I went primal.

    Wondering what others' experiences may have been with this.

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    What do you eat in a day? Low carb tends to produce less plaque, if I'm not mistaken.
    Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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    • #3
      I haven't been to the dentist since going primal, but at the end of the day, my teeth feel much, much cleaner than they did while I was eating the SAD. They also aren't nearly as sensitive to hot or cold things.

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      • #4
        I eat eggs, nuts, meat, veggies, fruit, whole yoghurt, more or less what Mark suggests. A little chocolate sometimes, 85 percent. Recently reintroduced potatoes, since I was getting too thin, and was a little low on energy. I probably ought to cut back on the nuts, even though I'm doing far less of them than when I first started this thing. edit: oh yeah, bananas, about one a day.

        I drink some cherry juice, unsweetened, but still sweet, for my gout.

        My teeth are also less sensitive; I noticed that strongly when the dentist tech was scraping them today.

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        • #5
          I've actually found it to be quite the opposite. Far less plaque, and no cavities for the first time in many checkups.

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          • #6
            Yes, I've found quite the opposite too. I always could scrape off bunches of plaque every 2-3 weeks, but now I can't find a single scrap of the stuff. Last checkup I got my best cleaning score ever, and I hadn't changed anything about how I brush.

            I eat a reasonable number of nuts, dairy...very similar to what you listed. I only brush and floss once a day.
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            • #7
              Shouldn't have been. I no longer have to brush my teeth. Drives the dentist crazy.
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              • #8
                To the OP - if you are an anomaly than so am I. I also feel my teeth are more 'fuzzy' than in my old non-meat eating days. I have also developed a sensitivity to hard foods on a couple of my teeth on one side where I didn't have one before.

                Don't know, but I am working on getting in the habit of brushing more often than before to offset the difference....and crunching on the other side of my mouth.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Griff View Post
                  Shouldn't have been. I no longer have to brush my teeth. Drives the dentist crazy.
                  Yeah, I can imagine that Grok didn't have toothpaste or anything. IIRC, the WAP foundation stresses the good teeth they found in hunter/gatherer types.

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                  • #10
                    I can only speak from my own experience. I was a strict vegetarian for over two years and during that time I had lots of trouble with my teeth... very weak... fillings falling out and so on. Since switching to a paleo/primal diet I haven't had a single visit to the dentist for almost a year now. It could be merely a coincidence, but I somehow don't think so.

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                    • #11
                      I am playing with a theory that it's acid/alkaline balance. I have had this happen to me (where my teeth feel fuzzier) and if I eat more veggies/berries it seems to be better. I am focusing on getting veggies with each meal - even breakfast (spinach and/or avocado with eggs).

                      It seems to be better when I do - but how's it not better to get more veggies. Right??!!

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                      • #12
                        "I am playing with a theory that it's acid/alkaline balance."

                        i am a dental assistant, and i find this is to be most true. there is a ph of saliva, and if it's not balanced, causes one of 2 problems:

                        starches and sugars sticking to teeth, causing bacterial degeneration of enamel (caries or cavities)
                        or
                        gum tissue becoming inflamed and receding, exposing bone and excessive amounts of root surface (periodontal disease)

                        it is essential to keep the bacterial levels down by cleaning your mouth and teeth with a toothbrush and flossing.
                        however, i (along with many dental professionals) find that toothpaste throws any ph balance completely out of whack. forgive the strange example, but imagine women with a yeast infection using liquids and creams and scented things of the sort to get rid of a yeast infection. we all know it makes it worse, right? imagine toothpaste entering this well balanced environment doing the same thing.
                        brush and floss, but forget the toothpaste and rinses.
                        keep an eye on what you're eating, but be sure to keep bacteria in check by brushing a few times a day, and always swish a little water after a meal or snack.

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                        • #13
                          I've noticed an increase in tartar (hard plaque) over about 10 months. The dentist said it was due to having a lot of minerals in the saliva, but I'm not sure where that would be coming from. It's a strange one.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by racingsnake View Post
                            I've noticed an increase in tartar (hard plaque) over about 10 months. The dentist said it was due to having a lot of minerals in the saliva, but I'm not sure where that would be coming from. It's a strange one.
                            Yeah, that's what I've had. I have it anyway, but I think it's worse now.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, no doubt about it. I'm not too worried, unless all those minerals are leeching out of my bones, but I doubt it somehow
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