My teeth are rotting and I have braces

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Created December 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM

I'm 13 and I have braces. My teeth are starting to rot. What should I do?



on December 31, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Read my answer below, cutting out grains is great cutting out all carbs for someone your age might be unrealistic though. There are other very effective measures you can use to your advantage.


on December 31, 2012
at 01:29 AM

google "processed carbs" so you can understand the types of foods that contain them and then eliminate from your diet. if you find it tough, motivate yourself by thinking of the consequences of losing teeth. it will work out for you :)



on December 31, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Cut out the grains, sugar and oxalates.

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on December 31, 2012
at 03:29 AM

A. See your dentist.
B. Get a WaterPik. They're amazing.



on December 31, 2012
at 01:22 AM

Stop eating grains. Grains cause enamel erosion and tooth decay. The reason why is because grains are hard to chew and are very acidic to the body which leeches minerals from your teeth and bones. Cut out all frcutose carbs like sugar, honey, molasses, brown sugar, agave and other sweeteners.



on December 31, 2012
at 03:25 AM

In addition to the above posts that have sound merit, let me also add that one of the EASIEST things you can do being 13 is to ADD CHEESE TO EVERY MEAL. These guys tell you to lay off the carbs, and laying off the carbs is a great idea but cheese is anticariogenic, it will keep your saliva alkaline after sugary meals and it will create a positive calcium phosphorus balance in your mouth. If you snack on anything other than water during the day, make it cheese, or with cheese. You don't have to eat TONS of cheese though, as little as 15g in a sitting has been shown to have a positive effect. Read this newspaper article, it's only 1 page long and is very straight forward. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1926&dat=19891227&id=lGUrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_tkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1410,10931433 .

I wish you good luck, and please, at your age, including cheese in your diet might be the best thing since this is also the time when all your bones are growing. Comment on this so I know you read the article and understand.


on December 31, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I am a dentist. There are 3 determinates of tooth decay. One of which is teeth and it is our goal to maintain them. I recommend eliminating carbohydrates from your diet. They are NOT something you need to eat, ever. http://www.sorrentinodental.com/blog.html?entry=how-to-eliminate-tooth-decay


on December 31, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Hard to know for sure... can start with the obvious stuff: - brush and floss after meals - drop sugar from your diet - eat more foods high in Vitamin K2 ( http://www.ehow.com/about_5373882_foods-vitamin-k.html )


on December 31, 2012
at 03:15 AM

Paleo completely restored my dental health. I'm 31 and I was plagued with cavities despite impeccable hygiene for my entire pre-Paleo life. Since changing my diet three years ago (which is much lower in carbs and sugar and an elimination of all grains, legumes, and dairy), I have not had a single cavity and my dentist claims I have the healthiest gums in his practice.

I also noticed that I never get that "filmy" feeling anymore. And if I go ultra low - zero carb, my teeth and mouth never feel dirty.


on December 31, 2012
at 03:10 AM

In addition to reducing your exposure to fermentable carbs (especially the junky stuff... flours, sugars) and even fruits and starchy vegetables, there are some other measures you can take to get things under control. Look up Dr. Ellie Philips and her book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye. It's a quick read and you can get some easy oral hygiene tips using OTC products plus xylitol.

If you do eat carby stuff, clean that crap off of your teeth pronto; don't let it hang around. Floss. Rinse. Brush at least every 12 hours and use xylitol gum or mints after eating. The biggest factor in carb damage is the frequency of exposure so eating the carbs at one time is preferable (vs. snacking/grazing).

Ditto on the vitamins important to bone and dental health: D (from sun exposure, small amounts in dairy), K2 (pastured animal products especially butter) and A (liver). Look up the proper daily requirements for a person your age. westonaprice.org has information on the importance of these nutrients.

Good luck! It's great that you're investigating solutions to your health issue. You won't regret your efforts to keep your teeth healthy.



on December 31, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Lower carbs will help but you need the proper ratios of vitamin A (retinol), vitamin D, and vitamin K2 for proper bone and teeth health. Research this and change your diet. I don't know the proper amounts for a 13 year old, sorry.



on December 31, 2012
at 12:48 AM

Eat less carbs.

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