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Paleo way dental care

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 02, 2011 at 6:34 PM

So what is the paleo way of keeping your teeth healthy?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 04, 2012
at 05:47 AM

No, Firestorm. This is fucking retarded question.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I thought you said you didn't use a tooth brush? Make up your mind.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I'm sorry but telling me that I shouldn't brush my teeth because Grok didn't is dumb. Grok didn't have a computer either. Does that make you question getting advice on here?

A3bca1c6a1a3fcbad56fae8bb6fb6c1f

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:31 PM

LOVE baking soda to brush my teeth with! And also for a host of other things! From cleaning to upset tummies, baking soda is awesome!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on December 03, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Is there a video for this - I'm a visual learner?

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on December 02, 2011
at 10:33 PM

@firestorm - truestory

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 08:45 PM

gydle, don't forget the 45-degree angle; the key is to slide gently under the gum line, not take a deep dive and stab the tender tissues.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on December 02, 2011
at 08:40 PM

thx Nance. I'm going to try that from now on. easy does it, soft brush, wiggle... sounds like a dance.

164ed7cd8d84c926bc66f366619bf853

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:56 PM

and to think all these years of doing dry brushing I was doing something right?!? lol good to know! (yes I still use toothpaste, but dry brush after meals or whenever I feel I need to...)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I wish I could remember where I read (this week) about a 2-week experiment where people ate ancestrally and deliberately did no dental care. At the end, they had tartar but their gums were fine. I DON'T recommend that!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle pointing at your gum line. Very gently, wiggle the brush so you are rotating the bristles GENTLY under the gum line. Do outside and inside, upper and lower. Then, gently brush away from the gumline on all teeth. Wiggling is very important as you are massaging your gums BUT you don't want to scrub as that will cause abrasion. Use a soft brush and be gentle!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Use of toothpaste and floss is recommended by the dental profession; I've done fine without them but to be safe you'd still brush w/paste and floss AFTER dry brushing. I'll describe what I do next.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Actually, it's not. If one questions the Conventional Wisdom in one area, it makes sense to explore how it may, or may not reflect on other areas of one's life. Changing to an ancestral-style died caused me to explore some of the other CW issues in my own life, including how I cared for my mouth, my bowels, my hair, my skin -- so why wouldn't it for someone else?

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Bass brushing technique on YouTube. And see here: http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2011/05/12-natural-toothpaste-alternatives.html

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Hey cool, thanks for the tip! Any hints on "proper technique"?

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:28 PM

So, no flossing?

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Well, I have to say that avoiding grains and refined sugars/foods is a great step.

30+ years ago I had gum disease and went to a specialist. I admit I expected fancy treatments and he did eventually do a little surgery but the major learning point was to dry-brush my gums and teeth without toothpaste, using a soft brush.

Over the years, I've let dentists talk me into using floss, electric brushes and other "innovations" and I always lost ground within 30 days.

When I faithfully dry-brush using proper technique I have terrific check-ups and I just keep mum so they don't know I don't follow their advice. I've noticed that since I switched to ancestral eating last April that my gums are very happy and there's less debris to clean off.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Hey cool, thanks for the tip! Any hints on "proper technique"?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle pointing at your gum line. Very gently, wiggle the brush so you are rotating the bristles GENTLY under the gum line. Do outside and inside, upper and lower. Then, gently brush away from the gumline on all teeth. Wiggling is very important as you are massaging your gums BUT you don't want to scrub as that will cause abrasion. Use a soft brush and be gentle!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Use of toothpaste and floss is recommended by the dental profession; I've done fine without them but to be safe you'd still brush w/paste and floss AFTER dry brushing. I'll describe what I do next.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 02, 2011
at 08:40 PM

thx Nance. I'm going to try that from now on. easy does it, soft brush, wiggle... sounds like a dance.

164ed7cd8d84c926bc66f366619bf853

(495)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:56 PM

and to think all these years of doing dry brushing I was doing something right?!? lol good to know! (yes I still use toothpaste, but dry brush after meals or whenever I feel I need to...)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:28 PM

So, no flossing?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I wish I could remember where I read (this week) about a 2-week experiment where people ate ancestrally and deliberately did no dental care. At the end, they had tartar but their gums were fine. I DON'T recommend that!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on December 03, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Is there a video for this - I'm a visual learner?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 02, 2011
at 08:45 PM

gydle, don't forget the 45-degree angle; the key is to slide gently under the gum line, not take a deep dive and stab the tender tissues.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Bass brushing technique on YouTube. And see here: http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2011/05/12-natural-toothpaste-alternatives.html

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 02, 2011
at 07:29 PM

I brush with baking soda. Even with all my red wine, my teeth are unstained.

A3bca1c6a1a3fcbad56fae8bb6fb6c1f

(95)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:31 PM

LOVE baking soda to brush my teeth with! And also for a host of other things! From cleaning to upset tummies, baking soda is awesome!

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on December 02, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I would say Activator X, the Weston A. Price identified nutrient for awesome dental health (that also sounds like the name of a comic book super villain): http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/06/activator-x.html

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Primates seem to use weeds to clean their teeth but mostly I think paleo man didn't need to do much. Careful with those starches as they partially break down in the mouth to feed pathogenic bacteria I believe. Flouride helps reduce the nasty effects of the modern diet - it isn't necessary for healthy teeth. Similar story for gums. And let's not forget the lack of an acidic diet or reflux in the picture.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I dry-brush, and, because of my own particular health issues (mainly the congenital immune issues), I also use Tropical Traditions Teeth Cleaner once a week, and rinse with a zinc/clove oil/myrrh rinse every other day. Getting rid of grains and refined sweets also got rid of the persistent thrush and gingivitis that my immune system never would quite clear.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I thought you said you didn't use a tooth brush? Make up your mind.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:41 PM

With a tooth brush? Guys...come on....this is getting stupid.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on December 02, 2011
at 10:33 PM

@firestorm - truestory

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on December 02, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Actually, it's not. If one questions the Conventional Wisdom in one area, it makes sense to explore how it may, or may not reflect on other areas of one's life. Changing to an ancestral-style died caused me to explore some of the other CW issues in my own life, including how I cared for my mouth, my bowels, my hair, my skin -- so why wouldn't it for someone else?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I'm sorry but telling me that I shouldn't brush my teeth because Grok didn't is dumb. Grok didn't have a computer either. Does that make you question getting advice on here?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 04, 2012
at 05:47 AM

No, Firestorm. This is fucking retarded question.

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