I don't know if the increased magnesium and K2 supplements are the cause, but I'm getting dramatically less tartar on my lower teeth.
From what I recall, I think my dentist mentioned that tartar is calcification of saliva. If that's the case, it would stand to reason that magnesium would keep calcium dissolved and where it needs to be.
Has anyone notice any correlation between mag, k2 or paleo and tartar?
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on June 19, 2013
at 03:35 PM
I've been on a Paleo diet for some time and my last visit to the hygenist was a blood free, pain free episode. I normal suffer during teeth cleanings. And since I started on K2 and magnesium supplementation, along the lines of what is recommended in Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet), in January my teeth indeed look good. I also do oil pulling about once a week. Having said all this, I do not know for certain my dental good fortune is due to diet, supplementation or oil pulling. I think maybe they are all doing me some good.
on June 20, 2013
at 06:52 PM
I noticed a difference in tartar only after supplementing with K2, but I was doing Mg before. But I also noticed a difference during the GAPS diet.
I found this, about some other people on SCD/GAPS diet experiencing a darkening of teeth, interesting: http://www.badenlashkov.com/2010/04/07/gaps-healing-teeth-part-2/
Several people on SCD or GAPS, myself included, have experienced a transient issue of darkening teeth:
One day, a few months in to strict GAPS, I was going about my normal activities when I suddenly noticed I had dark grey teeth! Mortified, I brushed with this, that and the other thing, to little avail.
My teeth plaque also seemed worse on Very low carb than perfect health diet levels (more or less) of starches and bananas and not counting the carbs in greens/squashes/tomatoes, etc.
I think that what Andy said, your plaque may have something to do with a biofilm. They have found, for example, that those with poor teeth are also more likely to have heart attacks. I think a biofilm in the gut could also cause a biofilm (plaque) on the teeth.
Finally, according to the series at Whole 9 blog by a hygienist, periodontitis is actually an autoimmune disease. so I think teeth can be a good indicator to whole body health. I'm actually starting to think that even though fluoride and dentist visits might be effective at keeping a single cavity away, it also makes you lose a valuable insight into your gut and body health, disconnecting you from the effect of diet on teeth.
I'm sure if you do a pubmed search on biofilm and plaque, biofilm and heart attack, biofilm and lyme disease, you may find some gems.
on June 19, 2013
at 10:15 PM
I believe that tartar is biofilm (basically an environment that bacteria grow in), check it out here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_plaque
Anyway, a paleo diet has for sure changed my dental health for the better. Limited processed carbs and sugar provide food for different types of oral bacteria that have less risk of causing cavities. I even did a blog post on the topic: