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How Diet Can Affect Your Tooth Health

Telling It How It Is...

This isn't a blog to try and convince you what is true or false, this is simply a story of my experience.

From when I was young, to the diet change, to the present circumstances, I have personally experienced that what you eat can cause your tooth health to decline or improve.

Diet has a lot to do with the health of your teeth. When you eat, the proteins, vitamins, and minerals inside those foods are absorbed into your body, going through your bloodstream, as well as your saliva. Which we all know sits in your mouth and your mouth is like a sponge it absorbs everything.

So when you put a piece of gum that has not so good ingredients, or you place grains in your mouth, even if you spit it out, your mouth has already absorbed some of the characteristics of that food, which then goes throughout your body. 

When it gets into your saliva, it's washing over your teeth and getting in between the gums, which can encourage cavities, tooth decay, and gum diseases.

(There have been lot's of blogs and studies about how diet affects the teeth(1,2,3))

My Diet Growing Up

When I was growing up we ate the "healthier" version of the "Standard American Diet". Lot's of grains, sugar, and diary, but it was organic and we had some leafy greens and only a few processed foods.

We went to the dentist every time my siblings and I would always have at least a cavity or two, if not more. We all had to have braces, though through the years as our diets changed each child had their braces for a shorter amount of time.

I personally think it has to do with the fact that we were eating better and better as the years went by.

In 2009 my mom discovered she had celiac disease, so we began to slowly switch everything over from gluten, to gluten free. We still had dairy on the regular and sugar, but since switching to gluten free, even though it wasn't grain free, there were less cavities. 

 We stopped going to the dentist in 2012 because my mom read that there was a natural way to remineralize your teeth through diet.

Between 2013-2015 we switched over to completely grain free and natural sugars, end of 2015 my dairy allergy started back up due to my immune system not being as strong as it should be, so we cut out a huge amount of dairy.

When we went to the dentist in March of 2018 I had absolutely no cavities! Huzzah!

1 Week Of Grains

It is now August of 2018, I have moved to a new place with a new family who know very little about the gluten free/grain free lifestyle. Though they are learning, and  really appreciate it because it is like learning a whole new way of eating. It is still taking a toll on me.

When I arrived here I had just gotten home from a week long hiking trip in Abisko, Sweden, where I ate keto the entire time. Meaning Organic, grass fed beef and organic fruits and vegetables, and I was constantly active the whole time. My body was loving it, I felt like I was on a natural energy high!

Upon arriving here it has been a little harder to find things I can have that are "german."

Everything we have found that is labeled "gluten free" has been filled with grains and sugars. 

And though they are labeled as "gluten free" my body sees all and any grain as a gluten grain since they are all from the same protein family.

SO even if it's a  Gluten Free Oat - my body will react as if I have had gluten, if it is Amaranth - my body will react as if it is gluten. Corn is a grain as well and is used in most gluten free products and recipes, yet my body will see it as a gluten protein and I will have a severe reaction to it.

In the last few weeks I have kept a close eye on how my body is dealing with my diet change....

What Has Changed

Physically

The grains and sugar have slowly caused somethings to change physically, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Rashes
  • Acne
  • Bladder Problems
  • Painful Joints
  • Migraines 
  • Fatigue
  • Oily skin (btw I have never had oily skin)
  • Under eye bags
  • Menstrual Problems

 I have yet to have my period, and it's been almost a month and a half. My period is always on time and I never get PMS, it is now a month and a half late and I am having soooo much PMS I just want to lay in bed and cry all day long. 

  • and CAVITIES!

Let me just say, I have not had a single cavity in about 6 years, 6 YEARS! and suddenly I have about 4 sitting here on my teeth, and it's killing me. 

Emotional
  • Easily Frustrated
  • Depressed
  • Sad
  • Tired 
  • Highly Sensitive

I have felt like biting everyone's heads off at the slightest thing, but also felt like such a sappy little puppy. I have watched "To All The Boys I've Loved" about 4 times over the weekend, nearly cried at the cuteness everytime. 

Going On From Here

Rounding it all back, I have noticed a big change in my tooth health since I have been here, not that it is anyone's fault, just the circumstances.

I am hoping to be able to find some Primal/Grain free products soon so that I can be healthy and enjoy my time with my new family who I love dearly!

But I honestly don't know what to expect for the near future.

For now... I'll keep you posted!!

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