After three months of the Cure Tooth Decay diet, followed somewhat loosely, the news is good. Does it work? Well, the verdict is YES, but read on.
For those of you just joining the tooth decay saga, the first post was 8 Cavities, 1 Petit Four and Some Fish Head Stew or Cure Your Own Tooth Decay. And the second was Don’t call me crunchy – or Abracadabra, no more cavities!
We did pretty well, but…
We could have done better. We took out sugar almost entirely. Seriously. My 5 year-old had a piece of dark chocolate about once a week, which is allowed on the diet. We eliminated wheat except for the occasional flour tortilla and we started baking sour dough bread. We dropped the oatmeal. We took cod liver oil, skate liver oil, and butter oil, but I realize in hindsight we probably should have been doing this twice daily. We ate shellfish and fish, but not as often as we should have. We started drinking raw milk. We made bone broth soups, once again not consuming it with the frequency suggested by the book. We never ate liver even though according to Cure Tooth Decay, liver is practically a magical food when it comes to remineralizing teeth. And I’m sad to admit, I never made the fish head stew, even though we had ample access to fish heads. I feel like I’m in a confessional, although I must confess that I’ve never been in one, so I just think this must be what it feels like: a little guilty.
My little guy was stellar. If there were crackers at a gathering, he’d ask, “Mom, can I have these?” If the answer was “No, sorry honey,” that was fine with him. He was totally on board with the diet. He really doesn’t want to have rotten teeth. I’m the one who didn’t serve liver. Well, I did serve liver pate once, and I was the only one who ate any.
Okay – so here’s what happened at the dentist:
She had no idea that we’d been following a diet. We just showed up 3 months after his initial x-rays. She looked in his mouth and then over at the 3 month-old x-rays and said to herself, “Hmmm. They really don’t look that bad.” She must have been talking about the two visible biggies. In other words, they had improved! Just as I suspected. I mean, I can see that they have kind of filled in with gum tissue – no more gaping, gray, mushy holes.
Then I chimed in and said, “Oh, we want to take new x-rays.” She complied. As we were comparing the two sets of x-rays, I came clean and told her about the diet to remineralize my son’s teeth. She said that she had heard that it’s possible to remineralize teeth, but not if the decay is down into the pulp of the tooth. ”That would be impossible,” she said. What I wanted to hear and to report to you is that the six little ones were gone and that the two biggies had greatly improved.
She said that two of the tiny cavities were gone.
But she still recommended filling the other six. She did not mention her initial positive visual reaction to the x-rays again. My opinion of this dentist is that she is very aggressive, meaning she really likes to drill! So now, have a look up at those x-rays. Start with the left side upper (The second set of photos above). We’re talking about those tiny little gray marks right where the teeth touch together. The one on the upper right side of the photo really is gone! The other upper and the lower right side of the photo really do look improved. Granted, I’m no x-ray technician, but I don’t think it takes one to see the improvement. It’s hard to tell from the x-ray if that biggie on his left side has gotten better or worse. On the x-rays of the right side, the upper teeth didn’t look bad at all to begin with, so it irritates me that the dentist originally wanted to drill on those anyway. The lower little one looks about the same. The biggie there on the bottom actually looks worse to me in the x-ray.
The dentist admitted that two were gone, but her treatment plan for the other six is to do fillings to the tune of $2300. Our plan at this point is to resume the diet after totally blowing it after Halloween and two birthday parties. We will double up on the fish oil, eat more soup and shellfish, and I will disregard the faces my family gives me and make fish head stew. There. No more dentist for now. If Sugarbooger starts to feel pain or if the biggies get visibly worse, I’ll be sending an email out to all the cool homeschool families out there requesting their recommendations for a holistic dentist.
I hope yall find this to be informational enough. I really wish I could say that we ate shellfish twice a week, took cod liver oil twice a day, and ate loads of liver and fish head soup, because then I’d really know what the effects of the diet are. I feel confident that the diet works considering we did a pretty good job of following it and at least two out of eight cavities healed themselves. Where we excelled was in what we didn’t eat and I feel good about that, especially since I read this quote the other day:
Following a diet begins with what you don’t eat.
Believe me, I’ll be letting you know if things improve or deteriorate as we continue eating these nutrient rich foods. I looked into what I should be eating for joint health recently, and it happens to be the same stuff. These cavities might really be the best thing that’s ever happened to us. I’ll let you know how my joints are holding up in another 35 years or so.
I’d also LOVE to get some dentist’s thoughts on all of the above. Please forward it to your dentist buddies.
The update to this post is: Verdict: Cure Tooth Decay Diet only works if you’re superhuman