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Initial post: May 22, 2012 8:54:22 PM PDT
Tag says:
I have white spots on my teeth and from what my dentist said I have something called hypodecalcification or something like that. I've been looking up ways to remineralize them.... But haven't found many definite answers. I've read some sites, blogs, and articles that say you can't remineralize teeth once the minerals are gone and I've some articles, blogs, and sites that say you can remineralize teeth with proper diet and with using some specific medical stuff. I'm really just confused and don't know what to believe.
Can anyone please help me...? Or do you have any advice if you're in or have been in a similar bind ?

Posted on May 22, 2012 9:57:57 PM PDT
Captain says:
In lieu of asking your dentist this when he/she informed you of the situation, you have come to the right place. Our cadre of amateur dental experts is here to help and one of them will be along soon to assist you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 12:03:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2012 12:43:35 AM PDT
L. Stiegler says:
Great question! And one best answered by reading the work of a dentist named Dr. Weston Price (read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration). There is also a foundation as well which exists to disseminate his research. Dr. May Mellanby had also done studies regarding tooth remineralization. Both had been successful. Price had largely self-funded his decade-long and detailed research, which unfortunately has not been continued, despite the very serious implications he had found connecting processed foods with both dental decay and generational declines in proper facial structure. According to Wikipedia he had also founded what is now the research section of the American Dental Association. Check out: http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/principles-of-healthy-diets

It would be a good idea to look for a holistic dentist who has done their research and is open to helping you work with your diet to achieve better dental health, or to check out the recommended dentists from the website of Dr. Hal Huggins. One book to read for more info is Cure Tooth Decay. Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan is for sure a good one too. It's not specific on tooth remineralization, but the recommendations are pretty much the same and it's a great read to fully understand what makes up a healthy diet.

Good luck :) In any case, it can't hurt to begin switching over to the nutrient dense foods which most of the tooth remineralization protocols call for. Dental health is, after all, indicative of overall health. In fact, here's one article by a Dr. Silverman about the connection between diet, health, and tooth hardness: http://www.westonaprice.org/notes-from-yesteryear/teeth-and-bone-hardness-in-prevention-of-premature-aging

Edit: Just found this article http://www.naturaldentists.co.uk/enamel_remineralization.html Add to this that the herb horsetail is a great source of silica, which is also needed to strengthen enamel.

Posted on May 23, 2012 10:21:18 AM PDT
Lettuce Prey says:
There's one now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 10:51:10 AM PDT
Tag says:
Thank you for your input and thank you for the links! Hope you have a nice week.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 10:51:28 AM PDT
Tag says:
Would you care to elaborate?

Posted on May 23, 2012 5:00:21 PM PDT
Arielski says:
Yes. My dentist fitted me with top and bottom dental trays that go over my teeth.. Every night after cleaning my teeth I squeeze a special gel into the trays and wear them for an hour or so. I'm surprised your dentist didn't suggest this treatment.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 7:00:20 PM PDT
Tag says:
My dentist doesn't tell me much...
May I ask what kind of special gel you put in the trays? Does it work?

Posted on May 24, 2012 6:28:55 PM PDT
Arielski says:
There are many different products, including over the counter stuff. I use GCMI paste plus, have also used Recaldent. Trident even has a gum that has dental minerals in it.

Or, you could just use a full-strength fluoride toothpaste (prescription) and leave the foam on for a few minutes. Then spit but don't rinse.

No offense, but you might think about finding a new dentist.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 7:09:33 PM PDT
Depending where you are, you can get a product called MI Paste. There have been many success stories associated with the product. One damage is done though, its kind of a done deal. You can keep it from getting worse by following a good oral hygiene routine, avoiding high sugar foods and drinks, avoid carbonated beverahes and rinsing with fluoride rinses. You can get that at any pharmacy. A large bottle is about $15. Hope it helps!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 7:37:58 PM PDT
Sounds like a fancy term for dental fluorosis- caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride from drinking water, supplements, certain foods...

Posted on May 24, 2012 11:11:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 8:14:56 PM PDT
No doubt the gel in the trays was fluoride gel. Some people would prefer to replace the minerals lost rather than replace them with a neurotoxin.

I have had success with a toothpaste sold here on Amazon. It is fluoride free, which was a requirement for me. Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste (4.4 oz.

I asked my son's dentist about remineralization rather than drilling and filling his soft enamel. He didn't even have cavities yet, just mineral loss. He said it couldn't be done. We haven't been back.

Remineralization would happen naturally on a natural diet and NOT using traditional toothpastes. Crest and the like contain gelatin or glycerin that coat the teeth for that smooth, "clean all day" feeling. This layer of gelatin prevents minerals from contacting the teeth. I have no research to back it (and probably wouldn't find it) but I'm convinced that gelatin is what we call tartar when the dentist approaches with the scraper. Ever since I switched to fluoride free, gelatin free, more natural toothpastes, even before I found Squiggle, I have not required scraping, whereas before there was a lot of it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 12:46:39 AM PDT
Ma says:
I had white spots (demineralization) and tried MI paste and brushing constantly, but it only helped a little. I happened to get blood work done at a routine doctor's appointment and it turned out that I was severely deficient in vitamin D, a hugely important vitamin in tooth health. I started taking vitamin D a few months ago, and my teeth really seem to be finally improving. You might check out your vitamin D levels.

Posted on May 25, 2012 5:04:24 PM PDT
Fibros have many dental problems which end up eventually as periodontal disease.
There is an Admin on chat room that say to do this: I switched to xylitol, fine
celtic salt and baking soda. I had 5 small gum line cavities according to my
dentist. On the next visit they were gone. I also had had 800 dollar gum
procedures which I was due for. Didn't need that either. Even cleaning my
teeth only takes them 20 minutes instead of typical hour visit for adults.

I read some research that the baking soda helps to remineralize your teeth
but that the glycerin in most toothpastes stops that from happening. Also
read that xylitol will even make them stronger in some research from just
chewing that Spry gum has lasting help. I think that eating coconut oil for
my RA also helped to heal my gums.

I made up a batch and it's easy and all but sooo salty

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:22:31 PM PDT
Tag says:
Thank you! You might be right...

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:23:03 PM PDT
Tag says:
Thank you Claire.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:25:14 PM PDT
Tag says:
Tree Hugger: I don't think so. From what I understood hypodecalcification us caused by lack of calcium from when I was little.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:26:31 PM PDT
Tag says:
Amanda- Thanks, you have given me something to research and think about.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:27:52 PM PDT
Tag says:
Ma- Thanks, that sounds like a good thing to look in to.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:29:08 PM PDT
Tag says:
Deborah, thanks for all of that information.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:59:39 PM PDT
Captain says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 6:42:46 PM PDT
Tag says:
Captain- No. I was wondering if there's anything I can do NOW. The question was never why, it was if it can fixed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:12:16 PM PDT
That's what I was told, too, Tag. I have a decalcification line just below the gum line on ALL of my teeth. Dentist told me that was from lack of calcium at age 5. Could be terminology difference to hide fluorosis, though, which is why I didn't dispute Tree.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 4:57:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 5:20:18 AM PDT
Betz says:
: - )...funny.
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