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Old 01-10-2013, 05:00 AM   #1
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LC and your teeth

My teeth feel cleaner. They don't get that nasty weird film on them after eating "normally" all day. I forgot to brush my teeth last night and didn't wake up with completely gross teeth. They still FEEL clean.

Now I am 38 and don't have any cavities so I have really "good" teeth anyway but still - overnight without brushing my teeth and they still feel clean?!

Am I crazy or is LC doing that?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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I used to get a bad film-feeling on the back of my front teeth. I don't have it anymore at all.

I have a sort-of related story. I recently adopted a cat from the animal shelter. The women working there were super nice, but were both very unhealthy and overweight, had thinning hair, and one had bad psoriasis.

They told me "don't just buy any cat food!", because most cat foods have sugar in them, which will rot the cat's teeth.

I totally believe them. It makes sense - cats aren't supposed to eat sugar. I just wondered why they never connected the fact that sugar rots animals' teeth with their own health.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:18 AM   #3
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Yes, LC is doing that.

I went to the dentist after 3 years of not going. At that point I had been LC for about 4 or 5 months. So they did a prelim cleaning and then scheduled me for a deep clean in a couple of weeks.

When I went back, she started doing the deep clean and then said, "I don't need to do a deep clean. Your teeth are perfect." Plus, some of the damage I'd had from incipient gum disease had healed and my gums are now fine.

Compare this to before I was LC, I had to have TWO deep cleans and was battling periodontal issues.

I still have awful tartar problems, but she said that's genetic and some people are just prone to getting a lot of tartar.

The benefits of LC are never-ending!
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When I was low carbing w/o drinking diet pepsi I also had that nice clean teeth feeling, gotta quit the dumb soda!!
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There is a whole 'industry' that would basically starve if everyone went low carb and that is dentistry. Here is a cut and paste from one of Jimmy Moore's guests last year....



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587: Dr. Philippe Hujoel Shares The Intricate Role Of Carbohydrates On Dental Health
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Oral health sciences professor and low-carb diet researcher Dr. Philippe Hujoel is our guest today on The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!


Dr. Hujoel quickly came to an understanding about why dental diseases have become worse and worse over the years and he concluded that it comes down to the negative implications of carbohydrate consumption as the primary culprit. He has identified carbohydrates as THE leading cause of dental caries (cavities) and other diseases involving the teeth and gums–and it’s not just sugar either. Since 2007, as a research professor of oral health sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, he has closely examined the positive results of low-carb nutrition as a means for improving mouth health. Dr. Hujoel has conducted a thorough overview of the science that points the finger of blame directly at carbohydrates and a lack of Vitamin D. Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Hujoel discuss this frequently missed benefit of livin’ la vida low-carb!
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:13 AM   #6
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Having two cavaties was a big incentive for me to finally let go of my reservations and fully commit to lc woe.
My last dental check up was a gold star! (Literally, the hygienist laughingly told me she put a gold star on my chart for making such a big improvement LOL)
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I totally believe them. It makes sense - cats aren't supposed to eat sugar. I just wondered why they never connected the fact that sugar rots animals' teeth with their own health.
If you've read Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes says as much: bad teeth is the canary in the coal mine for other insulin-related problems. Just search for "bad teeth and diabetes" and I'm sure a lot will come up.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:05 AM   #8
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I used to get a bad film-feeling on the back of my front teeth. I don't have it anymore at all.

I have a sort-of related story. I recently adopted a cat from the animal shelter. The women working there were super nice, but were both very unhealthy and overweight, had thinning hair, and one had bad psoriasis.

They told me "don't just buy any cat food!", because most cat foods have sugar in them, which will rot the cat's teeth.

I totally believe them. It makes sense - cats aren't supposed to eat sugar. I just wondered why they never connected the fact that sugar rots animals' teeth with their own health.
There are many heath conditions that can make someone have thinning hair or bad skin so it is very presumptuous to assume that sugar is the culprit and they would be all better if they just cut it out. Atkins doesn't cure every illness, and a lot of people stay overweight on even Atkins.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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nolcjunk: Sorry to offend anyone. What you said is very true - thanks for pointing out my insensitivity to the issue. I apologize.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #10
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nolcjunk: Sorry to offend anyone. What you said is very true - thanks for pointing out my insensitivity to the issue. I apologize.
No problem. I think we just get very enamored of this diet sometimes so it can be easy to think that it's a cure all and everyone would benefit from it. When my thyroid tanked I was losing handfuls of hair and it didn't grow back until I was medicated, nothing in my diet caused it or could have helped it.
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I used to get a bad film-feeling on the back of my front teeth. I don't have it anymore at all.

I have a sort-of related story. I recently adopted a cat from the animal shelter. The women working there were super nice, but were both very unhealthy and overweight, had thinning hair, and one had bad psoriasis.

They told me "don't just buy any cat food!", because most cat foods have sugar in them, which will rot the cat's teeth.

I totally believe them. It makes sense - cats aren't supposed to eat sugar. I just wondered why they never connected the fact that sugar rots animals' teeth with their own health.
My vet always told me in no uncertain terms that canned cat food is a last resort, the dry is much better for kitty (some brands are of course Waaaaaaaay better than others).
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That's odd advice because every vet I've ever been to (over the past 30 years of living with cats) have told me that it's fortunate my cats prefer canned (wet) food because it's far superior for them than the dry.

I buy a grain-free dry food for my guy, but he only 'snacks' on that--all his meals are from canned food.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:12 PM   #13
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If you've read Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes says as much: bad teeth is the canary in the coal mine for other insulin-related problems. Just search for "bad teeth and diabetes" and I'm sure a lot will come up.
On that note, I think in Taubes' other book, Why We Get Fat, he examines the studies/accounts where Grains/Sugar from "sustainable farming" was "introduced" to natives (native americans if I recall), and thier dental hygene literally disintegrated in short order.
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