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How did tribes and traditional cultures with no access to modern dentistry have lovely, wide faces with big smiles and perfect white teeth yet children with a western diet seem to have countless dental problems?

Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a Cleveland dentist, has been called the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition.” In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them – isolated non-industrialized people.


The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected–nutritional deficiencies.


Price traveled the world over in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of native people on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.


Nowadays our children are facing teeth extractions, braces, cavities and badly formed mouths. We could learn from these tribes who had perfect teeth without any modern dentistry involved. If every mum knew what diet she should eat to build health before she had children this would give mum and baby a massive head start. Once the baby is born knowing that bottle feeding may affect the formation of their mouths may make women think twice before finishing breast feeding. Or if they have to bottle feed they maybe able to get help on how best to support their teeth and bones.



What diet really is the best for our children. Most of us are so far removed from the diet we would have had years ago.
Many diets we are currently trying out are new as well – loads of meat, no meat, no dairy, only white meat, only fish, no carbs, lots of carbs, no fat, only good fat etc etc.
Looking at the different lengths of time I breast-fed our children for I can see there is a correlation between feeding for longer and better teeth. Interestingly our child with the best teeth is also a nose breather – our other three sadly are not. When we close our mouths the vacuum created means our tongues go to the roof of our mouths. This means our teeth fit around the tongue. If the tongue isn’t there the teeth may come through at the wrong angles or the roof of the mouth may not form so well.
This is such an important topic as we need to get the health of our mouths right. A badly formed roof of the mouth will bring in teeth that appear over-crowded. That will lead to extractions, if you go with the NHS, or very costly private care and lots of travel costs to find dentists who don’t extract for orthodontic reasons. If our teeth are deteriorating does that mean our bones will too?
We don’t know and there seems to be little research done on why so many people in Western societies are needing so much dental care and are poor teeth hiding something else?
Ramiel Nagel began looking into tooth decay after his 1 year old daughter showed signs of tooth deterioration. It led him to look more deeply into the food she was eating. At the time he discovered he needed four cavities. Instead of going down the expensive mainstream dental path he decided to try and heal their cavities naturally which he managed to do.
To anyone who is wanting a family or has children who are planning to have children themselves this book could be a great purchase. Weston A Price  and Ramiel Nagel, the author of Cure Tooth Decay, found women began adapting their diet two years before they conceived as they knew which foods would be best for their unborn babies.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to return to a world where we all knew this – where we advised and helped mums-to-be get the best diet possible to avoid miscarriage, birth defects and good strong healthy teeth and bones?
This is another book of Ramiel Nagel’s filled with advise for mums-to-be.

Having good teeth needn’t be for the lucky few. We can achieve it for our future generations so long as we know what to include in our diet. This will not only save our NHS a vast amount of money but it will also save our children from potentially a lot of trauma.

I have no real idea the kind of money involved in dentistry but roughly a brace is costing the NHS £4k. Tooth extraction I’m guessing is around £60/tooth based on how much it costs privately for these procedures.

Flip this over and if we start to find the root of the cause of all these dentistry problems and think of the job losses that would happen if our children had great teeth then you realise there’s a lot of money in not looking after teeth.
I don’t for one minute think anyone goes into dentistry because they believe it’s a system but what concerns me most is that no one seems to be looking into WHY there are so many children needing braces. It’s painful and traumatic having teeth extracted and then they are required to wear a retainer at night for the rest of their lives. Are there any risks to having something plastic in our mouths every night? Will there be any studies on the people using them for their whole life? 

James Nestor began learning how mouth breathing can be detrimental to the formation of our mouths and teeth. When we breathe through our noses a vacuum is created drawing the tongue up to the roof of the mouth. When we breathe through our mouths this doesn’t happen. The roof of the mouth becomes more triangular instead of a nice big arch meaning there is less room for the teeth to come into. If you look at your child when they breathe at night mouth breathers sound more laboured. His research led 


Please do your own research of course to find the best solution for yourself. 

This page is here to show you there maybe other options out there but use this, as always, to make your own informed decision.

The power is all in your hands.


Here’s another website to check out:

Tooth Decay