Weston A Price - ahead of his time?

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.

Is diet affecting our teeth?

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?
Healing Our Children is another book of Ramiel Nagel’s filled with advise for mums-to-be.

Another way of looking at orthodontics

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.

If you go private a brace can cost between £4-6.5k. Tooth extraction is around £60/tooth. Even though you can get these on the NHS that is the approximate cost the practises will be charging the NHS – making dentistry big business.

Yet there are now dentists who don’t believe in extracting teeth for orthodontic purposes. If we knew this would be go along with teeth extractions if another route was opened to us? Yet so many can’t afford to go private and have no choice but to follow the NHS path.

We aren’t here to promote any practise but one that doesn’t extract healthy teeth is Brickstables in Essex.

Dr Seb Lomas is a biological (holistic dentist) whose practise is in Huddersfield. Here’s an extract from his website: “Perhaps the biggest difference you’ll notice at our biological dental office is the individualised approach to care. We oppose the traditional “one size fits all” dental model and, instead, recognise that every patient is different and should be treated according to their specific needs.”

His research connects up to James Nestor’s  studies. He discovered how mouth breathing can be detrimental to the formation of the roofs of our mouths and teeth as well as our health. When we breathe through our noses a vacuum is created drawing the tongue up to the roof of the mouth. This doesn’t happen with nasal breathing. 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. 


Do your own research

We are not affiliated to any of the people mentioned on this page but are just trying to give a wide perspective on all treatments out there. We will continue to add to the page as we learn about other dentists – particularly biological ones.

Please, as always, do your own research of course to find the best solution for yourself so you can make the best decision for your own health.


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