Germs and Cavities

Are germs really the cause of cavities? Modern dentistry would have us believe that bacteria are the cause of tooth decay. If this is true, then the only way we are empowered to stop tooth decay is to stop the bacteria. Yet stopping bacteria is unrealistic, since they are everywhere, billions of them. Stopping bacteria should be easy with antibacterial treatments but for some reasoson it never works...

Germs seem to be blamed for everything from foot fungus, to colds, to dental plaque. Dental plaque, caused by germs, is supposed to be the basis of tooth deterioration and gum deterioration.

The origin of the germ theory of disease came from Louis Pasteur. Hailed as one of the most important discoveries of modern science, he supposedly found the real cause of disease. The germ theory is the belief that disease arises from microorganisms outside of the body, these microorganisms do not change or mutate, but rather they inadvertently penetrate the body's defense mechanisms and infect the host.

The problem with the germ theory is that germs now become a scientific mask for what people once believed caused disease: "evil spirits". The problem with the "evil spirit", that is, the evil little microscopic things we cannot see (germs) theory, is that the victim (everybody) is powerless to stop the disease.

Are germs really the cause of tooth decay and gum disease? Or are germs concomitant to disease; are they simply present in different forms in disease and in health?

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

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Lactobacillus Acidophilus is one of many bacteria in the genus Lactobacillus.

lacto- means milk

bacillus means rod-like in shape,

and acidophilus means acid-loving.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus means Milk Rod Shaped Acid Loving Bacteria

L. acidophilus is considered by some, a probiotic or "friendly" bacteria. The Modern Theory -

The claim is that the bacteria L. acidophilus combine with proteins that are found in saliva and food debris, forming plaque. The assumption is that bacteria filled plaque then go about digesting sugary and other easily digestible foods. After the L. acidophilus has finished eating, they excrete an acid. If there is enough L. acidophilus excreting acid in one area, then the calcium can get dissolved. Once enough tooth enamel is removed, there is a groove. In this shallow hole, the lactobacillus acidophilus positions itself on the groove, and begins the process of tooth decay.

I do not believe this is an accurate theory; I explain how germs do not cause tooth decay in my book.

Rather than focusing on removing germs, it would be a good idea to focus on providing nutrients to your teeth and gums. One excellent way to provide topical nutrients is with a natural herbal mouthwash, the link goes to one that I personally use.

Streptococcus Mutans

Genus: Streptococcus
Species: mutans

Gram-positive spherical bacterium.

Sugar, saliva, and bacteria lead to a formidable combination that supposedly leads to tooth decay. Streptococcus mutans adhere to the glycoprotein. Supposedly they produce acid which eats away at tooth enamel after sugary snacks.

Are these small tubes and spheres really the cause of tooth decay? If so, why does tooth decay seem to get worse with age?

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