Tooth Brushing Won't Help that much with Preventing Cavities Because Your Diet is Everything
I say that cleaning teeth has nothing to do with whether they decay or not.
To cite an instance. Some years ago a patient came into my office from 20 miles west. The old fellow had never used a tooth brush in his life. He had the dirtiest mouth I had ever seen. His teeth were thickly covered with tartar, scales and caked food particles.
Mr. G. P. was not in trouble when he came to see me. His wife had persuaded him that he ought to have his teeth cleaned whether they needed it or not. When I cleared that lifetime accumulation of foreign matter off his teeth - a full day's work - to my astonishment, I had uncovered as fine a set of teeth as I had run across in 50 years' practice.
What Did He Eat to Stop Tooth Decay?
He ate a lot of vegetables and raw fruit when he could get it. G. P. was also a heavy milk drinker. He told me that he was particularly fond of buttermilk and clabber.
Woman with lots of Cavities Who Brushed Her Teeth Daily since Childhood
For contrast, a lady from a distant city stopped in Hereford one day on her way to California and called at my office. Mrs. N. had just about the cleanest mouth I had ever found in a patient. She told me that from early girlhood she had religiously kept the old textbook rule: "Brush your teeth after each meal." For all that, my patient had a mouthful of fillings, three or four to every tooth, between the teeth, near the base, and all around. There was more golden than enamel showing in her mouth.
What Mrs. N. told me about her eating habits bore out my theory completely. All her life she lived on pastry, cakes, pies, jams and jellies. She had eaten but little meat, raw or cooked vegetables or fruit. She drank tea instead of milk.
Why Tooth Cavities In Modern Civilization
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