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My son had his first dentist appointment last Friday and we were told he has several cavities and needs a couple thousand dollars worth of treatment (fillings & crowns). I was so upset I cried in the dentist's office. We didn't put him on our dental insurance plan yet because we didn't think he'd need it (!) plus I'm really questioning whether this extensive treatment would be the right route, anyway. I'm researching the remineralization diet and am going to start with a modified version (we don't eat dairy so the butter oil is out; I hate shellfish and he has never had it - I'm willing to try but I'm not sure how I could prepare it so he would be willing to eat it). We can put him on our dental plan in 6 months and then there might be a waiting period - I figure we'll try the remineralization and if that is unsuccessful after 6 months or so, we'll reconsider treatment.

 

I would love to have some recommendations for snacks on this diet. DS loves fruit and grains, which is probably what got us into this conundrum :( I need snacks that he will love! He goes to half-day preschool twice a week and virtually ALL the snacks they serve are sugary and processed. So, I need something that he'll be excited to eat despite the fact that all the kids around him are eating sugared junk - a tall order! Please help!

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From my understanding, it's the butter oil that really makes a difference.  The FCLO in and of itself is ok, but the butter oil is what adds the x factor and allows for upped absorption of the vitamins A and D.  Most of the time even people with dairy problems can tolerate it pretty well.

 

Have you read the book Cure Tooth Decay?

 

My kids too love fruit and we have cut it and all grains and most starches out of our diet.  Right now we are only doing a starch once or twice a week in the form of rice with raw butter on top, or mashed potatoes with raw butter.  (yum!)  For the most part, we've just cut out the snacking and grazing.  I think that's a big part of what got us to where we are too.  My 4 year old will eat, and a half hour later, want something else.  But, after we eat, bacteria in our mouth goes to work to break down the foods, and peaks 20 minutes after eating, at which point it can start causing damage to the teeth.  So I've started waiting the 20 minutes and brushing, flossing, and doing a xylitol swish and spit to correct ph so that bacteria can not continue to grow.  I HAVE to do it without fail.  I have 2 kids with cavities and if what all we're doing doesn't work, then our alternative is the dental work.  What have I got to lose by trying?  Ya know?

 

We also do Calc Flou and Calc Phos 3 x's a day to help reminerilization.  I'm going to make some magnesium lotion as well to up their magnesium levels.

 

Ok, for snack.  Celery is a great snack!  Carrots, cucumbers, things like that.  No more packaged stuff for us!  Add grass fed beef gelatin to drinks as often as you can.  Do bone broths, etc.

 

Hope that helps some!


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Thank you! This is all so helpful! We feel the same way - we need to go full throttle (as much as possible) with remineralizing because the alternative is dental work. We can't get Ds on our insurance for six months anyway so we might as well try our best!

 

I didn't know about the calcium fluoride! Definitely looking into that. I am a bit disappointed to hear that the butter oil is the important factor. I haven't read the book yet but I've heard it recommended in many places. We don't eat dairy because of our issues with the industry... and I just can't imagine the milk of another species would be essential for our health. I'm certainly no anthropologist but I thought many indigenous cultures (particularly Asian) do not eat dairy at all? But if the butter oil really works and the only alternative is dental work, I suppose I might have to temporarily put the needs of my children above my concerns about how dairy cows and their calves are treated.... Please know I'm not saying any of this in judgement or to be argumentative! Just my feelings.

 

We really need to work on the grazing, too. I'm probably the worst! A bite here, a bite there. Often dinner is our only structured meal, so it's really good to have that info about bacteria.

 

From what you said I gather most of your diet is meat and vegetables?

 

Thanks so much!!!
 

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The butter oil green pastures sells is from grass fed cows, not the typical cows in the us dairy industry. If your concern with the dairy is how they are treated the butter oil is from cows that are happy cows.
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That is good to know, thank you! I still worry a bit about calf separation practices as I have heard many grass-fed / organic farms still do that. It just breaks my heart.

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Thank you! This is all so helpful! We feel the same way - we need to go full throttle (as much as possible) with remineralizing because the alternative is dental work. We can't get Ds on our insurance for six months anyway so we might as well try our best!

 

I didn't know about the calcium fluoride! Definitely looking into that. I am a bit disappointed to hear that the butter oil is the important factor. I haven't read the book yet but I've heard it recommended in many places. We don't eat dairy because of our issues with the industry... and I just can't imagine the milk of another species would be essential for our health. I'm certainly no anthropologist but I thought many indigenous cultures (particularly Asian) do not eat dairy at all? But if the butter oil really works and the only alternative is dental work, I suppose I might have to temporarily put the needs of my children above my concerns about how dairy cows and their calves are treated.... Please know I'm not saying any of this in judgement or to be argumentative! Just my feelings.

 

We really need to work on the grazing, too. I'm probably the worst! A bite here, a bite there. Often dinner is our only structured meal, so it's really good to have that info about bacteria.

 

From what you said I gather most of your diet is meat and vegetables?

 

Thanks so much!!!
 

 

 

Yep. Mostly meat and veggies.  I started a blog post about our journey.  http://countrymamablog.blogspot.com/2013/05/curing-tooth-decay-naturally.html  I'm working on another post with more in depth information on the various food types and why or why not they are good.

 

We get our milk straight from the farm.  They are certified organic, grass fed jersey cows and they absolutely do NOT get rid of calves just for the milk or any of that stuff.  We go there 3 times a week and pick up fresh milk.  It's really awesome.  It helps that it's only 4 miles away.  :)


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