Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Is a cavity-free childhood really possible?

The flyer poses a question: Is a cavity-free childhood really possible? We'd like to think so, wouldn't we. But we're naturally concerned about the affects of fluoride, so our little ones are going without. But does that mean cavities are inevitable? Not according to the folks at The Dental Essentials.

According to the flyer that accompanied the free samples I received, "Clinical studies have shown repeatedly that with proper nutrition (through food or supplements), teeth can become healthy, well mineralized and nearly immune to decay."

Hmmm. Proper nutrition. That could get tricky. It seems like for every condition or health goal, there are different nutritional needs. It can be overwhelming at times. That's why a product like The Dental Essentials - Complete (or The Dental Essentials - Liquid) can be a life saver ... or at least a tooth saver! As the only nutritional supplement on the market right now that promotes natural remineralization of the teeth and heals tooth decay, this is a product I believe every parent should have!

While so much focus has been on fluoride's necessity in battling cavities, vitamin D has been overlooked by many for its prevention of tooth decay. In the 1920's, Dr. Edward Mellanby realized that children being treated with vitamin D therapy for the treatment of rickets, had a 90% decrease in cavities in less than six months! His wife, Dr. May Mellanby, started examining the link between nutrition and tooth decay. Through her research, she was able to identify the precise combination of nutrients that consistently resulted in highly decay resistant teeth. Lauded by the British Government as "revolutionary," her findings were published in leading journals of the day. Even better results were achieved by another researcher from the States. Dr. Weston Price added vitamin K2 to the vitamin D and the results were an astonishing 98% drop in cavities.

"The studies of Mellanby and Price demonstrated that we can virtually eliminate cavities by properly supplementing kid's diets," said the Dental Essentials founder, Melinda Friedman. "The studies published by these important dental researchers were considered epic and revolutionary."

If this is all true, what happened? 

"That's a really good question," said Friedman. "When I first came across this research, I wondered how I had never heard about this before. Following the important Age of Nutrition, which brought about cures to deficiency diseases such as scurvy (vitamin C), beri-beri (vitamin B1) and pellagra (vitamin B3) came the Age of Pharmaceuticals, and with it came the fascination with prescription drugs and a decline in interest in the role of nutrition in preventing and even healing tooth decay. Today's parents and consumers are once again appreciating the link between nutrition and health, mood and much more."

I know the Green Grandma community agrees!

"Nature has what we need to maximize the body's immunity against dental disease," she continues. "The Dental Essentials captures the essence of Drs. Price and Mellanby's research on proper mineralization of the teeth and is focused exclusively on preventing tooth decay. Our two formulas are designed to help teeth become significantly more cavity resistant."

The studies continue. In 2010, the University of Manitoba, inspired by Dr. Mellanby's research, conducted a clinical trial on mothers of babies who developed tooth decay. The results? These moms had significantly lower vitamin D levels during their pregnancies than moms of cavity-free children. Coincidence? Doesn't seem to be.

"This is important news for parents and parents-to-be," said Friedman. "Cavities have this almost enigmatic place in our lives, like they are inevitable, but the truth is, they're not. Proper nutrition is essential to good dental health and particularly important for during pregnancy for both mother and growing fetus, but as Dr. May Mellanby proved, by focusing on nutrition, including through supplementation, cavities can be virtually eliminated."

I've been taking The Dental Essentials tablets for close to a month now. I don't have a before/after dental check up to offer personal "proof" of the effectiveness of the product, but I must say, I'm happy to be adding these essential nutrients to my daily routine, including 
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • vitamin D3
  • vitamin K2
  • magnesium 
  • zinc
For those of you with allergy concerns or intolerance, rest assured, the product contains no sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

The Dental Essentials - Complete is suitable for ages seven and up and absolutely ideal for pregnant women. The Dental Essentials - Liquid offers flavorless, odorless, and easy-to-use drops suitable for babies and younger kids. Add the drops to milk or other calcium source to reduce the risk of cavities by up to 95%. One bottle contains 1000 drops, which lasts up to 6 months for one child.

As if no cavities wasn't good enough news, I have even better news! The Dental Essentials company is offering to send a GG community lucky winner a one-month supply for mom (or dad) and child (a $60 value!).

Check out the Rafflecopter to find out how you can win!

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1 comment:

  1. Parents should begin cleaning an infant's teeth once they erupt. Parents can clean a baby's gums and teeth with a piece of gauze or a soft washcloth. Children should learn to brush their teeth early, using a soft toothbrush, but parents should still do a thorough brushing at least twice a day, as children are not efficient at brushing their own teeth until they are older.


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