7 tips my dentist wasn’t meant to tell me

Posted on April 4th, 2013

I have a dentist. His name is Dr. Ron Ehrlich from the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre. He gets it. He doesn’t eat sugar. He does exercise in the same way I do. He is actively engaged in the wholefood movement and shares more than just a fill-in with his patients. Over the years he’s shared some fabulously open-minded tips for wellness. I figured all my friends here would benefit from hearing them, too. It’s definitely stuff a dentist generally only shares with their friends…Over to Ronald…

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Image by Greg Guillemin

1. Grind your teeth?  Try to correct your breathing.

Ninety-five per cent of us don’t have enough room for the 32 teeth we have in our mouths.  Not having enough room for your teeth means your airway is not as big as it could be and it’s now recognised that grinding is most often linked to “sleep disordered breathing” including snoring and sleep apnoea. So working on breathing through the nose helps for lots of reasons – including reducing the incidence and effect of tooth grinding, which results in premature wearing or cracking of teeth, broken fillings, headaches, neck aches or a sore jaw.

Which brings me too…

2. Forget mouthguards: tape your mouth shut at night.  Serious!

Try using Micropore (3M) tape over your mouth….yes, I’m serious. You’ll be amazed how something so simple can make a difference. Using the 7-8 hours of sleep to practice breathing through your nose evens out your breathing and stabilises your body chemistry. And because it improves sleep and evens out your breathing, by that same reasoning it also helps reduce the grinding of teeth. [I tried four different - expensive - mouth guards, all of which didn't stop me from grinding, before trying this tape method. It's the ONLY thing that's ever worked and costs a few dollars a month! - Sarah.].

3. Getting mouth ulcers? Avoid grains.

Mouth ulcers (aphthous ulcers) are a common problem. They are an autoimmune response. Try avoiding all grains for a few months. Grains produce a protein called zonulin (…look it up), that causes leaky gut that results in a whole range of autoimmune conditions.

And while we’re avoiding things…

4. Avoid sugar.

Not only is this obvious for protecting your teeth, but sugary foods also inflame and restrict the airway, which will increase any current/potential breathing problems you have.

5.  Sleep on your side. 

Stomach sleeping twists your body. It’s not healthy. It also isn’t good for your breathing at night. It affects the muscles of your head, neck and jaw and can be an important part of why you might be waking with a headache or other muscular pain. Or why you’ve been prescribed a mouthguard. Try to sleep on your side with a pillow to snuggle into.

6. Steer clear of flouride. Yes, you heard right!

If the hardest part of your body decays because of what you eat imagine what’s happening to the rest of your body. While fluoride may make teeth harder, know this:

  •  it’s neurotoxic
  • it can affect children’s IQ
  • it can be a problem in young male bone development
  • it’s been linked to bone cancers
  • it affects thyroid function

7. Choose a non-toxic toothpaste.

Be thorough when you choosing a new toothpaste. I always avoid flouride and sodium lauryl sulphate in mine. Try an essential oil blend – they’re good for you and usually have a nice taste.

Dr Ron Ehrlich High res

 

Dr Ron Ehrlich is based in Sydney and you can contact him at the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre.

He writes and podcasts on a bunch of things wellness. You can listen in on his weekly podcast here.

And why not read his thoughts on Good Medicine or Good Marketing, or Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

 

 

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  • Fi

    Is there a dentist like this in Melbourne??? I might need to schedule Sydney visits every 6 months!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Ron might be able to direct you….he’ll be online later

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    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    In Melbourne try…. Chris Darby or Ben Oldstein or Lisa Matriste

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    Becki Reply:

    I’ve been to Dr Ben Oldstein – he’s great!

    Linda Reply:

    Is there anyone you would recommend in Brisbane?

    Theresa Reply:

    Brisbane – Eric Davis Dental at Margate Beach

  • http://www.therealyou.com.au Meena

    I would LOVE to hear of a dentists like this in Melbourne too! Although we do all those things already, I still haven’t been game enough to stop my dentist applying the flouride paste after he’s done :-(

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  • http://www.blackbirdhasspoken.blogspot.com Max

    I, like the rest of my family am a mouth breather, especially at night. My dentist is convinced this is the cause of all the enamel erosions on my teeth, as my saliva dries up leaving my teeth vulnerable. He advised me to sweep my tounge over my teeth at regular intervals during the day to make sure my teeth are not dry for too long. I’m seriously going to have a go at the mouth taping at night, once i get rid of my cold. Thanks for the tips x

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  • Heath

    What toothpaste do you use/ recommend? I’ve been planning on getting the Riddells creek organic stuff, but i keep forgetting!
    Wondering if anyone has cheaper alternatives as it’s a bit pricey..

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    peckingbird Reply:

    My dentist has advised that using bi-carb soda on its own is just as effective as any of the organic/non toxic substitutes to conventional toothpaste. The taste takes a bit of getting used to, but the teeth feel really “clean” afterwards.

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    Mia Reply:

    I was told that bicarb is too wearing on tooth enamel to use as a toothpaste long term? I’m interested to hear that your dentist said it was ok. I’ll have to check it with mine when I go next.

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    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    For the record I use:
    Riddell’s or Coral white or Pure & Green or Dental Herb Tooth & Gums.

    It’s technique i.e. good brushing and flossing technique and diet.

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    Will Reply:

    After trying a number of herbal toothpastes with not much success in the “taste” area, I’ve started using Grants Toothpaste. No fluoride and it tastes pretty good :) I actually buy it from an Aussie online store called Conscious Cosmetics. They sell everything from toothpaste to shave gel to ladies things like makeup, which being a guy not necessary for me but i get all my other toiletries from their store. the Grants toothpaste is pretty cheap ($3.99). Give it a go!!

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    Will Reply:

    Oh and the store is http://www.consciouscosmetics.com.au

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    Tiff Reply:

    Thanks for sharing this site, Will. Been looking for a good ethical aussie cosmetic supplier of late. Awesome!

    Leanne Reply:

    Grant’s Toothpaste is readily available at Coles (although I am loathe to recommend one of the big two supermarkets, it can make things easy to get sometimes!).

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    Miranda Reply:

    I either use Jason PowerSmile Whitening, which is meant to be the best although a little pricey, so I alternate with any of the Red Seal Toothpastes which I get from Aussie Health Products –

    http://www.aussiehealthproducts.com.au/toothpaste-and-oral-hygiene.php

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    kristine Reply:

    I have used Miessence toothpaste for years, its fantastic. Bicarb based, no baddies, comes in mint, lemon or anise flavours. About $10 a tube full price (can get cheaper online) but last ages. From what I understand bicarb is gentler on teeth (than calcium carbonate in regular toothpastes) as its structure microscopically is smaller, less abrasive and can get into the tiny crevices that hold stains (that bigger particles can’t), so long term use of bicarb based toothpaste results in cleaner, whiter teeth. I can vouch for this personally. Miessence do an alcohol free, organic mouthwash too.

    http://www.miessence.com

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  • http://www.livehealthysimply.com jessica Nazarali – Health Coach

    Thanks so much for sharing this Sarah. I was just thinking the other day how I need to go to the dentist but I don’t like going because I always have to argue with the dentist over no wanting flouride, regular tooth paste or having x-rays! I’m going to pay Ron a visit!

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    Jane Reply:

    Jessica, better find another dentist then, because Ron’s clinic uses flouride.

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    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    My practice does not use fluoride.

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  • grace b

    I use EarthPaste which is a bentonite clay based toothpaste from Redmond Clay. I am really happy with it. I also started following it up with The Natural Dentist’s mouthwash as I have been dealing with bleeding gums (a side effect of course of too much sugar and too many processed foods in my diet lately). I floss with Eco-Dent floss.

    Until a few weeks ago I was taking fermented cod liver oil but I’m not sure I want to splurge (it is $60US) again for another bottle.

    OraWellness has been a good resource for me about natural/holistic dentistry and I would really like to get to a dentist soon to get some feedback.

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    Jane Reply:

    EarthPaste is great, I use it too, along with the salt toothpast made by Welda. GPA Wholefoods stocks EarthPaste.

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    Jane Reply:

    Hi Jane are you in Australia? If so where do you get your Earthpaste?

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    Jane Reply:

    Are you in Australia? Where do you get Earthpaste? I’ve not found it here and can’t order it from the online store in the US as it has xylitol do they won’t ship it here. God forbid customs should actually allow anything healthy here!
    Please let me know where you can buy it here as I’m keen I try it – thanks!

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    grace b Reply:

    Jane, I’m in the US so I can get it more easily although it does cost a bundle! But I’ve managed to make it last. I really like the fact that it cleans my teeth thoroughly without leaving any film on my teeth.

    Sarah, any word about fish oils and tooth health?

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    Jane Reply:

    Thanks Grace. I have some Redmond clay here so I may try to make it myself.
    I’ll check the ingredient list and have a go

    Becki Reply:

    I didn’t realise Xylitol is a problem. I can get it easy in mint and gum form. Try http://www.oborne.com.au or Naturally on High in Northcote (Melbourne).

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    Jane Reply:

    Xylitol isnt a problem and of course we can buy it here. It’s a classic example ofcustoms idiotic laws. Who even knows why!!

  • http://www.shdc.com.au Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Don’t loose sleep over a particular brand of toothpaste…its about diet and technique

    As for fluoride here are 2 points of view…. http://www.shdc.com.au/dental-news-blog/ I know the vast majority of dentists don’t agree with me, but many othe those also thinks its still OK to put mercury into someone’s mouth??

    As for the tape…I know it sounds crazy but it helps lots of people…. here is the patient handout we have. http://www.shdc.com.au/Downloads.html

    Thanks, sleep well, breathe well,eat well… and you’ll be well:)

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  • http://alchemydreams.wordpress.com Cassie

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for the info, I’m a bit sad though because I am a grinder, however I’m a nose breather, I wear a mouth guard & sleep on my side. Despite my efforts the grinding has damaged my teeth (enamel wear) and jaw to the point that my dentist (holistic) tells me I have microfractures in my jaw which can in turn cause my teeth to become loose/drop out.
    I use Young Living Thieves toothpaste, it’s a bicarbonate soda & essential oil one.
    I hope everyone else can get their grinding under control before it causes too much damage.

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    Jane Reply:

    Cassie, how does your “holistic” dentist know you have microfractures in your jaw? Did they do x-rays? I would get another opinion from an alternative dentist.

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    Cassie Reply:

    Thanks Jane,
    I agree a second opinion would be lovely, but holistic dentists are few and far between on the Tweed Coast. I believe he came to the conclusion that I had “micro-fractures” because I mentioned I thought my gums were receding, however he said it was the other way around and that my teeth are dropping down :/

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    Marika Reply:

    Hi Cassie,

    There is a great holistic dentist in Brisbane:
    Dr Rachel Hall
    http://www.evolvedental.com.au
    She can definitely help you with your jaw/grinding issue

    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    I’m a little surprised to hear about “micro-fractures”, never having encountered them myself in 30 years of looking at jaw joint problems.

    Not all night guards are the same. If they have indentations in them a splint can become uncomfortable. If is it too thick or thin, it can also be uncomfortable.

    It is now recognised that grinding is very closely associated with “sleep disordered breathing” which has many forms ranging from restricted airway without obvious signs to snoring to obstructive sleep apnoea(OSA)

    Sometimes it takes several appointment over a period of months to find the right balance

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    Cassie Reply:

    Thanks for your feedback, I was just repeating what the dentist told me & I have been stressed about the thought of “micro-fractures” ever since.
    My mother has periodontal disease, probably from smoking and being a grinder (she snores), and her teeth are slowly falling out… It’s a scary thought, I’d do anything to prevent suffering with the same issue, if it’s something as simple as fixing sleep disorder breathing, I would like to try.
    Is this something that should be diagnosed at a sleep clinic?

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    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    ………… on second thoughts, you may have misunderstood what the dentist was saying….”micro-fractures’ or “micro-cracks” are commonly and easily seen in the enamel of teeth. Because of the crystalline structure of enamel, they are not a problem of themselves unless you have pain on chewing.

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  • seeker

    im a grinder, and literally just in the door from the dentist – wearing my new “aligners’ (or plastic brace) … for the next TWO YEARS! (slow breath out) :(

    i’ve mentioned on here before about how your breath affects your teeth, your nervous system, also your sleep and your appetite. nostril breathing is the way to go, andaccording to some – sleeping on the left side is also good for digestion – others say this causes you to have wakeful dreams as you are breathing more through your right nostril which stimulates the nervous system. to sleep on the right side is supposed to give you a more “sound’ sleep as you will theoretically breathe more through your left nostril, and so soothe the nervous system …. just depends whose theory you go for … ive tried both and lean towards sleeping on left as Im a poor digester!

    anyway, very important to teach children how to nostril breathe and how to maintain good posture and not to be stressed – that’s what my dentist told me is probably what caused my problems. (i’m now a yoga teacher – but that came too late for my teeth!!) but sounds like kids doing yoga would be a great help there!

    it’s so interesting, fascinating really, and there’s alot of information out there, alot to absorb. i highly recommend alternate nostril breathing (nadi sodana) to anyone who needs to wind down before bed, or experiences alot of stress or anxiety, or just wants to feel calm, level and balanced. you’d be surprised what you discover about yourself!

    sarah hope your teeth are sound, they certainly look absolutely beautiful!

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  • Jane

    Gosh, I wish I’d know about Ron’s secret tips especially on mouth guards before I got one made at his clinic. On many occasions a very pushy dentist from Ron’s clinic convinced me I should have a mouth guard made. I finally gave in and $2,000 later I found that sleeping with it was near impossible, so they made some adjustments which cost me a further $450. It was still uncomfortable to wear and my osteopath said mouth guards can cause more harm than good and not to use it. This same dentist started putting pressure on my husband to get one made as well. This is not the only problem I’ve had with this clinic and needless to say I no longer go there. Just a warning to everyone, don’t be fooled by the word ‘holistic’ in front of a dental clinic, it doesn’t mean much. Holistic Dentists claim to know about nutrition and skeletal alignment, but so what, you can see qualified professionals who specialise in these areas. Sure they might have low emission x-rays, but not much else. Ron’s clinic overlooks Hyde Park and the Cathedral, rent is high and unfortunately I’m not the only who has been fleeced there, oh and by the way, the hygienists there use fluoride. All dentists have the same training at university, better to find one with a minimum of 10-15yrs experience and always get a second opinion on work they recommend. Dentists are notorious for over servicing patients! Don’t be fooled by the ‘holistic’ hype and B…S…. I’ve never been one to criticise a person’s appearance, but Sarah are you sure Ron follows your low sugar diet as you claim? The last time I saw him he was overweight and had a huge pot belly. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I know many will jump to his defence, after all he has such a nice guy image and I’m sure he does good work, but unfortunately his clinic gets the big thumbs down from me. Why the big plug for Ron’s clinic Sarah? Did you get a free checkup this month?

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    Anna Reply:

    Jane, I too had a similar experience to yours with unnecessary and ridiculously high charges in addition to the impression, through conversation, that somehow the walk didn’t follow the talk.Now my family and I no longer go to Ron either.

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    Dr Jack Reply:

    On the first day of medical school my professor told everyone in the class “welcome to the casino”. Everyone in the room was bemused by what he meant. He went on to say, “over the next 5-6 years we will try to give you all the information we know about medicine and its your job to leave this place and to ‘gamble’ in the ‘casino’ “. What he was trying to say is that despite what (high) expectations society has about doctors and other highly trained and educated health professionals, we don’t know everything, we don’t have all the answers and we certainly cannot solve every patient’s problems. With the information, signs and symptoms at hand we all make judgements and suggest treatments which we believe to be right for that particular individual. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong. Just In the same way that some of the people that are being critical on this blog probably make judgement calls in their line of work and sometimes get it wrong. If only everything we touched turned out the way we planned.

    I was a patient at SHDC for many years before I moved to Qld. I had the pleasure of seeing three of the dentists during my time there. I have nothing but kind words to say about the place and its people. As a fellow health professional, it is refreshing to see people thinking out side of the box and going beyond standard care taught at universities. The very fact that they offer night guards, are treating sleep disorders, are looking at the mouth – not in isolation but rather its connection to overall health and have a network of allied health practitioners to refer off shows some real foresight. The treatment I received there was of the highest standard and it is probably because of this standard of care that they can afford the high rent and amazing view!! Even if something didn’t turn out exactly as it was planned, there was no denying that any clinical decision was done as if their own family was sitting in the chair. Do yourself a favour and get an appointment. Keep up the good work guys and all the best for the future! If only we could impress everyone right!?

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  • http://Www.wholefoodhealing.com.au Brittany

    Ron is my dentist too!! I highly recommend him. It’s fabulous to see doctors looking after themselves as well as there patients. He is the modern day Weston a price!

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  • http://www.shdc.com.au Dr Ron Ehrlich

    Dear Jane,

    Sleeping position is a first step when looking at jaw problems, grinding and associated problems.
    All splints/bite-plates/night-guard therapies are not the same. In our clinic, the fee includes all adjustment appointments over a 12-18month period.
    People come with a range of problems and the success rate in resolving those problems is about 90%. Nothing in health…or life… is 100%.
    As health practitioners we try our best.
    Clearly with Jane it wasn’t good enough. For that I have apologised privately, and now publicly.
    PS.we don’t use flouride.

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  • Christal

    Thanks! I’m going to try the breathing and the tape for my grinding! My grinding/clenching comes and goes and sometimes I wake up with my jaw clenched tightly shut. I know it is worse with stress and also if my posture isn’t good or I haven’t been doing my yoga. I never thought of how breathing through my nose would help. I also find that if I have reflux or any stomach problems my grinding/clenching gets worse. Any other advice would be helpful! I’m already doing the other things on the list…avoiding sugar, grains, flouride etc

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  • anna

    Thanks for the tips, however, does our helpful dentist have any advice for those of us whobare absolutely terrifed of visiting the dentist?? I’m due to go back in 2 weeks and already suffering anxiety related insosmnia and my stomach is in knots!

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    michelle Reply:

    Hi anna,
    Im only a dental nurse but i have paid attenton along the way.
    I know all about how nervous some patients can be, I can only suggest seeing someone that you are really comfortable with and trust, you can always tell the receptionist/nurse about your anxiety and any bad past experinces so they can work through it with you. ipods are also a good idea.

    You could also enquire if they have any happy gas for you?
    Good luck

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  • Lisa (Yrlocalmarkets)

    OMG I am SO THRILLED to see a dentist advocating not drinking fluoride and using “hippy” toothpaste! Way to go, Dr Ron!! We need more dentists who are curious enough to continue their health education and undertand that health is holistic and our bodies aren’t designed for chemicals!

    If anyone is looking for a great “hippy” toothpaste with plenty of mint ker-pow, I use Jason. It’s fantastic. If your local Health Food Store doesn’t stock it, you can find it online.

    xxx

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  • Sharyn

    My dentist is convinced I grind my teeth as I have wear on 2 of my bottom teeth and my canines are not pointy. She has suggested I get a splint to wear at night that will cost me about $900. I have already told her I do not grind my teeth in my sleep. My husband is a light sleeper and he’d know if I was grinding. I believe the wear is caused by clenching during the day, particularly when I am stressed out.
    I’m reluctant to go back again because I know the splint thing will constantly be brought up.

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    DJ Reply:

    I experienced the same thing Sharyn. My local dentist insisted that I grind my teeth at night even though intuitively I know that I don’t, and my light-sleeping partner said he had never heard me grinding my teeth. The dentist also did not believe me when I told him that I wasn’t constantly bothered by headaches or jaw pain. After several years of avoiding dentists after this encounter, I saw an holistic dentist and he did not think I was a tooth-grinder either. I think you need to see a different dentist.

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  • http://www.amyelandry.com Amy Landry

    So glad you are sharing this! I’m in complete agreement with all of this. I got rid of fluoride a few years back, and after completely an advanced anatomy and physiology course in Sydney with Simon Borg-Olivier I learnt so much about breathing – including taping your mouth SHUT at night!

    Thanks for putting this out there Sarah!

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  • http://www.essentailhealthandwellbeing.com.au Justine`

    Hi Sarah,

    I love your information, I often pass on info and refer my clients to your website. So thank you for all that you do.

    Just to let you know I use a toothpaste from Young Living which is natural and has an Essential Oil called “Theives” in it. Theives is known to kill germs and bacteria an helps with gum issues. Check it out at http://www.youngliving.com.au

    Cheers Justine
    YL ID 1010842

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  • June

    Another wonderful Friday! I do enjoy receiving Sarah’s news each week. This week is no exception. To read everyone’s thoughts on a particular issue, is also a joy. Thank you to everyone. Today I have found exactly what I needed, confirmation to tape my mouth.
    I had read about this, yet wasn’t sure. A very sincere Thank you for confirming this practice is okay.

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  • Ciara

    Hi Sarah,
    I am intrigued by the idea that mouth ulcers are related to consuming grains – could you clarify what you consider to be ‘grains’? It seems to be a blanket term these days and I’m not quite sure what foods it actually covers!
    Thanks,
    Ciara

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    Dr Ron Ehrlich Reply:

    Grains, e.g. wheat, barley, rye cause the the body to release a protein called zonulin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zonulin, which increases gut permeability, often called “leaky gut”. This causes undigested protein to enter the blood stream and the body mounts an auto-immune response. Auto-immune diseases number many conditions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoimmune_disease of which mouth ulcers (apthous ulcers) are but one.

    I recommended this to a patient some time ago. He had the worst case I had seen and had been suffering for about 4 months. When he came back after 6 months he had not had any ulcers, lost 10 kgs and was off his arthritis medication.

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  • sherrie

    Great work for bringing this to everyones attention Sarah. Thanks.

    Three brilliant and honest websites to check out on oral health are oralwellness.com cure toothdecay.com and westonprice.org

    Our teeth and oral health are a direct result of our general health. These sites take away the myth that our teeth operate as a separate identity to the rest of our body. Believe or not our tooth deacy can not only be prevented, but also reversed with the correct diet. Who would have thought our teeth could actually remineralise themselves and heal decay by itself!!

    There are some fanatastic techniques such as oil pulling for cleaning your teeth. Sounds strange I know, but is amazing!!!

    Aslo some honest, informative and eye opening info on fillings, root canal and a whole lot more.

    Enjoy!!

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    Dr Lamb Reply:

    I am sorry to say you have been seriously misled by the advice on the websites you have listed.

    I am a dentist and also have a degree in microbiology. Like any area of scientific research there will be a range of evidence and you will always find some poorly cited and disregarded research that will suggest all kinds of nonsense. Correlation is not always causation. I agree that consuming a diet low in processed food will most likely result in lower rates of tooth decay. This is because unproccessed foods are often very low in sugar! Please ignore the quacks who say things you want to hear and consider that there are well meaning, educated and serious scientists who will show again and again that tooth decay is the result of the acids produced by certain bacteria when consuming food sugars.

    Regarding the fluoride issue I have no problem with fluoride having researched the area in depth. It is a great evil to suggest that fluoride is always harmful as it is most beneficial to those of the lowest education and socio-ecomonic status in reducing the the rate of tooth decay seen in these groups. Real scientific consensus is that in the recomended doses it is safe. A large carious lesion and subsequent bacterial infection and abscess will cause far greater harm to a child than brushing regularly with a fluoride tooth paste. Fluoride is only poison in the same sense that oxygen is poison! Everything in moderation. The recomended levels of fluoride are safe and anyone telling you otherwise is misinformed or a liar. Please resist the urge to only believe the things you want to hear!

    If you choose to avoid fluoride I believe that is fine. You will need to be especially carefull to avoid demineralising acids and sugars in foods. Saliva has a natural ability to buffer acids but can be overwhelmed in high sugar and high acid environments. Hippy toothpaste is fine to make your teeth feel clean but will do very little else, which is fine if you have an appropriate diet.

    The curetoothdecay site would actually be hilarious if it wasnt so potentially harmfull. If you have toothache – GO TO A DENTIST! Teeth have a small capacity to lay layers of dentine INSIDE the pulp chamber (the nerve and blood supply to teeth) but CANNOT repair an area of decay at the outer edges of a tooth such as the enamel as there are NO living cells required for healing in that area. By removing sugar you can halt the progress of a small area of tooth decay but large areas of decay or fracured teeth require fillings.

    This leads me to another point. If you are concerned about your existing amalgam fillings and mercury levels, LEAVE THEM ALONE! Only when they are removed will you see a spike in the body’s exposure to mercury. There are potential toxins in all dental restorations including “white” composites and glass ionomers. The only sure fire way to avoid these is to not develop tooth decay in the first place.

    I realise this is almost “trolling” to say the following comment on a blog such as this but……….. stop worrying about trivial matters like fluoride, mercury or xrays. In the appropriate levels they are safe. Everyday, no matter what we do when our body cells replicate they generate new dna and risk errors that could cause problems. Eventually these errors add up, its called aging. Eventually we all succumb. The things discussed are “first world” problems of the first degree. I have friends who have grand parents in their 90s who have lived in naturally high fluoride areas their whole lives. I see healthy patients in the 8th and 9th decade all the time who are healthy, alert and have mouths full of old dental amalgam.

    Good luck to Ron, you will always have fans of your approach, being a dentist or any health professional is always a challenging way to earn your crust but remember that we have a duty of care. This mean we provide patients with well researched, evidence supported advice and not the fringe theories that may put the most vulnerable at risk.

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  • http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com.au posie blogs Jennie McClelland

    Fascinating. I want to try the mouth tape, as i’ve worn a mouth splint for 10 years!! We have dentists in the family, so i can’t wait to hear their opinion on these things.
    I always feel like a proud mummy at the dentist, as my children get such a wonderful bill of healthy teeth. Something i tell other mums – as told to me by our wonderful paediatric dentist at The Smile Lounge in Canberra CIVIC . . . dentists are not just looking at your children’s teeth, they are looking at their eyes, skin, gums, body shape & overall alertness. It’s a health overhaul check up. Fascinating!! First time we went to this particular dentist 5+ years ago (my children would have been aged 4-9 years old) she said she could tell they don’t drink juice, eat processed biscuits & are physically active. I was pretty thrilled!!
    I just think of the story, from my dentist sister-in-law, who was performing a tooth extraction a 25 year old mother, who said proudly, she was the only person in her family who still had any teeth (ick) while her baby . . . wait for it . . . was drinking coca cola in a bottle. My sister-in-law nearly had an heart attack, she couldn’t watch but the mother could not be told it was bad. This is what my sister-in-law had to deal with on her ‘free clinic’ days. Patience of a saint & mother of 4 extremely toothy gorgeous children herself!!
    How can people not know these choices ruin lives!!?? Happy weekend, love Posie

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  • http://getwellordietrying.wordpress.com Toria

    Sarah I love you, I really do, but please use spell check. I am always finding spelling errors in your posts. Today: “flouride”. It is spelt “fluoride”. I hate to be one of those people on the net who whines about irrelevant typos but I so look up to you as a writer and a little thing like that just distracts me (and, no doubt, others) from the point of your article.
    Keep up the good work!

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  • http://www.conqueringfearspiritually.com Katie

    I’m based in Sydney and have been meaning to pay Dr Ron a visit for a while- will book an appointment soon! Thank you for the toothpaste recommendations- really helpful!

    Thanks Sarah,
    Katie

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  • http://onlineinfluence.com.au/ Trish Fehon

    Wow – you are the first dentist I’ve ever met/heard that didn’t poo poo not using fluoride. Fluoride is a poison and should NOT be in our water supply or our bodies. Luckily I have tank water.
    I have worn a mouth guard for several years – it has fixed my sleeping problems (grinding) and also fixed my chronic neck pain. I’m interested in trying the taping method as I worry that the mouth guard may eventually wear my teeth down, is this possible?

    PS Sarah I love your Sugar free book – read it over Xmas and have been sugar free since (apart from a treat (brownies) on my birthday).

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  • Katie

    Hi Sarah,
    Just wondering if you drink good old tap water or do you drink filtered water? What do you recommend? I drink heaps of tap water as I dont want to buy bottled water. Not sure if you have posted about water before. Thanks :)

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  • joan l

    It’s good that Ron the dentist is cutting back on sugar, but most toothpastes have sugar, or (even worse) sugar substitute in them. If he is still cleaning his teeth with toothpaste then he is still having sugar. The same goes for mouthwash, which is highly recommended by some dentists although it too contains sweeteners.
    I have been cleaning my teeth with bicarb for about 2 years with no ill effects. In fact, the last time I visited my dentist she complimented me on the care I was taking with the cleaning of my teeth. I didn’t tell her I used bicarb instead of toothpaste, but she obviously could not find anything wrong. My doctor also recommended a mouthwash of a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide instead of the commercial preparations. (Just don’t swallow it)

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    Angela Reply:

    Most toothpastes contain sugar? I’m not sure this is true. Colegate toothpaste for example says clearly on the tube “no Colegate toothpaste contains sugar”

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    joan l Reply:

    Yes, Colgate does make that claim, but it tastes sweet, doesn’t it? Maybe it doesn’t have “sugar” but definitely a sweetener, which is often aspartame, and just as bad for your teeth and even worse for the rest of you! If you’re not sure about what I’m saying, try brushing your teeth with bicarb soda, your mouth will go into shock as you realise how sweet toothpaste actually is.
    I recently didn’t brush my teeth in the morning (gasp!) I was out for breakfast and forgot when I got home. It was late in the afternoon when I suddenly wondered if I had brushed my teeth or not, I couldn’t remember. Now this would not happen if I had been using toothpaste. My teeth would have had that furry feeling by mid-morning, from the toothpaste the night before. You don’t get that feeling with bicarb.

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  • Teresa

    What’s your thoughts on root canal? Thanks

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  • maria

    Arghhhh it drives me crazy when people without a PhD or medical degree call themselves doctors.
    Dentists, naturopaths, chiropracters etc calling themselves doctors is fraudulent!

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    K Reply:

    I know what you mean!

    Dr Dre and Dr Seuss have been shamelessly using the title for years.

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    Jess Reply:

    Yeah, and what about Doctor Who, where did he get his medical degree?

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    Tanya Reply:

    Medical doctors, which I assume you are referring to should actually be referred to as “physicians”, not doctors ;) you can have a doctorate in many fields and have the title “Dr”….so I don’t really get why it would “drive you crazy”….dentists, naturopaths etc. can have the title “Dr” if they have a doctorate….just saying….:)

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  • Louise

    Thanks for this.
    Firstly I’d like to mention that since being off sugar (only a relatively short time) I’ve stopped snoring. My husband says pretty much completely. I’ve been a snorer since my early 20s and had a sleep study done which revealed I had mild sleep apnea. I followed a mostly healthy diet prior to giving up sugar but could it be that giving up sugar has ‘cured’ my breathing obstruction and snoring?
    Secondly, I’d like to know if Dr Ron (or anyone else) has any information/research linking fluoride to hypomineralised first molars? My three year old had her first dentist appointment a couple of months ago and it was revealed she has this condition. I was completely shocked as we have always ensured her teeth are brushed twice a day and we can count the number of times she’s had a sugary drink on one hand. We have always used fluoride toothpaste and I think my daughter’s probably swallowed more than her share – could this have caused the hypomineralised molars? I will definitely be switching toothpaste.

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  • Natasha

    Hiya,
    My friend goes to Bio Compatible Dentistry in Cbd in Sydney and says its it really good!
    Will be going there soon myself :)

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  • http://www.australianorganicdirectory.com.au Michelle

    Great post. I’d be very interested to know Ron’s (or any other holistic dentist’s) views on oil pulling?

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  • Lena

    Just went to a holistic dentist in Melbourne for the first time today! Getting my silver fillings out or should I say mercury fillings! Great experience and I HATE going to the dentist! All that anxiety and sleepless night for nothing.
    dhealth in camberwell.

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  • Maree

    Great post, I have been aware/concerned about fluoride and SLS in toothpaste for some time. I now use Argital brand, which is clay based and all-natural, great product, heaps better than toxic brands.

    https://www.argitalaustralia.com.au

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  • Mel

    Brilliant! Thanks Sarah

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  • Chantal

    I’d be really interested to hear Dr Ron’s thoughts on acid wear to tooth enamel from drinking apple cider vinegar/lemon in water. I love to have a big glass upon waking but I mentioned this to my dentist and he strongly advised me to stop.

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  • Angie

    I was a horrid tooth grinder for years, no-one would sleep in the same room as me as they said it sounded like I was breaking my teeth and chewing them up all night. I managed to stop after my dentist told me this simple tip. I had to keep my tongue on the roof of my mouth at all times (except when eating, etc). It stops you mouth breathing. It took about 3 months of consistently reminding myself to do it and then it sort of became habit and the grinding/mouth breathing stopped. Was the best advice ever as it has been worth it in so many aspects. I would really recommend it to any other grinders!

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  • Ruth

    Maybe a stupid question – but when people talk about avoiding ‘grains’, what are they calling grains – is it just refined grains, or are they including whole grains? Is there a list, or website? I have googled this but find the information conflicting.

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  • maria

    anyone who lives in Perth know of a holistic Dentist???

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  • http://N/a Nathan

    Great article, drinking high Alkaline water and foods also helps with teeth and bones

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  • http://www.shdc.com.au Dr Ron Ehrlich

    The majority of orthodontics done in Australia up to 30 years ago was done by specialist orthodontists. They were taught a technique developed in Australia call the Begg Technique, which typically involved the removal of 4 premolars ( and often four 3rd molars, wisdom teeth) to make the teeth look straight.

    They focused only on the teeth rather than the person attached to the teeth… to me that’s what distinguishes a holistic dentist. Our primary focus is on the person attached to the teeth rather than just the tooth/teeth.

    Over the last 30 years most general dentists and now orthodontists will or should avoid extraction.

    Having room for all the (32) teeth that we have evolved with is about AIRWAY. The jaws, upper and lower, determine the space available in the upper airway. having enough room for all those teeth is a HUGE advantage to your airway.

    Breathe well, be well:)

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  • Victoria

    Is there a time that you will no longer need to tape your mouth? Can one re train their breathing patterns? If so I am assuming it will be at a different rate for all?!?

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  • Anne-Marie

    Anyone in Perth you could recommend?

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  • http://lilapud.com lilapud

    Haha, thats so funny Mette! Reminds me of a time where I was at dinner in an Italian restaurant with a big group of actors, we were on tour with a play, and everyone was talking and telling stories, except they were eating as well … I was just talking, so the chef got shirty because I was holding up the service of the mains, and sent the waiter down to the table, where everyone but me had finished their starter, I was yabbering on about something … he had brought a large Band-Aid and attempted to put it over my mouth!!
    Gosh it’s a good idea isn’t it, we could all tape up our mouths for a few hours one day and notice how much we say and how much of it is really worth saying – an exercise in self observation and mindfulness in itself!!
    Another insightful day on Sarah Wilson’s Blog!!

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  • Alex

    Does anyone know if using activated charcoal is good for cleaning teeth?

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  • melanie

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for yet another thought provoking, conversation-inducing issue. Your blogs have resonated with me in so many ways, and the mouth breathing, poor sleep problem is no different. For my entire 42 years I have been a mouth breather, poor/light/non sleeper, and I’ve suffered with constant neck and back pain. I have tried just about everything to get rid of the pain, from saline/procaine trigger point injections in all my muscles (don’t do it – it hurts like hell), to chiro, physio, massage, trager, pilates, metaphysical work, past life regression etc. In sheer desperation I went to a “holistic’ dentist a year ago, who did some muscle testing and determined that I should get day and night orthotic mouth splints to correct my jaw alignment, which was apparently causing all my pain issues. So I agreed and forked over $2800 to try to alleviate my constant pain. Long story short, the night splint was impossible to wear, made my neck tension worse and after 6 weeks of giving it a go, the dentist then said I had nerve problems with my foot and referred me to a podiatrist. I decided to then seek out an osteo that specialised in cranio sacral and I’ve gotta say she has truly changed my life…the pain that I had accepted that was going to be part of my life has 90% disappeared. I’m going to give the mouth taping a go, can’t wait to see if I can be 100% pain free. I’m in Perth and if anyone would like my osteo’s contact details let me know.

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    Justine Reply:

    Hi Melanie I would love to know the name of your osteo. Also who was the holistic dentist? Good to know who to avoid.

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    melanie Reply:

    Hey Justine my osteo is Anna Myers at the Healing Point in Fremantle 9430 8867. The dentist that didn’t work for me is Image Dental. I do have a fabulous dentist that did my crowns about 10 yrs ago, not sure if she is totally holistic, but she is such a highly skilled, caring, and wonderful dentist: Vicky Ho at Dental Artistry in Mosman Park 9385 2000.
    Good luck!
    Melanie

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  • Rose

    I’d love to know more about the breathing through the mouth scenario and how it affects grinding/clenching because I can’t see how teeth clenching could equate to breathing through the mouth, as when the jaw is clenched, the mouth isn’t open. Is there something that i’m missing?

    I clench my teeth at night (I wake up sometimes and can feel my mouth clenched shut and my bottom teeth are pushed up against my top teeth at the front) I know it gets worse the more stressed i am so i try to breath really well before bed to try to relax my body.

    I’m also concerned about taping the mouth at night, as what would happen if the nose airway was blocked (like if the sheets were over the nose) – would that mean that you would wake up trying to breath properly?

    i think practicing breathing and relaxing through out the day helps. If i’m stressed or angry or annoyed, i find my mouth is clenched, but if i breath slowly and fully and relax my muscles, then the mouth relaxes automatically.

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  • Em

    I’d love to know of a great holistic dentist in Perth too.

    The only one I can find online is in East Fremantle (Dr Kam) so would love to know if anyone has had experiences with them.

    I have just moved and so can’t go to my amazing Melb dentist (Dr Bainbridge at Southland, although he is not holistic he’s very accommodating, has a great manner, respectful, very honest and doesn’t recommend anything that isn’t definitely needed).

    I’m afraid of a new dentist being like a dodgy car mechanic; charging you lots of money for things you don’t need but you don’t have the know how to disagree! Hopefully there’s a holistic dentist out there that is skillful & honest and gets the concept of having a customer for life :-)

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    melanie Reply:

    There is a wonderful dentist called Vicky Ho at Dental Artistry in Mosman Park 9385 2000. I’m not sure if her practice is completely holistic, but she is the most caring, kind and gentle dentist I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. She is extremely skilful and is forever updating her skills to give her patients cutting edge techniques and treatments.

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  • leila

    Uh! I’m a mouth breather AND I grind my teeth! The thought of taping my mouth shut at night does freak me out a little bit. I love this post though.

    I use a ‘wholefoods’ toothpaste without fluoride, which I buy at woolworths.

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  • http://www.alexxstuart.com Alexx

    Ron’s my dentist too. Was sick of being thought of a crack pot by previous dentist. He’s a legend. The mouth is part of the body and needs to be treated as such :)

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    Jane Reply:

    You have been sold a clever marketing slogan, but if it works for you great!

    I can hear Holistic Dentists singing in the shower,

    ‘the thigh bones connected to the hip bone, the hip bones connected to the HIP POCKET, the hip pockets connected to the jaw bone, oh hear the word of the Lord!’

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  • http://www.realchai.com.au Anthea

    Hi Sarah

    I thought you might like to check out this book I’m reading called “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition”

    http://www.amazon.com/Cure-Tooth-Decay-Cavities-Nutrition/dp/0982021305

    It has some interesting arguments about sugar, including how blood sugar fluctuations stuff up our metabolism of calcium and phosphorous…. which makes you more susceptible to tooth decay. The argument is, it’s not so much sugar being on the outside of your teeth that leads to decay but that prolonged fluctuations in calcium and phosphorous (caused by fluctuating blood sugar) will lead to cavities. (No matter how often you are brushing those babies, as the damage is being done internally)

    This book is actually what inspired me to give sugar the flick! Then your book provided a fun (yummy) path forward.

    Thanks a bunch!!

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    Becki Reply:

    that’s super interesting, thanks for sharing Anthea

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    Dr Lamb Reply:

    I am sorry to say you have been seriously misled by the advice on the websites you have listed.

    I am a dentist and also have a degree in microbiology. Like any area of scientific research there will be a range of evidence and you will always find some poorly cited and disregarded research that will suggest all kinds of nonsense. Correlation is not always causation. I agree that consuming a diet low in processed food will most likely result in lower rates of tooth decay. This is because unproccessed foods are often very low in sugar! Please ignore the quacks who say things you want to hear and consider that there are well meaning, educated and serious scientists who will show again and again that tooth decay is the result of the acids produced by certain bacteria when consuming food sugars.

    Regarding the fluoride issue I have no problem with fluoride having researched the area in depth. It is a great evil to suggest that fluoride is always harmful as it is most beneficial to those of the lowest education and socio-ecomonic status in reducing the the rate of tooth decay seen in these groups. Real scientific consensus is that in the recomended doses it is safe. A large carious lesion and subsequent bacterial infection and abscess will cause far greater harm to a child than brushing regularly with a fluoride tooth paste. Fluoride is only poison in the same sense that oxygen is poison! Everything in moderation. The recomended levels of fluoride are safe and anyone telling you otherwise is misinformed or a liar. Please resist the urge to only believe the things you want to hear!

    If you choose to avoid fluoride I believe that is fine. You will need to be especially carefull to avoid demineralising acids and sugars in foods. Saliva has a natural ability to buffer acids but can be overwhelmed in high sugar and high acid environments. Hippy toothpaste is fine to make your teeth feel clean but will do very little else, which is fine if you have an appropriate diet.

    The curetoothdecay site would actually be hilarious if it wasnt so potentially harmfull. If you have toothache – GO TO A DENTIST! Teeth have a small capacity to lay layers of dentine INSIDE the pulp chamber (the nerve and blood supply to teeth) but CANNOT repair an area of decay at the outer edges of a tooth such as the enamel as there are NO living cells required for healing in that area. By removing sugar you can halt the progress of a small area of tooth decay but large areas of decay or fracured teeth require fillings.

    This leads me to another point. If you are concerned about your existing amalgam fillings and mercury levels, LEAVE THEM ALONE! Only when they are removed will you see a spike in the body’s exposure to mercury. There are potential toxins in all dental restorations including “white” composites and glass ionomers. The only sure fire way to avoid these is to not develop tooth decay in the first place.

    I realise this is almost “trolling” to say the following comment on a blog such as this but……….. stop worrying about trivial matters like fluoride, mercury or xrays. In the appropriate levels they are safe. Everyday, no matter what we do when our body cells replicate they generate new dna and risk errors that could cause problems. Eventually these errors add up, its called aging. Eventually we all succumb. The things discussed are “first world” problems of the first degree. I have friends who have grand parents in their 90s who have lived in naturally high fluoride areas their whole lives. I see healthy patients in the 8th and 9th decade all the time who are healthy, alert and have mouths full of old dental amalgam.

    Good luck to Ron, you will always have fans of your approach, being a dentist or any health professional is always a challenging way to earn your crust but remember that we have a duty of care. This mean we provide patients with well researched, evidence supported advice and not the fringe theories that may put the most vulnerable at risk.

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  • Vic

    Hi,

    Ron, I’m wondering if you have a recommendation for a dentist in Perth?

    Many thanks

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  • Nicole

    After reading your blog Sarah, I bought a herbal & mineral toothpaste and used it for the first time last night. I woke this morning to a swollen face – my lips would give Angelina Jolie a run for her money! Any idea of typical allergic reactions of ingredients that I may need to avoid? Back to colgate in the meantime…..PS made almond butter bark on weekend :)

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  • http://www.foodiecure.com.au Becki

    Hi there, really surprised Xylitol didn’t come into the article at all. Fabulous for dental enamel renewal (it works in conjunction with calcium to rebuild enamel).

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  • http://www.hekmatdentalcare.com/ Quen

    Thanks to you and to your dentist for sharing this information .They are very useful and can really makes you smile feels good.

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  • Courtney

    Hi there, Just wondering if anyone know’s of a holictic dentist around the Canberra area? This is something I have been interested in for a while! Cheers

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  • izzy

    I have grinding issues pretty well aligned with stress levels – that being said I can’t wait to see how my partner takes to me literally taping my mouth shut hahaha wow

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  • http://www.shdc.com.au Dr Ron Ehrlich

    In Brisbane…. try David Cowhig or Eric Davis

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  • http://www.bluewterdental.com.au Dr Stuart Wolf

    My name is Dr Stuart Wolf , and I run a dental practice at Tuggerah on the NSW Central Coast.
    For many years i have doubted a lot of the “hype” promoted about dentistry. since I have practiced it for 30 years, i feel i have some right to comment from personal experience.
    1. fluoride is NOT all it is cracked up to be. It should not be used. It is unnecessary in water or toothpaste if you do the right thing, by cleaning your teeth properly and by having annual checks with a “trusted “dentist. How do you find one? Not by looking up an advert that promotes one as such.
    2. An “holistic dentist.” No such thing. it is a made up term for a dentist that wants to impress you with his new stuff, that every dentist SHOULD KNOW.
    3. Breathing disorders are the most important thing a dentist should be diagnosing. I have now enlisted a breathing assessor and therapist to test every patient. Over 85% of patients i see are recommended for testing, and GUESS WHAT? 100% of these HAVE BREATHING DISFUNCTION. This is not orchestrated, I can just pick which ones have it from a thorough history and dental exam.
    4. The health tips of Ron’s are pretty good.

    HERE IS ONE FROM ME
    1. Wake up at the break of dawn. Instantly get out of bed, go for a brisk 30 minute walk in the early morning sun. You won’t get skin cancer at this time of day, but you will absorb your Vit D and get your serotonin levels up.
    Do this every morning and you will start feeling great within 3 weeks. you will sleep better and you will enjoy daytime more without fatiguing UNTIL it is time for you to go to sleep.

    PS . i am 52 years of age, I have 3 adult children , 1 wife and a dog which loves to come along on the morning walk. I still have all 32 adult teeth in my head, great airway and breathing function, and plan to live another 52 years. I take no medications, drink filtered water , and love life.
    Being able to promote the benefits of HEALTHY BREATHING rather than selling health products to people is what Holistic is all about for me.

    I also do conventional dentistry every day, do not use amalgam and treat every person as an individual.

    Breathing programs are not alternative. They should be the norm!

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  • melanie

    Hi Dr Wolf,

    What kind of filtered water do you drink? I am just about to purchase a system but the only ones that totally remove fluoride are the reverse osmosis, which I’m not so keen to use as it wastes a lot of water and removes the beneficial minerals.

    Thanks
    Melanie

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    Stuart Wolf Reply:

    Melanie

    I live outside of the Sydney area. I use tank water ( straight from heaven) with a 2 stage filter to remove impurities. All the good stuff remains. Trying to filter out supplied tap water will require a much more sophisticated system you have mentioned. Has choice magazine done a recent evaluation on water filters?

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  • Em

    For all those wondering about a good holistic dentist in Perth, I have just visited Dr Kam Fanain from Dental on George in Fremantle. He was fantastic, very caring, and only did why was needed (unlike other dentists who have tried to upswell all sorts of other unnecessary cosmetic work)!

    I believe he works in conjunction with the Tara Health centre in terms of patients who need a holistic dental / health care plan.

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  • http://www.healthylifedubbo.com.au Natural Wholefoods

    Hi there!
    Thanks for the post “7 tips my dentist wasn’t meant to tell me”. I found it very helpful and expect other will find it useful too.

    Cheers,
    Michael

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  • Karen

    In Brisbane there is also Rachel Hall of Evolve Dental – great lady dentist, very gentle. I had my amalgams replaced with her and i hear shes very good with TMJ

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  • anon

    Some thoroughly shocking and incorrect claims about fluoride in this article. Nothing frustrates me more as a dentist than other dentists spouting 50 year old propaganda as fact. Even the NHMRC here in Australia have found no clear association between water fluoridation and Oeteosarcoma (cancer) and this trend continues across almost all studies on the subject matter internationally. There is a lot wrong with some of the other claims too but this one in particular rankles more than the others. If any dentist, doctor or person in the medical field ever makes seemingly outlandish comments then they should be damn well able to back these claims with rigorous scientific evidence. My advice is for people to research the Milgrim experiments and then start to think more critically about believing everything they are told.

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  • http://www.allcaredentalfl.com/ Elina

    Hello,
    Thanks for sharing the information. I found some of the tips really useful one. I just want to know what to do if we don’t have much space for the teeth in our mouth. Is it a wise decision to drag out teeth to create space? Please suggest a good tooth paste for regular use.

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  • Llinda

    What type of tape is used?

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  • Katie

    Hi Dr Ehrlich, can you recommend a good holistic dentist in Perth? What toothpaste would you recommend to promote remineralisation and help receeding gums? I understand brushing technique is key but I am interested in changing to a natural toothpaste but confused with so called home remedies vs. natural products on the market. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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  • Dentist

    What a bunch of idiotic theories! Scary to think that it came out of a dentist’s mouth!

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