My son was one of the unfortunate toddlers to have decaying teeth. It started as a little spot that his then Pediatrician assured me was fine, and a result of the breathing treatments he had to have so often because of his reactive airways. Being an asthmatic, it meant that he was put on several prescriptions including inhalers, liquids and pills. The doctor advised me to clean his mouth well after every breathing treatment, so that’s what I did.
The little spot started to grow, and some of his teeth had vertical translucent lines. My heart sank! His teeth came out so beautiful, perfect and white! His teeth were one of the first things people would notice about him–they were literally like a movie star’s! But, there was this brown spot that was spreading and getting darker. At the same time, I could see two black cavities in my mouth and my teeth were slowly disintegrating. Small pieces of my teeth would chip off even when I was just sitting there doing nothing. One of my cavities covered a good portion of a molar. I also had a molar on the opposite side that didn’t seem to have a cavity, but was “loose.” I could move it back and forth with my tongue and often did…it became a habit. I knew I should see a dentist as soon as possible, but I am uninsured so just left it be. But when it came to my son’s teeth, I just couldn’t give up without a fight!
I started researching what things I could try and came upon the Weston A Price Foundation way of eating and several other methods, mainly from moms who posted over on mothering. They have extensive posts on many topics! I decided to try Dr. Ellie’s mouth care regimen since it seemed the easiest to use. The results were pretty good…at first. Eventually my son’s teeth started to get really yellow. And if I stopped the protocol (minus the xylitol), within a few days his teeth would start becoming see-through again. He also had loose stools filled with undigested foods, which were worse than usual. I’m guessing these things were hard on his body.
I read more about Weston A. Price and eventually came upon an article about the GAPS diet. I had a big Aha! moment, because my son has asthma and multiple food allergies. He had eczema in the past. His growth slowed way down after introducing solids, and his first solid foods were either an allergen or made him constipated. Something just clicked, and I decided to dive in.
I got a bottle of FCLO for my son and embraced the bone broths and the fats. We put tallow, coconut oil and olive oil on everything. We barely had any fruit, nuts, beans/seeds. When we did have these things, they were either paired with a fat or soaked and/or sprouted–and usually both. Majority of our diet was chicken and veggies, with some beef or fish here and there. We got good mineral-rich salt. We filtered our water (well, we were already doing that because to me, tap water tastes nasty). Something amazing started to happen. My son’s decay lightened and the brown area started feeling much stronger. It did not disappear completely, but it completely halted and his teeth are strong. They also aren’t see-through anymore. When we ventured off of GAPS, his teeth started becoming see-through again. We learned that oxalates were probably a big deal and decided to try the Vitamin K Protocol, and it was amazing for his teeth.
My teeth also got much better even though I very rarely ever took any FCLO (small budget so I rationed it all for my son). I can’t move any of my teeth with my tongue or hand. I can’t see any black cavities. The big one in the molar was reversed as well, but the damage that was already there caused my tooth to break once when I bit something hard. However, what’s left of it has no sign of disease, no black whatsoever! It’s amazing!