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Jameth Sheridan on Vitamin Deficiencies, Dental Health and Solutions

In this article, Jameth Sheridan shares on challenges like vitamin deficiencies and dental health and offers solutions as well. Jameth Sheridan is the co-author of Uncooking with Jameth and Kim and the co-founder of the superfoods company HealthForce Nutritionals.

Kevin: You mentioned teeth issues. We really haven’t talked about teeth issues with anyone from this program. And some people on a raw diet do experience hot and cold sensitivity, and is that the sign of teeth starting to rot? What’s happening there?

Jameth: Yes it can be, and many a raw fooder has had dental problems, it’s actually the group that has the most dental problems in my experience, and especially in the years past, because there’s more awareness of that, has been raw fooders, which is ironic. The worst dental health I’ve seen is in raw fooders.

Kevin: Whoa.

Jameth: Now when I was mostly a fruitarian, I had a few cavities when I was a kid, I think four, and when I was mostly fruitarian, my teeth started rotting out of my mouth. I got many, many cavities, and that was during that similar time of athletics when I was eating so much sugar. Now, someone would say, “Well, I’m eating this raw food, vital, healthy, magnificent fruit,” and I’m not at all an anti-fruit person, but by no means do I recommend fruitarianism either.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I was eating more sugar then I was when I was a regular junk food kid at Halloween and so forth. A regular person, if they eat junk foods and sugars, they’ll have a candy bar here, there, maybe once a day, something like that, maybe twice a day. So, two times a day you have sugar passing by your teeth. When you’re a raw fooder and eating lots of fruit, you are having sugar pass by your teeth a dozen times a day. I’ll have a piece of fruit now. Have a piece of fruit later. And, fruit’s so low calorie, you actually have more contact time with sugar on your teeth. And, it’s ironic that a regular candy bar has a very limited ability to feed your cells because it’s white sugar, it’s preservatives, there’s very little nutrients in it, it’s just absolute crap , and you cannot sustain cellular life very well whatsoever. And, the bacteria that live under your gums, when they get a candy bar, they can grow from that. But, they can’t grow nearly as well as they can from fruit sugar because fruit sugar is live, it’s vital, it has enzymes, it has life force. The water in fruits and vegetables is a low surface tension structured water which feeds our cells phenomenally better than a candy bar. That’s one of the reasons raw foods and whole foods are so good for us. Bacteria under your teeth thrive on fruit sugar like nothing else because it’s more vital for them, too. And, they get stronger.

Kevin: Right. Vital for us and them.

Jameth: They grow like crazy because it’s a better source of food for them and they’re getting it constantly. So, you’re more likely, actually, to have dental problems if you’re eating lots of fruit versus if you’re eating a lesser quantity of refined processed foods.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Not that I’m recommending that.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Now dates, for example, for your gums, are the worst of all possible worlds because dates are vital, they’re live, but they’re also gooey so they stick on your teeth.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: Dates and dried fruits would apply to that. And the answer to that is don’t eat that much fruit because there’s another component I want to talk about in a minute. And also, make sure your dental hygiene is supreme. Because dental health and just having things go wrong with your teeth is clearly associated with having things go wrong with other organs and systems in the body stemming from the teeth as a source. You don’t want to have rotten teeth in your mouth. You’ve got to get that addressed. And, because I’ve had some serious dental issues in the past coming from largely fruitarian diets, I floss twice a day, brush twice a day, I floss sometimes more than twice a day, never let anything get stuck in my teeth, and I have a healthy essential oil type mouthwash that I usually use in rinse after I have things with sugar or other things. And, that’s prevented any further dental decay.

Kevin: Really? And, what kind of mouthwash is it?

Jameth: Right now, I tend to use one from Eco-Dent. It’s just an organic essential oil-based mouthwash, something healthy without sodium, lauryl sulfate or any preservatives. There’s other ones out there, I’m sure.

Another thing that happens with people when they eat a lot of fruit is fruit is high in antioxidants, it’s high in vitamins, it’s high in a lot of magnificent things. And actually, I think that people that say that they eat no fruit, they’re throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don’t think that’s healthy. And, we can talk more about that later. But, fruit is extremely low in minerals. That’s just not what fruit contributes to your body, to your diet. That’s not what it’s there for. It just genetically can’t have a lot of minerals in it. Two and three percent, sometimes four percent, whereas the average vegetable might have ten percent. The average superfood vegetable like nettles has about twenty percent minerals. Dramatically different. Even spirulina has about ten percent minerals. Fruit is just really low. When you have that much sugar and that little minerals, it actually starts to de-mineralize your teeth and your bones. And sometimes people’s teeth can
become sensitive just from that alone, and they can start to become transparent, too.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: And, that’s not a healthy situation to have. I’ve actually never met a long term fruitarian who is healthy or who didn’t cheat.

Kevin: OK.

Jameth: That’s my experience. After 22 years of being in raw, I’ve never seen that. And there’s some famous fruitarian emphasis types speaking today who aren’t telling people everything they do.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: I see B-12 being rampant in people who are fruitarian. If someone is a fruitarian, I recommend they don’t be, but if they are, they’ve absolutely got to take a B-12 supplement. I’ve seen so many fruitarians be B-12 deficient. And then, I’ve talked to a few of them and said, “Listen, let’s get you on some superfoods with probiotics, and grasses, and spirulina,” combinations of which have been proven to raise people’s B-12 levels without taking a B-12 supplement.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: What I’ve almost invariably heard from them is “Hey, that’s a little bit outside of my box. I don’t think that’s really natural.. I don’t think I can do that.” But, they go ahead and take a supplement or take injectable B-12, and I’m thinking, that isn’t outside your box? That’s not unnatural?

Kevin: Yeah.

Jameth: But it’s this philosophy. Now, there have been a few fruitarian types who have taken me up on my offer to help them with superfoods become B-12 sufficient and blood tests have shown they have become B-12 sufficient by taking various superfood complexes.

Kevin: Really? Plant based, or no?

Jameth: Completely plant based. Completely plant based. And, these are …

Kevin: But, with probiotics?

Jameth: With probiotics in them. Now, I don’t know is it the spiraling or the chlorella or some of the other things in the superfood that I’m talking about, or it is the probiotics in there because probiotics make B-12 on their own. Or, is it the combination of all of them because I haven’t dissected the 30 different ingredients and just given to someone in a clinical trial.

Kevin: Right.

Jameth: But I know the totality of it does it. B-12 is somewhat of an important issue because it can just ruin someone’s health. Everything else in their health can be great , and if their B-12 is deficient, they start to get weak, they can start to get numbness and tingling, they can start to have brain and mental disorders. And, approximately 40% of the average human population in America, 40% of the average Americans are B-12 deficient on a meat-eating diet, on a carnivorous diet. This is not a vegan or a raw issue. If you’re fruitarian, it definitely is magnified tremendously. So, if someone has to take a B-12 supplement, it doesn’t mean that their life or their lifestyle is failing, it just means that they’re taking care of their need, they’re doing what they need to be healthy.

And, the reason that I got into raw, and the reason that pretty much everybody gets into raw, is to be healthy. So, if something’s not healthy, then you shouldn’t do it. And, getting stuck in the philosophy or the various philosophies of raw can get people into trouble.

I don’t take a B-12 supplement and I’ve been a vegan for 22 years. I take my B-12 levels, and they’re optimum. But if they weren’t, I think it’s because I take superfoods and probiotics, if they weren’t, I would have not problem taking a B-12 supplement. And, it’s like when you’re a vegan, also you’re on trial with a lot of the rest of the world.

Dental Health for Mental Wealth

When was the last time you visited a dentist? Weeks? Months? Years? More often that not, the answer is ‘years’. Oral and dental hygiene isn’t taken as seriously as it should be by the vast majority of the public and you may be surprised that this ‘minor’ neglect can have devastating and long-lasting consequences.

If you broke your arm or felt an unusual pain in your chest, you wouldn’t hesitate to contact a doctor or visit the emergency room; however when it comes to teeth and gums many patients would choose to ignore the pain and live with it rather than seek professional help. This sort of thinking may have been acceptable in the past but we now live in the 21st century and it’s not an insurmountable task to locate a quality dentist who offers top-notch dental services at a bona fide dental practice, for a reasonable price.

Broken and cracked teeth, cavity stricken molars and infected gums quickly become a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty germs and bacteria. These issues can transform into serious dental problems and in some scenarios, serious medical issues.The mouth itself requires special attention, especially because this is where we ingest our food and if it’s not kept to a high standard, infections quickly manifest and travel to the rest of the body; many severe and chronic illnesses can originate from poor dental hygiene and the best form of overall protection is prevention.

The best way to keep your mouth free from disease and infection is to brush regularly, floss regularly and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash as often as possible. The most important thing to do, in order to make sure that your oral hygiene is up to scratch, is to book an appointment with a quality dentist and have regular check ups; twice a year is the minimum recommended amount but when you’re only blessed with two sets of teeth for a lifetime, a few more visits can’t hurt.

Poor oral hygiene affect more than just your mouth too; if you’re worried about your teeth and the way they look or about the freshness of your breath, you may suffer from a lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem as a direct result. Many professionals believe that a natural and healthy smile is the key to success in almost any type of situation.

Your smile says a lot about you as a person and there are many researchers who specialize in analyzing smiles and comparing the results of many different social situations. Did you know that a smile with closed lips is a sign of insincerity? Or that people who smile more generally live longer? Genuine smiles are a powerful form of body language and have been proven to be an invaluable asset to many people.

If your smile lacks confidence it may be down to nothing more than a crooked tooth, a niggling pain or a self-conscious twitch which originates from receding gums or bad breath. Take a trip down to your nearest dental practice, get yourself checked over by a quality dentist and take advantage of the numerous services that they have on offer.

Pediatric Dental Specialist

Pediatric Dental Specialist is a professional, who cares and treats for the oral health of children. This discipline of dentistry, lays attention on psychology of children and each and every aspect of highly dedicated modalities and restoration methods. For instance, there are some specialist dealing with particular requirements of small patients, who have cerebral palsy, mental retardation and autism. Pediatric dentistry lays more attention in promoting buoyancy and faith between specialists and children. The important aspect of training to these specialists is psychology of children. Keeping this factor in mind, the office of these dentists is specially designed to offer a convenient atmosphere to children.

These professionals offer highly qualified care to the gums, tooth and the whole oral health of children. They are offering a wide range of services like fluoride treatment, fillings, coloring, sealants to teeth, etc… Even babies in their formation stage can be taken to these dentists for ensuring a healthy development and growth of tooth in them. These professionals can identify the dental concerns in children at early stages when children are taken to regular visits in such a way that problems can be identified pretty earlier. This enables parents to avoid costly and extensive dental correction procedures in the later stages of the life of their children.

Pediatric Dental Specialists lay special attention on prevention of tooth decay in children since according to different studies it has been found that poor oral health of children prevent them from performing well in their educational field. They also advice the parents as to how to enable their children to grow a healthy and strong teeth and how to prevent teeth diseases by following some of the healthy food habits. They also take special care of the primary teeth of the children before they are lost naturally and this is due to the fact that primary teeth enable the children to develop their eating habits at the early stages thereby enabling them to get good nutrition. Primary teeth also play a crucial role in the speech of children and they maintain a space for eventual growth of permanent teeth.

Good dental hygiene in children is entirely dependent on the team work of pediatric dentist and parents so that they can maintain a healthy smile all through their lives. When the child grows from infancy to teenage, his/her dental requirement will change and when the children attains the age of adolescence their pediatric dentist will recommend them to a general dental specialist and even some dentist offer treatment to children after they reach their adolescence age.

Tips to Improve Dental Health After Dental Surgery

After undergoing dental surgery, it might not be pleasant for you. Pain in teeth or jawbones, swollen gums, bleeding teeth are common after a dental surgery. But if you take enough care, the pain and wounds heal quickly. During this period, it is crucial to maintain an infection free environment in the mouth because, it is not possible to provide a sterilized condition there.

In this article, we discuss tips to follow for maintaining oral health after undergoing a dental procedure.

Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours of dental surgery

After having undergone dental procedure, avoid rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours. Next day, add ½ teaspoon common salt to a cup of lukewarm water. Take a little water into mouth and gently move your head to allow water to run around in the mouth. Rinse four to six times a day for removing germs.

Avoid noisy rinsing, it may hurt gums where surgery was performed. Stay away from eating stored foods, having alcohol and tobacco for at least two weeks.

If you had root canal treatment or gum graft, avoid using a brush for at least a week. To get rid of bad breath, soak a sterilized cloth in salt-water and gently clean around teeth. Avoid touching jawbones where surgery was performed. If you do, it may cause infection and the surgical procedure done may fail.

Avoid opening the mouth forcibly

After dental surgery, your jawbones tend to become stiff and unpleasant because, dental procedure makes your mouth to open wide for long hours. This makes hard to open mouth even for a week.

To cure this difficulty (in opening mouth), massage gently on the face and around the jawbones using a moist cloth. Forcing your mouth to open wide will not help.

Avoid chewing on the wound

The dentist may cover your tooth with gauze pad to stop bleeding from the portion where surgery was done. You need to remain calm for at least an hour, take rest and keep your head raised to stop excess bleeding. Since you do not make any movement in the oral cavity, saliva and blood get mixed up and it gives you an appearance of bleeding. During this period, avoid chewing on the gauze pad or on the wounded portion, no matter how much it irritates you. When your gums are bleeding, avoid hard and chewy foods.

Avoid applying heat near the swollen area

Dental surgery may cause swelling near wounded portion. This swelling may remain for at least a week depending on the extent of surgery. The swollen jaw muscle gives you unusual facial appearance and this might tempt you to apply heat to reduce the swollen area.

But in reality, applying massage with hot material tends to increase blood flow, which in turn increases swelling. Massage gently around the jaw muscles on the face. Give cold massage using an ice cube in a piece of cloth or towel for 10 minutes and repeat the process for every hour. This helps you restore jaw muscles rather than increasing swelling.

Take soft food – rich in protein and vitamins

To aid healing of wounds, your diet should include soft foods that are rich in proteins and vitamins. The soft food sources include milk products, eggs, bananas, fruit juices, etc. Have vitamin supplements like vitamin C, which helps heal wounds. Have multi-vitamin pills, at least once a day. Try to chew and take in food from opposite side of wounds. If you allow food on wounded region it could lead to growth of germs around the wound. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt-water.

Avoid placing finger or other objects on teeth

Avoid using fingers, tongue, cheek, or other objects on teeth, even if it irritates you after dental surgery. Frequent touching with fingers could cause infection around the wound. To clean near the wounded region, use sterilized cloth. Replace the cloth for every use.

Tips on Child Dental Health and Care

A beautiful smile helps in winning a million hearts. So in case you have a new-born baby, then take proper care of his teeth and help him in developing good dental hygiene habits.

But this should actually begin before you can see your child’s first tooth. There are certain things that you should take into consideration to ensure that your child has strong and healthy teeth and gums.

Following these simple child dental health & care tips will help protect your child against diseases pertaining to the teeth.

* Make him brush his teeth twice in a day, i.e., when he wakes up from his sleep in the morning and before he goes to bed at night.

* When your child attains the pre-school age, make him use fluoride toothpaste. But ensure that your child does not cover the entire brush with the toothpaste. Only a little is enough for his teeth.

* Children usually have the tendency of swallowing a major portion of the toothpaste. Hence, always keep an eye on them when they brush their teeth or you can brush their teeth, particularly if they are young, because consumption of too much of toothpaste containing fluoride may cause some stains on their teeth.

* In case your little child has developed some cavities, immediately consult a dentist for fillings. Do not sit back thinking that the cavities need not be filled up because the so called baby teeth of your child will gradually fall off.

* Proper nutrition also helps in keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy. Make your child eat nutritional snacks and avoid giving him sugary drinks as far as possible.

* You can help your child develop good dental habits with the help of fun-filled educational activities like for example brushing charts, games, fun facts, puzzles, and so on. Always keep in mind that this is the best way of educating your child as children usually love having fun at the time of learning.

* Finally, take your child for dental checkups at regular intervals. This is very essential for developing the sense of good oral hygiene at a very young age.

As per the American Dental Association, parents should take their child to a dentist when they are a year old. This allows the dentist to take care of the early problems surrounding your beloved child’s teeth. There are several affordable dental services offered by the pediatric dentists who have done specialization in the treatment of the dental health of children. Going to the dentist with your child from a very young age will make your child get acquainted with the dentist and secondly, it will also inculcate the habit of dental checkups at regular intervals within your child.