Please help me save my teeth before they are gone.
December 18, 2012 9:24 AM Subscribe
I never drink soda, and I place more focus on health and nutrition than anyone I know. Why are my teeth dissolving?!
posted by lmpatte2 to health & fitness (48 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry in advance for the long post.
I am 27, and until fairly recently, I had a set of very healthy looking teeth. I'd never even had a cavity until my most recent checkup, when my dentist found two of them. Over the past year, I've been noticing that my teeth seem to stain much, much more easily than other people's. I started avoiding coffee and black tea for that reason, and always opt for white wine over red while in public, because after a few sips of red my husband starts lovingly referring to me as "Captain Black Teeth." I know these are things that are notorious for staining everyone's teeth, but the effect they have on mine seems much more severe. For example, ONE mug of herbal tea the other day made my teeth so dark that I was embarrassed to leave the house. After brushing with activated charcoal (supposedly a safe, natural way to whiten teeth) several times since then, they still have an obvious greyish tinge.
The thing that is really freaking me out though, is the way the bottoms of my teeth are visibly thinning out to the point of looking translucent. This is happening to one of my front teeth faster than the other, and last night during a conversation with my husband, he interrupted it to say "Let me see your teeth," and "That worn spot on your tooth is getting worse." (In a concerned way -- Not a critical one.) We both agree that I need to make an appointment with a doctor asap to get my mineral levels checked, but I was hoping to collect theories here first in case that doesn't turn up much.
As mentioned, I'm a health nut, and I'm borderline obsessed with nutrition, which is why it's so surprising to me that my teeth reflect such poor health. I follow a grain-free, processed foods-free diet full of grass fed meat, lots of healthy fats, fresh pastured milk, eggs, and cheese, and plenty of organic vegetables straight from the farm. I even supplement daily with fermented cod liver oil (for the D and A) and butter oil (for the K2) which are supposed to be the three main powerhouses behind healthy teeth and bones. Obviously I'm doing something wrong, but I'm at a loss for what it could be.
Lastly, in case these are relevant/ related to the above issue -- I experience fairly regular charley horses at night, and muscle cramping in my hands during the day, as well as frequent heart palpitations. All of this together screams "magnesium deficiency" to me based on what little I know, but I've been supplementing with Natural Calm and LiquiMins for 6 months now and have experienced little to no improvement in my observable symptoms.
If anyone has a guess as to what might be happening to my teeth or advice for how to slow their deterioration, please share. I'm willing to try almost anything at this point.