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How My Dentist Told Me That My Teeth Were Too Clean

A few months ago, I went for an appointment to the dentist. I’m always a little apprehensive when I go to the dentist, because around 2002-2003 I went through major problems, all caused by eating the WRONG kind of raw food diet, and also following the wrong dental health information.

My teeth have been doing great for a while, but like I said, I have a little anxiety every time I go to the dentist, based on my past experience.

And I was worried this time because I noticed that a lot of my teeth started to have brown spots at the base of them. I was crossing my fingers I wasn’t starting to get more cavities out of nowhere!

The dental hygienist told me I didn’t have any cavities, but she didn’t know what the spots were caused by.

She asked me, “do you drink coffee or tea regularly”

I said no.

She asked “do you drink wine regularly?”

I said no.

She tried to find the culprit to the stains on the teeth, but couldn’t.

Finally the dentist did his own exam, and he discovered what the problem was. He said:

“Your teeth are too clean!”

He explained to me that there’s a class of bacteria that absorb iron and only proliferate when they don’t have competition from other types of bacteria, like the ones that cause decay. This only happens in very clean environments.

This bacteria is harmless, but they can leave brown stains on the teeth due to the fact that they absorb iron.

He said “We don’t usually see that!”

My dentist then told me that I just needed to slack off on my dental hygiene routine. I could simply occasionally skip a brushing session, or not use the oral irrigator every day.

So I left the dentist office pretty happy, with a small bill, and white teeth (they managed to remove the stains manually), knowing that my biggest problem was:

My teeth are too clean!

*They All Have Bad Teeth*

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Many raw foodists I have met have bad teeth. Almost all of the raw food gurus I know have had some kinds of dental problems.

I could give you many specific examples, but the list would just go on and on.

Certain gurus and authors, even some that I respect like Dr. Doug Graham, claim that there’s actually no issue with raw foods causing dental problems. They will say that dentists are not overwhelmed with raw food patients!

But that’s simply because the percentage of the population that eats a raw food diet is very small! Yet in that small fringe population, most of them have serious dental problems.

Just go to a raw food festival, and then ask people one-by-one about that.

Then go to a motorcycling festival, and ask people about that.

You will get two different sets of answers! Yes, most people have had SOME kind of dental work done.

But with raw foodists, the issue I see are sudden problems that start shortly after they go raw, that often escalate, leading them to stop eating the diet.

So let’s be absolutely clear:

You are more likely to have dental problems on a raw food diet than other diets!

The reason is simple: there’s just more sugar in the raw food diet.

Now, I don’t think that fruit sugar is bad for you, but most of us have too high of a bacteria count in our mouths to begin with! This may not be a problem on a diet of chicken and bread, but with raw foods — and all the acidity and sugar in fruit, it can be a disaster.

Another way to look at it is this:

You have to be in great health and have AWESOME teeth to eat a raw food diet and NOT develop dental problems. The average person will have those problems.

The great thing is that you can reverse it.

You could even have the inverse problem, like me. My teeth were simply TOO clean not only for decay, but in fact to remain perfectly white.

Teeth like mine can’t decay — pure and simple.

Now, I had to make modifications to make sure they stay white (by the way, the brown spots were not visible in my smile, because they were at the base of the teeth).

I have to let my bacteria count grow only a little bit!

But most people don’t have my problem, because they don’t know what I know.

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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.