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More Confusion About Dental Health!

My last article, “Why Raw-Foodists Have Such Bad Teeth and What to Do About It” caused a big shock among my subscriber database!

After I sent out my ezine, I’ve received questions from lots of confused readers. Let me answer some of these questions in today’s issue!

Commercial Bananas & Monkeys!

“… If we are referring to a commercially grown banana, then what is true is that the ratio of sugar(s) to mineral salts is out of balance. And the same applies to all commercially grown foods.

In my own experience, eating primarily organically(my own) fruits and vegetables, and with very poor oral hygiene, maybe I brushed my teeth once a week, and often less regularly, and with a high incidence of fruit in my diet, one of the meals per day, of the two habitually eaten being fruit, I experienced re-capping of two teeth….”

John L Fielder DO,DC,ND(Adel)
Osteopath & Lifestyle Consultant_Academy of Natural Living


When I was in Costa Rica, I saw the following sign at a National Park. This is a word-by-word transcript of the sign. When I go back there, I will photograph it for everyone to see it:

Contrary to the stereotype, bananas are not the preferred food of monkeys in the wild. Bananas, especially those containing pesticides can be upsetting to the monkeys’ delicate digestive system and cause serious dental problems that can lead to eventual death.

Certainly, your point is valid concerning the ratio of minerals to sugar in commercial foods. However, most raw-foodists don’t have access to 100% organic foods. They have to do with the best they can find.

That’s why I feel the Super-Hygiene program I present in my ebook can do wonders for saving your teeth, because we cannot have 100% control over our environment.

Congratulations on your results with your teeth! But most people I know are not as lucky. When I first went raw, I moved to a very sunny environment, I ate almost everything organic, and I ended up with a mouthful of cavities…

“Teeth Crumbling Out”

Dear Frederic, I’ve been reading your newsletters with great interest and particularly the one about teeth.

My teeth have been crumbling and falling out and it’s at the stage where a dentist says they all need to come out and get myself dentures. I’m sorry to bother you but I’m desperate. Can I reverse this trend and restore my teeth or at the very least stop the rot? Thank you. Best wishes,Monica


Dear Monica,

I’m sorry to hear about your teeth. I’m certain your dentist can direct you to what’s best for you. However it would be a good idea to get a second opinion from other dentists (especially qualified holistic ones).

I don’t know what’s possible for you. I know that implementing a really careful hygienic program can often bring great improvements.

In my ebook “How to End Dental Decay Forever: a Daily Checklist”, I detail my “super-hygiene” method in details. I suggest you give it a try and also show it to your dentist, which I’m certain can only approve it as it can only help your situation.

The ebook can be found at:

“Confused by conflicting Dental Information”

“I’m really confused about all this conflicting dental info. Just curious, when you say diet isn’t the cause, then what causes the imbalance of bacteria in the first place? Also, do you advocate using sea salt?” Georgia


I personally no longer have any confusion about dental health. The information regarding the true cause of dental decay has been available for a long time, but due to misinformation we have preferred to entertain ourselves with complicated theories.

The proliferation of bacteria in the oral environment is caused by a variety of factors, including poor diet, genetic factors, inoculation, and many others.

Once bacteria are there, they form colonies that feed off sugar and this situation is very hard to reverse unless you apply some a very careful hygienic plan!

Sea salt is a natural antimicrobial, and it helps neutralize acidity. So it is of help in fighting decay. All you have to do is combine a little sea salt and baking soda for a natural tooth “paste” that works really well.

If you want perfect dental checkups for the rest of your life, you have to go beyond “normal hygiene!

Here’s an excerpt from my ebook “How to End Dental Decay Forever – A Daily Checklist”:

“Normal hygiene means basically doing what you’ve been told to do by your parents or teachers, when it comes to taking care of your teeth. It means going to the dentist once a year, and brush your teeth like a good little boy or girl.

Normal hygiene is obviously not enough! Why? Because if you don’t give germs a chance to proliferate, you should never have a cavity in your life. So just the fact that almost everybody has a mouthful of fillings, proves that normal hygiene is a failure.

Super Hygiene means keeping the mouth environment so clean, so that the bacteria are always in a free flowing state.With Super-Hygiene, you basically won’t give those nasty bacteria a chance to cause any damage, either in the immediate or distant future.”

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.