Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Causes Broken Teeth?

My dentist, Dr Tony Rich in Newport Beach, told me that he gets at least one call every week from a patient with a broken tooth.

So what causes teeth to break? Injury and grinding are among some of the causes, but one very common contributing factor is vitamin deficiency -- specificially Vitamins C and D deficiencies. As Calcium is essential to building strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D is essential for the prevention of periodontal disease, gum disease and cavities, and regulates Calcium. When Vitamin D levels are low, no amount of calcium will go into bones and teeth. This could result in osteoporosis, periodontal disease and weak teeth.

Another very common contributor to cases of fractured teeth is silver mercury amalgam fillings. These toxic fillings have the unique property of shrinking and expanding, enlarging as they age, so there is a constant outward pressure on the tooth. If the patient bites a certain way, you may hear the tooth crack.

Some foods rich in Vitamin D are wild sockeye salmon, shrimp, cod liver oil, sardines and organic egg yolk. Also, getting approximately 20 minutes of unblocked sun per day will assist the body in creating it's own supply of Vitamin D3.

We have previously discussed the toxicity of mercury amalgams (silver fillings). Please go to our archives for more information. You can also visit for the whole story, and how much work is being done to outlaw this common, yet known toxic practice.

If you still have mercury amalgams (silver fillings), we suggest you see a qualified dentist to have them safely removed and replaced with safe materials.

NOTE: Those with hyperparathydriodism (overactivity of the parathyroid gland) should consult with their doctor prior to taking Vitamin D.


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