" Little did I know that filtering my family's tap water might put our teeth at risk.Two years ago, when I was pregnant and reporting on how the federal government was unwilling to regulate the rocket-fuel component perchlorate in drinking water, my husband and I decided to install a reverse osmosis filter in our kitchen tap. Since D.C. tap water has come under fire for its high levels of everything from lead to hexavalent chromium, it seemed like a sensible move. But during a recent visit to the dentist, my hygenist remarked she had started noticing a rise in tooth decay among children who drank only filtered or bottled water, presumably because they were not drinking fluoridated water. And it suddenly occured to me: Neither was my 20-month-old son, with his 17 teeth. As Americans' consumption of bottled water has risen - it has doubled over the past decade - it is reducing the daily exposure Americans get to the mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. And while researchers have yet to do a comprehensive study of what impact this is having, especially on children, many dentists and pediatricians believe the issue deserves serious examination. "I think it would be good to look at," said Howard Pollick, a clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California at San Francisco and a spokesman for the American Dental Association. Prodded by studies showing that fluoride significantly reduced tooth decay, U.S. municipalities began adding it to public drinking water systems in the 1940s....
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I was thinking, "Juliet, please do more research. This comes off as an ADA propaganda piece." I contacted researchers myself almost 10 years ago and learned that systemic fluoride is worthless. It can't prevent tooth decay because when you drink it, too little ends up on your teeth! It only helps if it is applied directly to your teeth and then too much of it will actually destroy your teeth. Fluoride was added to the water "in the 1940s" because toxic fluoride waste gas from making atomic bombs leaked out and killed some animals and plants and there were lawsuits. To protect national security, a secret group met and a study was done by the Army and the results were falsified. I saw the doctored report. My US mail was tampered with when someone sent me the files, but I got them. The actual reason fluoride "significantly reduced tooth decay" is because the men treated with it had their damn teeth fall out! Fluoride is used to make atomic bombs. It is a nerve toxin once used as rat poison. Tooth decay is caused by a contagious bacterial disease, s. mutans. It eats sugar and makes acid which causes teeth to shed the minerals. This is the cause of decaying holes in your teeth. Good news: You can heal your teeth! Stop eating sugar and eat things that kill s. mutans bacteria. See my article.
Is the amount of fluoride in bottled water always listed on the label?
The FDA does not require bottled water manufacturers to list the fluoride content on the label, but it does require that fluoride additives be listed. In 2006, the FDA approved labeling with the statement, “Drinking fluoridated water may reduce the risk of tooth decay,” if the bottled water contains from 0.6 mg/L to 1.0 mg/L.
How can I find out the level of fluoride in bottled water if it’s not on the label?
Contact the bottled water’s manufacturer to ask about the fluoride content of a particular brand.
Why will no one tell the truth? It is sugar and a particular group of bacteria that causes cavities!
With the introduction of fluoride, the incidence of cavities was greatly reduced. Within the next decade, we may see cavities eliminated altogether.
CaroRx, a tooth-decay inhibiting treatment produced by California-based Planet Biotechnology, Inc., is an antibody produced in genetically altered plants. When painted on cleaned teeth, it prevents the decay-causing streptococcus mutans bacteria from adhering to teeth.
Keith Wycoff, Planet Biotechnology's research director, said the treatment should be available to dentists and the public within the next five or six years. It is currently undergoing clinical trials at the University of California in San Francisco.
Great! I'm so glad we will have access to a cure in five or six billion years. The title of the above article is "Can we kiss cavities goodbye in 2010?" Welcome to 2011. Apparently not.
A caries vaccine is a vaccine to prevent and protect against tooth decay.
Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) has been identified as the major etiological agent of human dental caries. Several types of vaccines are being developed at research centers. Development of a vaccine for tooth decay has been under investigation for more than 30 years. In 1972 a caries vaccine was said to be in animal testing in England, and that it would have begun human testing soon. Intrinsic difficulties in developing it, coupled with lack of strong economic interests, are the reasons why no such vaccine is commercially available as of 2010[update]. ...
On a different line of research, Dr. Jeffrey D. Hillman has developed a genetically modified strain of Streptococcus mutans. The new strain, called BCS3-L1, is incapable of producing lactic acid, which dissolves tooth enamel, and aggressively replaces native flora. In laboratory tests, rats who were given BCS3-L1 were conferred with a lifetime of protection against S. mutans. BCS3-L1 colonizes the mouth and produces a small amount of a lantibiotic, called MU1140, which allows it to out-compete S. mutans.
Hillman suggests that treatment with BCS3-L1 in humans could also provide a lifetime of protection, or, at worst, require occasional re-applications. He figures the treatment would be available in dentists' offices and "will probably cost less than $100."FDA Phase Ib clinical trials are to be held in 2008. The product is being developed at Oragenics under license from the University of Florida. -
Here is the initial paper from 2000, and the update from 2002. They're both still cited periodically, but typically for the general idea of creating symbiotic bacteria, and not in support of this specific bacteria.
Neither the FDA nor Clinical Trials.gov have any record of clinical trials, though they have plenty of other information of trials intended to cure "dental caries." So the project ran out of funding, the scientists moved on or sold the bacteria, the project ran into a big problem and dropped the whole thing, or maybe they're just moving very slowly.
Ah, found him! There is a new product, something not genetically modified. This is great and it fits something I previously discovered: kissing someone without cavities can get rid of your cavities. This is because they have bacteria which do not make acid and which out compete the bad bacteria which cause cavities. The scientist who was working on MU1140 has now discovered which naturally occurring bacteria are good for you. Sounds promising! I'm excited about this.
In clinical trials, young, healthy individuals, using ProBiora3 twice daily for a month, experienced a significant drop in the numbers of opportunistic bacteria in their mouths. In weeks, users will begin to notice whitening and an improvement in breath. ...
ProBiora3 is a 100% natural ingredient that helps to reestablish a healthy balance of oral micro flora and provides the additional benefits of whiter teeth, fresher breath and healthy gums and teeth.
Although probiotics have been used for decades in gut-health applications, the ProBiora3 ingredient represents a novel approach for achieving and maintaining complete oral health.
Certain common problems of the human oral cavity - dental caries, periodontal or gum disease and bad breath - are known to result from an imbalance of the normal populations of certain bacteria. A small number of the more than 500 microbial species that inhabit the oral cavity can cause a negative shift from oral health when they are able to achieve sufficiently large numbers in localized areas of the teeth or gums. In contrast, it is known that a small number of bacterial species can help maintain a microflora population balanced in favor of healthy gums and teeth. These beneficial strains are included in ProBiora3: Streptococcus oralis KJ3, Streptococcus uberis KJ2 and Streptococcus rattus JH145.
... When the ProBiora3™ ingredient enters the mouth and contacts saliva, the freeze-dried probiotics activate and attach themselves to the teeth and gum tissue, establishing Colony Forming Units (CFU) of live, active bacteria both on the surface of the teeth and deep beneath the gum line. These colonies compete for both nutrients and space with the opportunistic bacteria known to be linked to pathogenic activity in the mouth. With daily replenishment, the ProBiora3 bacteria re-establish the natural microbial balance in the mouth and create whiter teeth, fresher breath and healthier teeth and gums.
In the oral cavity, opportunist harmful bacteria convert sugar and carbohydrates into lactic acid. Lactic acid is the bacterial byproduct which is responsible for dental caries and the erosion of tooth enamel. The Standard American Diet promotes the ongoing conversion to lactic acid by providing a constant source of simple carbohydrates for bacterial cell growth, thus creating an even greater imbalance in oral microflora. Eating a healthy diet contributes about 50 percent to the overall health of the oral cavity. As such, the Standard American Diet is a key contributor to periodontal disease that can strike up to 75 percent of the population at some point in their lives. Without requiring lifestyle changes, the addition of the ProBiora3 probiotic ingredient can quickly, dramatically and painlessly affect the long term health and wellness of the mouth and the other health systems dependent on oral health. If oral health is managed with ProBiora3 supplementation daily, the majority of the population could greatly minimize the effects of this serious, costly and painful condition.
The best formula I've found with the fewest ingredients is this from Garden Herbs.
Xylitol, Natural Vanilla, ProBiora3, (S. oralis KJ3, S. uberis KJ2, S. rattus JH145-300 Million CFU*), Natural Spearmint, Cellulose.
Nice. I just ordered 120 of these mints and I've asked about investment opportunities in the company that makes ProBiora3. Too much Xylitol is bad for your stomach, but I'm going to try this and see if it helps my teeth. I've had no cavities for years, but I'd like to keep it that way.
Exceeding six to eight grams daily as an oral care plan can result in stomach discomfort. Exceeding forty grams per day when used as a sweetener can cause discomfort and diarrhea. The real dangers of the substance are to our furry friends. Even small amounts can cause liver failure, seizures and death in dogs.