For the past three years, I've been living in dental hell. It all started when I became pregnant with my daughter, Mia. I have a genetic condition referred to as MTHFR, and because I have a more serious case with two gene mutations, I was told that I would have to take medications for the rest of my life. One of those medications that I was initially given was called Folbee, a high-dose of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Biotin, and Folic Acid. What my doctors didn't realize at the time was that my body could not process Folic Acid...at all. As a result, I got very sick and my body was unable to process vitamins efficiently. A person with the same gene mutations are thought to process about 30% of folate correctly they intake when their bodies are running optimally. So, my body was processing a heck of a lot less than that - and I was paying for it in every aspect of my life.
My teeth slowly became demineralized, and as a result, the cavities accumulated. Going to the dentist was stressful - each time I knew I was going to receive a lecture, and unlike my husband, I brushed my teeth after every meal, so I was pretty frustrated. Through out this time, I was under the care of an excellent dentist and racked up about $6,000 worth of dental work. It was depressing because no matter how much money we sank into my teeth, I still needed root canal after root canal. I even thought about going overseas, removing my teeth that had cavities, and getting implants.
After we moved to Albany, Georgia when my daughter was about a year old, I switched from Folbee to 5-Methylfolate, started drinking Vegan Shakeology (because it did not contain folic acid), and cut out almost all processed foods from our diets. Within two weeks, I felt like a whole new person and was even able to start going back to yoga classes! But I still had all those nasty cavities too!
The next step I took was researching how to remineralize my teeth, which is how I stumbled upon Poofy Organics Toothpaste. Their toothpaste contains Bentonite Clay, which was very exciting for me because it can remineralize the teeth to heal minor cavities! Considering I still had cavities in 5 teeth, I figured it was worth a shot - especially if it could save me thousands down the road by healing these cavities before they progressed into a bigger problem.
A year later after starting with the toothpaste, all but 2 of my teeth have healed - they were too far gone to be completely healed by the toothpaste. One tooth is fractured and I am planning to get an implant in the next few months, as it is not causing me pain at the moment. The other was pulled yesterday, May 6, 2016. Thankfully, it was a back molar and an implant was not needed due to the fact that my mouth was crowded anyway.
I'm excited to finally be closing the chapter of this book in my life, and I have learned so much about nutrition and how it can affect your dental health, and how your dental health can impact every aspect of your health in general. If you're experiencing dental problems and you can't figure out why, seek the help of a nutritionist to evaluate your diet and vitamins and consider being tested for conditions like MTHFR that can affect how the body absorbs vitamins. Hopefully, this quick blog will help prevent someone from going through the dental hell I've lived through.
Tara Glenn is a soccer mom of four beautiful children that lives in Albany, Georgia. She works from home and enjoys yoga and chasing after her kids for exercise! In her spare time, she writes articles about her life and has been featured on The Huffington Post, xojane, SheKnows, and more!