As I mentioned last month, there is a rather shocking conclusion to the research that Ralph Steinman did involving diet and tooth decay.
Firstly, what is simply profound to me as a dental professional is that they observed the tracers that they used in the food show up within the rat’s teeth minutes after they ate! I want to stop here and have everyone reflect on this for just a moment:
Food eaten affected the teeth almost immediately!!!
Secondly, while Steinman saw a direct correlation between the reversal of fluid flow in the teeth and tooth decay he went one step further. Instead of feeding the mice orally he injected glucose into their bodies so that it never even touched their teeth. He not only observed the expected reversal of fluid flow in the dentin of the tooth….
All of the test animals developed severe tooth decay!!!
What Dr. Ralph Steinman clearly demonstrated through this outstanding, landmark research is:
Dental decay reflects systemic illness!!!
Next month I will discuss an additional component of Dr. Steinman’s research involving stress and dental decay!