An Apple A Day Means More Than You Think


As a dental student, I heard this story. There was a young professor from the University of Washington. He took his wife on a whirlwind tour of Europe. So many countries, so many restaurants, are the plans for a two-week summer vacation. Something he noticed in different countries and at different restaurants. At the end of meals, the service brought cut up apples to the table. This curious dentist finally asks, “What was the purpose of the cut apples.” To his surprise he was told, “It cleans the teeth and freshens the palate.”


Back at school, he investigated the validity of this European custom. Not only does it clean the teeth, chewing an apple does a better job than brushing with a toothbrush. With dental students, he discovered right-handed and left-handed people consistently miss certain areas of their mouth. Not so chewing an apple. His research makes popular the concept of “detergent foods.” Natural raw foods are moist and fibrous, cleaning Nature’s teeth for all of biological time.

“Chewing an apple does a better job than brushing with a toothbrush”


Explaining to patients, an apple works great with vegetarian meals. A predominately protein meal, carrot or celery sticks are best for good digestion. It is hard to get children to brush after every meal. Parents, be the example by having a family tradition, if the parents eat a “detergent food” after meals, children will follow.


Another fact learned in dental school. The brush alone cleans the teeth and gums. The food remnants in between the teeth and under the gum line have microbes growing on it. Dentists call this plaque and it is easily disturbed and removed if the bristles of a dry brush can reach there. So many brushing techniques, understand the objective. Focus on removing all the food debris after any meal, solving the increasing microorganism population.

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Brushing-1Brushing-2Stop culturing germs by starving them. We cannot eliminate them, just don’t leave them food to eat. This prevents their acid waste from harming the teeth and their growing societies in microscopic cities from irritating the gums. Weak salivary fluid, deficient in minerals, is a big problem. Our resting saliva, meaning when not eating, needs to be alkaline in pH biochemistry and complete with all the minerals of life, including fluoride. The pH and mineral concentration of our salivary fluids is the physiological result of a natural planetary lifestyle and its diet.

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