I have been reading "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel which I've found to be quite interesting. He does mention & recommend oil pulling all though he doesn’t spend much time on it.
I oil pull because I know it works but I cannot help but have my mind drift off wondering how this process works. I've read and to a decree accepted the sublingual theory but feel like the light bulb has gone on for me after reading a section from his book. It reads as follows:
Dental Caries Explained
Tooth dentin consists of miles of microscopic tubules. Within the center of each tooth is the tooth pulp; this contains blood vessels, the nerve, and various other cells that perform specific functions. Tooth pulp is much like the bone marrow in the rest of our body. The super hard tooth enamel normally protects the nerve of the tooth. But when the tooth enamel is compromised, sensations from the mouth travel rapidly to the center of the tooth where the nerve is located; this is what we experience as a toothache. A less severe form of compromised enamel will result in tooth sensitivity.
The dentin tubules are filled with a fluid that is estimated to be similar to the cerebral spinal fluid in the spinal cord and brain. (65) The tooth enamel contains about two percent fluid. In addition to the tooth fluid, the tubules can contain parts of tooth growing cells, nerves and connective tissue. (66) Medical researcher Ralph Steinman, M.D., found that teeth have a constant flow of microscopic fluids coming from within the body. It starts near the intestinal area and flows through the tooth pulp, out the dentin and enamel, and into the mouth. This constant flushing makes sense, as it keeps the internal tooth structure clean and free from contaminants from the mouth. When the flow of the fluid within the tooth is reversed due to imbalanced body chemistry, bacteria, acids, and other toxic matter are pulled into the tooth from within the mouth. When this happens, the pulp--that nerve-filled center of the tooth--becomes inflamed and, over time, the disease spreads to the enamel. Dr. Steinman identified the loss of certain minerals in this process of decay. These are magnesium, cooper, iron and manganese, all of which are active in cellular oxidation and necessary for the energy production that allows the cleansing flow of the fluid through dentin tubules. (67) Tooth decay needs to be reclassified and described for what it really is:
Odontoporosis – a decrease in tooth density causing tooth weakness, and
Odontoclasia – the absorption and destruction of tooth enamel, dentin and issue.
There are several possible explanations for the destruction of teeth. The causes may also vary in different individuals, depending on the health of their glands. When the blood chemistry falls out of balance, the fluid flow of the tooth is reversed, and substances are drawn from within the mouth into the body; this is a process of reabsorption. This process is likely aided using special cells called odontoclasts. The teeth, which normally would constantly mineralize due to the outward flow of nutrient-rich tooth fluid from the pulp towards the mouth interior, cease to rebuild, which eventually leads to tooth loss. The reabsorption process may be heightened by salivary amylase, a digestive enzyme normally present in saliva for digesting food, which when pulled into the tooth structure ends up digesting part of the tooth structure instead. The decay of reabsorption process of the tooth results in waste material that bacteria eat (which may explain their proliferation around decaying teeth).
More than 400 different bacteria are associated with dental disease, and many more have yet to be discovered. (68) Lactobacillus acidophilus is a common bacterium associated with tooth decay. This same L. acidophilus is also considered beneficial and necessary for health, as it lives within our small intestines in abundance. L. acidophilus is present in large amounts in our mouths when tooth decay is active, and is small amounts when tooth decay is not active. The reason for the bacterial proliferation is that the microbes have evolved and multiplied due to waste material from the tooth that is being reabsorbed.
Both the dentin (the middle tooth layer) and the enamel are constructed from our blood. The saliva and the material with the tooth pulp are also made from our blood. It is highly likely that the teeth are primarily formed and reformed from the pulp of the tooth, and that super hard enamel crystals—formed in the blood or pulp—migrate outward from he center of the tooth and are eventually deposited into the dentin or enamel. This would be similar to how your fingernails grow: they start at the cuticle and work their way out. In the same way, new tooth material forms within the pulp and then slowly works its way through the miles of microscopic dentin tubules to the surface.
While it appears that decay is forming on the outside of the tooth and moving inwards, the real deterioration began before this when the outward flow of fluid ceased.
So anyway, I hope you’ve found the above as interesting as I have. Now I understand why my teeth have gotten whiter with OIL PULLING. It’s cleaned out the microscopic tubules. Unblocking them of the debris and allowing them to remineralize (provided we have the proper nutrition).
I’m including the references for the above:
(65) Berggren G., Brannstrom M., “The Rate of Flow in Dentinal Tubules Due to Capillary Attraction.” J Dent Res.1965; 44: 307-456.
(66) Ten Cate AR. Oral Histology: Development, Structure and Function. Mosby, St. Louis, Boston, Toronto 1998: Chapters 5, 9, 10, 11 and 18.
(67) Huggins, Hal A., DDS. Why Raise Ugly Kids. Arlington House Publisher, Westport, CT, Copyright 1981, ISBNO-87000-507-3, pages 143-149.
(68) CDS Review. “NIDCR Studies Oral Biofilms.” No author listed. January/February 2005, page 60.