With Paleo this and Paleo that in the press and on books, talk shows, etc. I wondered, “How does dentistry play into the current fray of Paleo __?” I thought about it for a bit and this is what came to me.
This is an interesting proposition as it perhaps supposes that you are going out and roughing it like you are on some reality show where you have been dropped off on a deserted island without food or clothes and you have to live. Or perhaps it is thought that you will be growing your own food from your lovingly tended organic garden or something in-between. At any rate, my view is this.: The closer one can live a Paleo type diet, the better one will be off on a multitude of levels. Our cells will just plain work better and we will thrive as the logical consequence of proper nutrition. It is the departure from a whole food predominantly plant based diet and into the processed foods so often seen in TV adverts today that contributes to disease of any type in our body.
There is a myriad of complex chemical interactions that the body uses that is like a finely tuned orchestra. Then it must figure out to somehow deal with the processed foods that are consumed. When you eat an organic (sic) apple, it is an apple and all of the goodness that came packaged in the most perfect package for an apple. BUT, look at some of the apples you get in a grocery store. Cut it into pieces and leave it on a plate and watch and wait to see how long it takes to turn brown (oxidize). A real, unprocessed apple turns brown almost while you eat it. Processed/treated apples can sit for days and dry out before they turn brown. I think you get the point.
So what then is the bottom line? Our teeth and supporting structures are part of that finely tuned orchestra, an extremely important part. Anything that contributes to the health of the body as a system will most definitely benefit the teeth and contiguous structures. Your pH will be in a better range more often and your disease incidence has to be lower for a host of reasons.