Corrections & Updates to the 2nd Edition (2011)

    • Pg. 85, “Glutathione” bullet point”
      UPDATE: The “Menu for Immune System Boosting” is in Appendix X.


    • Pg. 117, last sentence
      UPDATE: Several prescription drugs slow bone destruction by reducing MMP levels. Low-dose doxycycline hyclate, or LDD, also known as Periostat, is one.


    • Pg. 223, first full paragraph
      UPDATE: Microbial waste products create the acid environment (pH 3-3.5) that sustains them and that also dissolves teeth. Ozone gas can penetrate 3mm – 5mm into a tooth, killing all the pathogens that have migrated into it and neutralizing their errosive waste products.8 Thus ozone shifts the tooth’s internal environment towards a neutral pH. The tooth can then remineralize using minerals from pulp fluids and from saliva. When ozone is also used in the mouth, friendly bacteria begin to predominate. Even when patients do not support therapy with appropriate self care, it takes months for germ populations to revert to an unfriendly balance. In the meantime, tooth banks are set to take in mineral deposits rather than lose them.


    • Pg. 224, last paragraph before #2
      UPDATE: Usually a MID dentist decides to fill a “pothole” to structurally strengthen the tooth. They know properly used ozone extends the longevity of a dental repair because it increases a resin filling’s bond strength to enamel.10 On the other hand, ozone use without re-air abrading the tooth decreases bond strength.


    • Pg. 228, middle paragraph
      UPDATE: Whether tubules stay that way is the subject of lively debate. Biological dentists suggest that though a root canal treated tooth is sealed at the tip, nothing seals the tubules. Normal fluid flow within live teeth transports nutrients from the blood stream into the tooth’s pulp chamber, then through the micro-tubules within the body of the teeth, the enamel, and finally out into the mouth. Sugar intake, among other processes, reverses this fluid flow.xxii The reversed flow draws pathogens and acids into the tooth from the pocket and periodontal ligament. In the same way these miles of tubules in a dead tooth act as a toxic sponge for germs and their end products. They incubate within the tooth, their waste products build; both escape to cause serious health threats to the host. This theory is based on the works of doctors Weston Price, George Meinig, Thomas Levy and others. The good news is that early diagnosis and other MID/Biomimetic practices save teeth from the need for root canals. Using ozone gas during even routine repair procedures also helps challenged pulps survive in the first place.


    • Pg. 238, “Glutathione” bullet point”
      UPDATE: The “Menu for Immune System Boosting” is in Appendix X.


    • Pg. 283, first paragraph under “Enzymes”
      UPDATE: Your body contains from 80 to 100 trillion cells, all with a different structure and function, but basically the same chemistry. Twenty thousand enzymes within our body’s cells carry on about 100,000 chemical reactions each second. They could be called the master chemists of the cell. Cells do not work well when enzymes are unavailable or improperly synthesized. Beyond proper cell function, enzymes help kill pathogens and break down collagen to dissolve blood clots.


    • Pg. 294, last sentence of footnote
      UPDATE:If you lack sleep and exercise, grehlin becomes your main appetite controller. Its insistent signal tells you to eat constantly, which leads to weight gain.


    • Page 449, last bullet point

UPDATE: Healthy Life Labs (www.healthylifelabs.com) and Direct Labs (www.directlabs.com) offer the same tests, but their lipid panels also measure VLDLs. Anyone can order a test from Direct Labs, but they must visit a LabCorp lab (3000 US locations) for the test and access results with any mobile device or computer.

Revisions to Revised Second Edition:

Burt’s Bees is no longer available, a concern for many of my readers. Following are three excerpts from this edition for those who have older editions. Note that I am working with several dentists to make a more biocompatible that is equally remineralizing. It will be available at my online Store when it is available.

  1. The last chapter, “Solutions,” has many suggestions for coping with a dry mouth. Over-the counter remineralizing toothpastes like CariFree CTx3 Gel with nano particles of hydroxyapatite or Dr. Collins Restore toothpaste containing NovaMin® (see Chapter 16, Shifting the Balance From Destruction to Reconstruction) are wonderful for helping with tooth sensitivity and decay induced by a dry mouth. NoveMin® is available in other pastes sold around the world.
  2. Dr. Collins Restore toothpaste is one of the few toothpastes available over-the-counter in the U.S. containing calcium sodium phosphosilicate (as NovaMin®). This paste also contains titanium dioxide and the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate, an ingredient known to cause mouth sores in some people. Why do Americans need opaque, foaming toothpastes?
  3. Decay Reduction: BioRepair or Carifree® CTx3 Gel. Size matters. Enamel is comprised of specifically oriented hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystals in the 20–40 nanometer range. The size, shape, and orientation of these native crystals grant both mechanical strength and biological protection to teeth.

Most products commonly used to counter enamel and dentin erosion, such as fluoride, work by slowing down acid dissolution of tooth enamel while increasing surface hardness. As mentioned in Chapter 12, most remineralization agents are unable to reconstruct the lost crystalline structure of enamel. Remineralizing agents found in most over-the-counter dental products such as amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and conventional hydroxyapatites (cHAP) are so large (hundreds of nanometers), and are incorrectly shaped so they cannot orient themselves into enamel to give it the strength and decay resistance of native enamel. Additionally, they adhere too poorly to be incorporated, thus they are unsuitable for enamel repair.

Synthesized 20 nanometer HAP crystals can self-assemble into enamel-like crystalline structures with an unusual ability to bond to natural tissues. These crystals confer superior strength and erosion resistance to a tooth. In fact, newly remineralized areas may be more acid-resistant than enamel! These apatite nanoparticles also help with root surface sensitivity. (For images, see: http://www.carifree.com/dentists/science/documents/ Repairofenamelbyusinghydroxyaoatitenanoasbuildingblocks.pdf )

BioRepair contains the ubiquitous titanium dioxide and parabens present in many popular commercial toothpastes. CariFree includes Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. We can’t have it all – yet. BioRepair and the children’s CTx3 version of CariFree omit fluoride. These are huge steps in the right direction. CariFree is my current top choice for those who want remineralization properties in their toothpaste.

When using rebuilding products at home, first remove biofilms to assure these products reach bare tooth surfaces. I brush with straight baking soda (not baking soda toothpaste) at night to alkalize my mouth, and then use CariFree CTx3 children’s toothpaste in the morning.