April 03, 2009

Tooth Decay

Deideldorfer linked me this article on reversing tooth decay with changes in diet. It's an excellent article, and I think my long stint with the Neanderthin diet (book's out of print now, sadly) is part of why my teeth aren't a lot worse than they are. On the other hand, for about 20 years now, we've had what amounts to a vaccine for caries (cavities). The process works by replacing the streptococcus mutans in your mouth (everyone has their own indigenous strain) with a genetically modified strain that excretes alcohol as a byproduct rather than acid. Before you get too excited, it's not enough to get you drunk, or even enough to taste, but it is enough to keep your teeth clean pretty much all the time.

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