It starts in the mouth

Gail emailed me this interesting observation from her perspective as a dental hygienist:

I have worked as a dental hygienist for over forty years. For a long time, I have been saying that something is different with people’s oral health. When I began working as a dental hygienist back in the early seventies, we did not wear gloves and there was very little bleeding during a prophylaxis. If my patients had bleeding gums back in the seventies like they do now, I never would have put my fingers into their mouth.

Today, it is common to see five year old patients with heavy plaque and bleeding. When I listened to your talk on Red Ice Creations, something that you said caught my attention. You stated that the amylopectin-A from the modern wheat is highly digested by the enzyme amylase in the mouth into sugar much quicker than the ancient wheat.

Could this be the missing piece to the puzzle with our modern epidemic of periodontal disease? In the past year, I saw three patients who did not have plaque, calculus or bleeding. This is very unusual to see in the modern dental office. One was a seventeen year old boy, the other two were women in their forties and fifties. When I questioned all three of them, they told me that they were off of gluten products which means that they were not eating wheat. My question to you is: Has there been any dental research concerning the effects of the modern wheat on oral health? I used to blame the increase of bleeding gums on the high fructose corn syrup. I am now thinking that the modern wheat is also the culprit.

I have been telling many of my patients about your book. I find it hard to not talk about this subject when a patient mentions how they want to lose weight and cannot do it with conventional dieting.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

While there is, to my knowledge, no formal research connecting consumption of modern wheat with dental and gingival disease/decay, I am hearing this more and more often. People say, “My dentist says my teeth didn’t really need cleaning and that they looked the best they have in years.”

As Gail points out, the amylopectin A unique to wheat, different than, say, the amylopectin C from beans that is inefficiently digested (resulting in intestinal gas from bacterial digestion of the undigested amylopectin), is rapidly converted to glucose in the mouth by the salivary enzyme, amylase, even before you swallow. So a breakfast of shredded wheat cereal, mid-morning snack of low-fat pretzels, a lunch of low-fat turkey breast on two slices of whole wheat bread, and a dinner of whole wheat pasta ensures a mouth full of glucose many times a day, a situation that makes oral bacteria throw a party, as they love the glucose.

As is happening in the world of wheatlessness, more and more of the common (as well as uncommon) ailments that plague us modern humans are proving to be nothing more than . . . forms of intolerance to wheat.

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  1. Sue

    My dental hygienist is always telling me I leave nothing for her to do. Next time she says that I’ll tell her it’s because I don’t eat wheat and see if she takes the bait to the point where I can tell her about Wheat Belly.

  2. CW

    After having been wheat free since 8/30/11 and having had a dental cleaning 6 months ago with limited gum bleeding two weeks ago I had ZERO gum bleeding. Interesting, uh? Before this I had excessive gum bleeding. The dental hygienist was so amazed she told my dentist. I have had dental care regularly even as a child. Now at age 60 my gums are at their best!! Wheat free is all positive for me. :-)

  3. steve

    Doc,
    This might or might not be related to wheat intolerance, i personallly suspect it does. I have notice since going wheat free, when i get a cut or bruise, the healing process is much faster, the area does not become infected and the healing process is days quicker. Doc, i don’t know if this is just unique to me, I suspect not. I also noticed that when l had my virus that caused my soar throat, the healing time was 7days. This was also accompanied with lose of voice, which cleared up in the same time. This has not happened to me ever in the past, these viruses and infection of the throat have plagued me since i was about 16 years old, and the duration for bronchitis, and lung congestions, use to take about 5 to 6 weels tp heal, this is without being medicated. This is not a concident, this healing has taken place since i have been wheat free. I’am wondering doc, how many other are experiencing the same healing in shorter durations.

    Steve

    • Amy

      Steve-
      Your immune system is strongly linked to your gut, so a healthier gut sans wheat, should give your body a much better defense system against illness and for healing itself in general.
      I too have had this experience with overall health and healing.
      My husband is a first responder who tends to bring home several illnesses a year – and I work in an office where people are continuously sick, and I have managed to stay free of colds, flu or any virus for the last 18 months!

  4. Firebird

    I recall a story about a touring Egyptian exhibit that made a stop in Toronto. They wanted to do an autopsy on the mummy on display. They determined that the mummy was that of a 26 year old woman, and the cause of death was an abscessed tooth, due to wheat and other grains in the diet.

  5. Ruby

    I too have had a much better report at my last tooth cleaning, no bleeding , used to be a lot . I told my hygienist about the book too. Been wheat free since December of last year.

  6. Amy

    This is so interesting – I DO think there is a connection.
    I had terrible dental issues most of my life – tons of cavities – multiple root canals.
    Just prior to going GF, I had tooth pain that would come and go and was the typical pain I would experience prior to having some sort of issue. I realized almost a year later – that I hadn’t experienced any pain or issue since prior to switching my diet. I read somewhere along the way that dentists are starting to make that initial connection to gluten related issues in people’s health based on their teeth earlier in life…. usually in young patients who have ‘terrible’ teeth (like I did) with multiple cavities at a young age. Just another reason I wish I would have made the switch a long time ago!

  7. Julie Williams

    Hm. This is very interesting to me. Three years ago, I had a tumor in my mouth that was eating my upper teeth bone. I ended up losing 3 teeth. The surgeon that removed the tumor said that there was a small chance that it
    could come back. Small chance because most of the time a return is in young people and since I am 68, he didn’t think it would. He has done research on these types of tumors. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that young people now tend to eat more junk food than they did years ago. (soda, chips,etc.) Since I have gone wheat free, that may very well protect me.
    I noticed the same thing as Steve. A cold that I had recently was very short lived.
    Thanks, Dr. Davis for making us much more healthy.
    Dove

  8. b-nasty

    It’s interesting that there isn’t much focus on dental health as a proximate indicator of overall health. Of course there’s the work of Weston Price, but we seem to have forgotten what the expression ‘[don’t] look a gift horse in the mouth’ means (a good indicator of a horse’s health is his teeth.) One major component to dental health is avoiding fermentable carbohydrates that stick around in the mouth and are used by the ever-present bacteria to erode teeth with the lactic acid waste products. It’s not much of a stretch to think these same carbs might not be ideal for other body systems.

  9. Kathy

    I was having terrible teeth pain for months . My dentist finally gave up and told me to get one very painful tooth pulled . I couldnt bear the thought of having a prominent tooth pulled so I decided to just live with the pain. I have been wheat free for 7 months now , and not only am I 32 lbs lighter , my tooth that was on the chopping block feels absolutely fine now . The dentist is scratching his head over this one .
    This book has changed my life ! My aches and pains are non-existent . I went from a size 18 to 12 . My skin looks like a 20 year old and I feel amazing .
    If Dr Davis was standing here right now , I would plant a big wet kiss on his lips !!!!

  10. Rashelle Zelaznik

    What about Westin Price? Wasn’t he a dentist in the early 1900’s who figured out that grains were wreaking havoc in modern society? He would travel to study indigenous tribes and found they had perfect teeth!

    • Yes, Weston Price’s book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” is pretty profound in this area….when you see the pictures he took you can see what the modern diet has done.

  11. Matt

    Bleeding gums are also a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. My toothpaste would be pink after brushing from the bleeding. Now I take 5000 IU of D per day (for 2 years now), my levels are 41-48, and my pink toothpaste is gone, along with chronic depression, joint pain, and a bunch of lipomas.

    • Dr. Davis

      Agreed, Matt!

      In fact, I’d rank vitamin D second only to elimination of wheat as the most powerful health strategies I have ever encountered.

  12. Lisa

    This is amazing! Thanks for posting this! I never had a single cavity until I was 18. I now have 5 kids and so far 4 of them have had to be put under to fix all of their cavities and root canals. I am stunned and totally frustrated because I don’t let them have candy very often, they drink lots of milk, brush 2 times a day and NEVER drink pop or fruit juice. We have spent thousands of dollars and I usually always leave the dentist in tears and broke. This has GOT to be the answer! I have been wheat free for 2 months and feel amazing. It’s a bit harder to get the whole family on board, but this motivates me even farther!!!

  13. Amanda

    Gale your obsevations are remarcable. Before I stopped the gluten my dental hygienist, one of them, used to tell me: your gums are so inflammed, and red, she also noted this grooves on the enamel of my teeth. She was very observant but she did not have a clue about the causation. Later I have red in the literature that yes wheat affects the whole intestinal tract, of course starting at the mouth. I almost lost all of my teeth, well 2 root canals and 2 missing molars. I must say that my gums are not bleeding anymore, they look normal and I hope my whole gut is healing now, 3 years gluten free, 1 year grain free, almost. I’m going for a colonoscopy tomorrow, I’m ready to hear anything from the specialist, as I know wheat destroys your insides as well as the outside of our bodies.

  14. Nina

    I wish it were so. I’ve been off wheat and sugar for several years. Last time I visited the dentist to have some calculus removed, it came back in double strength within a fortnight of the visit (and after very careful dental hygiene.)

  15. Tyson

    Between eliminating wheat and increasing my Vitamin D3 levels, my oral health has definitely improved! I have gingivitis, so I get lots of swelling and bleeding in my gums. Or, I should say I USED TO get lots of swelling and bleeding. I almost never get either any more. Same with teeth cleaning – much less bleeding, much less pain, and much quicker. The “pockets” between my gums and my teeth are all much smaller now, a result of my mouth actually healing and getting better (not worse) over time.

  16. Jeff

    Look into the research of Weston A. Price…. This is a short video clip from (I think) the 1940’s: http://www.westonaprice.org/about-the-foundation/dr-price-movie
    Dr. Price, a dentist, noted the lack of cavities and exceptional health of primitive peoples and also was able to see it was a Western diet that was causing so much trouble back in the USA. He published his book in 1939: “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects” (1939. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc; Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers).
    It makes one wonder, who covered up this information, hiding it from the American public?

  17. Neicee

    I’ve commented several times here about my long and sordid affairs with dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and many visits with my hygienist…I’ve spent so much and dealt with numerous surgeries, even orthodontists, keeping and gently nudging my teeth to remain in place. For the most part though, I never suffered with the gingivitis that usually starts to cascade of dental visits. I started to lose the bone that supported my teeth, especially in the back molar areas. Thus, the pockets developed, which in turn caused the need for deep cleanings and eventually surgery. At one time, I was getting a cleaning once a month. For about 5 years we’ve been able to cut back to every 90 days. Since Jan. 2012 and my losing the wheat and other carbohydrates the hygienist has been pleasantly vocal both times and commented things are getting tighter, stronger, and appear to be stabilizing. There is no plaque to clean, and she sees little need to have it done as frequently. I have another one scheduled for October and we’ll check it again to make sure……keeping fingers crossed.

    • Dr. Davis

      Wow, “long and sordid,” indeed, Neicee.

      Yes, I truly hope you have found the answer and can put this business to a stop!

      “Healthy whole grains”? Hah!

  18. SteveG

    Just had a dental hygiene appointment at my dentist’s office. Good outfit, had the same hygienist for about 8 years, twice a year. Every visit included a number of perfunctory inspections before the chiseling begins. The one I always hated was the “pocket depth”. This is where they stick in, what feels like an icepick, between EVERY tooth and gum as far as it will go. Uncomfortable and I could do without the tongue lashing about my brushing and flossing. I brush 3 times a day and usually floss every day. At least the hygienist acts like she believes me, but inside I am sure she feels lied to.
    So, the last visit was a lot different! After the inspection we went to the icepick procedure. She quickly checked 3 teeth and stopped and announced that “these look good” and stopped! The actual cleaning went well too. Got out 15 minuets early.
    I say it is my non-wheat diet for the last 6 months. I have done nothing different the last 8 years until now. I say this is evidence enough!

  19. DanT

    I ditto what SteveG wrote. Had my first appointment last week since being wheat free. I was curious as to whether there would be a difference and felt there probably would be. I was out 20 minutes earlier then what I usually am.

  20. Dave

    I had terrible depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and poor quality sleep when I was eating wheat…those were my main symptoms along with occasional indigestion. My gums were always in good health.

    But what I noticed after switching to a low carb, gluten-free diet is that my bruxism (teeth grinding) abated almost completely. I no longer wake up with aching teeth and jaws from clenching all night. I have no idea why that change occurred, but it’s a pleasant side effect that I’m happy to live with.

  21. DM

    The lack of bleeding in my gums was the first thing I noticed after going wheat free. I had always eaten a wide variety of fruits and vegetables so I figured that lack of Vitamin C was not the cause. I attributed the bleeding to just some vague inflamation. Yes, inflamation caused by wheat. I’m glad to see more anecdotal evidence build up on this cause of many of the health problems suffered today.

  22. I chipped my back molar and had to go to the dentist, have not been to one for years. He filled in the broken bit, and had a look at my other teeth and told me that they were all going fine. I have been gluten free for about 10yrs as I worked out I was gluten intorlerant. And grain free since November. I brush my teeth with coocnut oil and baking soda that I make up myself. So this way of eating helps all of the body which is terrific.

    • Neicee

      Brenda, I’ve not made a past with the coconut oil but I do use it after brushing to leave a satiny finish on the teeth. If you happen to think of it, could you share your recipe for the paste? I still get huge bags of samples of paste from my dentist and they all have flouride, which I’m getting more concerned with.

  23. Ellen

    This is something I’ve noticed too. Since changing my diet, I wondered where I would notice improvements besides weight loss. My last dental check, I had no cavities (unusual) and the dentist said my gum tissues looked great and to keep doing whatever I was doing. I got to thinking, and I don’t think a dentist has ever said that about my gums. Coincindence? Don’t think so! I only wish I had discovered this way of eating when I was 20 instead of 45, I would have saved myself a lot of fillings and money!

  24. Cece4184

    I was wondering about this very thing, but in my case, there didn’t seem to be much change at my last cleaning in July (wheat-free since Oct. ’11). However, I was still eating some GF foods (I was seriously addicted), so I’ll be interested to see if there is any change when I go again this month (have had quarterly cleanings since 2005, deep pockets, etc.). I did notice that one sensitive tooth is no longer sensitive. I inherited tendency to bad teeth and gums (both parents lost most of theirs in their 30s), have spent thousands on crowns, bridges, implants, etc. I’m hoping I’ll see some improvement this time. Thanks again, Dr. Davis, for everything!!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yeah, I would REALLY lose the gluten-free foods made with dental cavity-causing ingredients!

      Yes, let us know what you learn at the next visit.

  25. Robin

    This is interesting. I’ve been wheat-free since February and had a (6-monthly) hygienist appointment last month. She said my teeth were the best she’d seen since I’ve been going to her and that the gums were really healthy. I’ve always told her that I don’t use toothpaste but she said we’d have to agree to differ on that because she’s a big fan of toothpaste. I put it down to using tooth soap which is saponified coconut but I’m now believing it was being wheat-free or maybe even a combination. We’ve also increased our saturated fat intake and have about 3T of coconut oil per day. Next to no sugar. I actually like it in my coffee – the coconut oil! Anyway, by the time I go for my appointments, I always have a bit of plaque build-up, no matter how well I try to keep my teeth clean. This time, she told me not to come for another 9mths or a year – can’t remember now (hah, so much for brain fog). I haven’t had any dental work done for a while either so it’s all good.
    Love this site!

  26. JIllOz

    While I have some tooth troubles, one in particular resulting from an incompetent dentist,
    i have at least, by going wheat-free, saved myself another root canal. :)

    I hope the sensitivity improves eventually.

    • Even ONE root canal can lead to BIG problems if it’s not checked regularly for abscesses with the 3D Cat Scan low power Xray, Get the Rooted DVD, http://www.rooted.tv and use Thieves and Wintergreen Oils from Young Living, they work well when packed with gauze next to the rooted tooth! :O, see :J

    • Rebecca

      I have been using sensodyne tooth paste since my teens and six months ago started using regular tooth paste. Only been eating no gluten free food and low carb for three weeks , I haven’t had wheat in my diet intentional for around ten. The when I switched tooth paste I had constant aching in my teeth and my gums have not been very happy since I had my daughter two years ago. Last week I noticed the ach in my teeth had disappeared, I can floss with out bleeding at night. I think the sensitivity will disappear for you too just keep on doing what your doing.

  27. hitfan

    I recently went to the dentist for my six month scheduled cleanup. I also am more or less wheat-free since February.

    My dental hygienist also remarked and was impressed by how unusually healthy my teeth and gums looked. So I had to tell her about the benefits of going wheat-free.

  28. Hi Neicee,
    All I do for the toothpaste is equal amounts of coconut oil and baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) and mix till I get a nice paste. Of course if its cold it will harden a little. I have a container to put it in. Heaps cheaper than retail toothpaste and better for you with out the sugar and other unknown ingredients.
    Brenda

    • Neicee

      Thank you so much….I’ll try it. To be honest though, my dentist gives out samples to keep me in business until my next 3 month cleaning and check-up. I’ve been saving them and donating to the women’s shelter in town. It may not be good for them, but otherwise they’d have nothing to use. Same for the floss. I use the little brush like picks. Floss doesn’t get to the real pockets.

      I also use coconut oil for a ton of other things. Especially, after a shower. It’s helping to make some spots disappear that were caused by having some tag moles removed. Even prescription skin cream did nothing for them. I eat it, use it after brushing, smoothe over the body, and love the smell.

  29. Shelly

    Thanks for the tip about the toothpaste. I will try it. I am using coconut oil for my skin too and love it.
    This is a bit off topic, but here is a tip for removing skin tags. Apply Sally Henson’s Diamond Nail Hardner on the tag everyday for a week or two. It will dry up and fall off. My husband had two removed at the dr.’s office and the came back. He then used the nail hardener on them and they have not returned.

    • Neicee

      Shelly, and my thanks about the skin tag remedy. I’ll try it. That little visit to the dermatologist was upwards of $180 and some are still sore, or coming back. Can’t tell which? Tip for the hair, try argan oil if you can find it. In it’s pure/food safe variety they claim it’s very healthful to add to salads, etc.. Think I’ll just keep it for the hair though. Shine like you’ve never seen and helps the hair retain moisture. ;)

  30. Nora

    Be careful using nail hardener on skin (or really at all). It works because it kills the tissue, and it does that because the main ingredient is formaldehyde which is a carcinogen. Just a heads up

  31. Geisha

    Last week I went to a dentist, first time in years. I haven’t been taking particular care of my teeth BUT – first time ever “you have nothing to worry about, no gum problems, no cavities” and she didn’t even need to do a clean, nothing at all, I’m in my sixties. Two things I’ve done differently, gave up wheat some months ago after Wheat Belly, and more recently have been swishing organic coconut oil round my mouth for about 3 minutes after brushing. I’m looking for a toothpaste without bi-carb, as Gerson Therapy says NO SALT as it messes with potassium in the cells – all sick bodies lack potassium they say – and some patients following their vegan-like treatment have improved more rapidly when they stop using toothpaste with bicarb. Straying off the diet in such minor ways slows recovery. I’m considering trying a clay/coconut oil home made toothpaste mix – doesn’t sound appetising at all ;D

  32. Jack

    I shop at Trader Joe’s almost exclusively, and recently started my new Wheat Free path. I saw a new product there: Corn Pasta which is made from Corn Flour…how good/bad might this be as I embark on this journey as a once in a while pasta meal?

    • Dr. Davis

      Awful, Jack: Plain awful.

      This is essentially a “gluten-free” product that sends blood sugar through the roof and thereby causes cataracts, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

      I love Trader Joes, but they don’t always get the health part right.

  33. Gail

    I have been gluten free for 5 years. It is the first time in my life that consistantly my dential hygenist comments on the health of the gums. Prior to going GF, I was looking at gum surgery. Bleeding is minimal and no gum pain. I wish that dentist knew about this.
    Gail

  34. Regarding dental health: I will share something that changed my dental health completely. I was the gal with teeth loosening, lots of pain, gum problems and wound up with 4 root canals. I started my search and found Dr. Behm at http://www.saveyourteeth.com His product in Florida ( and I am in CA) was amazing. For $50 ( for two people)you purchase a big jar of his biosalts, Hulda Clarks pure baking soda, and all kinds of dental goodies ( I do not use the colloidal silver). I purchased of course no flouride, no sodium lauryl sulfate toothpaste. Then the Biosalt mixture scrubbed into the gumline and teeth, then Institute of Vibrant Living’s Oral Guard spray. I purchase from the health food store a bottle of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide, ( nature’s well kept secret) and dilute it 1:11. I keep it in my bathroom and swab it over my gums, put some oral guard spray in there, brush with the biosalts and toothpaste. I have to say, for 7 yrs now, my teeth are solid, my gums pinker and no problems. We advocate the regimen to our patients and they counter with good results as well, especially during dental crisis. It helps to only drink purified water and avoid all the gluten, sugary, starchy products as well.

    • Rhonda

      Oil of oregano also works wonders. I started taking it for repeated sinus infections (before I knew that they were likely caused by wheat) and was shocked at my dental appt. when the scraping was minimal and they said my gums looked great. The only thing I had changed at that time was swishing with water and oil of oregano after I brushed my teeth before bed at night. Thought it was a fluke until the hygienist repeated the comment a year later. Now that I am off sugar and wheat, I mostly use the oil of oregano when I feel a cold or flu coming on. At my last dental appt. my dentist said that I probably wouldn’t have another cavity for the rest of my life.

  35. Detlef Stolpe

    I live in Australia and use New Zealand Propolis toothpaste. Several brands available at my local health food shop and only slightly dearer than all the other toothpastes at the supermarket. No flouride in this toothpaste and a small amount goes much further than regular toothpaste.
    Mouth feels terrific.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, many men have reported improvement in erectile potency and libido.

      I believe that it is likely due mostly to the loss of visceral fat which reduces the expression of the aromatase enzyme, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Lose the belly fat, lose the excessive aromatase enzyme activity, allow testosterone to increase and estrogen to decrease.

      There are also improvements in something called “endothelial function,” i.e., the normal responsiveness of arteries, including those of the penis.

  36. Interesting info about the amylopectin-A. I am curious if this in relation to all modern wheat or if it has more to do with processing of it, removing all the fiber etc. I read an article about Xylitol being a great way to avoid some of the bacteria attack processes that happen on the mouth. I’m thinking they could help combat this problem as well to some degree. Funny, Xylitol is made of sugar and is actually used to make alternative toothpaste.

    • James

      Hi there,

      Xylitol is not made of sugar, it is one member of the polyol family, which is sweet to the taste but cannot be called a sugar. It has 5 C atoms instead of 6 like other most other sugar alcohols o even sugar. That is what makes it a non-food for bacteria and yeast. Since it is more alkalizing (and it is the only sweetener that I know of with this property), it is excellent for the mouth environment.

      J.

    • Dr. Davis

      No, it has nothing to do with processing, Kristal. Amyopectin A is amylpectin A, regardless of processing.

      And xylitol, while it is a useful sweetener, has next to no effect in impairing the adverse consequences of wheat consumption, no more than putting a filter on a cigarette makes it healthy.

  37. Ruby

    My dental hygenist also commented on great check up, I told her about wheat and the book, I have been off what for over a year, she mentioned that she had several patients tell her the same thing, and I hope she is interested enough to try it herself !

  38. Adel de Weever

    This does not consider the article above, but your cookbook, makes no mention to the following:
    I am wondering if you approve arrowroot for a thickener and is nutritional yeast something safe to use?
    Thank you.

    • Dr. Davis

      Arrowroot is okay, but a potential source of excess carbohydrates. My first choice is coconut flour.

      I believe that nutritional yeast, to be distinguished from yeast that is an opportunistic pathogen, such as Candida, is benign, unless you have a specific sensitivity.

  39. Christopher

    35 year old male, 30-40 lbs overweight – I’ve been off wheat for 1 week and I’ve noticed a few changes. For one, I have dropped a few pounds and noticed that my energy and mood throughout the day has been a little more stable. But also, I am ashamed to say that for awhile, my gums would bleed when brushing and I never new why? The dentist said last year that I needed an extra-cost deep-cleaning. So last night after only 7 days of being off the wheat, my gums did not bleed when I brushed before bed. Again this morning, I had to scrub extra hard just to prove to myself that it was real. Not a single drop of blood, picture me just staring into the sink with amazement on my face and toothpaste dripping from my mouth and brush. My God what does this all mean? Have I been slowly poisoning myself for years with wheat products? What other changes are happening in my body just from eliminating wheat? Is this a good thing or has my body lost the ability to bleed when injured?

    • Dr. Davis

      I hear this often, Christopher. I believe that, for not entirely clear reasons, gingivitis (thus the bleeding) is very common in wheat consuming individuals.

      Less bleeding, less plaque, less gingivitis, less tooth decay—just like it was before grains entered the human diet!

  40. Dear Dr. Davis, I have to tell you about the latest success that I recently had with one of my dental patients. He normally had lots of plaque, calculus and bleeding. No matter what techniques I taught him for good oral health, I wasn’t seeing any positive results. At his last appointment, I could not believe my eyes. He had no plaque or calculus and there was insignificant bleeding. I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he had finally listened to me and he was off of the pasta and bread. He also said that he felt so much better being wheat free. I was so astonished that I praised him and thanked him profusely for listening to my suggestion of going wheat free! Results like this are what makes my work rewarding and I have to thank you, Dr. Davis, for opening my eyes to the importance of educating my patients to consider eliminating wheat from their diet.
    Thank you,
    Gail LePine RDH

  41. Valerie

    I am so very grateful that Wayne Dyer did an interview with Reid Tracy about your book, which lead me to read the Facebook site comments, which lead me to your blog posts. This one in particular is the one that has me CONVINCED it is time for me to go wheat free. My gums have COMPLETELY receded from one of my molars. I have been at a loss for years, as to why I struggle with so many gum and loss of enamel issues. I’ve been so very healthy for so many years, yet my gums get worse and worse. I’m committing RIGHT NOW (in front of every computer screen of anyone reading this…accountability matters ;) to going wheat-free…one day at a time. Tomorrow will begin a personal research project. I will take notes and post results for everyone to read. If this works, I won’t have to have oral surgery!! THAT will be a blessing.