3 Dental Procedures That Should Be Avoided Like The Plague
As with most conventional medical practitioners, the largest percentage of practicing dentists and dental hygienists are driven by misinformation and myths that have been exposed before but that continue to be promulgated by the profession due to a repetition of ignorance and dismissal of holistic dental practices of which the public are quickly becoming informed.
Dental mercury was first exposed as a health-compromising product in 1840. The dental profession finally overcame the perception that putting toxic mercury in the mouth might be detrimental to human health. Organized dentistry is now mostly abandoning this toxic protocol for fillings, however they continue to deceive millions on the safety of three very dangerous procedures.
1) Root Canals
The toxicity of root canals was disclosed by Mayo’s Clinic and Dr. Weston Price jointly back in about 1910. Close to a century ago. Price’s textbook on root canals, published in 1922, upset the dental associations at that time, and still does today. The American Dental Association (ADA), denies his findings and claims that they have proven root canals to be safe; however, no published data from the ADA is available to confirm this statement. Statements, but no actual research.
Price was concerned about the pathological bacteria found in nearly all root canal teeth of that time. He was able to transfer diseases harbored by humans from their extracted root canal teeth into rabbits by inserting a fragment of a root canal root under the skin in the belly area of a test rabbit. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks. Transference of heart disease could be accomplished 100 percent of the time. Some diseases transferred only 88 percent of the time, but the handwriting was on the wall.
Dr. Price discovered that root canals had within them bacteria capable of producing many diseases. They had no place in the body. Which is more important? The life of the tooth or the life of the patient? This is still the primary argument facing us today.
Dr. Price, while head of research for the now-defunct National Dental Association, took one thousand extracted teeth and reamed them out as dentists normally do, prior to filling the canals with wax. Price sterilized the canals with forty different chemicals far too toxic to be used in a live human situation; he wanted to see whether the canals could be permanently sterilized. After forty-eight hours, each tooth was broken apart, and cultured for the presence of bacteria. Nine hundred ninety out of one thousand cultured toxic bacteria just two days after treatment with chemicals designed to make the tooth sterile. Where did these bacteria come from?
A tooth has one to four major canals. This fact is taught in dental school, but never mentioned are the additional “accessory canals.” Price identified as many as seventy-five separate accessory canals in a single central incisor
There is no way that any dental procedure can reach these accessory canals and clean out the dead tissue. This necrotic tissue creates a home for multiple bacterial infections outside the tooth in the periodontal ligament. With added food supply from this area, the anaerobic bacteria can multiply and their toxins can contribute to the onset of disease.
Of course, the root apex (terminal end) is the primary area of concentration of infection. Even though this may be the last area to show infection, dentistry generally considers a tooth sterile unless areas of bone resorption show up on X-ray. Upon cooling and shrinking of the gutta percha, space is left at the apex in which bacteria can thrive, where neither white blood cells of the immune system, nor antibiotics can reach them.
Please don't let your dentist mislead you that a root canal is your only option, or that it is entirely safe.
Teeth are similar to other organ systems in your body in that they also require a blood supply, lymphatic, and venous drainage, and nervous innervations. Root canals, however, are dead teeth, and these dead teeth typically become one of, if not the worst, sources of chronic bacterial toxicity in your body.
If your dentist is not actively engaged in continuing education, and is not open to alternative, toxin-free forms of dentistry, there's a good chance he or she is not aware of the risks of -- and alternatives to -- root canals. A biological dentist will be able to provide you with a more comprehensive, holistic solution for your teeth that will not harm your health.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, which is screw or cylinder-shaped, that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Currently, implants continue to be done without biocompatibility testing, and they are often started at extraction sites where cavitations are already developing. Autoimmune diseases seem to be often aggravated or even initiated by implants.
Dentists are not being vigilant when carrying out implant surgery and are failing to inform patients about the risks of nerve damage.
Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute analysed 30 patients with nerve injuries and found problems with pain, speech, eating and kissing.
Bacteria and viruses tend to target implants, setting up colonies around them, and that the immune system can’t fight as efficiently in that setting as it can elsewhere in the body.
Dental implants can cause a unique set of problems. For one, they create an immune response, such as suppressing the T-cell count. Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) shows remarkable adverse changes in the rH2 values -- a measure of oxidative stress. When these values are high, as we typically see in clients with implants, both cell and biological terrain functions take a hit. Nutrient uptake is inhibited, as is the delivery of hormone and energetic information. The body’s natural energy state is disturbed.
Lodging an implant into the jaw creates a scenario similar to what happens when you skip a flat stone across the surface of a lake. Think about how the ripples grow smaller and fainter as they continue across the lake and then bounce back. They may be too faint for us to observe with the naked eye, but the effect persists. This is a form of energetic resonance. Likewise, when an implant is placed, there is bioresonance through the extracellular fluid.
Implants also create disturbances along the meridians on which they’re placed. Meridians are your body’s energetic pathways, connecting multiple organs and bodily structures. Disturbances or blockages in one area can affect the other organs on the same meridian, setting the stage for illness or dysfunction at sites far from the mouth. Disturbances caused by implants may be worsened if other metals - such as mercury amalgam “silver” fillings - are present, due to the creation of galvanic currents.
Illnesses that have been linked to focal infection and implants include cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS), lupus and other inflammatory conditions.
It’s been demonstrated that implanted devices produce non-random repetitive energy waves that produce harmful biological effects. This disruption may change things such as cell and matrix signaling pathways, the permeability of ion-exchange channels and the membrane electric potential. The end result is poor health. By the same token, good, healthy bone that is free of heavy metal, root canals and implants radiates more natural electromagnetic fields (photons). These fields produce mixed wave patterns along meridians with irregular profiles, producing healthy biological systems.
3) Wisdom Teeth Extraction and Cavitations
Cavitations are the next big problem that result from dental procedures. Cavitations are areas of unhealed bone left over after a tooth extraction.
Dentists are generally taught to remove a tooth and leave the periodontal ligament in the socket, a procedure which would be like delivering a baby and leaving the placenta in the uterus.
These socket areas with the ligament left in place rarely heal. After tooth removal, a cap of about 2 millimeters (one sixteenth of an inch) covers the extraction site, leaving a hole the size of the root of the tooth behind. In records of five thousand surgical debridements (cleaning) of cavitations, only two were found to be healed.
When the periodontal ligament is left in the bone, the body senses that the tooth is still there, and the order for healing is canceled. These holes are lined with many of the same bacteria found in root canal sockets, but actually more different species. Whereas root canal teeth contain up to fifty-three different species of bacteria, cavitations yield up to eighty-two of the eighty-three we test for.
Of the five most frequently present bacteria found in cavitations, three affect the heart, two the nervous system and one the kidneys and lungs.
Like any surgery, wisdom tooth extraction carries risks. The most common complication -- permanent nerve damage causing numbness of the tongue, lips or cheeks -- affects more than 11,000 people annually, according to a 2007 report in the American Journal of Public Health. But the surgery has also been linked to jaw and tooth fractures, brain tissue infections, life-threatening bleeding and hypoxia.
"Third-molar surgery is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates significant income for the dental profession," Jay Friedman, a California-based dental consultant and author, wrote in the American Journal of Public Health.
American dentists and oral surgeons pull 10 million wisdom teeth each year -- an effort that costs more than $3 billion and leads to 11 million days of post-operative discomfort, according to the report.
"At least two thirds of these extractions, associated costs, and injuries are unnecessary, constituting a silent epidemic of [dentist-induced] injury that afflicts tens of thousands of people with lifelong discomfort and disability," Friedman wrote.
Wisdom teeth are thought to have evolved for catching, killing and eating uncooked prey, which would make them obsolete now. The argument for prophylactic removal is the risk of cysts or damage to adjacent teeth brought on by too many molars in too little space.
Studies suggest no more than 12 percent of impactions lead to infections or damage to adjacent teeth -- roughly the same incidence as appendicitis. No medical associations recommend prophylactic appendectomy.
What's Wrong with The Modern Belief About Cavities
The "modern" theory of dental disease suggests that we have an almost total lack of power and responsibility concerning this condition. This theory then allows people to stay in their childish beliefs, which state that their behaviors in life have little to do with the amount of cavities in their teeth, or the state of their general health for that matter.
The modern system of dentistry has falsely led us to believe that tooth decay is caused by bacteria (identified as Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus) and that bacteria ingest foods in the mouth and produce acid, thus causing the physical structure of teeth to erode. This theory then aims to control bacterial growth in the mouth as a treatment to prevent cavities. It can be summarized as follows:
1. You must brush your teeth all the time to eliminate these dangerous bacteria.
2. You must rinse your mouth with chemicals to eliminate more dangerous bacteria.
3. You must floss to eliminate the remaining bacteria and food particles.
4. When those three tactics do not work, you must have the bacterial infestations removed from your mouth by a dental drill, thus leaving your mouth free of bacteria.
5. When a dental drill cannot remove the bacteria and the bacterial growth progresses, the tooth root can become infected, which then requires a root canal filling. The solution to the infected tooth root is to first remove the top of the tooth and then clean the inside of the tooth with chemicals. Next, this traumatized tooth is filled with a synthetic material, leaving the inside of your tooth sterile.
6. Finally, when all those procedures fail to keep your tooth alive, from the supposed onslaught of bacterial invaders, the tooth must be removed and a fake tooth or no tooth is what remains.
By the time the sixth stage is reached, many people have spent thousands of dollars on dental care. But no matter how much money people spend on dentists and dental treatments, the real cure for cavities still seems elusive. It appears that not enough people have noticed that these methods for treating teeth do not cure the problem. Modern treatments do limit some pain and suffering, but if the basic cause of tooth decay is not addressed, your teeth will continue to decay. For the majority of us, there is another way to halt, prevent and even remineralize decayed teeth.
5 Natural Methods of Tooth Disease Prevention
1. Avoid Processed Foods and Sugars
Processed foods and sugars break down into acids in our mouth just a few seconds after we start chewing on them. When the pH (acid levels) in our mouth falls, it starts to decalcify and weaken our tooth enamel. Your mouth can remain acidic for up to one-half hour after you eat. Once your tooth enamel becomes weak, it becomes very susceptible to cavities and periodontal disease. When these cavities form, they quickly become the home to millions of harmful bacteria.
Our mouth contains about 10 billion bacteria. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on this planet! The great news is we get to choose what type of bacteria we want to be present in our mouth based on what we eat. Do we want to have a high amount of disease-causing bacteria? Or do we want healthy bacteria to aid in digestion?
2. Proper Nutrition
In order for bones and teeth to be healthy, they need a lot of calcium and phosphorus. They also need healthy vitamins and minerals. When it comes to being healthy, we often take shortcuts. We often replace a nutritious meal with a quick and easy meal. One good example is breakfast. People used to call breakfast the most important meal of the day. If you are eating healthy, it is. Unfortunately, many people eat sugar cereals for breakfast, causing them to miss out on a lot of vital nutrients that would make their bones and teeth stronger.
The biggest problem with modern dentistry is not stressing enough the importance of proper nutrition. Dentists often overlook the fact that 50% of our teeth are composed of living material, and that bones and teeth often heal themselves naturally.
3. Rinsing Out Your Mouth Regularly
One natural way to ensure your teeth stay strong is to rinse out regularly. After eating sugars, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water. It's a good idea to swish it around your mouth to get rid of as much of the sugary residue as possible. This gets rid of the damage done to your tooth enamel.
Another great way is to clean your mouth by chewing gum, especially gum containing Xylitol. Xylitol is a non-fermentable type of sugar. It removes bad bacteria out of your mouth and helps bathe your teeth in saliva. Saliva is rich in calcium and phosphate ions. It only takes about 10 seconds for Xylitol to restore my mouth back to a normal pH.
4. Miswak Stick or Chewing Toothpicks
For thousands of years, Miswak has been the preferred dental treatment for most people on this planet. It is still a prevalent dental cure for people living in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This is one of my favorite methods of natural prevention. You can use a tea-tree oil toothpick, or a Miswak chewing stick.
These contain anti-bacterial properties that can kill infections found in cavities. Once you can kill the infection, your teeth can often heal themselves on their own. Regularly chewing on a toothpick or an African chewing stick is a great way to strengthen the roots of your teeth, and your gums as well.
If your dentist tells you that these things don't work to get rid of cavities, you need to get a new dentist!
5. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is especially useful for people who have dental disease at or below their gum line. In this part of the tooth, the enamel, called the cementum is especially thin. Oil pulling helps to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth. It also helps to prevent plaque build up.
Oil pulling works the same way as cleaning soaps. Soaps are basically fats that attract germs in order to clean. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to 'pull' them out of your mouth. It cleans your gum line without damaging your gums. Oil pulling has been known to cure problems with bad breath, and helps with gum inflammation. It can also help prevent and reverse tooth disease.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.