Secrets Your Dentist Doesn't Want You To Know

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Here are the
secrets your dentist may not want you to know – but you need
to know to get the best care possible:

Secret #1:
Your dentist may not be as educated as you think.

Dentistry
has changed a lot since your dentist graduated from dental school.
There have been major advances in most materials used in fillings,
bonding and root canals. If your dentist is not actively engaged
in continuing education, it is unlikely that he or she is keeping
up with these developments.

Secret #2:
Your dentist may not have the latest technology.

Digital x-ray:
Dentists who do not have digital x-ray equipment are practicing
in the dark ages. Digital x-rays use less radiation than film. They
are easier to read and the ability to manipulate contrast makes
diagnosis more accurate.

Ultrasonic
Cleaning: Ultrasonic instruments vibrate plaque and calculus off
your teeth, even in areas below your gums. It is much more comfortable
than old-fashioned hand scraping.

CEREC: The
CEREC system lets your dentist provide a ceramic crown or veneer
in only one visit. CEREC means fewer injections, less drilling and
no annoying temporaries.

Diagnodent:
This is a laser that the dentist shines on the tooth and it tells
whether there is a cavity and how deep it is. With the use of this
technology, the dentist can detect cavities, and find them at an
earlier stage, than traditional poking around the tooth.

Secret #3:
Your dentist may be using mercury.

Mercury is
toxic. Norway and Sweden have banned the use of mercury fillings.
But mercury fillings are less expensive and easier for the dentist
to use. If your dentist does not use composite fillings, don’t go
to that dentist any more. In the US, the
FDA is way behind the ball
and not actively warning patients
about this like they have been mandated by the courts to do.

Secret #4:
The lab may be more important than your dentist.

Dental labs
create dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic appliances, and other
dental restorations like implant crowns. There is a huge difference
in the quality of these labs. You should be particularly wary if
your dentist is using a lab in China or Mexico. Some of the top
labs in the U.S. are Aurum Ceramics, MicroDental Laboratories, da
Vinci Dental Studio, and Williams Dental Lab.

Secret #5:
There’s more to good dentistry than filling cavities.

A competent
dentist screens for more than tooth decay. He or she should be concerned
about sleep apnea, jaw-related pain known as TMJ or temporomandibular
joint disorder, periodontal disease, oral cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

Secret #6:
You are probably using the wrong specialist for dental implants.

Since dental
implants involve the removal of a tooth and replacing it with an
artificial tooth, many patients assume that an oral surgeon is best
qualified to do it. This can be a flawed assumption. Periodontists,
who specialize in gum disease, may be a better option. Periodontists
have special training in gum tissue and underlying bone in the mouth,
which are significant issues in dental implants.

Secret #7:
Bad dental advice about dentures can be fatal!

Dentures are
no joke. Your dentist should examine your dentures for evidence
of wear. Wearing down the teeth on your dentures can result in distorted
facial characteristics, collapse of the bite and closure of the
airway.

Secret #8:
Your dentist may not know enough about sleep apnea.

The most common
form of sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway during
sleep. It is a pretty scary condition. The patient can stop breathing
hundreds of times during the night. A common treatment for sleep
apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), which involves
blowing pressurized room air through the airway at high enough pressure
to keep the airway open.

As an alternative,
your dentist, working with your physician, can custom make a device
that guides the lower jaw forward, called a mandibular advancement
device or MAD. MAD devices are more comfortable to wear and the
compliance rates are much higher than using CPAP.

Secret #9:
Not all cosmetic dentists have the skills to really improve your
smile.

Any dentist
can call herself a "cosmetic dentist." Your dentist should
be able to show you ten or more before and after photographs or
videos, and be willing to give you the names of patients who have
consented to be used as references.

Secret #10:
How to avoid the root canal your dentist says you need.

Ask about
the "ferrule effect." Technically, this means that a root
canal is unlikely to be successful if there is not enough tooth
structure above the gum line to protect the tooth from coming loose
or fracturing after it has been prepared for a crown. If your tooth
fails the "ferrule effect" test, you might be better off
with an extraction and an implant.

Source: Daily
Finance August 27, 2009

Dr. Mercola’s
Comments:

You’ve
heard the expression “your eyes are the windows to your soul”?

Well, some
say your teeth are the windows to your health; personally, I am
constantly amazed at how powerful a predictor of health your teeth
can be.

When I have
seen chronically ill patients with nearly cavity-free teeth, I am
encouraged that they will likely get well quickly. If, on the other
hand, their mouths are full of fillings and root canals, the prognosis
is not always as good.

In the 1900s,
Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist, did extensive research on the link
between oral health and physical diseases. He was one of the major
nutritional pioneers of all time
, and his classic book Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration
is full of wonderful pictures
documenting the perfect teeth of the native tribes he visited who
were still eating their traditional diets.

A mouth full
of cavities, Price learned, went hand in hand with a body either
full of disease or generalized weakness and susceptibility to disease.
In Price’s time, tuberculosis was the major infectious illness,
and he noticed that children were increasingly affected, especially
the ones with the lousy teeth.

Your Diet
May be Even More Important Than Your Toothbrush

In the quest
for healthy teeth and gums, nothing may be more important than your
diet.

Dr. Price
found, on average, less than 1 percent of tooth decay in all the
native people he visited!

He also found
that these people’s teeth were perfectly straight and white, with
high dental arches and well-formed facial features. And there was
something more astonishing: none of the people Price examined practiced
any sort of dental hygiene – not one of his subjects had ever
used a toothbrush!

Dr. Price
noticed some similarities between the native diets that allowed
the people to thrive and maintain such healthy smiles. Among them:

  • The
    foods were natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contained no
    sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup).
  • The people
    ate foods that grew in their native environment. In other words,
    they ate locally grown, seasonal foods.
  • Many of
    the cultures ate unpasteurized dairy products, and all of them
    ate fermented foods.
  • The people
    ate a significant portion of their food raw.
  • All of
    the cultures ate animal products, including animal fat and, often,
    full-fat butter and organ meats.

If you, too,
eat properly and maintain optimal health, you’re highly unlikely
to develop cavities or other dental problems. They really only occur
when you’re eating the wrong foods. So pay attention to your diet,
as this is a key to keeping you safely out of the dentist’s
chair – at least for visits that involve more than routine
cleaning.

That said,
nearly everyone needs to see a dentist at one point or another,
so when you do make sure to keep the following important tips in
mind.

Seek Out
a Biological Dentist

My own struggles
with my teeth led me to learn about and embrace biological dentistry,
also known as holistic or environmental dentistry.

In a nutshell,
biological dentistry views your teeth and gums as an integrated
part of your entire body, and any medical treatments performed takes
this fact into account. The primary aim of this type of holistic
dentistry is to resolve your dental problems while impacting the
rest of your body as little as possible.

Biological
dentists should also be well aware of the dangers involved with
certain dentistry materials embraced by conventional dentists, namely
silver fillings.

Silver fillings
are 50 percent mercury and are an extremely dangerous neurotoxin
that will, not may, damage your brain, and frequently will cause
permanent neurological damage. Folks, it is a POISON.

We are currently
seeking to get the FDA up to speed (and have
made great strides, I might add
!) to have mercury fillings banned
completely in the U.S., as it has been in some other European countries,
and hope to be able to get this toxic material off the market in
the near future. Until then, it’s up to you to refuse them,
or find a dentist who has switched to safer alternatives.

Refuse to
Have Metals Used in Your Dental Work

Holistic dentists
use biocompatible materials that will not adversely impact your
immune system. Beyond mercury, stainless steel and other metals
continue to be used in the mouth by conventional dentistry even
though they have been well established to have a cancer-causing
effect when used elsewhere in your body.

Further, metals
commonly utilized in dental work such as crowns, mercury fillings
and implants can be quite toxic. When placed in your mouth they
are sitting in a medium of saliva, which turns your mouth into a
charged battery.

We call this
charge "Galvanic Toxicity." Your brain is a collection
of millions of nerve fibers that is essentially a battery emitting
electrical charges throughout your body.

The Galvanic
Toxicity in your mouth can bombard and over-stimulate your brain.
Common signs and symptoms of Galvanic Toxicity are a metallic taste
in your mouth, an electric charge with utensils and insomnia.

Finding suitable
materials to replace the metals
currently used can be a challenge,
but a knowledgeable biological dentist should be able to inform
you of the latest, safe alternatives.

Think Twice
Before Getting a Root Canal

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 kidney,
liver or any other organ in your body dies, it will have to be removed
so that bacteria and necrosis will not set in and kill you …
but teeth are commonly left dead in your body.

Teeth have
roots with main canals and thousands of side canals, and contained
in those side canals are miles of nerves. When dentists perform
a root canal, they remove the nerve from the main canals, however
they do not have access to the microscopic side canals, which have
dead nerves left behind in those spaces.

Anaerobic
bacteria, which do not require oxygen to survive, thrive in these
side canals and excrete toxicity from digesting necrotic tissue
that leads to chronic infection. Blood supply and lymphatics that
surround those dead teeth drains this toxicity and allows it to
spread throughout your body. This toxicity will invade all organ
systems and can lead to a plethora of diseases such as autoimmune
diseases, cancers, musculoskeletal diseases, irritable bowel diseases,
and depression to name just a few.

Even antibiotics
won’t help in these cases, because the bacteria are protected
inside of your dead tooth.

It appears
that the longer root canal-treated teeth stay in your body, the
more your immune system becomes compromised.

Fluoride
Won’t Keep Your Teeth Healthy Either

Fluoride is
added to most U.S. water supplies and also is used as a treatment
by some conventional dentists.

Once inside
your body, fluoride destroys your enzymes by changing their shape.
You may remember that your body depends on thousands of enzymes
to perform various cell reactions, and without these enzymes, we
would all die. They are able to perform their reactions because
they have a specific shape that allows them to work with other elements
in your body, like a lock and key.

Once fluoride
destroys their shape, however, your body does not recognize the
enzymes, and in fact will view them as foreign invaders and attempt
to attack them.

When your
enzymes are damaged, it can lead to collagen breakdown, eczema,
tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression.

All of these
risks, and fluoride does not help to prevent cavities as you may
have been led to believe.

Figures from
the World Health Organization show the same declines in tooth decay
that have been experienced in fluoridated countries since the 1960s
have occurred equally in non-fluoridated countries.

In another
study from 2004, pro-fluoridation dental researchers from the University
of Aderlaide in South Australia were unable to demonstrate any difference
in the permanent teeth between children who had lived all their
lives drinking fluoridated water and those who had drunk rain or
bottled water.

What does
fluoride do to your teeth, then?

Well, it’s
known that it interferes with the development of tooth enamel, a
condition called “dental fluorosis.” Those in favor of
fluoride like to say that fluorosis is a purely “cosmetic condition,”
but rarely do symptoms appear for no reason.

In this case,
the white spots that form on your teeth after consuming too much
fluoride are likely a warning sign that other tissues are being
impacted. Studies have shown, for instance, that children with severe
dental fluorosis are more likely to have bone fractures.

The Environmental
Working Group even reported a finding from a Harvard PhD thesis
that showed boys exposed to fluoridated water when they were between
the ages of 6 and 8 had a seven-fold increased risk of developing
osteosarcoma, a form of frequently fatal bone cancer.

If you’re
wondering how to keep your teeth healthy, remember that fluoride
was never the answer in the first place. Instead, think back to
the work of Dr. Price … and look to your diet for naturally
healthy teeth. Most people whose diet includes very little sugar
and few processed foods have very low rates of tooth decay and cavities.

Resources
to Find a Biological Dentist

Knowledgeable
biological dentists can be hard to come by, so start your search
by asking a friend, relative or neighbor who knows of one. If that
fails you can contact several good natural health food stores in
your area and ask a number of the employees or even the owner. The
following links can also help you to find a mercury-free, biological
dentist:

September
22, 2009

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