• 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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