What Your Dentist Might Be Missing
A man goes to the dentist with a terrible toothache. The doctor
examines the tooth and says: You need a bowel cleanse.
The man follows this advice and
the toothache disappears.
The man was lucky to be in the care of a holistic dentist, one
of the fastest-growing health-care fields. This new crop of dentists
looks at the mouth in the context of the entire body. Thats
a groundbreaking perspective in this professionof all the
medical specialisations, dentistry is the most removed from the
rest of health care. Many people, including some dentists, simply
assume the health of your teeth has no impact on the rest of your
Recent research shows that the effects of non-holistic dentistry
can be very serious. According to the British medical newsletter
What Doctors Dont Tell You (November 2004),
gum problems nearly double the risk of a heart attack and a vitamin
B6 deficiency and can lead to tooth decay. Research also shows
that a holistic approach to your teeth can heal the most unlikely
A misalignment of the upper and lower jaws, for instance, can
lead to back pain, arthritis, headaches, pain in the legs, neck
and shoulders. This happens when chronic muscle cramping occurs
in the jaw, which is then counterbalanced by other parts of the
body. The first research on this subject was published in 1987
in the Journal of the American Dental Association (issue 115).
These results were confirmed recently by Austrian researchers
in the trade journal Acta Medica Austriaca (issue 31, 2004), among
Take the example of a soccer player who visits his dentist for
an annual check-up. Hes having trouble walking because of
a hamstring injury. The dentist tells him his maxillary joint
is off balance and rectifies the problem. The hamstring injury
miraculously disappears. It turns out the soccer player was compensating
the imbalanced joint by constantly sticking out his jaw. As a
result, his spine curved, which in turn pushed his pelvis forward.
This disrupted his running form, creating undue stress on his
legs. Chronic problems with his hamstrings followed.
A skewed jaw can lead not only to physical but also psychological
problems. The stress of continuously compensating for the imbalance
causes the brain to produce large amounts of adrenaline and serotonin.
This makes the nervous system more sensitive, which renders the
patient more vulnerable to other stress factors, such as a poor
diet and emotional problems. So a crooked jaw can lead to depression.
It is frightening to hear British holistic dentist David Heffersons
observation that at least 95 percent of his patients suffer from
an imbalanced jaw. Holistic dentists generally spend a lot of
their time correcting the botched work of their less holistically
minded colleagues. In What Doctors Dont Tell You
(November 2004), the American holistic dentist Frederick Milton
explains whats wrong: When your teeth dont close
properly because, for example, you have a filling that is too
large or a crown, your body very quickly adjusts. That adjustment
can become chronic, resulting in pain in other parts of the body.
The patient has no idea how the pain started.
An equally significant problem with the way dentistry is practiced
is mercury vapour that emerges from amalgam fillings. This vapour
is associated with the rise in cases of Alzheimers and multiple
sclerosis (MS), among other afflictions. Two independent academic
laboratories have already shown that a tiny amount of mercury
can damage the membranes of developing cells. According to a team
of Swiss and Belgian scientists, this damage is similar to all
the biochemical defects of Alzheimers disease. Because
of these worrisome findings, amalgam fillings have been banned
in Sweden and their use in Austria and Germany has been greatly
The link between mercury and MS has caused the greatest furor.
It was already known that MS comes from the destruction of myelin,
the substance that lines the nerve cells. Scientists from the
Czech Republic recently discovered that mercury latches on to
myelin. A trial described in the scientific newsletter Neuroendocrinol
Letters (issue 25, 2004) indicates that MS patients whose amalgam
fillings were removed experienced a significant improvement
in their health.
But one problem remains to be solved: the shortage of holistic
dentists. Those in practice have so much business that they rarely
accept new patients.
Luckily, dentists are experts in filling things, so the hole
in the market will no doubt be filled in no time.
Read more about the differences between holistic and conventional
dentists and find out where to look for one here.
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February 15, 2010