Originally published in Natural Awakenings Austin, January 2017
Traditionally, dentistry is considered to only deal with the teeth and surrounding tissues. However, biological dentists have long understood the profound affect the mouth has on the rest of the body. Veterinarians have understood this concept for years, warning of the dangers of bacteria from a pet’s dirty mouth infecting the animal’s heart, kidney or liver.
The American Dental Association does recognize that an increase of inflammation and disease in the mouth can lower birth weights in pregnant women and increase insulin needs in diabetic patients. However, everything in the mouth can affect the rest of the body. Infections can spread throughout the system. Toxic metals and chemicals can contaminate the body and energy can be blocked to corresponding organs, causing that organ to malfunction.
In the 1950s, Dr. Reinhold Voll discovered that the meridians or energetic connections of organs in the body correspond to specific teeth. A certain organ can affect a tooth, or vice versa. Detailed charts are now widely available depicting these correlations. In biological dentistry, we understand this significant relationship and try to resolve any issues that occur in the mouth that can disrupt proper functioning of the bodily systems.
Infections and metals in the oral cavity cause energetic blockages. Infections can be acute or chronic: the infamous toothache is a familiar example of an acute infection. These infections can spread throughout the body and even infect the brain. Chronic infections are subtler and will usually not cause pain. These can occur from root canals or cavitations in the bone.
Root canals are basically mummified dead teeth kept in the mouth. A tooth is mostly constructed of rows of dentinal tubules. When spread end to end, these tubules can span two to three miles. Since the nerve and the blood supply has been removed during the endodontic procedure, there is no longer fluid to flush these tiny tubes out, cutting off the blood supply that brings antibiotics or the body’s white blood cells into the tooth to fight infection. These now dry, hollow tubules create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, mutate and emit toxins. These pathogens stay in the tooth until pressure such as chewing is applied, ultimately spilling bugs and their byproducts into the bloodstream, settling on weak organs or areas of the body. Dr. Weston Price confirmed this in the 1930s when he extracted root canal-treated teeth from sick patients and implanted them in a rabbits. The rabbits came down with the same illnesses the owner of the extracted tooth had experienced. Cavitations develop from inadequate healing after an extraction. This forms a hole in the bone, which fills with a plethora of anaerobic bacteria.
Cavitations occur if the extraction site is not adequately cleaned or the periodontal ligament is not removed. A dry socket also increases the risk of forming a cavitation. Patients with clotting issues are also at a higher risk for forming these lesions. Surgically opening these lesions and cleaning them out usually resolves the problem.
Metals in the oral cavity can disrupt the energetic flow to the organs on the corresponding meridian. Metals like mercury or nickel can also poison the body and if removed, safe removal precautions should be followed to prevent further exposure and toxicity.
Fluoride is a known neurotoxin and damages organs like the brain, kidneys, bones, pineal gland and especially the thyroid. Fluoride does not occur naturally anywhere in the body, and that includes the teeth. When fluoride is incorporated into the enamel, it deforms the perfect crystalline structure of the tooth, leaving small cracks, which can cause deeper cavities. The fluoride is also absorbed through the mucosa in the mouth, poisoning the rest of the body.
The mouth can harbor obstacles to optimum health. Removing these burdens enables the body to function properly.
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