Much has been written about holistic dental health: what foods to eat to prevent tooth decay, best toothpastes, herbal treatments, etc. while foods matter in the nutrient sense, and herbal treatments may be palliative or address symptoms, I believe that holistic dental health is exactly what the name implies: overall health includes dental health and the same principles that promote good health will also promote good dental health.
There are two aspects to dental health health problems. In my opinion and experience there is the underlying “dis-ease” that causes dental pathology, i.e., tooth decay, pulpal abscesses, and
periodontal disease, and then there are the local and systemic effects that result from the non-holistic treatment of dental disease, i.e., metal toxicity and focal infections from root canal
treated teeth. This article will address the consequences of dental treatment.
Most dental treatment aims at fixing the result of dental disease by mechanically filling cavities, placing crowns and performing root canal treatments. When a cavity is detected a A dentist will recommend that a detected cavity the decay isbe
cleaned out and a restoration (filling) is placed. In the past (– and still by some dentists) – amalgam (a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture) and other metals were used for fillings. In
my opinion, there are two potential effects of metal restorations:
1. Interference from the electrical current produced between two dissimilar metals.
2. Toxicity from the metals themselves.
Amalgam is made by a mixture of mixing powdered tin, zinc, copper and silver with mercury ( the only metal that is liquid at room temperature). The resulting mixture, amalgam, hardens, but does not become a true alloy. Consequently, mercury is released from the filling 24/7 as long as the filling is in place. When a person has amalgam fillings and other metal restorations (such as high noble metal gold alloys and more base metals), an electric current will be produced between the different metals. The current is not strong relative to other electric currents that we are familiar with (such as lights and appliances), but large relative to the current that our bodies produce through nerve and muscle function. These electrical currents can cause unexplained dental pain or far reaching effects in other parts of the body. Since many major nerves exit the base of the skull – near out the mouth, metal fillings can disrupt their nerve function, as well as energy flow through adjacent acupuncture meridians can be disrupted, as can energy flow through adjacent acupuncture meridians.
The other potential effect of metal restorations is the toxic effect of the different metals. Mercury – is long known to be highly toxic – and cause a host of symptoms, including immune
suppression. as well as contributing to a person’s’ body burden of toxicity, which when the burden of toxicity passes the tipping point, it can be one of the factors leading to disease. Many dental alloys contain nickel and other potentially toxic metals. About 10% of women, and a smaller percent of men are allergic to nickel. If you can’t wear cheap jewelry, there is a good chance you are allergic to nickel. Many people have crowns that are tooth colored, but the crowns actually have a layer of metal under the porcelain colored tooth. Additionally, colored porcelain and there are often remnants of amalgam fillings under metals crowns.
If someone is diagnosed with mercury or other metal toxicity, I believe the first step, before starting any detoxification program is begun, is to remove all metals from the mouth. Chelation with metals remaining in the mouth will remove metals from the fillings or crown and do little to address the body burden.