Dental Health Risks and How Holistic Dentistry can assist you

Dental health is an extremely important part of your overall health. It can be difficult to know what the best option is when it comes to dentists and finding a holistic one can be even more challenging. This blog will give you some information on dental health risks, causes and treatments.

Mercury Amalgam Fillings

What are amalgam fillings?

A dental filling is a material that is used to restore a tooth’s structure when it has been damaged. Amalgams are the most commonly used filling in dentistry, as they are durable and inexpensive. They include mercury, silver, tin and copper to form an alloy that hardens on contact with air.

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What is mercury?

Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in many minerals such as cinnabar (red mercuric sulfide) or calomel (mercurous chloride). It also exists in organic compounds such as methyl mercury–which can be present in seafood or even vaccines if not properly prepared–and dimethylmercury which is so toxic that one drop can kill you within 24 hours if ingested or absorbed through your skin (maybe don’t try this at home). Mercury toxicity leads to symptoms like fatigue, headaches and irritability among others; however these can often go undetected by medical professionals because they’re more common than they should be due to our exposure through food sources like tuna fish sandwiches made with canned tuna rather than fresh because of sustainability concerns…

Amalgam is a known neurotoxin that can cause problems in the nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and immune system.

Amalgam is a known neurotoxin that can cause problems in the nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and immune system.

The mercury that is used to make amalgam dental fillings comes from two sources: cinnabar (red mercuric sulfide) and calomel (mercurous chloride). Cinnabar is found in China and Japan while calomel is a mineral-like salt mined from Chile or Germany. The process of making amalgams starts with grinding these raw materials into powder form. Then they are heated so they can become liquid, which allows them to be placed into molds where they cool into their final shape. Amalgam fillings contain 50% elemental mercury along with silver or tin as well as other metals such as copper and zinc depending upon which type of filling you get put in your mouth at your dentist’s office

Fluoride Toxicity

What you may not know is that fluoride is a neurotoxin, and the primary source of it in our drinking water comes from waste products of the fertilizer industry. Fluoride is also added to toothpastes, dental rinses and mouthwashes – a practice known as medicating your teeth.

Some people believe that swallowing fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening enamel. However, enamel is only about 1% of the surface area of your teeth – the rest is dentin and pulp tissue which rely on minerals for strength but cannot benefit from fluoride ingestion (see our article on mineral depletion). The truth about fluoride toxicity can be shocking: many researchers around the world now agree that fluoridation poses health risks such as reduced IQ; lower thyroid function; depression; joint damage; infertility; cancer etc.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a complex mental illness that can cause many oral health problems. When you have an eating disorder, you experience extreme fear of weight gain and becoming fat, which leads to unhealthy dietary habits. The most common type of eating disorder is anorexia nervosa, which involves:

  • Restricting food intake to a level lower than required for health or maintaining body weight;

  • Intense fear of gaining weight or being overweight;

  • Obsession with body shape and size; and

  • Behaviors such as excessive exercise (more than what could be reasonably expected), self-induced vomiting, or misuse of laxatives or diuretics.

It is also common for people with eating disorders to have other oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Eating disorders can lead to tooth decay and gum disease because of the malnourishment and dehydration that accompanies them. As well as this, people with eating disorders often experience dry mouth syndrome due to their use of laxatives and diuretics, which can cause loss of saliva and increase the risk of dental caries. Also, it is common for people with eating disorders to neglect their oral hygiene or not see a dentist regularly – both factors that contribute towards poor oral health.

Holistic Approach

Holistic dentistry is a gentle and safe approach to dental care. The holistic dentist will look at the whole person, not just your teeth. Holistic dentists are trained to treat the whole body, not just your mouth. They will look at how your diet impacts your oral health and can recommend changes that can improve or reverse gum disease or cavities.

Holistic dentistry benefits:

  • Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Improves overall health by helping to reduce inflammation in the body

  • Helps patients avoid medication side effects from diabetes medications, high blood pressure medications, etc…

Holistic Dentistry will assist you with your dental needs safely and effectively

As a dentist, I have seen many patients who were in pain and needed to be treated. I can help you. The holistic dentistry approach is one that uses natural methods to treat dental problems safely and effectively.

There are many ways that holistic dentistry can assist you if you have any of the following issues:

  • tooth decay or cavities (dental caries)

  • periodontal disease (gum disease)

  • oral cancer or other oral health problems such as dry mouth syndrome, throat infections, and TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).

Conclusion

We hope this blog has given you some insight into the oral health risks and why holistic dentistry may be right for you. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please contact us today!

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