Is It Time For Radical Innovations In Dental Procedures?
For how many decades has the long-suffering dental patient been suffering at the hands of the dental profession? Think of all the drilling and filling of holes in the teeth, the root canal procedures and the teeth extractions. Isn’t time (with the help of modern technology) that some radical changes were made?
Perhaps that day has now arrived
A new tooth-rebuilding technique has been developed at King’s College, London, England, where fillings are disregarded and our teeth are to be encouraged to repair themselves. Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling before the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. It is now realized that amalgams are a serious health risk. You can find out more and why some people go to great lengths to have them removed here.
The new treatment (called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization or EAER) speeds up the natural movement of calcium and phosphate into the tooth. This is a two step process. Step one prepares the damaged area of enamel. Step two uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site. The tooth is therefore remineralized painlessly without the need for drilling, injections or filling.
This is obviously a kinder process – both to the patient and the teeth
But wait a minute! Is this actually a new process?
Yes and no…
It is a new process for the medical profession but not for those who like to follow a more natural way of living.
I have found and written before about people who had successfully remineralized their teeth and greatly improved their oral health. One was Katie of WellnessMama who explained the method she used to help heal cavities and improve her oral health.
- “I limited foods containing even natural sugars or starches, fruit and even starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and focused on mineral rich vegetables, bone broths, meats and healthy fats.
- I drastically cut foods that contained phytic acid. I already wasn’t eating grains or beans, but I also cut or limited nuts. Note – people who consume large amounts of phytic acid in the form of grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes have higher rates of tooth decay, mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis.
- I ate a LOT of healthy fats. I added about 1/4 cup extra of coconut oil to my diet each day, and used only pastured, cultured butter.
- I made an effort to consume a lot of home made bone broth for its added minerals.”
To recap: No grains, beans or nuts and limited fruits and starches. Lots of vegetables, protein, healthy fats and bone broth.
Not content with changing her diet alone, Katie went on to increase her mineral levels with some supplements because, as most of us know, many foods are lower in nutrients from being grown in nutrient depleted soil.
- Vitamin D.
- Fermented cod liver oil and butter blend.
- Plenty of organic, virgin and unrefined coconut oil.
You can read more about Katie’s methods and other natural ways of looking after your teeth in my earlier post here.
The problem with root canal
While on the subject of dental procedures, I would like to add some more information on the subject of root canal.
Root canal procedures are carried out in 25 million people per year. And yet this is not a safe procedure. Diet is the number one cause of cavities – and eventually even an infected tooth – so that your dentist will recommend root canal instead of the safer method of tooth extraction. Root canal is where the nerves are removed from the tooth so that in effect it is a dead tooth.
Interesting to note is that a medical practitioner would not dream of leaving behind dead material anywhere else in the body. In fact they would be open to lawsuits. And yet…
According to mercola.com, dental procedures and materials used in them can affect your whole body, not just your teeth. For example, root canal treated teeth can be a direct cause of numerous degenerative diseases.
“After a root canal is done, the dead tooth—not sometimes, but always—becomes an environment conducive to harboring chronic infection and toxicity
Many “incurable” ailments, which have no conventionally recognized cause, can sometimes be improved or resolved by extracting the tooth and properly cleaning the tooth socket.
A tooth can become painful for a number of reasons. Before getting a root canal, make sure the problem is not somewhere else and that the pain in your tooth will not subside if you properly address that issue.”
In the meantime, plans are in progress for investment backing for the new tooth-rebuilding technique so that it can be fully utilized in the future.