Gerson Institiute Lecture - Holistic (Homeopathic) Dentistry

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Dr. Vinograd's latest lecture (11/2014) on Holistic / Homeopathic / Mercury Free dental methodologies.

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So what is biologically aware dentistry? It’s dentistry that puts the focus back on the patients. Dentists are being taught these days to become very proficient at performing specific procedures, but they aren’t necessarily being taught to treat the person as a whole. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, there has been a trend away from the big picture and toward specialization. Dentists, then, are specialists in teeth and gums but often forget that those teeth are attached to a whole person.

Dentists frequently have a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology and health in general, but they only deal with what’s happening in the mouth. What about how oral health issues interact with other systems in the body? After all, the body is all connected together.

Who Can You Trust?
So often, patients turn their dental care and their overall healthcare over to others rather than listening to what their bodies tell them. Who knows more about a body than its owner? Humans are amazing machines that are equipped in every cell with billions of years of intelligence, but so often power is turned over to corporations, government agencies and even healthcare workers -- all of whom have agendas of their own that may not be consistent with creating the highest possible level of health in the patient.

So many dental patients find themselves fighting with their dentists -- dentists who want to install dangerous amalgam fillings in the patient’s precious body, for example. But when the patient raises a fuss, they’re told they’re being paranoid or focusing on the wrong things. Instead, patients need a dentist who doesn’t fight their instincts and their knowledge. They need someone who is aligned with their core values and their ways of thinking.

And patients need to trust themselves. So often patients are more willing to trust the Internet than the feelings they get from their own bodies.

Amalgam Fillings And Biologically Aware Dentistry
Some things patients read online are true, however, and there is truth to the idea that amalgam fillings are problematic. These kinds of fillings break down over time into their toxic elements and cause harm to the body. Metal, after all, corrodes.

Amazingly, 50 percent of the metal in amalgam fillings is mercury, which is known to be toxic. Every time someone with one or more of these fillings grinds their teeth or even simply chews their food, a small amount of that mercury and the other metals is ground away and released into the body.

Under those fillings is decay and staining. Often the fillings cause fractures that lead to other problems. Then the fractures eventually reaches the nerve, and there are a world of additional problems.
It makes sense in biologically aware dentistry to replace amalgam with resin composites, porcelain onlays and porcelain crowns so that teeth can be restored to the healthiest state possible. This must be done with care, however, to prevent releasing the harmful mercury into the bloodstream, and there are procedures that can be followed to ensure the safest removal possible.

Gum Disease And Biologically Aware Dentistry
Gum disease leads to bone loss and other complications, but it can be brought under control for better overall health. The first step is awareness. Once patients and dentists realize that the bacteria in the mouth is the same that causes disease in the pancreas and heart, patients are more likely to take hygiene seriously. That means they’ll start brushing, flossing and taking better care of their mouths and their health overall. That includes brushing the gums as well as the teeth.

They will also take seriously the idea of cleaning the mouth with ozonated water for the maximum killing of bacteria. Bacteria hate oxygen, and ozonated water is simply water with even more oxygen that it usually has. Why not treat bacteria with ozone and other treatments rather than using so many antibiotics?

When patients swish with ozonated water instead of just plain water, that only helps on the surface. Using a water irrigator like a WaterPik along with an ozone generator can help the ozone reach deep into oral pockets to kill harmful bacteria.

When a patient takes responsibility for their health in every way and is surrounded by a good team of healthcare professionals, it’s possible for them to make the right decision in every health situation and live a happy, long life.

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