Updated: Aug 5, 2019
It is a common misconception that one needs to go to the Dentist for oral health. In this blog I have outlined various resources that have greatly informed my own paradigm of Holistic Dentistry.
If you or your children are dealing with a small and minor cavity, I suggest you read this article by Mark Burhenne, DDS; you'll will see how cavities can be healed easily and naturally by addressing the mineral and vitamin imbalances that caused the condition in the first place. For a more comprehensive understanding of this same concept [and other dental issues] I suggest reading Nadine Artemis and Victor Zeines, DDS; book called: Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. The book explores holistic dentistry; which basically boils down to identifying the major known root causes of dental issues. This book exposes the methods to cure the imbalances using nutritional and/or supplemental assistance and is backed by over 50 years of solid science and clinical experience.
It would be improper to make any mention of Holistic Dentistry without referring back to the proprietor of it, Weston A. Price, whose Foundation has preserved the collected body of clinical research and experience from Dr Price and his students and colleagues. Dr Weston Price was a researcher and clinical dentist whose contributions have impacted the Holistic Health community for more than 50 years. It is his work that led to the field and practice of Holistic Dentistry. The Weston A Price Foundation's Website, has an impressive collection of dental articles with excellent resources that will show that mineral, vitamin, and other nutritional deficiencies are the cause of caries/cavities and that they can be arrested and/or treated easily using proper nutrition. Like one of those articles highlights, as early as 1928, Dentists and doctors were showing that diet impacts cavities/caries; the revelation coming through arrested development of caries in children patients with diets necessarily corrected due to diabetes. "All these children were on the same ratio of protein: carbohydrate: fat, namely, 7:9:21." It turned out that of the dental patients on that diet, whether they had diabetes or not, it arrested the development of the caries and in some cases reversed the caries altogether. At the bottom of this blog I have also included a whole selection of other articles that will show you how easily cavities are healed from the perspective of both doctors and people who have had personal experience. There are plenty of scientific studies and data that confirm the validity of healing cavities naturally.
I suggest doing your own research into this, but in a nutshell this is what you need to know:
Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as mineral deficiencies (which mostly can be isolated to Bioavailable Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus) - are the primary leading cause of saliva insufficiency or dysfunctions which contribute to the presence and overgrowth of Streptococcus Mutans, P Gingivalis, and/or other bacteriae considered responsible for caries and tooth decay in the first place. Also, an over-consumption of Phytic Acid containing foods and Refined Sugars are the major sequela of nutrient deficient formation of caries. Phytic Acid is in greatest quantities in Grains and Corns, but it is also present in some root veggies and pretty much all starchy vegetable sources. Too much of this type of carb-rich food creates an imbalance. Like I mentioned earlier, protein:carbohydrate:fat ratio should be closer to 7:9:21, but someone with grain and sugar diets are closer to 7:15:15 or worse. Prolonged exposure to this type of diet with the associated nutritional deficiencies creates an imbalance that harbors the prime condition for the lack of proper enzymes in the mouth and creates susceptibility to caries.
Beyond just understanding the condition that leads to cavities and how fillings fail to address the root cause at all [meaning that it will inevitably happen again, making us nothing more than beloved customers of the dentist], I also want to expose the hazards of most conventional treatments available. For instance, most dentists have a "Drill and Fill" policy when it comes to cavities. Those who are concerned about Mercury in amalgam fillings are persuaded to use composite fillings. Yet, composite fillings are equally, and arguably even MORE, toxic and hazardous than amalgam fillings. Either way, there are TONS of known toxicities associated with EVERY form of dental filling used today that I know of, whether composite or Mercurial and the scientific studies show that. As I understand it a type of filling called Silverfil has less toxic surface mercury, but still contains mercury. Furthermore, in the face of new data, there is emerging research that is demonstrating that drilling dentistry isn't needed or useful in many cases. If you would like to study this further I have included links below in the resources section.
Small behavioral and lifestyle factors when rearing children can create a predisposition towards nutrient deficiencies and cavities early on. For instance, breastfeeding right before bed without rinsing the mouth out creates a build up of acids that lead to plaque and cause exogenous fermentation in the mouth. This continues throughout childhood as high sweet intake and/or other imbalances pertaining to the acids consumed and exogenous fermentation in the mouth due to excess consumption of sugar. This mother on YouTube who has healed her children's cavities actually discusses some of these topics from a layperson's perspective very well.
Resources on How to Heal Cavities Naturally Healing Cavities Naturally https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-i-healed-my-childs-cavity/
https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/photographic-proof-cavities-heal/ http://dentistattijuana.com/natural-methods-to-heal-cavities-and-tooth-decay/ https://www.honeycolony.com/article/8-holistic-cavity-cures-and-ways-to-improve-dental-health/ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdoe.12204 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdoe.12024 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1034/j.1600-0528.2001.290601.x
Resources on Better Dentistry Practices in the Face of Modern Research: https://www.sciencealert.com/study-of-no-drill-dentistry-shows-fillings-aren-t-needed-in-many-cases All of Weston A Price's Work, this is a great summation though
Resources on the Known Toxicity of Amalgam Fillings: Mercury Exposure from Dental Fillings having direct link to Neurodegeneration - by University of Calgary and peer reviewed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology Mercury Poisoning and Dental Amalgam Fillings - Comprehensive Article compiling peer reviewed data and known information from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology Still Carrying Around Mercury Next To Your Brain - Well written Article by Dr Mercola along with video and written resources for further investigation that streamlines all the sources a layperson needs to know about dental fillings and mercury exposure. Chronic Mercury Poisoning Facts by Dr Tom McGuire, DDS.
Resources on the Known Toxicity of Composite Fillings: Release and Toxicity of Dental Resin Composite - Peer Reviewed and published on NIH website showing entire systemic complications due to exposure at various stages of having fillings BPA Release from Dental Composites: Peer Reviewed and published on NIH website showing endocrine disruption via Estrogenic Factors. Known Components of Resin Composites: An interesting take from a dentist named Michael J Wahl, DDS; in which he is professing that amalgam fillings containing mercury may in fact be safer than composite fillings in the long run. In vitro and in vivo studies on the toxicity of dental resin components: a review whose pdf needs to be paid for to access the entire document, but the Abstract gives a great summation and also the references are listed.
Resources Concerning Nitrous Oxide Sequela with B-12 Deficiencies and other resources on B-12 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8250714 https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/nitrous-oxide-neurological-and-haematological-toxic-effects https://radiopaedia.org/articles/nitrous-oxide-toxicity https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/methylcobalamin-vs-cyanocobalamin https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cyanocobalamin
Possible Systemic Toxicities of other Dental Anesthetics Side Effects of Local Anesthesia in Dental Treatment Local Anesthetics Pharmacology and Toxicology Local Anesthetic System Toxicity