The Dental Connection: A New Paradigm for Dental Medicine

A new paradigm has been emerging in health care that focuses on the process of health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This new model is called by many names, such as; alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, holistic medicine, and functional or biological medicine. This new medicine embraces both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions of natural healing; many of them thousands of years old. Study of these traditions reveals certain truths that can be applied to promote health and well being. These basic principles form the foundation for all holistic health practices. Amongst these is the need for healthful nourishment, the elimination of toxins, and the maintenance of physical, mental and energetic balance.

When dis-ease is present it may be viewed as evidence of a disruption in the life force. Rather than just treating the consequences of dis-ease, the health centered practitioner is focused on finding the cause, and where possible assists the individual in reversing the disease process. Often the cause is traced to an individuals lifestyle, diet, environment, attitudes and beliefs, etc. Once the causative factors are known and eliminated the patients natural healing forces will resolve the illness. Healing occurs from within the individual, it can not be imposed upon them.

The science of biophysics has established that our bodies are quantum fields existing within the quantum field of the universe. In many cultures this has been known, and is expressed in ancient healing philosophies such as Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. In these traditions of natural healing the intent is to balance the flow of energy in the body and to develop higher levels of energetic integration throughout the system to create harmony between the individual and the world around them.

A holistically trained dentist views the mouth as a micro- environment of the body with the profound potential to reflect and influence the health of the whole person. Disruptions to the flow of energy through the mouth may affect remote regions of the body, and conversely, disruptions elsewhere may manifest in the mouth. This occurs because the energy of our life force flows through all regions of the body permitting each to function as a hologram of the body as a whole. This forms the scientific basis for many healing disciplines such as Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Auricular Therapy, Iridology, Reflexology, etc.

In Chinese medicine analysis of changes within the tongue permit diagnosis of one’s systemic condition. In the same way regions of the mouth and individual teeth are found to correspond to particular meridians and organ systems. As we evolve in our thinking and appreciation of the wholeness of our being, we begin to understand that what we view as the “mouth” is not limited to the teeth, gums, jaw, and associated Temporomandibular joints and jaw muscles.

Structural imbalance or disharmony within the jaw and bite an have profound influences through the body as a whole. These imbalances can have profound influences within the musculo-skeletal system, the central nervous system, as well as through the body’s electromagnetic energy circuits. As a consequence proper treatment of TMJ and bite problems often requires a holistic team to support balancing the body as whole as the dentist works with the bite either through orthodontics (braces) or with crown and bridgework.

In the past few years there has been a growing concern for the potential health hazards imposed by use of dental materials that include toxic compounds. The most common source of concern has been the mercury found in silver fillings. Mercury is one of the most toxic metals found in nature and is a major component of silver fillings {up to 50 %}.

Organized dentistry has been reluctant to acknowledge the potential problems of toxic materials used in the mouth. The truth is there are many variables. Each of us is different in the capacity of our body to eliminate toxins from our system. Because each of us presents a unique constitution it is important that materials to be used in our mouths be screened to insure bio-compatibility for us. Holistic dentists have a number of tools to use to do this. Sometimes blood tests may be used though they are not as precise as a simple biofeedback tests done with Muscle Response Testing, or tests done with electrodermal screening.

In the future healthcare will be truly that and not care focused on treatment of advanced disease, but intent on the preservation of health. As Charles Mayo the founder of the world famous Mayo clinic said in 1913;

“It falls upon the dentist and oral surgeon to study the diseased conditions of the mouth.The work is discouraging, but must be kept up, as eventually it will have its effect.The next great step in medical progress in the line of preventive medicine should be made by the dentists. The question is will they do it?” — Charles H. Mayo, MD, Dental Review 27 April 1913, 296-7