Hello and welcome to episode number 64 of Elmar´s Tooth Talk: The missing link to total health.
In today’s episode we are going back to dentistry and discuss what is Holistic Dentistry and what differentiates it from Conventional Dentistry.
So, before we start let me tell you What’s in it for you in this episode:
We talk about:
- WHAT conventional dentistry has to offer
- WHAT holistic dentistry has to offer
- WHAT happens when you only treat symptoms?
- WHY Western Thinking is Linear Thinking and Symptomatic Treatment
- WHY holistic Thinking is Lateral Thinking and Systemic Treatment
- HOW holistic dentistry is different
- HOW holistic dentistry treats the patient
Looking at dentistry from a birds eye view, we can say that dentistry has made impressive progress over the last few decades.
Whether we hear about the development of more and more sophisticated filling materials, techniques to make root canal filling even more successful and of course regarding the innovation of replacement options with new denture materials and zirconia implants.
There are brilliant trainings for us dentists to educate ourselves in these new techniques and materials to provide even better solutions and options for our patients.
However, we are still focused on a very small area of our patient’s body. The mouth. We are still specialist mechanics in mouth repair. And we are still mainly focused on damage control.
- How many of us dentists look beyond drill fill and bill?
- How many of us dentists look beyond the mouth?
- How many of us dentists look at the entire patient?
Chronic Dis-Ease on the rise
With chronic disease on the rise, it appears dentistry has its own share in this development.
For years, diseases like diabetes, rheumatism, heart disease, arthritis and cancer have been increasing in a terrifying way. Anyone suffering from chronic disease knows how easily multiple doctor visits can drain your spirit and your bank account.
Often, patients spend years getting treated by different doctors only to find themselves on a complex number of prescriptions with no end in sight. Or worse, they find that now they have new chronic issues to deal with.
Why and How is conventional dentistry adding to this problem?
Similar to conventional medicine, conventional dentistry excels with treating acute problems, like a cavity that’s causing a patient immediate pain, a defective filling that needs attention or a missing tooth that requires replacement.
This approach, however, is more about repair than healing. A conventional dentist never questions why the tooth is decaying on a deeper level. This means the real underlying cause—the root cause—is often neglected. And it is not about sugar nor brushing your teeth properly.
If the dentist were to dig deeper to find the root cause, they would discover the reason that the tooth is decaying is located in other areas of the body, such as the gut.
The Holistic Approach
The holistic approach to disease is to strengthen the immune system instead of combating symptoms. Holistic dentistry appears to be more effective than conventional dentistry because it views the mouth as one part of the whole body and treats with the entire system in mind.
As far as most holistic dentists are concerned, holistic dentistry is not an alternative to conventional dentistry. Rather, it is looking at the bigger picture.
Holistic dentists look at more than just your dental problems. They look at the dental and health problems at hand from a broader perspective.
Conventional Medicine and Dentistry: An Uphill Battle?
Many chronically ill patients realize quickly that conventional medicine has its limits. While medicine can be lifesaving in acute situations, for example in the case of road traffic accidents, however the chronically ill may find little relief or support for healing.
Often, conventional medicine often only provides a momentary relief from symptoms, and patients are taught how to “maintain” their dis-ease. There’s very little hope for real healing.
What happens when you only treat symptoms?
Over time the underlying problem will create more issues throughout the body.
Conventional treatments and “quick fixes” that don’t work to prevent or release underlying problems and only patch them up can also become deadly over time.
For example, the overuse of antibiotics to fight bacteria has led to several resistant bacterial strains.
Many people now die from these resistant germs, which could have been prevented with a more thoughtful, holistic approach to medicine, reserving antibiotics only for when they were most necessary.
Conventional medicine and dentistry do not consider that any dis-ease we encounter is merely a symptom, a sign that our body is trying to tell us, “If you want to become healthy again, deal with this.” And “dealing with this” means working with your body to stabilize your immune system rather than to cut, burn, and poison it.
Filling the Bucket
Imagine your immune system as a large bucket. Over time, all the different stresses, pollutions, and toxins slowly fill your bucket, drop by drop. The first drops only fill the bottom and rarely cause any symptoms. Your immune system can compensate for these drops.
Over time, more drops fill your bucket until, at some point, the first symptom appears. It may seem like it appears from nowhere, so neither you nor your doctor think to connect this symptom with any of the drops that have, so far, filled your bucket.
You may think that dis-ease appears suddenly, but it is always the result of what has accumulated in your body.
Neither a heart attack, a stroke, nor cancer strike out of the blue. Long time abuse to your body causes them. It is hardly ever that last bottle of beer or plate of burger and chips that triggers a heart attack, but the summation of you mistreating your body and ignoring those little symptoms that pop up and try to warn you.
Discovering how and why dis-ease develops, and recognizing the drops that fill your bucket, is the art of the holistic therapist.
The Holistic Approach
Holistic dentistry, also known as biological, integrative, complementary, systemic, whole- body, or biocompatible dentistry, is the term used by dentists who look at their patient’s dental health from a broader perspective.
The holistic approach to dis-ease is to strengthen the immune system instead of combating symptoms. So, it is important for the holistic dentist to maintain or stabilize the immune system of his or her patients, using only materials and treatments that are well-tolerated rather than cause long-term and cumulative health challenges on many levels.
Because of this limited perspective and treatment, a patient may experience complications after a dental treatment, often at a much later point in time.
Because a lot of time has passed since the dental treatment, the patient and conventional doctor and dentist may not make the connection. The unfortunate patient then starts a journey, hopping from doctor to doctor and paying for expensive tests, without ever finding the root cause.
Holistic dentistry seeks to prevent this problem by viewing the teeth as part of the entire body, not just an isolated element in your mouth.
The entire mouth consists of teeth, jawbone, muscles, nerves, gums, and the temporo-mandibular joint.
This system is highly complex and interacts with all other organs and body systems. Holistic dentistry makes the connection between teeth and the rest of the body, creating treatments that help instead of harm.
Conventionally, problems like tooth decay or tooth sensitivity might lead to treatments such as root canal, amalgam filling, or even the application of fluoride.
The problems with using potentially toxic materials and treatments are that they will cause long-term and cumulative health challenges on several levels.
But at first, a patient won’t notice any adverse reaction, so the cause will go unnoticed. The sudden pains a patient has in other parts of the body, like the joints, won’t be connected to the past dental treatment.
A healthy person with a strong immune system is more likely to tolerate one or even several root-treated teeth and amalgam fillings. But for someone who is already in poor health, this can have fatal consequences.
The Broader Perspective
Where the dis-ease appears in the body depends on the disposition of the person, so holistic dentistry uses different techniques to address this. Considering how conventional methods can damage a patient’s health, it’s clear why the holistic dentist is concerned about the materials he or she incorporates into the teeth, gums, and jawbone of patients.
Therefore, a holistic dentist will use various tests to determine any areas of concern.
For example the lymphocyte transformation test, or LTT for short, is a blood test that assesses the body’s sensitivity to various dental materials. Other tests include MELISA, OroTox for tooth toxicity, CaviTAU for jawbone density, Heart-Rate-Variability, to check the patient’s current capacity to cope with their dental treatment, Vitamin D3 level test for good bone and tissue healing, and bio-energetic test methods like Light-Kinesiology, Acupuncture, or Bio-resonance.
Obviously, we have to keep in mind every test, whether from a conventional doctor or holistic dentist, whether it is a blood test or a compatibility test for food or dental materials, is only ever a snapshot in time.
This means that the test cannot guarantee that the Vitamin D level for example will stay the same forever, or the food or the filling material will still be well tolerated in a few years.
Most holistic dentists work metal-free. This means all fillings, inlays, bridges or implants are made of materials which do not contain any metals.
Since we live in a time of Wi-Fi and EMFs, a holistic dentist’s commitment to metal-free work is to benefit the overall health of their patients. Some holistic dental practices go as far as to not offer any root canal treatments or implants at all to avoid any potential foreign material to be placed in the jawbone.
Another difference between conventional and holistic dentistry is the use of specific drills.
One such drill is the turbine with its high-frequency whistling noises due to their high-speed rpm of up to 400.000 which can easily overheat tooth nerves and lead to the tooth dying.
To prevent this, it is preferable to use a relatively slow-rotating drill to reduce the risk of causing this kind of damage.
Western Thinking = Linear Thinking = Symptomatic Treatment
Western medicine continues to increase in specialized knowledge. This specialization now dominates almost all of Western medicine.
This means conventional medicine and dentistry have lost sight of the bigger picture. Some may question if they ever had it.
That is what we get taught at university. To become brilliant in identifying a set of symptoms.
Therefore, a shift is required whether from the universities, the dentists who look beyond the mouth or from the pressure on the street, the patients themselves.
Holistic Thinking = Lateral Thinking = Systemic Treatment
Healing patients and helping their bodies return to a regulated state of homeostasis should be top priority. And as Hippocrates said “ First, do no harm” – Primum non nocere.
Chronic stress from the mouth and jaw can disrupt the body in several ways, leading to blockages and dysregulation.
For example, if your bite is not in harmony, your shoulder and hips get out of balance and even your leg length can be affected.
If your regulatory system is blocked, due to toxicity or blocked energy flow, the body gets out of balance and degenerative dis-eases such as Lyme’s, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue, or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity are far more likely to develop.
If a machine fails, you replace the failing part, and the machine works again. Despite Western medicine’s treatment of people as machines, humans are vastly different. What causes diabetes or cancer in one person may not be the reason for the same dis-ease in another.
This becomes clear when patients who receive the same diagnostic label react differently to the same therapy.
The human body is a highly interconnected system with millions, if not billions, of different ways to react. And we all start out with different hereditary packages, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Holistic dentistry is just one of many holistic approaches that seek to treat people the way they deserve: as complex, whole beings who present more than body parts to be fixed or symptoms to be patched up and tossed aside.
However, some experts say up to 80% of chronic dis-eases start in the mouth. Whether it is dental materials, dental treatments, your bite, or the food you feed yourself.
The latest addition to our holistic dental approach reflects research and experiences derived from Quantum Physics and Bio-Photon discoveries made by Russian histologist Alexander Gurwitsch in 1922, confirmed by the German Physicist Professor Fritz-Albert Popp in 1976.
Here we look at the patient from a perspective of frequencies and light. As Professor Popp said, we know today that man, essentially, is a being of light”.
This is a fantastic addition which enhances the power of the body’s ability to heal naturally following any kind of surgical procedure and can also be used as a stand-alone treatment.
The practitioner uses a series of tests to scan the patient from top to toe and inside out, and works to release incoherence within the body systems and the entire morphogenetic field with the help of the bio-photon mirrors.
No matter what kind of energetic blocks may present, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and even karmic pre-dispositions, can be released safely and effectively allowing the body to heal well after the dental procedure.
The stress in the nervous system is reduced, moving the patient out of fight or flight and into a more relaxed way of being. Some of the feedback patients have reported are “a greater feeling of wellbeing”, “more relaxed”, “calm”, “grounded”, “clear-headed”, “empowered”, even “life-changing.”
Holistic dentistry practiced this way, offers an integrative, thoughtful approach that removes the underlying root causes where natural healing can happen, and people can experience once again a life filled with purpose and joy.
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