Dental health relies just as much on the fork as it does on the toothbrush. You are what you eat, and by that logic, your teeth are lacking what you’re not eating. In my practice we emphasize a diet that is tooth-friendly. This doesn’t just mean eating less refined sugar (though, it does mean that). It means eating native, natural foods rich in Vitamin D and C, as well as calcium, phosphorous, zinc and other minerals teeth require. It means cutting highly-acidic soda out of the diet to prevent tooth decay and it means eating raw, chewy foods regularly to encourage a healthy bite.
The most common material that dentists have used to repair fillings is a mixture of mercury and silver. Mercury, a well known poison, was preferred by some dentists at the end of the 19th century because it’s cheap, it kills bacteria and softens fillings enough so they can be placed. However, the risk for most does not outweigh the rewards. To place an amalgam filling requires drilling lots of the tooth surface, compromising the structural integrity of the tooth and inviting recurrent decay and eventually tooth fractures that eventually lead to more fillings and then caps and root canals. Amalgam fillings also expand and contract from hot and cold foods and liquids. And mercury in amalgams can vaporize from the heat and friction of chewing. Mercury can leach to the gut and kidneys, and to the brain. Complications from mercury fillings can be at the very least painful and at worst fatal. I specialize in the safe, effective removal of mercury fillings and the replacement of them with biocompatible fillings using biomimetic techniques.
Hidden Jaw Infections and Root Canals
Focal infections from improperly removed teeth can often cause chronic infections, as can root canals. These types of infection are extremely difficult to detect. X-rays often miss them and many times they’re not visible to the naked eye. Worse, traditional dentistry either ignores or denies these chronic subclinical infections and their impact on overall health. However, through the use of digital imaging and surgical repair of cavitational osteonecrosis, many of these infections can be detected and purged.