I invited Dr. Mahn, DDS, to write an article for my newsletter because I am realizing more and more the connection between having a healthy mouth and a healthy body. I have observed in the last few months that many of my clients who just can not seem to get better (fatigue, thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, weight loss, depression, brain fog, etc.) have had issues with their mouths. Whether it has been infected root canals or mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings, the same result takes place…they fix their mouths, they feel better. Personally, I just had 1/2 of my amalgam fillings removed from one side of my mouth and soon will be having the other side done.
The article below explains 4 controversial topics in the dental field, make sure you check it out. I encourage you to explore whether or not your teeth/mouth could be making you sick.
Dental Detective Story – Sally was a 38-year-old who suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She was unable to work because she would be in bed for a large part of the day. She had tried many forms of treatment and was taking numerous supplements. Naturally, she was very depressed about the whole situation. Previous to her getting ill, she was able to work, take care of her two children and manage her household. Having read the effects of mercury inhibiting the binding of oxygen and hemoglobin, thus improving energy, she wanted her fillings out. Shortly after removal, she had to be cautioned to slow down. Sally said she had a lot of catching up to do.” exerted from Whole-Body Dentistry by Dr. Breiner (pg.68)
Here are some resources that will provide you with some further information on this topic:
The Poison in Your Teeth by Tom McGuire, DDS
Whole-Body Dentistry by Mark A. Breiner, DDS
The Mouth – Body Connection
By Ingo G. Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, Doctor of Integrative Medicine
Maybe the hottest topic in dentistry today is the connection between diseases of the mouth and diseases of the body. We as biological & holistic dentists have known this for years, but it took a recent study linking gum disease to heart disease (as well as diabetes and low-weight infants) for the conventional dental community to take notice.
Even though this particular relationship is only the tip of the iceberg, it actually represents a huge shift in the mindset of the dental profession.
Why? Because for years holistically minded dentists have been losing their license for even suggesting that patients could get healthier by improving the health of their mouth – in some cases they were even accused of “practicing medicine”. In contrast, today’s dental journals and leading clinicians predict the future of the dentist as “the physician of the mouth”.
As excited as I am about this prospect, our profession as a whole still has a long way to go.
“Based on 40 years of research, I estimate 80% of all illness to be related entirely
or partially to problems in the mouth”
Dr. Reinhold Voll – prominent German physician
The problem starts in dental school. Dentists are trained as “mechanics of the mouth” – we learn how to fix holes. But maybe with these recent changes, there will be a more open-minded discussion about the role of dentistry in our patients’ health. I am even cautiously optimistic that the next step will be for dentistry to consider some of the other problems.
What are the other problems in dentistry? Here are the major ones:
1. Mercury (“silver” or amalgam filling) – a source of contention in dentistry for decades, with members of the American Dental Association (ADA) as possibly the last people on the planet to argue that placing mercury in the body has no ill effects. After years of claiming that NO mercury is released from amalgams, they now admit that “insignificant” amounts of mercury are released from these fillings. A tough sell considering there are no studies that show ANY level of mercury to be safe.
2. Fluoride – an interesting issue and one that really needs to be split into two issues. Topical fluoride vs. ingested fluoride. While there may be limited benefits from topical fluoride, anyone familiar with the facts about swallowing fluoride would side with Dr. J. William Hirzy, Senior VP of the EPA in describing fluoridation as “criminal behavior on the part of governments.”
3. Root Canals – the root of a tooth is composed of millions of small tubules. Unfortunately, once a tooth is dead, these tubules become stagnant and may harbor bacteria that produce powerful toxins. Dr. Boyd Haley, chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky, who has studied this toxicity issue extensively recently concluded, “All root canals are infected, but not all root canals are toxic”. Interestingly enough, the head researcher of the American Dental Association – Dr. Weston Price – first studied and described the toxicity of root canal.
4. Cavitations – also known as NICO lesions. Essentially dead and sometimes infected areas of bone in the jaw, they are difficult to diagnose with conventional x-rays. These lesions can be a hiding place for toxins and bacteria. Even though conventional dentists vehemently deny the existence of these lesions, Dr. G.V. Black, who is considered to be the “father of modern dentistry” first described and named this condition.
So there you have them, the big 4 controversies in dentistry. Each one of these issues on it’s own can seriously affect the ability of an individual to achieve optimal health. When found in combination, as they often are (i.e. amalgams and root canals or root canals and cavitations), the health effects can be devastating. This makes a properly trained holistic dentist an important member of the integrative health-care team.
Dr. Mahn graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1985 and Capital University of Integrative Medicine (Washington, DC) in 2004. He is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and practices at Integrative Dental Solutions with Dr. Supriya Shetty in Pewaukee (23770 W. Capitol Dr.) The office can be contacted at 262.691.4555 or via the web at: www.MyNaturalDentist.com.