Recently, we dedicated a series of posts to exploring the parallels between biological dentistry and naturopathy.
The State of Conventional Dentistry
Now, approaching the conversation from a slightly different point of view, let’s have a closer look at the various aspects of conventional dentistry.
To begin, let’s start with what everyone already knows to be true about dentistry in general. Ask anyone on the street, “What is a dentist,” and you’ll hear something along the lines of, “A dentist is someone who fixes teeth or pulls them out.”
Now, that ‘fixing’ might involve treating the gums around the teeth. In that case, the dentist who specializes in that kind of treatment is called a periodontist, and the field is called periodontics.
Or, the ‘fixing’ might mean moving one or more tooth’s position, which is known as orthodontics. The specialist in this case is an orthodontist. There are a variety of reasons why artifically induced tooth movement might be performed, including malocclusion (i.e., when the upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned) and the simple phenomenon of shifting tooth placement as we age.
Meanwhile, if a tooth has become so badly damaged that it cannot be healed or fixed with fillings or a crown, then a specialist known as an endodontist might perform a so-called ‘root canal.’ In this case, the pulp of the tooth is surgically removed, leaving just the tooth’s outer shell. This is commonly referred to as ‘saving a tooth.’ However, in reality there is no longer a live tooth at all, just as a corpse is no longer a living human being. Thus, a root-canaled ‘tooth’ is just a more or less functional placeholder for what was once a living tooth. In any event, this specialized field of conventional dentistry is called endodontics.
Finally, when a tooth is extracted, that can be done either by a general dentist or an oral surgeon. Why would such a procedure take place? Well, there can be many reasons. One might be finances: a patient cannot afford to have a root canal done. Or, the tooth is completely non-salvageable, and – in my opinion – ‘no tooth’ is better than a dead tooth. Serious trauma, like getting hit with a flying baseball, is enough to kill a tooth. If you want to have the tooth replaced with an implant, then that would be done by an general dentist or an implantologist.
The Common Denominator
No matter which of the aforementioned specialists is utilized, the one thing they all have in common is that their treatment is limited to the mouth. That is, everything takes place above the Adam’s apple and stops just below the rim of the eyes (if considered vertically) or starts at the lips and extends to the back of the throat (horizontally considered). The point is, both considerations are confined to a very small part of the body, in an entirely imaginary ‘box’ of sorts.
The problem with this conventional approach to dentistry, regardless of the specialization involved, is that there is seldom any consideration at all with regard to how the procedures done within the confines of this imaginary box will affect the rest of the body, whether presently or in the future.
Also, a high percentage of the dental materials conventionally used today are just plain toxic. In fact, any toxicologist would be shocked to find out that dentists are still inserting and implanting these materials into persons’ mouths. This, too, needs to be more fully discussed, but in later posts.
Until then, take care, and watch out for flying baseballs!
Dr. Blanche Grube