In the conventional dentistry, a dentist uses X-rays, and visual inspection to determine whether you have cavities during a checkup. It is not pleasant to hear the dentist tell you that you have a cavity. In dental school, dentists are taught to remove diseased parts of teeth and replace them with synthetic materials following surgery to treat dental caries.
Fear of the dentist
Many people are afraid of the dentist and there is a valid reason why. Their bodies give them a strong message, through feelings of fear and avoidance. “Do not drill another hole in my teeth!”
Drilling of the teeth
Conventional dentists use high-speed drills, which drill up to 350,000 rotations per minute. Therefore, during drilling procedures they usually save time. Drilling at high speeds causes high friction and increases the temperature of the tooth nerve, resulting in irreversible nerve damage in 60% of cases. Moreover, the high speed can shatter tiny nutrient tubules within the teeth due to negative vacuum pressure.
During the 1800s, dentists filled painful teeth with cavities with gold in a careful manner. In those days, gold wouldn’t have been affordable for most people; one filling today would cost $10,000. In the 1830s, many people were unable to afford dentistry, so the Crawcour brothers brought a cheap gold alternative to America – Bell’s putty. It was possible to fill teeth in two minutes with Bells putty, which consisted of melted silver coins mixed with mercury.
It was effective in the short term, but the mercury was highly toxic, and many teeth discolored or died as a result of mercury exposure. Peddlers selling mercury-containing “health” potions and salves were called quacksalbers by dentists who placed mercury fillings.
In 1856, the American Society of Dental Surgeons fell apart due to the economics of mercury fillings instead of gold. Mercury-laden fillings were promoted by the American Dental Association in the early 19th century.
The fate of our teeth was forever changed in 1896 by dentist G.V. Black. Mercury fillings were reformulated to make them less toxic and last longer. The principle of “extension for prevention” summarizes his drilling protocols as well.
By drilling a larger hole (extension), you will give the tooth more time before it needs to be retreated. Modern dentistry is based on this technique, although it has changed somewhat in modern times. G.V. Black’s “innovations” included drilling away all the discolored tooth structure so that a mercury filling could be inserted securely within the tooth.
Dental schools teach dentists to drill big holes in teeth so that mercury fillings can be placed properly. Over the last century, dentists have enthusiastically drilled parts of our teeth that are not decayed or that can remineralizer because of this procedure.
When we extend our teeth for prevention, we lose a healthy tooth structure. This dilemma was explained to me by a dental student from India: I drill teeth every week as a dental student. It’s more accurate to say that I must do this in order to pass my exams. I feel for my patients when I see them sitting on the dental chair with their eyes closed, losing their tooth structure for good.
There needs to be something put in place of a large hole in your tooth. Mercury is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, and some forms of arthritis.
Fluorescent bulbs contain 22 milligrams of mercury, which is considered hazardous waste. Mercury fillings typically contain about 1000 milligrams. Watching a video on mercury filling placement, visualized myself in the messy process of placing mercury fillings as hundreds of mercury shreds spread across the mouth.
The body mounts an immune response to foreign substances, especially metals when implanted in the body. Diseases like those just mentioned can be caused or exacerbated by this toxic substance. A dentist named Mark Breiner describes dental immune reactions in children in his book Whole-Body Dentistry. Two children developed leukemia after mercury fillings and stainless steel (nickel) crowns caused them to become ill.
There are other toxic substances besides mercury amalgams. Although white composite fillings made from ground glass and plastic are less toxic, 50% of patients still experience immune reactions. 90% of those who received one of the most popular composite fillings experienced negative immune reactions.
The compatibility of the filling with your body is not checked by conventional dentists. Modern fillings last between 5-12 years, depending on the material, because they are typically made from resins and glues that contain toxic chemicals like bisphenol A. Despite all the drilling and extra drilling, only 25% of amalgam fillings last eight years or more.
Despite the availability of composite fillings, their short life span makes them unsuitable for long-term tooth decay treatment. After drilling and filling, we all hate the billing part. Drilling, filling, and billing are the models in conventional dentistry, and they’re also business models. Dentists need to make a lot of money to pay off medical school debt, support their families, and pay their employees so they can stay in business and live comfortably. More teeth need to be drilled and filled in order to make more money.
In order to avoid being sued or losing their license, many alternative dentists don’t practice dentistry other than drilling and filling. Dentists are blinded by dollar signs because of the incredibly strong profit motive.
There is no doubt in most people’s minds that dentists are in business to make money. Conventional dentists are prone to getting greedy and recommending the least conservative (i.e. most profitable) method of treating cavities. Thus, many people have lost faith in dentistry; with each new dentist they try, the profit-motivated dentist fails to put the patient’s needs first.
The profession of dentistry has even lost its faith. A chilling commentary on shoddy dental work performed by dentists trying to maximize profits was written by dentist Marvin Schissel, and Robert Nara wrote “Money by the Mouthful”, exposing how dentists can make a lot of money by pushing unnecessary dental treatments on their patients.
The conventional dentist does not really offer true health care to his patients, or a permanent solution to tooth decay, with all the toxic materials put into their mouths, the short life span of fillings, the damage caused by high-speed drilling, and unnecessarily prescribed filling treatments.