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Chapter 3 Whole-Body Dentistry®

This year millions of adults and their children will needlessly suffer a broad range of preventable illnesses. Less serious conditions, like excessive fatigue and headaches, may go unnoticed or will be incorrectly attributed to aging or stress. Hundreds of thousands of individuals will develop more serious conditions like arthritis, colitis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, infections, hypertension, thyroid imbalances, migraines, kidney damage, and even neurological problems. These people will become ill for no apparent reason.

But more often than not, there is an underlying issue that triggers these people’s illnesses, and that issue is often found in the mouth. Based on more than forty years of research and observation, the renowned German physician, Dr. Reinhard Voll, estimated that nearly 80% of all illness is related entirely or partially to problems in the mouth. (For more information on Dr. Voll see Chapter 32). This important statistic would surprise almost all health care practitioners; when I first heard it, it seemed incredible. In fact, both physicians and dentists have been trained to overlook almost entirely the fact that attached to every tooth is a person!

Traditional Approach to Dentistry

Conventional dentistry takes an extremely limited and mechanistic view of its practice, rarely considering the impact of dental work beyond the frame of the jaw. And there is a disconcerting lack of training on the systemic effects that dental procedures can have on overall body functioning. Dentists have been taught to make treatment decisions without recognizing the impact of those decisions and with little appreciation for the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body.

Since most dentists have not been trained to look at the entire person as a whole functioning system, they do not recognize the interrelationship that exists between dental procedures and general health. Traditional dentistry has yet to understand how essential the whole body approach to treatment is to the patient’s well-being.

As a result of this single-focus mindset, traditional dentists may inadvertently cause physical illness and trauma, and may actually do more harm than good. The truth is that every dental procedure is an invasion of the human system, and that invasion may generate an adverse response somewhere in the body. The milder symptoms are often confused with what we have been led to believe are the normal side effects of stress-filled lives or the natural aging process.

New Approach to Dentistry

In the previous chapter, we explored the many layers or types of energy that may be present in and around our bodies. In the new approach to dentistry, we are learning that seemingly unrelated physical illnesses can be triggered by a number of dental issues and their resultant impact on the body’s energetic meridians. Non-vital or decayed teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, and misaligned jaws are a few examples of such potential dental problems. In fact, some of the symptoms we are told to consider as normal aspects of aging are in fact related to abnormalities in the mouth.

This broader understanding of the interconnectedness of the mouth and body may explain why a new breed of dental practitioners is emerging. These dentists are offering important alternative solutions to traditional dental practices. I like to call this type of practice Whole-Body Dentistry®.

While understanding the importance of being a highly skilled and technically proficient practitioner, Whole-Body Dentistry goes beyond this point and takes a broad, holistic view of the dental profession. This all-encompassing philosophy recognizes that any work done in the mouth affects the entire human body—often with surprisingly profound results, either positive or negative. By being aware of these relationships, we strive to minimize the invasive quality of these procedures.

Dental Detective Story

Root Canal Problem

Steve, 39, was experiencing some neurological problems and vision disorders, including difficulty determining colors. He was diagnosed with optical neuritis and multiple sclerosis. After discussing all the dental factors that might be involved in his condition, Steve chose to remove the root-canaled tooth which was in line with the affected eye. Immediately following this procedure, Steve could see and distinguish colors that, hours before, were literally invisible to him. Not only did his color discrimination return, but his neurological problems disappeared; his neurologist has given him a clean bill of health.

Whole-Body Dentistry also interprets information differently. Traditional dentistry has taught us to misread many of the body’s cues, because it is still trapped in “old thinking” about the human body. But quantum physics and leading edge medical theory now indicate that the human system has potential far beyond the prevailing medical model’s overly simplistic interpretations.

Consider for a moment that, as mentioned earlier, the human body is entirely comprised of billions of tiny particles of energy. Within this energetic system, there are pathways called meridians. Every organ and every part of your body is directly linked to a specific tooth or area of the mouth via these meridians, or energy highways. This connection is so strong that a Whole-Body Dentist can often accurately “guess” your dental history simply by reviewing your physical symptoms.

For example, a patient came to me with chronic sinus problems which seemed to have no cause or cure. Without even examining him, I immediately asked if he had any root canal work performed on his upper first molar, which is on the same energy meridian as the maxillary sinuses. He was amazed that I had “guessed” correctly and further conversation uncovered that his sinus problems had indeed begun after the root canal. All other treatments having failed, the offending tooth was then removed. Within a week, his sinusitis completely disappeared.

It can often be that simple. A Whole-Body Dentist is like a detective sorting through a series of clues and signals and putting the information together in a different way to discover the real source of problems. Often extracting a misaligned or offending tooth will alleviate a whole host of seemingly unrelated physical symptoms in a matter of days. Some problems will actually correct immediately. I have had patients who, post-procedure and still in the dental chair, reported an immediate improvement in their symptoms, (for example, improved eyesight). Do not underestimate the impact of your teeth and mouth on your entire body’s health.