Recently, I had a traumatized tooth extracted. It was not an easy choice. I already had other teeth traumatized by the drilling of my teeth with childhood cavities, by overfilling the holes in the teeth with silver amalgams (mercury), by replacing the silver amalgams with a composite white material as an adult, and when I needed crowns (gold at first) because the fillings fell out with parts of the tooth, and finally there was more drilling involved to place a porcelain (composite) crown. After all the drilling and fillings, which gives you more microscopic breaks in the enamel and the dentin (hard bone-like middle layer of teeth), and if there is not enough blood supply to the tooth with certain nutrients through the dental lymph, the tooth can become decayed unless you remineralize your teeth with a nutritional intake of minerals. How do you know if you are deficient? Please read on.
I was born number two of five children. All of my siblings' teeth lacked in the right minerals in our mother's womb because of familial dietary habits she brought from her family origin. A lack of minerals she would have received from fresh whole foods and my mother taking medicine during the time of the growth of our teeth made us susceptible to "soft" teeth.
Understanding the process of tooth cavity healing (mineralization) and tooth cavity formation (demineralization) takes us on a path to see our body as a system and not as body parts. Decades ago, there were many heated discussions between doctors of medicine that would and could not agree in principle that the teeth had anything to do with our general health. Today, there are many studies supporting the theory that as the health of the teeth go is how the body goes. I am still looking for the dentist who will assist with nutritional advice and not only the drilling and replacing of teeth with crowns and root canals.
For example, in my case, for months I knew the crowned tooth (#3 tooth right upper jaw, energy association to that tooth is the pancreas, stomach and thyroid) was slowly dying. I felt the dull pain. I went to see the dentist and I had my teeth cleaned. Within a week, I had inflammation develop quickly with gum swelling. I went back to the dentist and she advised that I take antibiotics and then go get a root canal. I remembered my last root canal which was quite time-consuming and expensive to boot within the last few years and I then decided to do research. In the meantime, I decided to not take the antibiotics and to not get a root canal. I utilized my BEMER technology (a frequency machine that enhances the general blood flow to the microcirculation level) and it reduced the pain and swelling to virtually nothing for a few months. I also did a lot of nutrition research of how to get the right minerals in the blood supply to the tooth by measuring my hair tissue to balance the minerals in my body for the past 18 months, which I do every 8-12 weeks by sending it to a lab for analysis.
In my research, the anatomy of the tooth is as follows: dentin is the hard, bone-like middle layer of teeth; enamel is the hard white surface covering your teeth; the root of the tooth is embedded in the jaw; the tooth pulp is in the middle of the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and cellular elements including tooth building cells. Each tooth has a blood supply and a nerve that travels through the center of the tooth roots into the jaw bone via the mandibular nerve. The mandibular nerve is a branch of the largest cranial nerve in our body, the trigeminal nerve. This nerve connection is what makes toothaches so painful and debilitating. The periodontal ligament lines the root of the tooth. It connects the tooth to the jaw through millions of taut fibers running in different directions. These fibers absorb the shock of chewing, and hold the tooth firmly in place. The cells in the periodontal ligament can degenerate and regenerate. A worn out periodontal ligament is a primary cause of tooth loss.
Each tooth contains about three miles of microscopic tubes called dentinal tubules. Dentinal tubules are 1.3-4.5 microns in size. (1) This is close to one thousandth the size of a pinhead. Dentinal tubules are filled with a fluid that is estimated to be similar to the cerebral spinal fluid in the spinal cord and brain. (2) The tooth enamel contains about two percent of this fluid. In addition to the tooth fluid, the tubules can contain parts of tooth growing cells, nerves and connective tissue. (3)
Dentin and enamel are fed from tooth building cells called odontoblasts which transport or diffuse certain nutrients through the dental lymph. Ondontoblasts contain microscopic structures that act as pumps. In effect, a healthy tooth cleans itself out. Microscopic droplets of nutrient-rich solution from our blood are pumped through the tiny tubules. In a healthy tooth, the fluid flow from within the pulp moves outward in a pressurized system that protects our teeth from corrosive substances in our mouths. (4)
A dentist Ralph Steinman discovered that our teeth's ability to remineralize is based upon the regulating action of the largest salivary glands, the parotid glands. Located near the inside of our jaw bone, the parotid glands regulate the activity of the nutrient-rich dentinal fluid. The signal to the parotid glands comes from the regulating center of the brain, the hypothalamus. When the tooth fluid flow is reversed due to a signal from the parotid glands (as a result of a poor diet or otherwise), food debris, saliva and other matter are pulled into the tooth through the dentinal tubes. When this happens over time, the pulp becomes inflamed and tooth decay spreads to the enamel.
Dr Steinman identified the loss of certain key minerals in this process of tooth decay. These are magnesium, copper, iron and manganese, all of which are active in cellular metabolism and necessary for the energy-production that allows the cleansing flow of the fluid through dentin tubules. (5) An interesting note is that phytic acid, an anti-nutrient in grains, nuts, seeds and beans, has the potential to block the absorption of each one of these vital tooth building minerals. If you'd like to learn more about how to reduce the amount of phytic acid in these foods, please do not hesitate to do your own research or to find a knowledgeable holistically minded individual to help you with this. It takes time to truly heal the body as it does to make foods that your body can absorb. I even advise my clients in how to prepare food to be readily absorbed into the body.
Before I had my tooth extracted, I had been measuring my blood sugar daily and it was actually in the high range (102-112 when I awoke). When I had my tooth extracted (root canals only take the nerve pain away, but the tooth is still diseased), and within 36 hours I awoke to a blood sugar of 82; a twenty to thirty point difference!
There are a number of glands that are responsible for healthy gums. The master gland, called the pituitary gland and its two discrete sections, are based on the hormones of the anterior and posterior pituitary. The posterior pituitary gland is to work in conjunction with the pancreas to control blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels, when chronically out of balance, can often cause tooth decay or gum disease. If the posterior pituitary cannot regulate the blood sugar properly, then this can create a biochemical imbalance that will cause phosphorus to be pulled from the bones. The primary cause of this deficiency is white sugar. The posterior pituitary can be brought slowly back to health by eating a diet low in sugar which includes avoiding natural sugars as well.
Gum disease is caused by an overactive anterior pituitary gland. One of the roles of this gland is to produce growth hormones. This gland is balanced with testosterone or estrogen. The lack of growth hormone production is therefore intimately connected with gum disease.
Another gland affecting tooth decay is the thyroid gland which is regulated by the anterior pituitary gland. Often the relationship of the thyroid to the pituitary is not considered, leaving thyroid treatments ineffective. A malfunctioning thyroid also plays a role in producing tooth decay and gum disease because the thyroid plays a role in maintaining blood calcium levels. To repair thyroid function, the anterior pituitary gland usually needs attention. People on medications that affect their thyroid can have significant tooth decay problems.
Even excess testosterone can be linked to inflamed gums and excess levels of phosphorous in the blood stream. (6) Excess estrogen can also cause inflamed gums.
The reason for highlighting the role of glands is because prescription drugs, birth control pills, and other toxic or stress factors can significantly influence on or several of our glands leaving us susceptible to tooth decay. Conversely, supporting the health of our glands can support a faster tooth decay recovery. The regulation and balancing of these important glands will support healthy parotid gland function and thus promote tooth remineralization. If you feel that your glands are out of balance, or you are taking prescription drugs that influence your glands, then you will need to seek additional treatments beyond diet. In particular, herbal therapies, glandular supplementation therapies, and traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Tibetan or Chinese medicine including acupuncture and the use of the BEMER technology can all help enhance the flow of blood to strengthen and balance your glands. It is never too late to reclaim your health if you take action now and not wait until you come down with a diagnosis.
For those who would like to take charge of their health including the health of their teeth, please contact me via the contact form below. You might be able to save yourself from future pain and a healthy mouth for the rest of your life.
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