A Holistic Approach To Health
Living With Dental Fillings
I had a question the other day about dental fillings.
Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity.
It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at your tooth.
If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.
You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar.
The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.
A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums.
As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids.
The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after you eat.
Over a period of time, these acids destroy your tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is.
To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, your dentist will fill the cavities with a filling.
For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal.
In extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.
Fillings can be made from many types of material.
Amalgam is the easiest material for a dentist to use.
It’s the fastest and least costly choice.
Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, or other materials.
The problem is, mercury is a heavy metal and it affects hemoglobin, nerve cells, and certain yeasts in your digestive tract.
It’s a poison that can cause cell death or irreversible chemical changes in your body.
Amalgam fillings contain 51% mercury when they are first put in your mouth.
When you have this type of filling in your mouth, the mercury leaks out over time.
Consuming hot foods and liquids, like soup, tea, and coffee, makes the mercury leak faster.
Mercury also leaks out of fillings if you grind your teeth at night.
The next time you go to the dentist, have a conversation about whether your amalgam fillings are still intact and talk about the potential health risks of keeping or removing amalgams.
If they are 20 years or older, causing gum inflammation and preventing you from flossing, and/or have decay underneath, replace them with a non-amalgam restoration.
There are other options available that don’t have these detrimental health risks.
For good dental health, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
*Increase your raw food consumption.
*Choose organic whenever possible.
*Increase essential fats (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Get proper dental care, including cleaning.
*Consult a holistic dentist who specializes in safely replacing metal amalgams.
*Explore the use of Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, for dental procedures.
*Decrease or eliminate toxic mercury/silver dental amalgams/fillings.
*Decrease or eliminate toxic dental care products, like whiteners, mouthwash, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate sugars, hard or sticky candy, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, as it discolors teeth.
*Research all possible side effects or detrimental influences of dental procedures like root canals.
*Research both sides of the fluoride issue.
*Decrease or eliminate acid-forming foods and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, sugar, processed foods, white flour products).
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
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