Conventional dental work, to put it flatly, is not designed to last. The materials primarily used, which already contain metals toxic to the human body, require invasive methods of treatment in order to function properly. Certain methods, such as using amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings for cavities, are so common and expected that most patients don’t think twice about an alternative. They (and, unfortunately, many dentists themselves) are not aware — or are in denial — that these methods are laying a weak foundation for long-lasting oral health.

When the word “invasive” is used, what does that mean exactly? Invasive dentistry literally means the dentistry “invades” your mouth’s natural state. It may not be intentional, but many dentists remove still-healthy or recoverable tissues in the mouth in order to make room for fillings, crowns, etc. Our teeth and jaws are incredibly strong and resilient in their highest naturally functional state. Replacing natural tissues compromises their structural integrity, opening up opportunity for weakness, infection, and disease.

Further, what isn’t understood is that if you suppose your oral health is in poor condition by nature, that doesn’t mean what is still good needs to be taken out. In fact, most disease and infection can be reversed and healed with no surgery, though it may take a little time and discipline. Invasive dentistry might work for a while, but when there is a better alternative, it is better not to take the risk of weakening oral health and strength yet more.

(This thought will be continued tomorrow!)

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

www.dentalwellnessarts.com

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