Dental problems

by Walter Last

Our teeth are a major pollution area for our health. Mercury amalgam fillings or different types of metal in the mouth act like an electric battery. Dead teeth with filled root canals tend to be chronic infection foci, and inflammations may remain inside the jawbone (cavitations) even after removal of teeth.

All of these may not cause local pain but instead can create problems in other parts of the body because through acupuncture meridians each tooth is connected to a specific organ.

Root-canal filled or other dead teeth are chronic infection foci and contribute to many diseases due to anaerobic microbes in the tiny canals or tubuli of the dentine. Even after removal of bad teeth health problems can still arise or continue from root or metal fragments causing chronic infection and inflammation in the jawbone.

A possibly safe way of keeping root-canalled teeth is to fill them with Calcium Hydroxide or Iodine instead of the commonly used Gutta Percha but no long-term studies on health outcomes are yet available. For tooth implants Titanium is commonly used but this is a metal and can occasionally still cause problems. A safer alternative with good durability is Zirconia, the dioxide of zirconium.

Replace amalgam fillings with plastic composite. With serious conditions (e.g. MS, cancer) and large fillings, extraction of amalgam-filled teeth can bring much better results than simple replacement.

Try to find a dentist who is familiar with safe amalgam removal procedures as recommended by holistic dentists associations. Remove mercury by using vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-cysteine, MSM, sodium thiosulphate and chlorella before and especially after amalgam removal.

Clear plastic partial dentures with plastic teeth are preferable to pink dentures, bridges, metal partials, and porcelain teeth with a metal base. Nickel in stainless steel can suppress the immune system and is carcinogenic. Even dental gold can be a problem because it is commonly blended with more harmful palladium, and especially if there are any other metals in the mouth..

Try to keep your mouth free of metals and have only metal-free plastics as replacement. Any metal in the mouth can lead to allergy, on average about 30% of individuals are allergic to the metal in their mouth.

 

TOOTH - ORGAN CONNECTIONS

Acupuncture meridians connect each tooth with a specific organ or other part of the body as shown in the following table.

(Teeth are numbered from 1 to 8 starting at the mid-line of the jaw).

 

1 & 2 upper & lower jaw

kidney, bladder, pineal gland (upper jaw), adrenals (lower jaw), frontal sinus, sacrum, coccyx, foot.

3 upper & lower jaw

liver, gall bladder, hip, eye, pituitary (upper jaw), gonads (lower jaw).

4, 5 upper & 6, 7 lower jaw

lung, large intestine, shoulder, elbow, thymus (upper jaw), arteries, veins (lower jaw).

4, 5 lower & 6, 7 upper jaw

pancreas, spleen, stomach, breast, thyroid (upper jaw), lymph system (lower jaw), jaws, knee.

8 upper & lower

heart, small intestines, shoulder, elbow, ear, nervous system, pituitary (upper jaw).

Heart disease, for instance, is commonly connected with inflammations or infections in the number 8 or wisdom tooth positions, while kidney problems are related to the front teeth. A four thousand year-old papyrus describes the dialog between the Pharaoh and his physician. The Pharaoh complained of severe arthritis and his doctor replied that this is due to the bad condition of some teeth that need to be removed. Even orthodox medicine is now slowly catching up to realize that heart disease is frequently associated with microbes originating from infected teeth, gums or jawbones.

Root-canal filled teeth appear to be a major contributing factor in many health problems, not only cancer but also heart disease, kidney disease and autoimmune diseases. This is due to microbes that multiply in the multitude of tiny canals or tubuli in the dentine and gradually leach out into the lymph system. Even normally harmless microbes become very dangerous under the anaerobic conditions in dead teeth.

Weston Price, a former Director of Research for the American Dental Association, observed that the removal of root-filled teeth from patients with kidney or heart disease would in most cases lead to an improvement. When he then inserted a removed root-filled tooth under the skin of a rabbit it would die within 2 days. When he implanted normal teeth there was no adverse health effect. In some experiments he implanted the same fragments of root-filled teeth in succession under the skins of up to 100 rabbits and they all died within 2 weeks of the same disease that the human donor had!

If you cannot immediately have all dead teeth removed but also after their removal you may use a magnetic pulser on these tooth positions for several weeks or months, in addition to courses of colloidal silver and other natural antimicrobials. Most effective may be DMSO (see MSM and DMSO) because it has good antimicrobial activity and easily penetrates into bones, you may enhance this effect by adding several drops of Lugol's solution or colloidal silver. This is also advisable for any suspected jawbone infections and cavitations.

In addition try to have amalgam fillings replaced with plastic composite preferably by a holistic dentist. A rubber dam and suction should be used when removing old fillings. If you cannot pay for proper replacements, just seal them with cheap temporary filler and do not chew any hard items. However, with serious conditions and large fillings, extraction of amalgam-filled teeth can bring much better results than simple replacement.

In a large German study of Multiple Sclerosis patients extraction resulted in a 85% recovery rate versus only 16% for filling replacement alone. Other studies have found that recovery from serious autoimmune diseases, dementia, or cancer may require more aggressive mercury removal techniques than simple filling replacement due to body burden. This appears to be due to migration of mercury into roots & gums that is not eliminated by simple filling replacement. Such mercury in the teeth and gums has direct routes to the brain and central nervous system.

A main problem with the replacement of amalgam fillings is the use of analgesic or pain-relieving injections. These dull the pain response so that dentists more easily drill into the nerve cavity. This then causes them to suggest or simply do a root-canal filling. Therefore, just endure the temporary pain of drilling, and your reaction will show the dentist when he gets too close to the nerve, and that is likely to save your tooth.

Try to find a dentist who is familiar with safe amalgam removal procedures as recommended by holistic dentists associations. Before and after amalgam removal use a supplement program high in vitamin C, the amino acids L-cysteine and L-methionine, as well as MSM, chlorella and fresh vegetable juices. These are also helpful in removing mercury from tissues. Preferably also use homeopathic mercury 1M and higher potencies.

Professionally injections of the mercury chelator DMPS may be used. However, these have occasionally lead to complications and the oral DMSA not only is much cheaper but apparently also safer. Nevertheless, both of these chelators can activate very high mercury levels from the bones and cause serious problems especially with sensitive individuals and neurological diseases. Therefore, I generally prefer the slower but safer method of using careful cleansing diets together with detoxifying natural supplements.

Accumulations of toxic metals, and especially mercury from dental amalgam fillings and vaccines, are a major problem with many diseases. Use oral chelation to reduce this toxic load. Sulphur compounds are needed to detoxify the liver. If these are not well tolerated, add a molybdenum supplement. One of the strongest metal chelators is alpha lipoic acid (also called thioctic acid), which has the rare ability of being able to cross the blood-brain barrier to pull mercury out of brain cells. It may be combined with milk thistle (extract) to activate the liver. Sodium thiosulphate can remove mercury from other organs. Chlorella (cell broken powder) prevents re-absorption of expelled metals from the intestines. Further helpful are MSM, N-acetylcysteine, alpha-tocopherol, and ascorbic acid. In addition EDTA could be absorbed under the tongue for oral chelation but I am not fond of doing so as it indiscriminately removes also essential trace minerals which need to be replaced.

You may also try the Klinghardt Neurotoxin Elimination Protocol. Easier to use is the Cutler Protocol (see also Mercury Detox). Alpha lipoic acid is used for 3 days and 2 nights every 3 hours during the day and every 4 hours during the night, and this is repeated once a week or fortnight. Each dose may be from one quarter to 1 mg/kg body weight. During detoxification health problems may temporarily increase. Preferably use mercury chelation only after fungal problems such as Candida are under control. However, I have the impression that with the additional use of DMSO and chlorella or sodium thiosulphate it is not necessary to maintain a strict schedule as in the Cutler Protocol.

The pink color of dentures may be due to heavy metals, possibly mercury or cadmium. If you cannot get a guarantee that the colouring is free of heavy metals, it is safer to ask for clear plastic dentures made of Methyl Methacrylate, or Flexite for partial dentures. Use plastic denture teeth rather than porcelain teeth that have a metal base. Bridges and metal partials may be changed to clear plastic partial dentures. Nickel as in stainless steel can suppress the immune system and is generally classified as being carcinogenic.

Even dental gold can be a problem because to make it cheaper it is commonly blended with 20% of the more harmful palladium. A small amount of gold as for one crown may be acceptable but as a general rule keep your mouth free of metals and make sure only metal-free plastics are used as replacement. Nevertheless, any metal in the mouth can lead to allergy and on average about 30% of individuals are allergic to the metal in their mouth. For wide-ranging scientific information on the harmful health effects of amalgam fillings and heavy metals see www.melisa.org. For a detailed documentation of the problems associated with amalgam fillings see Bernard Windham: www.flcv.com/dams.html and www.flcv.com/indexa.html.

Even after removal of bad teeth, health problems can arise or continue from root or metal fragments or due to chronic infection and inflammation in the jawbone. This may be discovered by an experienced dentist with panoramic X-rays. If you cannot do all of this to sanitise the inside of your mouth, just do the best you can and do not worry. Compensate any shortcomings here with a better diet and positive thinking.

Inflammatory gum diseases or periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and pyorrhea are greatly helped by removing amalgam fillings and other metals from the mouth. In addition keep the body alkaline as suggested in ALKALIZING with Sodium Bicarbonate and Potassium Citrate, use plenty of boron and magnesium (see The Borax Conspiracy and Magnesium Oil). To strengthen the teeth a good daily intake of boron is from 3 to 10 mg and magnesium 300 to 600 mg in divided doses with meals. For a deeper understanding you may also read Acid - Alkaline Balance about alkalising the body with dolomite and selecting foods with a high calcium-phosphorus ratio. Furthermore, often rinse the mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide or non-acidified MMS (sodium chlorite) to keep microbial activity in check.

To re-mineralise eroded tooth surfaces frequently rinse the mouth with lime water (a solution of calcium hydroxide), especially after meals. On teeth it can then react with phosphates in saliva to form calcium phosphates and gradually fill small holes. You can frequently press small amounts of wet lime into larger holes to get them gradually to calcify. For a good site on natural tooth repair see www.healingteethnaturally.com.

 


 

MERCURY TOXICITY QUESTIONNAIRE

This questionnaire is part of a US FDA approved study called an Institutional Review Board to assess how body burden of mercury is determined, toxicity levels etc. It will serve as a warning or alert to clinicians when patients have scores of 'yes' in five or more of the questions. It is recommended that such patients be referred to dentists with special knowledge of safe mercury amalgam removal and replacement. 

MERCURY & TOXIC METAL SENSITIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE

1.     Have you had sore gums (gingivitis) often over the years?

2.     Have you had mental symptoms such as confusion, forgetfulness?

3.     Has severe depression been a frequent problem?

4.     Has ringing in the ears (tinnitus) been present?

5.     Have TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) problems been a concern?

6.     Have you had unusual shakiness (tremors) your hands or arms or twitching of muscles?

7.     Do you have 'brown spots' or 'age spots' under your eyes or elsewhere?

8.     Have you tended to have more colds, flu, and other infectious diseases than 'normal'?

9.     Have you had food allergies or intolerances?

10.  Have you been to many doctors and they have usually said "there is nothing wrong"?

11.  Do you have numbness or burning sensations in your mouth or gums?

12.  Do you have numbness or unexplained tingling in your arms or legs?

13.  Have you developed difficulty in walking (ataxia) over the years?

14.  Do you have ten or more amalgam fillings?

15.  Do you often have a 'metallic' taste in your mouth?

16.  Have you ever worked as a painter or in factories or in pulp/paper mills that used mercury?

17.  Have you worked as a dentist, or dental assistant?

18.  Have you ever had Candida or yeast infections (vagina, mouth, or GID tract)?

19.  Do you have a lot of bad breath (halitosis) or white tongue (thrush)?

20.  Have you frequently had low basal body temperature, below 97.4 degrees F/ 36.5 degrees C?

21.  Do you have problems with constipation?

22.  Are you on antidepressants now or have you been in the past?

23.  Do you have heart irregularities or rapid pulse (tachycardia)?

24.  Do you have unexplained arthritis in various joints?

25.  Is your sleep poor or do you have frequent insomnia?

26.  Have you had frequent kidney infections or do you have significant kidney problems?

27.  Are you extremely fatigued much of the time and never seem to have enough energy?

28.  Do you have unidentified chest pains even when ECG, X-ray and heart studies are normal?

29.  Do you have irritability or dramatic changes in behaviour?

30.  Is it common for you to have a lot of mucus in your stools?


 

MERCURY TOXICITY

FREQUENCY OF SYMPTOMS

Percentage of 1320 respondents indicating presence of symptom.

Symptom Percentage

1.        Unexplained irritability 73.3%

2.        Constant or very frequent periods of depression 72.0%

3.        Numbness and tingling in extremities 67.3%

4.        Frequent urination during the night 64.5%

5.        Unexplained chronic fatigue 63.1%

6.        Cold hands and feet, even in moderate/warm weather 62.6%

7.        Bloated feeling most of the time 60.6%

8.        Difficulty remembering or use of memory 58.0%

9.        Sudden, unexplained or unsolicited anger 55.5%

10.     Constipation on a regular basis 54.6%

11.     Difficulty in making even simple decisions 54.2%

12.     Tremors or shakes of hands, feet, head, etc. 52.3%

13.     Twitching of face and other muscles 52.3%

14.     Experience frequent leg cramps 49.1%

15.     Constant or frequent ringing or noise in ears 47.8%

16.     Get out of breath easily 43.1%

17.     Frequent or recurring heartburn 42.5%

18.     Excessive itching 40.8%

19.     Unexplained rashes, skin irritation 40.4%

20.     Constant or frequent metallic taste in mouth 38.7%

21.     Jumpy, Jittery, Nervous 38.1%

22.     Constant death wish or suicidal intent 37.3%

23.     Frequent insomnia 36.4%

24.     Unexplained chest pains 35.6%

25.     Constant or frequent pain in joints 35.5%

26.     Tachycardia 32.4%

27.     Unexplained fluid retention 28.2%

28.     Burning sensation on the tongue 20.8%

29.     Get headaches just after eating 20.1%

30.     Frequent diarrhoea 14.9%

Data for this table is on file with Toxic Element Research Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Patient database was composed of 1320 patients who had completed the most current questionnaire format used by the Huggins Diagnostic Center for patients in treatment or consultation for heavy metal toxicity. All percentages have been rounded to nearest 1/10th percent.


 

SELECTED HEALTH SYMPTOM ANALYSIS OF 1569 PATIENTS

WHO ELIMINATED MERCURY-CONTAINING DENTAL FILLINGS

The following represents a partial statistical Symptom summary of 1569 patients who participated in six different studies evaluating the health effects of replacing mercury-containing dental fillings with no-mercury containing dental fillings. The data was derived from the following studies: 762 Patient Adverse Reaction Reports submitted to the FDA by the individual patients; 519 patients in Sweden reported on by Mats Hanson, Ph.D.; 100 patients in Denmark performed by Henrik Lichtenberg, D.D.S.; 80 patients in Canada performed by Pierre Larose, D.D.S.; 86 patients in Colorado reported on by Robert L. Siblerud, O.D., M.S., and 22 patients reported on by Alfred V. Zamm, M.D.

 

% of total

Symptom

Reported total

Number improved or cured

% improved or cured

14%

Allergy

221

196

89%

5%

Anxiety

86

80

93%

5%

Bad Temper

81

68

89%

6%

Bloating

88

70

88%

6%

Blood Pressure Problems

99

53

54%

5%

Chest Pains

79

69

87%

22%

Depression

347

315

91%

22%

Dizziness

343

301

88%

45%

Fatigue

705

603

86%

15%

Gastrointestinal Problems

231

192

83%

8%

Gum Problems

129

121

94%

34%

Headaches

531

460

87%

3%

Migraines

45

39

87%

12%

Insomnia

187

146

78%

10%

Irregular Heartbeat

159

139

87%

8%

Irritability

132

119

90%

17%

Lack of Concentration

270

216

80%

6%

Lack of Energy

91

88

97%

17%

Memory Loss

265

193

73%

17%

Metallic Taste

260

247

95%

7%

Multiple Sclerosis

113

86

76%

8%

Muscle Tremor

126

104

83%

10%

Nervousness

158

131

83%

8%

Numbness anywhere

118

97

82%

20%

Skin Problems

310

251

81%

9%

Sore Throat

149

128

86%

6%

Tachycardia

97

68

70%

4%

Thyroid Problems

56

44

79%

12%

Ulcers & Sores in Mouth

189

162

86%

7%

Urinary Tract Problems

115

87

76%

29%

Vision Problems

462

289

63%

 

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