Are you a lover of the dentist or a hater? I’m a lover… my favourite part is when they break out the tiny little pick to scrape those hard to reach places…can’t get enough of it! I think I am in the minority there as most people seem to dread going in for a checkup!
We’re told from an early age that keeping our teeth clean and seeing a dentist every 6 months is all part and parcel of keeping healthy. However when you visit the dentist, you could be exposing yourself to numerous toxins and negatively impacting your health and that of your family.
In today’s post, our guest contributor and oral health expert, Meliors Sims, The Holistic Tooth Fairy, details nine ways you can avoid toxins at the dentist.
9 ways to avoid toxins at the dentist
- Avoid mercury. Choose a biological or holistic dentist if you can. When you are choosing a dentist, ask if they use amalgam fillings in the practice at all. Even if you don’t get amalgam fillings, just being in a room where amalgams are used can expose you to mercury toxicity. If the practice offers amalgam removal, make sure they have the proper equipment and training to ensure no mercury is released into the air.
- Avoid fluoride. Ask the dentist to explain and get your consent for every treatment. Dentists are regularly contacted by pharmaceutical companies encouraging them to use new products such as fluoride tablets, rinses or seals. Your dentist may surprise you on your next visit with something toxic they haven’t done before.
- Avoid unnecessary procedures. It’s often possible to remineralize small cavities and stabilize gum recession using holistic strategies so don’t let yourself be pressured into procedures that you aren’t comfortable with right now. Be aware that from a business perspective, many dentists and dental hygienists are actively looking for opportunities to upsell you additional services that are not medically necessary. It’s always ok to ask for a second opinion, or to keep trying to find a dentist who you feel comfortable with. X-ray interpretation is as much an art as a science and two different dentists will likely give you two different diagnoses and recommendations.
- Avoid ionizing radiation (especially from panoramic dental x-rays). X-rays can be very helpful but unless you are in pain you don’t need to have new ones every year. Ask for your x-rays to be emailed to you so that if you decide to see another dentist you don’t need to take more images.
- Avoid chemical whitening processes. Teeth bleaching is a profitable, purely cosmetic service which can damage teeth, and expose you to toxins. The color of your enamel is naturally transparent so discoloration is in an indication of depleted dentin inside the tooth. So the safest and most sustainable way to whiter teeth is by eating teeth nourishing foods.
- Avoid mercury fillings. Always choose composite fillings (white) instead of amalgams (metal). You can even find out the ingredients of your dentist’s preferred filling material and get tested for biocompatibility (e.g. blood test or applied kinesiology muscle testing).
- Avoid ethanol. Take a bottle of salt solution to swish your mouth after treatment instead of mouthwash supplied (most mouthwashes either contain fluoride or ethanol which is known to cause oral cancer).
- Avoid plastic and metal orthodontia. Alternative approaches such as myofacial therapy, tongue tie release and buteyko breathing can help teeth into better alignment along with a teeth nourishing diet.
- Prevent tooth decay and gum disease using holistic strategies. Most dental problems can be resolved without dental procedures if you act quickly. Instead of passively accepting your dentist’s recommendations you can try adjusting your diet, relaxing your jaw and tailoring your oral hygiene routine to your unique needs. Along with addressing the emotional or psychological issues underlying oral health problems, these practical strategies really work.
About the author
Meliors Simms got hooked on holistic oral health after she was able to prevent what would have been her 7th root canal by changing her diet. Her Holistic Tooth Fairy coaching helps people heal and prevent tooth decay and gum disease with natural, intuitive and self help strategies that really work.
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