By Leslie Radford
Importance of a Thermographic Dental Evaluation
What Meridian Pathways are
How to Take Care of Your Oral Health
About Root Canals and Mercury Fillings
Did you know that over 80% of chronic diseases start in the mouth? It sounds strange, but oral health and your overall health go hand in hand. Infections can exist under the teeth and may be undetectable on x-rays, especially in root canal-treated teeth. Toxins leak out from infections and depress the normal functions of the immune system, leading to disease.
Dr. Michelle Ewer with The Thermography Center says, “It’s important to include all aspects of mouth health because so many chronic illnesses begin in the mouth. The mouth is its own unique microbiome and it is important for us to care for it accordingly.”
At The Thermography Center of Dallas, a dental evaluation is included in your thermograph. We analyze each tooth and discover if there may be issues lying within the gums. You are provided a chart that identifies teeth as origins of disturbance within the body. Knowing these dysfunctions, we can help devise a plan to correct the problem before it leads to something more serious.
The concept of meridians has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. The term ‘meridian’ describes the overall energy distribution system and helps us to understand how basic substances of the body permeate the whole body. You can look at it as an energetic distribution network that connects certain teeth to a certain part of the body.
Think of the teeth more like location markers — A meridian chart (seen here) shows how each tooth is associated with a particular meridian, through which energy flows. If that energy is blocked or infected, you may experience an issue related to a corresponding tooth.
You may not know if you have a dental infection. Microbial infections can include anything from gingivitis to heavy metal toxicity. The best way to prevent it is to have a mouth health routine each day that you follow and schedule regular visits to a biological dentist.
What is a Biological Dentist?
Holistic dentistry, often called natural or biological dentistry, is the practice of diagnosing, preventing, treating, and maintaining oral health using natural therapies. A biological dentist understands that the mouth and body are connected and that illness or disease that occurs inside the body is reflected orally and vice versa. The scans most non-holistic dentists offer do not account for the level of toxicity and infection detail that shows up on your thermogram.
The Thermography Center of Dallas may refer you to a holistic dentist for issues discovered in your thermograph. We can recommend someone who has experience safely dealing with heavy metal toxicity in the mouth, that does not use any radiation-based testing in their facility, and who offers only natural and holistic products and solutions.
Taking Care of Your Oral Health
Dr. Ewer suggests the following as the first steps in taking care of your oral health:
- Brush the correct way. Always away from the gums
- Using non-fluoride or natural toothpaste, like Tooth & Gums Toothpaste
- Flossing and using a tongue scraper
- Using a natural mouthwash or herbal liquid, like Tooth & Gums Tonic, Silver Solution, or Cat’s Claw
- Using fluoride-free toothpaste is important. The effects of fluoride include tooth discoloration, decay, skeletal weakness, neurological problems, high blood pressure, acne, and increased risk of seizures for those already prone to them.
Detoxing the Mouth
By keeping up with hygiene practices like those listed above, you are on the way to better oral health. However, it’s not a bad idea to “detox” your mouth. You can do this by using a saltwater rinse (a tiny pinch of Icelandic Flake Salt or in water) a couple of times a week. This helps the mouth re-alkaline and balances the overall mouth environment.
About Root Canals and Mercury Fillings
If you’ve ever had a root canal or a mercury filling, you may be putting your overall health at risk.
Fillings today do not use the old method of containing mercury. However, many people still have fillings that contain this toxic metal. Mercury can have negative health impacts on the brain and kidneys. Prolonged exposure to mercury in the human brain has a half-life of at least 27 years. Off-gassing can occur even after the mercury fillings are removed from the mouth, so you want to make sure anyone who removes mercury fillings has all the proper protective equipment (filters, full face dams for patient and dentist, etc.). This also means people can experience ongoing effects from mercury and not even realize the mouth is the source.
Dr. Ewer says there is a massive correlation between root canals and breast cancer. The documentary “Root Cause” states that 98% of women that have breast cancer have a root canal tooth on the same side as their offending breast cancer. Medical journals have suggested that a root canal-treated tooth, no matter how carefully done, harbors billions of bacteria in its tubules which often adapt to their oxygen-deficient environment by becoming anaerobic, a precursor to cancer.