I have always been very conscious about my teeth. As a child I developed an overbite, and, despite frequent brushing, mandatory fluoride treatments and having a good diet rich in protein, vitamins an minerals, I quite often visited our local dentist, just to find out I had another cavity. I ended up with several “silver” fillings by early adulthood! I endured braces, added a few more “silver” fillings, and altogether I was very dissatisfied with my teeth and, honestly, I though that I might even end up with implants. I had great hair, great skin and nails – lousy teeth, go figure …
By sheer accident I stumbled upon a video that showed – lo and behold – a “silver” filling seeping a mercury vapor into an isolated chamber at a steady rate and at even faster rate after brushing or chewing, (I recently saw a similar presentation on Dr. Oz). The same amalgam fillings I eagerly let my dentist place in my mouth because they “will last longer” were exuding toxic vapors and I was not told by my dentist to expect that!
Mercury, if I remembered correctly from school, is very dangerous and toxic to anything alive and has to be handled with extreme caution when cleaned up or disposed. Hazmat suits and all. And now the same Mercury that is also fifty percent of my amalgam filling is evaporating into my mouth, so close to my brain and it can stay in my body as a toxin for a very long time?
I freaked out.
After my research I found out that many people suffered from kidney damage, memory and concentration problems, tremors – courtesy of mercury in their teeth. My research also revealed that there have been dentists that knew how dangerous some of the dental procedures and products were, and in 1978 they founded the Holistic Dental Association and went on a mission to educate patients on dental health and how important it was to our overall well-being. They also remove the mercury fillings – a very complicated process which requires use of masks, oxygen for the patient, very strong suction, proper disposal of the toxic filling, effective ventilation of the room and detox of the patient after – in case any of the particles made its way into the digestive tract. The dentist then replaces the filling with a safer product and in general these dentists will seek least toxic ways to manage their patients’ oral health.
Since the thought of mercury vapors constantly flooding my body did not sit well with me, I ventured on a quest to find such a holistic or biological dentist in my area. There were quite a few offices on Long Island, all booked for months in advance. Finally, Dr. Olga Isaeva from Nature’s Dental found a slot for my consultation and that’s how my journey to a safe mouth care began.
And it was so worth it! Not only did the doctor and her staff opened my eyes to the reality of toxins lurking in all conventional dental products like toothpastes and mouthwashes and fillings, she also educated me on the bio-mimetic dentistry, which, unfortunately, is very, very slowly making its way into our lives. Bio-mimetic means to mimic life. Our teeth move and bend as they respond to the stress of chewing. The materials the holistic dentists use mimic the elasticity and strength of enamel and dentin and are layered in a special way to minimize these stresses that could cause the restored tooth to crack or break.
If you speak to a conventional or traditional dentist he’ll tell you all these claims about mercury fillings toxicity have not been proven. About forty-seven percent of all dentist in the U.S. still use the mercury fillings and claim they are perfectly safe.
I suggest a research. We have so much information available, plenty of scientific facts speaking for and against mercury fillings. I see mercury as a toxin that is toxic to every cell in my body and especially to the central nervous system. Research says that it is only slightly less toxic than radioactive uranium. That is scary, wouldn’t you agree?
I decided that I and my family will do what we can to limit the exposure to any toxins that could sneak into our bloodstream. We now use only plant based products without fluoride, parabens, and SLS that gives you this great foaming when you brush, but damages your gums.
My teeth are very sensitive. After using Sensodyne for a while, I noticed this film that covered my mouth, I also was getting canker sores frequently. Now, we use this incredible toothpaste that is even clinically proven to re-mineralize the enamel and it has helped people with sensitive teeth and periodontal disease. Squigle has a very mild taste, you only need a little amount to beautifully clean your teeth. My teeth are not as sensitive any more and I never had a canker sore again! It’s made with Xylitol that is known for beneficial effect on oral care. It tastes sweet, but, unlike sugars, does not turn into acids that promote cavities. Some research speaks highly of Xylitol’s role in fighting cavities, some says it is not really that effective. It is always a good idea to check and research the ingredients and even ask the dentist of his opinion (if you trust his or her expertise in that subject – my previous dentist disregarded all my questions and concerns with: “Don’t believe any of this.”)
Good toothpaste is not enough, though. After many trials I found that toothbrushes by Dr Collins Perio are just superb. The bristles are extremely soft and won’t damage the enamel and gums. They are super slim and uniquely tapered, made of polyester that is less porous, so less bacterial growth is noted, and they last longer. I personally love these toothbrushes and my teeth feel extremely clean after using it.
These are just a few of my faves, but there are so many dental care products that are safer and made with less harsh ingredients, that I’m sure we all can find healthier substitutes. Many dentist will stand by traditional well known products, many make their own using plants and essential oils. As always I suggest research. Be an educated consumer and remember, what goes on our skin and into our mouths will go into our bloodstream and thus reach every cell. Protect yourself and your loved ones. After all, we all want healthy bodies and beautiful smiles!