The One Thing that Shocks Dentists
While my presentation was popular and well received by regular folks like you and I, I was contacted by two dentists who were “shocked” and disparaged by what I said about the field of dentistry. But what was shocking to me is that nothing I said was made up or even exaggerated. It was based on scientific evidence as well as anonymous disclosures to me by some of the country’s most respected dentists.
The One Thing that Shocks Dentists
What I shared in my presentation was about how the theory of tooth decay is scientifically inaccurate, and how it is allowed to remain that way because it supports the business of dentistry. The business of dentistry is a $100,000,000,000 (100 billion dollar) per year business just in the United States. There are many dentists, organizations, insurance companies, and laboratories making vast sums of money in the field. So if evidence or a theory existed that did not promote this field, maybe people within the field would have a hard time recognizing that theory because it creates an inconvenient contradiction between the dentists’ need for profit from procedures like fillings, crowns and root canals, and the reality that tooth decay is primarily a preventable disease caused by a nutritional deficiency.
A few notes before I continue. I am writing this about the dental field not because I want to destroy it, but because I want it to be better. In order to make the dental field better, we need to look at the difficult truths about what is being said. Dentists and dental students should be having lively discussions about this topic, and not simply being drones in a system that is in many ways harmful. I imagine a day when you go into the dental office and you feel honored by your dentist, and a day when preventative treatment is practiced and not just preached. I imagine a day when drilling and filling is a last resort, only done with materials that are safe and non-toxic. I am not against dentists making money and I am not against people seeing dentists. In fact seeing a dentist could become a much more enjoyable event. When dentists who truly respect their patients put the patients’ needs above their own, the patients hopefully benefit from dental visits. What I am against is dentists making money at the expense of another’s health through hiding or looking past informing patients honestly about what really causes and prevents cavities. And it isn’t tooth brushing that prevent cavities.
That tooth decay is caused by nutrient deficiencies and not bacteria has been proven in both animal and laboratory experiments published in books and dental journal. This information creates an inner disparity between the treatments performed, and the science and reasoning behind performing the treatments. In simple terms, there is a compelling reason for the industry of dentistry to be blind to something that would require changing how they do business, because they make so much money. Imagine a contrary scenario where dentists are paid to prevent cavities, rather than to treat cavities. If the dentists motive for profit was in prevention, then they would share with you the lasting information on preventing cavities with nutrition.
Let me give you a concrete example of the money machine. A 1993 study published in the International Dental Journal found that,
"Traditional restorative dental treatment has many shortcomings and has not been shown to be an effective method for managing caries. In spite of this, many dentists continue to be powered by an aggressive restorative approach which may result in unnecessary treatment and which must now be seen as inappropriate." (Ref. Over)
This is why maverick dentists blew the whistle on the field of dentistry. In 1969 a dentist who was later identified as Marvin Schissel published a book anonymously entitled “Dentistry and its Victims.” By the title, you can guess the book's contents. A short summary of the text is that it is a detailed explanation of how and why (because of money) dentists over-treat patients.
The modern field of dentistry today is based on civil war era thinking. And that isn’t necessarily bad. The idea is that if your tooth is in pain, it needs a surgical intervention to stop the pain, such as a filling to protect the damaged tooth structure. During the civil war when the modern era of dentistry was beginning, dental fillings were large and the treated teeth needed treatments. There wasn’t such a thing, as far as I know as preventative dentistry, or dental treatments on tiny cavities that did not hurt. The people who went to see a dentist were in pain, and wanted help.
Today, a common experience is for patients to find themselves going to the dentist for a checkup and then learning the bad news, that they have new cavities. Even though the tooth doesn’t hurt and the visible cavity may be small, or even invisible to the naked eye, the dentist typically insists that the patient submit to a drilling and filling (with the inevitable billing) dental procedure.
Your dentist, and the field of dentistry, must explain the reasoning for you to submit to procedures that you have a sense that you may not need. As represented by the American Dental Association the reason your cavities must be drilled is that cavities are caused by micro-organisms which eat sugars and produce acid. Here is what they say:
“When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.” (Ref. ADA)
This single phrase is the single most destructive thing to your mouth and your teeth, because it presents false information as to the true cause of tooth decay. And this wrong way of thinking poisons the minds of dentists and patients alike, who cannot stop repeating the mantra, “tooth decay is caused by bacteria.” Yet this mantra is not the teaching of the famous and often cited dentist and physician who invented the concept that tooth decay is related to bacteria. This famous dentist, W.D. Miller wrote in 1890 in his book “The Microorganisms of the Human Mouth,” how bacteria are related to, but not necessarily the cause of, tooth decay. He said, for example, that,
“These experiments show, among other things to what extent the resistance which the tooth opposes to the destroying factors depends upon the structure; further, it furnishes an answer to the question why all teeth under the same conditions do not become decayed in the same degree. A tooth of sound structure, protected by sound enamel, will resist the action of an acid for many years, whereas a soft, imperfectly developed tooth under the same conditions would show decay in the course of a few weeks.”
What is missing from theADA’s bacteria theory of cavities is that strong teeth resist acid and bacteria. And when you, the consumer, understands that a strong tooth resists acid indefinitely, then the next logical question is, what makes a tooth strong?
To further the point that W.D. Miller did not pinpoint the specific cause of cavities, dentist Charles Bodecker wrote a commentary about the work of W.D. Miller in the famous Lancet medical journal in 1905 stating that Dr. Miller did not find the cause of cavities, and that, “the actual cause of caries was still unknown, and is to the present day unknown.” (Ref. M)
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dentist Weston Price who was chief researcher of the ADA when it was called the National Dental Association obliterated the idea that cavities are caused by bacteria by documenting, with over 18,000 photographs and thousands of food samples, that tooth decay is a disease of civilization primarily caused by the absence of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and activator X. (Activator X is now recognized to include hormones and quinones such as vitamins K-2, E and Co-enzyme Q10). Activator X is found in grassfed butter and fat-soluble vitamins A and D are found in
In the pursuit of a business model, dentistry has gone too far and lost its roots: to help people get out of pain and to prevent future cavities from happening. Drilling doesn’t stop cavities; it masks and hides the process of physical decay and degeneration. And when I suggest that dentists should do more to educate and inform patients that fillings on average last 5 to 12 years, and that tooth decay can be prevented by adding fat-soluble vitamins, some dentists are shocked. Because the way of dental treatments that they hold on to so dearly is not centered around truth and love, but rather too often is based on greed and profit.
Want to know more about healing cavities naturally? For a detailed explanation of how to remineralize cavities and repair teeth naturally with good food, then you will need to buy my book. I do make a small profit off of each book sold. But there is a difference between what I am offering, and what conventional dentistry offers. I want you to be healthy and my motive of writing the book is first to be of service to humanity and their teeth, and second to make a modest profit. I wrote this article so that you and your friends can know that you too can
Ref. M - "Concerning the Etiology (Cause) of Dental Caries." , Bodecker. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2012. < http://www.curetoothdecay.com/Tooth_Decay/lancet-dental-caries-miller-etiology.htm >.
Ref. ADA - "Decay." - A-Z Topics. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2012. < http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/decay.aspx >.
Ref. Over - "Formats." Overtreatment with Restorative Dentistry: When to Intervene? N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2012. < http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/8478124/reload=0;jsessionid=P1Hc2rTjhGBHVXRlvmmt.6 >.