A subterranean revolution is taking place in dental medicine. To date, standard dentistry has operated as though teeth are insert substances entirely divorced from the rest of the body. Like carpenters or construction workers, dentists have hacked and drilled and pulled teeth, like so much rotting wood, the theory being that once the rot has set in and a tooth has decayed, the only route is to clear out the decay and try to salvage what’s left.
The primary means of salvage are filling, with amalgam or composite, implanting, with a fake tooth or, in the case of root canals, removing the nerve, plugging it up with wax and leaving the dead tooth in the mouth.
As described in an August 10 blog (https://lynnemctaggart.com/a-little-gas-and-air/), ozone gas—that miraculous substance made of three molecules of oxygen—is transforming medicine by killing infections and helping the body to heal.
But it’s also being discovered that ozone can be applied to teeth and gums, with near miraculous results.
When early decay is zapped with ozone, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay are immediately killed. And most miraculous of all, dentists at the vanguard of this therapy are discovering that when certain minerals are also applied to the tooth in question, it remineralizes and essentially regrows.
Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has championed a device called ‘HealOzone,’ which sends ozone through a small suction cup over an exposed cavity on the tooth in order to halt the decay and help the tooth to heal. It’s a procedure that takes just a few minutes and requires no anesthetic, not even a drill.
A number of courageous dentists in America are even using ozone to treat infections near or in the roots, thus curing abscesses and eliminating the need for root canal treatment. Ozone is also revolutionizing periodontal treatment by being used to kill all the bacteria leading to advanced gum disease or left in cavitations—holes in the bone left when a tooth is pulled.
Needless to say, the professional dental associations aren’t thrilled with a simple and cheap substance that threatens to render most of their bread-and-butter work obsolete. Imagine what would happen if teeth no longer needed to be drilled, filled or capped, or roots pulled or plugged. Imagine if all that scraping under teeth and around gums was replaced by a quick shot of this simple gas. The vast majority of a dentist’s work would no longer be necessary.
Small wonder then that most dental associations pooh-pooh ozone as unproven—despite a plethora of recent studies showing its efficacy. It’s also not surprising that dentists using ozone are doing so without fanfare. One holistic dentist we know was continuously branded as a quack for using ozone and other non-toxic treatments in his practice.
Perhaps the most revolutionary finding is that teeth, like the rest of the body, are dynamic entities, with the ability to regenerate when dealt with appropriately.
The superhighway to the body
We are also just beginning to understand how integral they are to the dynamics of the entire body.
Recently, Evan Brand, a functional medicine practitioner in Kentucky (www.evanbrand.com)—a young and healthy man under 40—developed daily heart palpitations. For six months, he searched for the source of his problem, without success, until he isolated one potential source: his old wisdom tooth extraction sites.
He made contact with his dentist of choice, Dr Stewart Nunnally, a holistic dentist outside of Austin, Texas, who studied his x-rays and concluded that his jawbone was probably necrotic and needed cleaning out.
Brand flew to Texas, had the cavitation procedure done, and Nunnally was proved right. All four tooth extraction sites were infected under the gums and needed cleaning out with ozone.
When the necrotic bone was sent off for testing, it showed a variety of pathogenic bacteria present in levels that were “dangerously” high, says Brand. But the story has a happy ending.
“The first night after my procedure was the first night I did NOT have heart palpitations. Turns out my blood levels of ferritin and iron were sky high due to the inflammation caused by these infections, which was oxidizing my body (not good).”
Brand is completely better now, and there are two lessons to be learned. The first is that what happens in your mouth can affect every part of your body, thanks to the superhighway network of blood vessels in your gums, which travel to the rest of your body.
And the second is that before teeth are pulled, drilled or otherwise interfered with, all attempts should be made to keep them intact. And the best way to do so may be via this miraculous and plentiful gas.