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Do you trust your dentist?

By Andorina Halls
Posted Oct 23, 2012 in Health
Or maybe that should be, "Do you trust dentistry?"
I'm beginning to wonder.
I grew up in a small town, so there weren't that many dentists choose from. I remember when I first began going to the dentist, suddenly I "needed" an awful lot of work to be done. Out of nowhere. My mother cried. She swore up and down that the dentist was inventing cavities, filling more teeth than needed to be filled, taking advantage of our insurance plan. I don't know whether she was right or not.
I grew up and finally left town, years later, fully uploaded with a mouthful of amalgam (read: 50% mercury) fillings. Maybe it's ingrained in me, this distrust of dentists.
But even if you don't believe you need a dental procedure, what are you going to do about it? Buy a home-dentistry kit and do your own exploratory? Go to another dentist, get another check up, another round of xrays, and pay dearly for it all for another diagnosis that may be the same? You can't exactly call up a dentist and get advice. It always costs, and it's never really pleasant. So we waive our right to another opinion, and accept what we're told. At my age, it's usually "you need this, and it costs a kazillion."
Given that a healthy mouth is integral to an overall healthy physiology, why is there no focus by our government—those guys swooning endlessly over the high cost of health care—on making at least minimal dental care available to every last one of us? Wouldn't some preventative maintenance cut some costs in the long run? I find it very odd that dentistry, with its high cost and elitist attitude to questioning, is not being publicly discussed. Especially by all those journalists with lousy private dental plans.
And who makes decisions on fluoride? Why do dentists get argumentative when you question the use of fluoride, or the addition of fluoride to drinking water? They keep telling me that fluoride in water has proven to reduce tooth decay. Bullshit! Read a few new studies, guys! The info is everywhere. All that fluoride in the water will do is poison us slowly, yet the Dental Associations are still touting that fallacy. Why?
And why can't I get a clear explanation and estimate on dental implants from my own "dental health care team"? Why will no one discuss the risks with me? I really do feel like I'm being railroaded by my dentist and periodontist into making half-baked health/financial decisions, based on their sketchy advice.
Aside from the fact that I cannot afford what they advise, I'd still like to be fully and accurately briefed before considering committing to spending something close to a down-payment on a condo for the work they're selling me. They've tried to rush me.
Recently, a friend had told me about another method of adding dental implants to the mouth when the missing teeth were in a series, and it was appreciably less expensive that what I'd been quoted. Pissed me off. Add to the list: "keeping cheaper procedures secret from patient".
So I did more research on implants, and a couple days ago, ran into some unsettling information. The pre-implant bone surgery that I've already had, may also have included the addition of quite nasty anaerobic bacteria. Which is said to be commonplace with this practice. The articles posted below bring up some very serious questions...
At the website for the Toxic Element Research Foundation, click on Root Canals:
"New DNA study confirms decades old research that root canals contain toxic bacterium that may be the 'root' cause of many diseases"
Click on Dental Implants for:
"Toxic elements research foundation discovers hidden dangers within dental implants"
... and there's a lot more on the site.
Last but not least, check out Dental DNA for surprising information on how that mercury in your mouth is changing your DNA. And not in a good way.
Just... keep smiling! :)
A. Halls

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