While a good number of people dread dental work, most of us tend to think of it as no big deal – not when compared to non-dental surgical procedures. A lot of this is probably due to the fact that despite the increasing amount or research confirming the link between oral and systemic health, we just don’t think of the mouth as being connected to the rest of the body. The typical GP doesn’t look at your mouth when you go in for a visit, and the typical dentist doesn’t look at anything but your mouth. If your health care providers don’t see the connection, why should you?
Also, with most dental work, you’re not in much – if any – pain afterwards. You’re more apt to feel just sort of wiped out. But this is one of the signs that the mouth has undergone significant trauma from the dental drill, syringes and other tools – and that your body is recovering.
In some cases, there might well be pain – something Dr. Verigin discusses at length in Biosis #22 (scroll to the second article in the issue). Repeated oral trauma and stress just from dental care can sometimes kick off a cascade of systemic effects. Left untreated – or inappropriately treated – this can lead to dysfunction and illness that eventually affects the whole body. We have seen it time and again from new clients who seek relief from long-standing oral and systemic health problems.
Because of this, we have always recommended taking the most conservative approach possible to dental work. As we say time and again, the best dental work is the least dental work. The best teeth are your own, and they can be beautiful without subjecting them to bleaching, veneers and other sources of dental stress and trauma.
The flipside to this approach is illustrated in this recent essay from the Mail on Sunday. Rather casually seeking a quick fix for a Hollywood smile – porcelain veneers – the author wound up with a great deal of pain and malocclusion (the teeth not coming together properly). This state of affairs is one we all too often see lead to fatigue, mood and emotional problems, and pain throughout the head, face, neck and back – problems that the author herself describes experiencing. Notably, this is all in addition to the initial trauma experienced in the teeth when they were ground down for placement of the veneers in the first place.
It’s definitely a cautionary tale…