Dr. Nicholas Meyer
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Knowledge is Power: The Holistic Dental Matrix

You are a part of a small and growing group of people that have taken the first steps in educating themselves, about the problems dentistry can create and the solutions that dentistry can deliver. It is my intention to share a biweekly post with topics of interest and helpful tips for your health in general.

Dentistry, like all professions, is an evolutionary discipline. There are those in it that cling stubbornly to past ideas and notions while there are others who are pushing the limits, implementing sound science into their practices in the form of physiologically based dentistry. I often tell people that Holistic or Biological Dentistry is both a philosophy of care and a set of practices based on that philosophy. For the more science minded people reading this, it is really physiologically based.

The book, The Holistic Dental Matrix, is filled with helpful information that is written in an easy to read format. You will find it broken down into topical chapters that includes pertinent pictures and case studies. You will find QR codes sprinkled throughout the book. These take you on an expanded journey into the world of Holistic Dentistry in a way that just cannot be adequately conveyed in print form.

The Holistic Dental Matrix has only been available for a year, and it has already found its way around the world. There are copies in South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Singapore, Ecuador, Switzerland, France, Germany, Canada, and more. I have been invited to speak in conferences, in Nevis, Quito, and St. Louis with more coming. It is gratifying and invigorating to know so many people are open and craving the knowledge presented in The Holistic Dental Matrix.

And the number of doctors who shift away from the past and have a sharp eye on the future is slowly increasing, which means better care for the masses.  The notions of the past, based on the level of awareness of the day, are falling aside as more people like you demand safer practices. An example of this is the dramatic lessening of the use of Amalgam fillings, known as the ‘Silver Filling’ which contains fifty percent of toxic mercury.

As doctors and consumers become more educated they bring power to policy. The EU has already publicly recognized the harm these mercury fillings have on individuals as well as our environment.  Which is why they, as a governing body, are working to completely eliminate its use.1

It is part of my mission to educate more here in the United States as well as the world, so that we can try to make such changes here to our healthcare. And to ensure the safe removal of this toxic material.

These are the types of topics that will be discussed on this site, in addition to my book The Holistic Dental Matrix, so that you may start to regain control of your health. Please share if there is a topic you would like covered, and I look forward to walking along this journey with you.

Oh, one last thing. The book is being translated into Spanish with the help of a medical translator. I am looking for this to be completed by early April and available on both the website: www.DrNicholasMeyer.com as well as Amazon and Kindle.

Cheers to Good Health,

Dr. Meyer

Reference

  1. European Union. Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Mercury, and repealing regulation (EC) No 1102/2008. http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/PE-4-2017-REV-1/en/pdf. Accessed January  29, 2018.
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Toothpaste

That ubiquitous product found in practically ever bathroom across the land. Have you ever given much thought as to why you select a certain brand? Is it because it was a sample from your dentist or give away at school, the taste, the cost, the ingredients to clean your teeth or prevent cavities or what? How is it that the plethora of manufacturers has concocted such an array of oral care products? I will explore this realm of oral care products in this article and perhaps others as the topics are quite vast indeed.

For the most part, toothpastes or dentifrices are a delivery system of something. The ingredients added to a gooey base (the paste) are what differentiate one brand from another as well as various formulations within brands, (i.e. Tom’s of Maine or Crest, for example). In general there are many and varied ingredients within the commercially available types. These include: the cavity fighting fluoride, the sudsing agent of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), silica particles for fine polishing, flavoring agents, like MSG (so called natural flavoring agent), coloring agents (red dye 40 yellow lake, blue lake, etc). Also found are ingredients to help hinder tartar formation and those that help to desensitize the teeth ( strontium chloride or potassium nitrate) Then there are more “boutique” brands: Essential oil based; Homeopathic based; Herbal based; Ayurvedic; Powders; and a few more. It is not uncommon however to see an overlay of ingredients amongst the types.

The common, heavily marketed, commercial brands are fairly inexpensive and people will buy them. A look at the ingredients, beyond the Madison Avenue hype and glitz, reveals some startling information. Let’s explore them here:

Fluoride, marketed as a cavity fighting agent is a byproduct of Aluminum processing. The book FLUORIDE, THE AGING FACTOR, by Dr. John Youmminous, tells the dark side of how Fluoride found its way into toothpaste and water in our communities. Some of its actions are here: It competes competitively for the Iodine binding site in your thyroid gland, thus producing inactive molecules of thyroid hormone to your body; it is a rat poison, it is fed to cattle to slow down their mentation and make them more docile.

Sodium laurel sulfate, is derived from coconut (natural) but is irritating to the sensitive oral tissues and can contribute to the initiation and propagation of canker sores in the mouth.
The whole family of commercial food dyes has a rap sheet that can make your head spin. Some of the more notable features are that they directly contribute to ADD and ADHD.

Tartar reducing ingredients have been found in clinical practice to reduce the tartar but increase the sensitivity of the teeth. The trade off is somewhat obvious; do you want your teeth to be sensitive all the time or do you not.

Desensitizing agents can be a Godsend for those who suffer from sensitive teeth. These ingredients, although different, work in a similar manner. They cause a precipitate to form on the surface of the tooth. Much like a cork in a bottle effect, thereby sealing the outer world from the inside of the tooth. I recommend that you brush with this type of dentrifice and only spit out the froth. Your saliva will wash it away in short order anyway but leave it on the tooth/teeth for a little longer contact. This time will give more contact time and a more rapid lessening of the sensitivity.

This next group I would consider the safest of the lot. I have read virtually every label of these commercially available products.

Essential oil dentrifices most often contain peppermint and/or spearmint oil as the active agent. This works well to freshen the breath. Some of the delivery systems I have seen include the oil incorporated into a paste or gel and others are simply a diluted form of the oil and applied directly to the toothbrush for use. The caution here is that oils by themselves are or can be very strong and must be used with caution lest you burn yourself causing another problem. Also, it is stated that the use of Peppermint oil while taking homeopathic preparation can inactive them. Be sure to ask your health care provider for their guidance.

Homeopathic preparations are, for the most part, grandfathered drugs and are considered extremely safe. The FDA has oversight of these preparations but due to their low incidence of problem, exert little pressure on the group. As a “medicine” these ingredients have an energetic effect on the tissues and can help in the restoration of health to sickened tissues.
Herbal preparations have a wide array of plants available. The whole of the plant kingdom is a possible candidate. However, there are some plants that are known to exert positive beneficial effects on the tissues.

Ayurvedic preparations are designed to support the type of person you are constitutionally. These are plant based and support you if you are Veda, Pitta and Kapha (SP?) A common ingredient here is NEEM.

Powders at one time were the only way that a dentrifice was available. Traditional Baking Soda is a time honored agent to clean one’s teeth and gums. The high salinity of baking soda makes it an effective antibacterial and even more so when you combine it with 3% Hydrogen peroxide in a slurry.

True Story: The often heard and insurance driven, twice yearly “cleaning” has its’ origin in the sale of toothpaste back in the days of radio. The Amos and Andy Show carried the advert: Brush your teeth twice a day and see your dentist twice a year. So, by extension, the whole basis of the every 6 months visits to a dentist was driven by a comedy team on the radio and not for any particular scientific rationale. In fact, many people would do well to see their dentist quarterly or even more often because for the management of periodontal disease, incapacity or impairment of function to care adequately of ones self.

Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth can be sensitive for a variety of reasons:

  • Grinding
  • Hormones
  • Gum recession
  • Periodontal disease
  • Unknown

I had an interesting situation of a woman with a complaint that all of her teeth hurt. She had seen multiple dentists to no avail. I wondered what I might offer her that the others hadn’t. Upon diagnosis I discovered that she suffered from myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome and that the sensitivity was likely secondary to this. I put her in an orthopedic device to stabilize the jaws and muscles and a protective stent. Within 48 hours all of her sensitivity ceased and without the use of any chemical desensitizing agents. As of this writing, she has not had a return of any symptoms (6 months).

“Sphincters are ring-shaped muscles that surround the various orifices of the body both internal and external. They include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, the mouth, the anus, the urethra and the genitals. In a healthy body, all the sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously.

“As they do so, they activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. In fact the ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.”

Mouth as sphincter muscle: When properly and ideally exercised through eating, it sets the tome for the other sphincters of the body. These include, the nares, eyes, anus.

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Paleo Dentistry?

With Paleo this and Paleo that in the press and on books, talk shows, etc. I wondered, “How does dentistry play into the current fray of Paleo __?” I thought about it for a bit and this is what came to me.

This is an interesting proposition as it perhaps supposes that you are going out and roughing it like you are on some reality show where you have been dropped off on a deserted island without food or clothes and you have to live. Or perhaps it is thought that you will be growing your own food from your lovingly tended organic garden or something in-between. At any rate, my view is this.: The closer one can live a Paleo type diet, the better one will be off on a multitude of levels. Our cells will just plain work better and we will thrive as the logical consequence of proper nutrition. It is the departure from a whole food predominantly plant based diet and into the processed foods so often seen in TV adverts today that contributes to disease of any type in our body.

There is a myriad of complex chemical interactions that the body uses that is like a finely tuned orchestra. Then it must figure out to somehow deal with the processed foods that are consumed. When you eat an organic (sic) apple, it is an apple and all of the goodness that came packaged in the most perfect package for an apple. BUT, look at some of the apples you get in a grocery store. Cut it into pieces and leave it on a plate and watch and wait to see how long it takes to turn brown (oxidize). A real, unprocessed apple turns brown almost while you eat it. Processed/treated apples can sit for days and dry out before they turn brown. I think you get the point.

So what then is the bottom line? Our teeth and supporting structures are part of that finely tuned orchestra, an extremely important part. Anything that contributes to the health of the body as a system will most definitely benefit the teeth and contiguous structures. Your pH will be in a better range more often and your disease incidence has to be lower for a host of reasons.

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Light Sabers and Photon Torpedoes

Terms we have come to know through science fiction and entered our daily vernacular through the power of the media. In dentistry these are not science fiction but tools of the trade for a Laser Dentist. We harness the power of specific wavelengths of light and make it do our bidding. There are other aspects to waves of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Some hurt and some heal.

There are a group of individuals that are sensitive to various forms of extraneous errant electromagnetic fields (EMF). There isn’t much known about this or what can be done for these individuals but my research has shown that there can be a mold exposure.

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Oral Self Care

There is no amount of professional care that can ever hope to substitute for what you are able to do for yourself. The daily home care regimen that you use to remove the bacterial plaque (biofilm) from your oral structures is the MOST IMPORTANT self help activity you can engage in. Bleeding gums leak bacteria into your blood stream that can travel to your vital organs or joints and forever harm your health and well being.

The most important tools, in order of importance, in your home care tool chest are:

  • your brush, either power or manual
  • dental floss
  • tongue scraper
  • and oral irrigation

The brush and floss are your primary tools for removing biofilm (plaque) from you teeth, both above and below the gum line, your tongue, cheeks, and palate. The tongue scrapper is to clean the top of your tongue where the papilla collects all manner of debris and bugs. The oral irrigator is good for gross debris dislodgement and removal as well as soft tissue stimulation. It is also a fantastic tool to carry bacteriostatic agents into hard to access nooks and crannies. And yes, you still need to brush. An oral irrigator is not a substitute for brushing; it is an adjunct to a comprehensive plan.

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New teeth in an hour

Perhaps you have seen the ads or have heard of someone who had this procedure. So, What is it? It is quite the miracle. Imagine, walking into a dental office and relatively soon thereafter walking out with anew set of teeth. Is it too good to be true? No. In fact, modern root form dental implants have been around since the mid-1980s. They are by far the most common implants in the world.

Doctors who have learned the ins and outs of the implants have discovered that if you stabilize the implants immediately, you can “load” them immediately. With the advent of in-house 3D scanners, doctors can perform virtual surgery in an office and see where to place dental implants with a high degree of success. In micro-milling, small parts and tools have been developed to accommodate the various angles that need to be used during implant procedures. One implant system is called the All-on-4™ in which four implants support an almost complete set of teeth.

Patients need to have initial visits for various measurements and for molds to be made. The dentures that will go on the implants are then processed accordingly. When that is done the placement (surgical) day is scheduled. If teeth are missing, surgery time can be made as little as 45 minutes and the attachment of the denture to the implants can be done in about an hour. If teeth are present, more time will be required. Those teeth do not come out, as they are solid and stable.

The first set of teeth is the healing set. Then a second, more refined set is made about four to five months later. This set will have a higher level of aesthetic and functionality than the initial healing set. The procedure is definitely worth it, as patients begin to enjoy healthier teeth within as little as 24 to 48 hours.

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What you eat affects your teeth

How does what you eat affect your dental health and overall health? This topic is a book in and of itself, but this short article reflects my approach.

Consider that the tooth is the hardest structure within the human body, and once gone, it cannot be repaired or replaced. The side effects of a bad diet can cause damage to the teeth, such as cavities and gum disease. These symptoms can reveal a rotting significant final breakdown of the body’s systems.

We must ingest a diversity of foods that grow both above and beneath the soil. These foods contain the nourishment, special signals and influences that are necessary for the proper functioning of our cells.

When the consumption of healthier foods outweighs the consumption of the processed foods that we might ingest, we ensure the proper functioning of the body. This allows the body to have optimal raw materials at all times to continue to repair itself as it ages. These are needed to counteract the wear and tear on our cells and our teeth that occur in the normal course of living.

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Natural relaxation in a dental experience

A recent development in hi-tech, natural relaxation therapy virtually guarantees deep relaxation during your dental treatment. BY using a combination of sound (audio) therapy, cranial-electro stimulation with microcurrent, special nutriceuticals and visual field blinders, your nervous system can be calmed in minutes, as never before.

You can be certain to enter a deep meditative alpha brain state. The therapy is all natural, with no level of toxicity that anxiolytic agents, such as nitrous oxide or any of the Valium-related drugs, carry. Not to mention, there are no negative after-effects—only a nice, calm feeling that leaves you refreshed.

The brain-calming nutriceuticals, combined with alpha wave-inducing microcurrent and binaural tones, rapidly bring you to a Zen-like state in a matter or minutes. Soft music with embedded tones creates a calm and safe feeling during a procedure, with its warm, low frequencies and ethereal harmonies. This combination has been thoroughly researched and is available to the dental public in so-equipped dental practices. You can have what promises to be the best, most relaxed and pleasurable dental experience possible.

Other good news as a result of this wonderful combination of technologies is that stress hormone levels drop precipitously. Your cortisol level drops, and your whole physiology shifts gears.

With the calmness that ensures, you will notice a sharper focus and a keener mind when under pressure.

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Teeth and soda pop

The Big Gulp® and other supersized sodas – you have heard of them before and will no doubt hear of them ad nauseam into the future. The sweet drink that so refreshes on a hot day can carry more than you may have realized or bargained for when it comes to your teeth.

While in dental school, I had a biochemistry professor who exhorted us on the troubles of the carbonation in a soft drink. The term carbonation refers to the fact that carbon dioxide gas is infused into the drink. When you open the container, be it a can or bottle, a fizzy action occurs and thousands of little bubbles suddenly come to life.

Those little bubbles are the carbon dioxide gas escaping due to a change in the pressures from within the liquid to the atmosphere. When we ingest or swallow them, and carry the gas into our bodies, that wonderful feeling translates into carbonic acid. This change occurs very rapidly, and the body has to deal with this new, sudden change in pH.

The pH change challenges the body. It freaks out and says: Acid—dilute, dilute immediately. And it does so masterfully. The acid gets diluted, and calcium comes to the rescue to “buffer” the acid, making it weaker (increasing the pH towards normal or 7). So where does the calcium come from? Well, your calcium storehouses, of course, which are primarily in your bones.

One of the more readily available sources of calcium comes from the bones around your teeth. This is the alveolar process. Here, a very ready exchange of calcium out of the bone occurs, as well as into the bone when it is necessary to replenish it.

Imagine a soft drink habit where you have one of these drinks a day. If you have a calcium-deficient diet, you will begin to run into enough loss of the calcium to cause your bones (also around the teeth) to become noticeably weaker.