Dumb Things Dentists Say

by emily on April 4, 2013

I recently went to a dentist. I had never been to this dentist before, which is pretty much my pattern now. I go to a dentist, get consultation or a cleaning, create great tension in the room because I will not take everything he or she says at face value, then a few years later I go to a brand new person.

The reason I went to this particular dentist was that the one I saw four years ago about possibly getting my mercury fillings out told me that the amalgam-caused cracks in my teeth, combined with my nighttime teeth grinding, were going to eventually equal teeth falling out of my head left and right.

So when I looked in the mirror one day a couple weeks ago and thought that one of the filling fissures, as I call them, was bigger than it had been four years ago, I wondered if I should do something about it.

(No, I never did get my fillings removed and replaced; I’ll discuss that coming up.)

The nice thing about that visit was the dentist told me that cracks caused by mercury fillings were more or less benign, and did not, as the previous dentist had told me, bode evil for my future oral health. She looked around my mouth and told me everything appeared just fine.

But she said some other things that were just plain dumb. Some of these things are on the list following, but some items on the list come from other experiences with other dentists, or from the dental world at large.

Without further ado, and in my not-so-humble opinion, here are some dumb things dentists say.

You need a professional cleaning every six months.

Okay, so how about the skeletons of our ancestors that show few tooth problems? How about the longest-lived peoples in the world, or even just the groups Weston A. Price studied back in the 1930′s, who never went to dentists yet had healthy teeth and gums?

In addition, my last dentist gave me that “you need a regular dental cleaning” lecture, even though I have absolutely no sign of gum disease going on in my mouth and zero cavities – after not having had a professional cleaning for about five years.

Dentists are like doctors. If you are willing to do what it takes to really be healthy (the vast majority are not, or simply do not know how to educate themselves to do so), they should be a rare occasion in your life.

If I fall out of a two-story window, I will be very happy there are surgeons. If someone I love has some sort of congenital condition that requires special interventions in order for them to live longer and/or healthier, I praise God for modern medicine.

Ditto for dentists. I am sure my in-laws were thrilled about the profession the day that Jerry took a tumble, as a boy, that caused his two front baby teeth to be shoved up into his gums (dang, it hurts just to write that!).

Most people need to see a dentist at least once a year because they will not eat right, and/or perform their own oral hygiene program at home. But to make a blanket statement implying that mankind is doomed to a toothless old age without it, no matter what, is dumb.

 You need to get your mercury fillings removed.

I have bashed the conventional dental people, so I have to make it even and bash the natural extremists.

Yes, some people have a real sensitivity to mercury. Some people’s bodies, for whatever reason, cannot clear the toxin out, which can lead to real health challenges.

This is especially true for newer amalgam fillings.

However, many people can eliminate mercury just fine. How dare I say that? I say that because a couple of years ago I had an electro-dermal screening which, in part, looked for the frequencies of heavy metals, including mercury. Much to my pleasant surprise, it couldn’t find that substance in my body.

And I have more than a couple of fillings in my mouth. But here is part of the thing: they have been there since childhood. As time goes on, the potency of mercury diminishes and becomes less of a problem, especially in people like me who are eliminating it well.

Also, I believe that the fewer medical interventions your body undergoes, the healthier it will be. Getting mercury fillings removed is an intervention, no matter how loudly the natural dental buffs scream at you that you are dying a slow death from the metal being in your mouth.

Maybe you should get your fillings removed, maybe not. I definitely think that, should you be so unfortunate as to require fillings in the future (see next point), you should choose plastic or porcelain instead.

 Cavities must be filled.

Read Ramie Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay. Or, go right to the source and read Dr. Price’s old tome. Read Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye which was, by the way, written by a dentist.

Check out all the natural health forums around the web, talking about tooth decay. You will find plenty of evidence of plenty of methods to reverse tooth decay.

 Xylitol is as much of a chemical as flouride.

OMG. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard a dentist say, and it was said by the one who recently looked at my filling fissure.

Oh, really? Well, I’ve got a package of xylitol in my kitchen cabinet right now, and there is no warning on it saying to call Poison Control if a child swallows more than a toothbrush-ful.

People use it to sweeten their coffee and tea. I use it as part of the sweetener in my homemade ketchup.

Xylitol is definitely a processed food, having to go through a process in order to get that end product. But it is not a hazardous waste product like flouride.

It will not even cause you stomach cramps and diarrhea if you slowly work your way up to eating larger portions of it at a time. (I heard this from a xylitol expert; not being a sweet tooth, I have not experimented with this statement myself.)

Do not equate xylitol with flouride. That is incredibly dumb.

And that is enough said on yet another controversial Crunchy Coach post.

Stay happy and healthy,


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