Two Ways Dental Work Can Put Your Health At Risk

root canal treatmentAccording to an article by Derek Henry published on, the persistence and professional popularity of root canal treatment and dental amalgam are putting many dental patient’s health at risk. Today, what we’re learning about these two major dental procedures is giving many patients pause as they look for healthier alternatives.

Dangerous Smile. Root Canal Treatment And Dental Amalgam

Root Canal Treatment

Just like every organ of the body, your teeth need a good blood supply. They also rely on adequate drainage of the lymphatic system and healthy nerve pathways. All of these help your teeth retain resiliency. But root canals disrupt the healthy oral cycles of removing bacteria and toxins by essentially destroying teeth.

Certainly, the concept behind root canals is to put a halt to the pain and infection of an abscessed tooth. But the procedure effectively kills the tooth. A tooth that is necrotic breeds bacterial toxicity that invades the body. And while nerves within the primary canals are removed from inside the dead or dying tooth, conventional root canal treatment can’t access side canals where dead nerves will remain and become a potential breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria.

Anaerobic bacteria don’t need oxygen for survival. They can thrive in the side canals, releasing toxins and causing severe infection. Naturally, the body fights back by using blood flow and the lymphatic system to carry away the toxicity. But this only spreads the toxins throughout the body, allowing them to enter organs and seed the beginnings of many types of diseases. Among them those like autoimmune conditions, cancers, irritable bowel syndrome and depression.

The longer these dead teeth nerves remain, the more your immune system struggles. Antibiotics may offer temporary relief but these diseases will spring up again and again, since the source of the illnesses –the dead nerves left over from the root canal treatment- are protected inside the remains of the dead tooth.

This is not to say that if you have a tooth infection you should do nothing. Rather, seek out a trusted holistic dental professional. Holistic dentists utilize an extraction method that will remove ligaments and material, encouraging infection-free healing.

Dental Amalgam Risks

Dental amalgam –sometimes called “silver fillings”- is a combination of mercury, silver, tin and copper used to treat cavities. All of the metals have varying degrees of toxicity, and dental amalgam has been known to release these metals into the body through corrosion or disassociation. Disassociation, in medical terms, is the splitting of particles into smaller atoms, ions or molecules. When this happens, ions are released from the dental amalgam and travel to vulnerable areas of the mouth, including the tooth’s root, its supporting bone, the jaw’s connective tissues and deeper to the tooth’s nerves. Once this happens they flow into the central nervous system. There, the ions remain for a lifetime and will disrupt the body’s healthy functions if not eradicated.

Of these toxic metals in dental amalgam, mercury is the most dangerous. It’s a metal that has been known to be poisonous since the 1500s. Amazingly, mercury has remained a primary material in dental amalgam since the 1820s.

If you have “silver filling” dental amalgams, it’s imperative that you have them removed by a trusted holistic dentist. A holistic dental professional will replace the dental amalgam with a safe, quality composite resin.

Restoring Your Oral Health The Natural Way

The goal of natural dentistry and holistic dental care is to detect toxicity and its symptoms before they become problematic. But holistic dentistry also works to restore your oral health and general wellbeing by correcting the effects of risky dental procedures like conventional root canal treatment or dental amalgams.

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Rawa Hassan of TLC Dentistry in Dunedin is also known as an integrative dentist or an organic dentist. No matter which term you prefer, her approach to dentistry is work to resolve an oral health issue in a natural, holistic way to help prevent any need for a more invasive procedure. But should such procedures become necessary, Dr. Hassan is greatly experienced in a variety of dental procedures like mercury and amalgam removal and dental crowns and bridges.

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Derek Henry’s full article can be found at