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The Growing Field of Biological Dentistry

Friday, August 20th 2021 10:00am 9 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth have a huge impact on your overall health. Increasingly, biological dentistry is gaining followers for good reasons. Problems with your oral health can result in chronic health problems such as chronic inflammation.

The problem with conventional dentistry

Conventional dentistry focuses on the repair and maintenance of your teeth. This makes sense in some ways. Your fully developed, adult teeth don’t change much over time. Thus, it is logical to maintain their state and your ability to chew fully throughout your life.

Still, dentists are not medical doctors, thus their point of view is about maintenance of a proper bite, repairing teeth, and treating pain locally. This approach can cause many problems.

For instance, a cyst on the tip of a root canal treated tooth is somewhat common. A conventional dentist may ask if it hurts. If the answer is no, the course of action is to monitor the situation rather than seeking the cause, which is chronic inflammation.

Thus, the connection between painless inflammation in the mouth and chronic inflammation throughout the entire body is rarely made. Biological dentists have a different viewpoint. They see the mouth as the mirror of overall health.

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