Our oral health and overall health are inextricably linked. In fact, many believe the great majority of dis-ease can be traced back to problems arising in the mouth.
Our mouth serves as both a gateway to the body - and a mirror, reflecting back our body's overall health.
In short, one would be remiss to treat “medical” and “dental” as though there were a Chinese Wall between them. (Unless, of course, that wall were rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, recognizing that each tooth is situated on its own meridian - and each of those meridians connects to different organs in the body - much as traditional ancient medicine holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organs.)
Gum disease can lead to inflammation throughout the body. Root canals (which, by definition, leave dead tissue in the body) have been linked to chronic dis-ease. And "silver" fillings are often a leading source of heavy metal toxicity - despite their name, their largest component is actually mercury, one of the most toxic materials known to man.
We know that at the end of the day, bodies are often identified based on their dental records. But why wait until then to consider such unique bio-markers?
Click below to read Dr. Odell's chapters on the dangers of mercury in amalgam fillings - and the link between oral microbiome toxins and systemic diseases. And scroll through our multimedia library below for more on bioregulatory dentistry - including a video demonstration of IAOMT's SMART protocol for removing "silver" fillings.