Investigating dentistry in the following years in the many cases I saw of my friends- and putting together my own experience with dentists, gave me more insight into this really scammy profession.
Dental caries are a major problem for children, and are highly correlated to intake of sugar. In the Americas (North and South) and Western Europe, the dentists have convinced everyone that kids' caries need to be taken care of right then; otherwise runaway infections will happen and their children will be in serious trouble. The tooth around caries are taken out physically by abrasive procedures; the dental drill is their most important tool. Part of the child's tooth is permanently removed and a filling placed over it. The dentists start doing this procedure to children around 7 or 8 years old. The teeth of a child is growing in proportion to her body as they get to teenage-the filing obviously falls off every two years or so, and new ones are put in. This procedure continues well into teens, when the child finally has reached the mature, no growth stage.
The simple solution in India is to deal with the infections by clove oil and antibiotics and give painkillers to the child. No-one ever takes their child to a dentist. By the time the child is a teenager-the caries go away and the cavities are filled up automatically, owing to the normal growth of the tooth (Clove oil seems to interfere in the formation of caries-the principle of how it works is not clear, but I use cloves and clove oil regularly to get rid of tooth pain)
After that, dental checkups are recommended by these low-ethic medics all your life. Wisdom teeth are removed, teeth below the normal teeth (visible in X-rays) are removed, all in the name of preventative maintenance. I am certain that most of these procedures are completely unnecessary-plenty of old people I know in India have never got any of these procedures and have a pretty good set of teeth even in their 70s.
I had an episode of bruxism a few years back. A special separator was ordered for me, at a cost of about USD1000. Before this a silicone separator was used-which cost about USD10. The dentists convinced the governments in all these countries that silicone separators were bad; one needed to have a custom separator designed for "good health of citizens' teeth). Silicone separators are not even allowed in Chile, USA and Canada. The monopoly of dentists fools all the governments of these countries to ban stuff which is really more comfortable and cheaper than the harder separators which are custom designed. The end result is-that for bruxism, where some simple muscle relaxant and a USD10 silicone separator will take care of the problem, the patient is made to pay north of USD1000. All of it goes into these dentists pockets.
I came across many people who had root canal surgeries done. This kind of stuff is basically amputation of your tooth (the root, which is sealed off to cut off blood to the tooth. The redundancy in the arterial/vein system still keeps the tooth alive for a few years, after which it turns black, and has to be removed by you guessed it, a dentist)...and dentists do it is a "normal procedure" to millions of people in the world. Even in India they are doing it more and more now. The parasite of dentistry is slowly gaining power in this world!
Also exaggerated is the effects of losing some teeth. Human adults have 28 to 32 teeth; and it is obvious that there is redundancy there. Accidents may result in teeth being lost-and the loss of one tooth does not affect the stability of the others (the joint is at the jaw via the gum, the lateral forces are minor in holding the tooth). Don't let the dentist scare you into thinking that if you lose a tooth-the ones around become loose and he has to re-inforce them, or put something in the space created by the lost tooth to hold things in order-he is not considering the redudancy in the large amount of teeth which nature created for us. Humans who do sports (boxing, football, etc) will lose some teeth during their play-but will get on just fine in life. Leaving the space where a tooth is lost completely open will do no harm to you long term, contrary to what your dentist might tell you-you do not need to fill it up. If some food particles get into that cavity, you can remove them by a toothbrush everyday-but you don't need to cap these spaces or cavities (contrary to recommendations of dentistry). Old people who lose some teeth carry out the masticating functions with the others just fine.
Teeth cleaning is for removing bad breath, but has no health benefits
Dentists worldwide, but especially in the Americas (North and South, where medicine is largely private) invent all kinds of newer and altogether fraudulent ways to make more money.
Teeth cleaning by a dentist can't be good for you. He tells us that it will remove bacteria, etc. in our mouth. What happens in 1 day, after I have eaten my lunch and dinner? Bacteria and microbes don't need much time to multiply and infest my mouth again? What about 7 days, when I have had 7 lunches and Dinners? I am back to square one in the bacteria/microbes in my mouth, my mouth's bacteria are the same as when I had not done the cleaning, plus I am down about US$50 or US$70 (typical cleaning costs in US, Canada and Chile), with no permanent advantage. In the cleaning, the dentists has taken away another layer or my teeth, a real loss.
The reasons to do teeth cleaning using a toothpaste and brush in the morning are: 1) for aesthetic purposes (teeth too yellow, black etc.) and 2) for the pleasant smell of a clean mouth/jaw.
Teeth cleaning is not needed for good hygiene or good health-animals like elephants and crocodiles have the same life span as humans and do not need teeth cleaning and live just fine. Thousands of animals have the same teeth structure as humans (dogs, cats included) and get on just fine without any cleaning, casting great doubt on the theories of dentists and toothpaste makers that you need to clean your teeth for "good health". Anyone who has owned a dog knows that dog breath is not a pleasant thing-but the smell does not affect the dog's teeth in any way. The mouth is made to ingest food; and remnants of food in it cannot possibly be harmful. Some dentist descendent or cousin in the future might recommend the cleaning of the oesophagus, the stomach or the whole digestive system for good heath. The whole system, including the mouth and the teeth, are designed to take in food; and if you leave some food particles inside your mouth (or your stomach) they won't do you any harm healthwise (won't cause infections, etc.).
Teeth cleaning for bacteria doesn't have an effect for more than a few hours until you take your next meal, because bacteria will grow back (they have short life cycles).
Which brings us to Colgate and Proctor and Gamble, the makers of toothpastes. These guys advertise about removal or bacteria, cavities, etc. by using their toothpaste for 5 minutes every morning. Or flourite use strengthening my teeth, or calcium enhanced toothpaste for making it last longer. Whatever.
The problem is, the next time I eat anything, all these wonderful effects of the toothpaste are gone. It is very hard for me to believe that a 5 minute treatment of my teeth with all these substances has any long term benefit. This is under the assumption that most toothpaste will be rinsed out with water after you are done; if you were to hold the toothpaste in your mouth for 2 hours every day you will probably see some of the beneficial effects of these additives. Holding a toothpaste for 2 hours in your mouth has not been recommended by Colgate or P and G, to the best of my knowledge...
I do like using toothpaste, but that's for the instantaneous cleaning effects it offers, like a good shower with soap. But to make it sound like it's doing good for my teeth long term when it is enhanced by all these additives is blatant lying. The cleaning itself is good for me long term (every day I get rid of the food particles and bacteria, etc in my mouth) but a 5 minute treatment with Flourite, Calcium etc, is not going to help my teeth long term, is what I am saying.
The biggest proof that teeth cleaning like a dentist does or brushing your teeth is not a necessary thing to keep your teeth "healthy" comes from animals. So many mammals-elephants, tigers, cats, dogs, monkeys, etc etc. will last decades without any teeth cleaning from a dentist or without brushing their teeth-but will live just fine. Their teeth will keep providing the basic function of mastication without these procedures. Many of these animals are carnivorous-and need a very nice set of functioning teeth for several decades to stay alive. If animals like these, whose jaws are very similar to humans, don't need any teeth cleaning or brushing to live for decades-why would a human do?
This test of comparing medical procedures to how the procedures will work with closely related animals is one of the big ones to figure out if the medical procedure a doctor or dentist is doing on you is good science or bad science. If the science is real-the same procedures in larger mammals should be recommended and we should see the same benefits in them. Another test is global-the procedures should not very much from country to country. If they do-then it is most likely bad science. Physics and Maths is same everywhere in the world, not so for teeth cleaning or antibiotic use or nutrition.
Keep your children away from dentists!
Children and young adults should never have to go to a dentist. As I have shown you above-teeth cleaning is useful only until the next meal, so no need to go for "regular" teeth cleaning. Infections can be taken out by antibiotics. Pain relief sometimes may be necessary-can be local pain relief of standard oral pain killers like ibuprofen and paracetamol. Anyone who is having root canals and caps and crowns done if they are a child or a young adult has been duped by these professionals and their half-baked knowledge. In the USA and Chile, children at the age of 8 years are going to dentists and have dental procedures done for their caries-fraud dentistry at its best. In India, when children have caries (cavities) they are given a dose of clove oil and antibiotics and pain killers, but no one goes to a dentist. No physical damage to the teeth is done. The teeth of a child grow from the age of 7 to 16 pretty much like the rest of their body-the cavities and carries get filled up naturally as the child grows! By physically damaging the tooth, stupid dentists retard this natural development of a child's tooth, and sure enough, they have a patient for life in them. It is like amputating someone's leg when they have an problem, especially when they are a growing child. You can imagine how a partially amputated leg grows. That's exactly what these dentists are doing to children's teeth. When I moved from India to the US at the age of 21, I was surprised to find that most of my fellow university students had caps in their teeth-no one in India I know went to a dentist until they were 50 or 60 years of age. The wily American dentists had already started making clients for life. In the name of healthy teeth, scaring parents with theories of run-away infections in their children's mouths, etc. etc. the dentists had started interfering the natural growth process of a child's tooth starting from the age of 8!
The dentists sell the idea that by putting a cap on the teeth of kids, they will be prevented from caries. The physical seal of a cap on a tooth does nothing to prevent caries from forming, as I can tell from watching kids get them. In the meantime, the dentist keeps a nice chunk of money capping all teeth. Think about it-bacteria are small, of the order of a micrometer in dimension. When the dentist's drill is removing a part of the tooth, many bacteria will move to another part of the tooth, or another tooth, or to the gums. Bacteria are mobile, and removing a part of the tooth does not remove the infection completely. In a few days the colony is back up again.
The whole idea of putting metal or artificial substance fillings on cavities and caries is bizarre. You grind a part of the tooth, and then put a foreign substance on it, and you think you will make it better than the original tooth? Bizarre and stupid.
The lie of preventive medicine, especially in dentistry
"Preventive" wisdom tooth removal should be completely avoided. No one in India has their wisdom teeth taken out. They live just fine. I know plenty of people in their seventies who have them. When it does bother-take some pain killers. Give it a few days, about a week in some cases-and the pain subsides. Wisdom teeth apparently grow in spurts and irregularly over our lifetime, the best procedure is to get used to this and let them come out naturally. Keeping the wisdom tooth area clean is a good idea-instead of an abrasive toothbrush, try chewing on chewing gum-it will pull out all the food particles in the area in a non-abrasive way.
Root canal procedures should be completely eliminated. Root canal is a surgery-it should not be taken lightly. A cut finger which is infected is not removed or tied up to die-but it is shocking to find how many people get a root canal surgery because of some stupid dentist recommending it as necessary. Obviously there is money to be made for the dentist-and that's why the are recommending it. A run away infection in your mouth is as likely as a run away infection in your finger-i.e. both are very unlikely, and 99% of root canals are unnecessary. A big dosage of antibiotics will take care of large infections in the the mouth.
There are sometimes other teeth under the gums, etc. which have not come out-your dentist will try to tell you that they will cause problems later on and "preventive" surgery can be done to remove them. You can see these teeth in Xrays. Ignore what the dentist says. In many cases I know of, these teeth stay embedded for the full life if a human being-they never come out. The dentist wants to make money, he or she obviously wants you to take them out. I have known plenty of people who live their life just fine with all these embedded teeth in their mouth.
Absolutely avoid dental checkups which they recommend you do regularly. They are useless. Just like a car mechanic, who is bound to do "preventative" maintenance on a car every time you take your car to him, dentists are designed to see problems. But a car mechanics knowledge of cars is 100 times better than a dentist's knowledge of your teeth and mouth, and that's where the problem is.
Dentistry is like blood-letting, a terrible solution to problems
I believe that dentistry will go down in history as equivalent to blood-letting. Blood-letting was a standard procedure of medicine until 1840, and medical school was learning how and from where to draw blood to cure illnesses. It was so wrong, looking back; but at that time, for hundreds of years, was "medicine". It is the same with dentistry. Being an Engineer, I am amazed that a dentist is allowed to use a drill to take care of something as simple as infections, which he himself admits are caused by bacteria! It is a violation of physics and engineering-these guys are handling equipment which should never ever be used on patients.
The only place where they have some real need is when a tooth chips off or break under accidents, etc. Dentists are also useful for taking out teeth-it is irritating to have a lose tooth in your mouth and a dentist will remove it without pain. Then someone is needed, to put braces, straighten the tooth, or take out some. This procedure can be learnt by a 2 month training course by any medical technician-or a general surgeon who deals with trauma and injuries.
Stress doesn't cause bruxism, or anything
I am of the firm opinion that all illnesses, including bruxism, have somatic causes. No illness can be caused by psychological causes, etc. Stress is a psychological symptom, and cannot be a cause of an illness.
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