One of the greatest things about living here is the amount of sunshine that we get! It gives us the gorgeous beaches, the tan lines, and some really good community feels. However, that does not mean that we are all as healthy as we look; there are plenty of problems that many of us have without even knowing it, and the longer that we continue with them, the greater they become. Even worse than that, we often go to one of the most trustworthy people in the community in order to receive help for these problems – only to actually receive treatment that is more likely to hurt us than heal us. What are we talking about? Believe it or not, dentistry.
It has been well documented for years now that there are several types of chemicals that are used within dentistry that actually do harmful things to our bodies, especially in the dose levels that we are accustomed to. That has not, sadly, prevented many dentists from using them on a daily basis. This can be incredibly problematic, especially for parents of young children who are doing absolutely everything that they can in order to keep their child safe and healthy. You go to a dentist because you trust their medical opinion, and you either know that something is wrong and want help with it, or you just want to make sure within yourself that there is nothing wrong. What do you do when you go to see a dentist, and you are not 100% sure that they are doing what is best for you?
This may seem like nonsense, but there are several different types of tests and treatments that are no longer recommended by the majority of dental boards that are frequently used up and down the country. Take x-rays, for example. When you have a broken leg, the right thing to do is to have an x-ray to ascertain exactly what needs to be done for it. That makes sense – what does not make sense is having an x-ray of your teeth every twelve months, for no other reason than the dentist is too lazy or too ignorant to be trained on the new, much safer, diagnostic methods. X-rays use harmful radiation and should be used when essential, not on a regular basis, and especially not when there is a perfectly safe alternative open to dentists.
Another common problem with dentists is that they use mercury fillings – even when they don’t even say that they are. Dentists do not, by law, have to reveal exactly what it is that they put in the material for fillings, so unless you ask directly and they decide to tell you, there is no cause for them to tell you. However, the ingestion of mercury can and will cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, from blindness to madness, eventually resulting in death. Is that the sort of legacy that you want for a little bit of tooth decay? It’s not what the majority of residents want, and it’s why many now attend a non-toxic dentist. These non-toxic dentists have removed anything and everything from their practice that has any chance of harming, rather than helping, their patients, and although this may mean that there are some diagnostic tests that they use that people aren’t that familiar with, they are much safer to use and to receive.
So make sure that you are keeping as healthy as possible, even your teeth, by making the short trip to see a non-toxic dentist. It may just save your life.
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