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June 14, 2007

“Modern” Dental Hygiene, NOT!

Filed under: economics,Health,Miscellaneous,Sociology,Technology — lullabyman @ 2:43 pm

Earlier this year Deamonte Driver, a 12 yr old boy from Washington DC, suffered from tooth aches for months but couldn’t get the care he needed. It resulted in a bacterial infection that spread to the brain and killed him. Death by tooth decay. People blamed medicaid and high dental costs, but the root of the problem and it’s solution lie elsewhere. The problem and the solution lie with the established and heavily promoted methods of dental hygiene; Brushing and flossing your teeth three times a day is tedious, time consuming, often ineffective (due to bad toothpaste formulation says this scientist) and aggressive flossing seems almost medieval when you consider modern chemicals and pharmacology. Other research dubbed “the invisible toothbrush” has correllated dental hygiene with Vit C Plasma levels indicating that significant vitamin C consumption (swallowed, not chewables) has almost as large of an impact as brushing twice daily does (see here). Strange how nobody has heard of this research.

Dental Literature admits that 25% of people over 43 have absolutely no natural teeth (teeth without root-canals or crowns) while that figure is 42% those over 65.

Now of course, I’m not advocating ditching the toothbrush, but 3 times daily along with flossing seems rediculous when many poorer societies do none of this and have better teeth (Uganda for example). United States dental hygiene methodologies have stagnated for 50+ years; Brush and floss after every meal they say. Who brushes and flosses after every meal?! Why are we still expected to do that when everything else has gotten easier over the last 50 years? Capitalism has spurred truly ground-breaking useful innovation in all other health fields, then why not in dental hygiene?

As a result, public dental health also hasn’t improved in 50+ years. Dental Literature admits that 25% of people of 43 have absolutely no natural teeth (teeth without root-canals or crowns) while that figure is 42% those over 65. Polio, smallpox, pneumonia, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, cholera, and strains of influenza have been abolished however everybody has root-canals and crowns today like they were an evil necessity, and most people sill have horrible dental stories to tell. It’s enough to convince me that dentistry is in the business “controlling” tooth decay, not the prevention of it despite what the ADA (American Dental Association) has to say.

I’m not an anti-dentite … but dentists only do what they’ve been taught and they’ve been taught wrong by the ADA … The whole organization seems built upon a package of lies

Don’t get me wrong … I’m not an anti-dentite. One of my best friends is a dentist and I’m sure he’d promote a better hygiene solution if they made it available. Dental health professionals make up some of the best people I know, but they only do what they’ve been taught and they’ve been taught wrong by the ADA. The ADA has their grubby hands in all-things toothwise, and their lobbying power is mind boggling. The whole organization seems built upon a package of lies:

  • Lie #1: Conventional hygiene methods always work. That’s pure baloney.
  • Lie #2: Conventional hygiene is easy enough. Also … baloney.
  • Lie #3: Even poor people can afford to do conventional hygiene. Again, that’s baloney as many families can’t afford the floss.
  • Lie #4: Bacteria and tartar can never be neutralized and dissolved, but must always be physically removed. I refuse to believe that.
  • Lie #5: Daily brushing and flossing will always be the best thing that anyone can do for their teeth. I’m convinced that there’s got to be a better way.

All lies, but that’s what you get when all the authorities in a given field are getting rich by maintaining the status-quo. What if the status quo changed, and cavities disappeared from something as simple as a special mouth spray or gel cap that you’d bite into?

yacht-wielding expense accounts would evaporate … 3 of the 6 highest paid professionals in the United States would have to settle for normal wages … demand will disappear when cavities disappear.

Let me tell you what would happen: yacht-wielding expense accounts would evaporate, that’s what would happen. Oral surgeons, orthodontists and prosthodontists who comprise 3 of the 6 highest paid professionals in the United States would have to settle for normal wages. As it is, the average dental professional (excluding their assistants) pulls in about $180,000 annually – some more, some less. It’s all supply and demand – and that demand will disappear when cavities disappear.

The medicaid savings from eradicating tooth decay among the poor should be enough to pay for the needed development. Heck, give me a couple free weeks and I bet I could invent a superior hygiene myself. Plus, no more dead kids from tooth decay. That’s always a bonus.

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5 Comments »

  1. I totally disagree! Dentist are professionals, they are expert in handling dental problems. But I should say that not everyone is perfect. All of us makes a mistake, and what had happened to Deamonte Driver is a mistake of only one dentist. You shouldn’t blame us all in the mistake of one person.

    DR. Timothy Driscoll, DDS
    Geneva Dentist

    Comment by Geneva Dental Implant — January 13, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  2. Agreed that they are professionals. They are, as I said, some of the best people I know, one of the being my best friend and someone I look up to very much. The problem is with the dentistry society and the professional organizations and the unwavering faith people and dentists (especially) have in the formal opinions of the dental industry.

    What happened with Deamonte Driver is the mistake of an institutionalized practice among dentists. It’s just one example.

    Take for example the fact that my wife had 3 different dentist look at the same X-rays – the first said she absolutely needed 8 root canals immediately, no questions. Another one said 2 root canals and was disgusted with the first dentists insistence, and the third said 2 possibly four. We went with the third dentist.

    Two of the three treated her as if she was a horrible person for “letting this happen” to her teeth, when she brushes and flosses daily. She takes great care of her teeth, but the fall apart when she’s pregnant. We have 5 kids, so you can imagine the state of her teeth. Her 2 sisters, her mother, and her grandmother also had horrible teeth problems despite militant daily brushing and flossing. One of the dentists reprimanded her enough to make her cry, and my wife almost never does that. SHE TAKES FAR BETTER CARE OF HER TEETH THAN I EVER DID.

    Then there’s the whole the whole pay scale. It is true that 3 of the highest paid professions (on average) are in dentistry/oral surgery – and honestly I don’t have a problem with that if it was justified. However there is only one reason for the super high salaries: Supply and demand. The disparity between supply and demand is caused by a high demand, not a lack of supply. There are tons of Dentists – but the demand for them still outstrips the supply because dental care and maintenance techniques haven’t changed in nearly a century. The only innovations made have been largely gimmicky tooth brushes.

    Why – because so little useful R&D has been done in the field. Today most any dentist will insist that adults cannot grow enamel, but there has never to date been any studies to try to grow enamel on adults. We can make a bald man grow hair because billions of dollars have figured it out. We can regrow body parts with stem cells because we’ve invested in the R&D. No R&D funds has ever been invested however to figure out how to help an adult regrow enamel. The idea that an adult will never be able to regrow enamel is commensurate with the idea that a person’s heart will stop beating if you touch it (believed until it was tried).

    I also find it remarkable that when my wife stopped taking her vitamin C (she was on a regimen of 3g/day) she had scurvy rebound (as expected) including tooth pain, that went away with 24 hours of continuing the regimen. It goes far to support the research that Vitamin C is the “invisible toothbrush” (see research by E. Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.). Funny how the American Dental Society has made no effort to promote these findings, and that there has been such an opposition to provide Vitamin C for free to low income families when proposed as a solution for many health problems including dental carries among the poor. This may be why I have good teeth – I consume massive amounts of Vitamin C.

    I’m not sure I agree totally with the idea that the glycerin or flourides are evil, but it doesn’t take a genius to look at statistics and dental care innovations as compared to the medical industry and determine that all Oral health research has been aimed to maximize the profits of those who already make money off cavities.

    Comment by davea0511 — January 13, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  3. You people don’t know what you are talking about. Vitamin C helps build tissue and improves the immune system. It helps the gums become more resistant to swelling and bleeding when plaque and bacteria are present. The plaque, tarter and bacteria are still present when you take vitamin C. It isn’t a invisible toothbrush. You will still look like you don’t brush your teeth, just your gums might bleed less and be less inflamed.

    Comment by Frank — August 22, 2009 @ 4:51 am

  4. Hey don’t shoot the messenger. When you’re ready to pull your head out of the allopathic sand you types surround yourself with why don’t you read the study yourself?

    Besides, I’m 43, and probably shouldn’t admit this in public, but I’m not the greatest tooth brusher, and my teeth are great … better than they were 10 years ago before I started using Vit C religiously. Recalcification is a complex process that involves good gum health, but even if it wasn’t there are plenty of other reasons why Vit C helps … not the least being good tooth-root health. When antioxidants in your blood increase you can’t tell me it has no effect on the stuff it courses through. Plus, if I ever get a tooth ache (happens every 12 months or so) I can squelch it within hours with megadose C (24g/day). So … only affects gums – I don’t think so. Furthermore, “rebound scurvy” is a well-known phenomena … one I experience if I don’t taper off … and one of the primary symptoms are toothaches. Now if that isn’t an indication of an ascorbate interaction with tooth (not gum) health, I don’t know what is.

    Comment by lullabyman — October 6, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

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