Unhealthy teeth, unhealthy body?!
You frequently suffer from headaches and muscle tension? You constantly feel like your immune system is being pushed to its limits but you don’t know why? Complaints like these
can often be brought down to unhealthy teeth or malocclusion. The latest scientific studies suggest that there is a direct relation between decayed, or severely infected teeth and back pain or physical afflictions.
There is no simple explanation for this phenomenon. The underlying cause is that our bodies exhibit bipolarity. This means that disturbances in the teeth can cause disturbances in other organs. Another theory is that meridians (the body’s energy channels) which connect and influence different parts of the body.
We would like to illustrate some specific examples of the interrelation of bodily complaints and teeth:
An untreated cavity can lead to infection and abscesses in the tooth’s root or to disintegration of the bone at the tip of the root. In worst cases bacteria enter the maxillary sinus forming abscesses in the sinuses of the face and jaw, causing headaches and facial pain.
Periodontitis is a disease of the periodontium causing gum shrinkage and jaw bone erosion and sometimes leading to tooth loss. If left untreated bacteria can be transported to other organs through the blood stream causing damage, and weakening the immune system which is under constant stress. The risk of heart disease (arteriosclerosis, heart attack) is greatly increased, existing diabetic conditions can be worsened, respiratory diseases can be triggered and in pregnant women the risk of premature delivery is significantly higher.
Irregularities in the periodontium can affect the stasis of the entire body resulting in migraines and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and back. The causes include misalignment of the jaw, fillings that are damaged or insufficiently polished, missing teeth or poorly-fitted dental prostheses. Those affected by painful, infected teeth tend to chew on one side meaning that the jaw is put under additional stress and the muscles tighten.
Many people are sensitive or have allergic reactions to various filling materials e.g. amalgam. Hypersensitivity can result in skin allergies, exhaustion and tiredness. This is why Dr. Pink & Dr. Wolferstaetter’s dental practice follows the philosophy “amalgam-free and biocompatible”. For fillings we exclusively use plastics and ceramic. All materials are organically compatible and anti-allergenic.
To prevent any of the conditions mentioned above, the teeth should be thoroughly cleaned twice a day, including the use of dental floss and a tongue cleaner. Professional deep cleaning and a dental check-up should be carried out at least once a year.