Dentistry: Tips and Bites
  

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By: Nina Mihaychuk, D.M.D.

Trust your dentist; this will help the healing process. Ask questions and be interested in the process. Dentistry is an amazing art.

Preparing for Dental Work
Dress comfortably and warmly. Warmth is a shield and protection, and will help you relax. The second appointment is always easier than the first, where there is fear of the unknown. The second time you can say to yourself, "Oh yes, been there, done that!"

There are a number of medicines that can help prepare you for the visit to the dentist.

Chamomile 3X, seven drops taken 1/2 hour before the visit, will help you relax.

Arnica 6X, seven drops before and after treatment or surgery. It helps rally and awaken the healing forces in all kinds of situations. Arnica is incred­ibly healing, both to the site of injury and to the frightened or injured soul. It will help you heal properly.

If headed for major work, Cardiodoron (Rx) 7-10 drops four times daily at least a week before treat­ment helps strengthen the whole rhythmic system. It is one of anthroposophic medicine's most beautiful gifts for heart and circulation. It stabilizes and harmonizes circulation and counters stress to the rhythmic system.

Dr. Bach gave us a rare gift with Five-Flower Remedy (Flower Es­sence Services) (four drops about 1/2 hour before treatment and as often as needed). It is based on the five-pointed star and allows you to focus and cen­ter yourself. It often happens that pa­tients are so on edge that the slightest sensory stimulation is rejected by gag­ging. Five-Flower Remedy helps over­come this.

Calendula is an amazing plant. In potentized form (3X, 7 drops) it will give you inner courage and strength. As tincture it disinfects and heals. Tis­sue responds gladly and quickly to its clean strong warming qualities. Ask your dentist to use it in the final rins­ing water, and rinse with it frequently after dental treatment.

For people concerned about radia­tion there is Yarrow Special Formula, from Flower Essence Services. It was developed after the accident at Chernobyl and is protective against harmful environmental forces such as radiation.

At a higher level after acute injury or tooth tenderness, Wala's remedy Silica comp. (Rx Quartz D21/Argen­tum D21/Belladonna herbs) is excel­lent for healing, especially if there is any irritation of the nerve.

Low Resistance
In cases of diminished resistance, even for a cleaning (because bacteria get in to the blood stream), Echinacea augustifotia tincture (20-30 drops) is helpful. Echinacea also helps in cases of 'hot tooth' (acute pulpitis), lessening the need for antibiotics.

A very special touch is being able to use Weleda Mouth­wash Concentrate with Myrrh. Many dentists will decline using a 'natural' mouthwash because they are not familiar with its properties or be­cause they don't want to be classified as new age kooks, but the times are changing and hopefully enough den­tists will consider it. This mouthwash contains myrrh resins and tannin-con­taining ratanhy root. Etheric oils in myrrh not only disinfect but also have a regenerative effect and the tannins act as an astringent. As a home rem­edy, Mouthwash Concentrate helps gum irritation effectively, either as a rinse, or diluted on a gauze pad in or beside a tooth. It tones and gum tis­sue, and freshens the mouth.

The Office Atmosphere
I like having an essential oil in the treatment room, because it freshens the air. Good air quality in a dentist's of­fice is important not only for the pa­tient but for also the dentist, especially during endodontics when trapped gases in a tooth can be overwhelming. Lavender oil makes it easier for pa­tients to relax.

The Dreaded Needle
Inhale deeply, then slowly exhale during the novocaine injection. Relax. If necessary you can ask the dentist to pause, giving you time to breath. It is important to know that in or­der to process anesthetics one needs a healthy liver. Even without a clinically diagnosed liver problem, if the liver is merely sluggish, the processing will take longer. Drink dandelion tea, or take Hepatodoron (Fragaria/Vitis) tablets as therapy.

After an Extraction
In order to maintain the coagulated wound closure which is the basis for new tissue formation, you should limit activity as much as possible. Don't rinse for 24 hours after extraction be­cause you can dislodge the blood clot and then have what is called dry socket, a very irritated open wound. Then rinse with 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup hot tap water. Give your mouth oral baths with Calendula Essence, 20 drops in 1/3 glass of lukewarm water. Hold the solution in the mouth for one minute moving it gently with the tongue but no strong swishing. Repeat up to five times a day. Calen­dula. Essence also helps keep the wound clean.

Pain
Pain occurs when conscious­ness comes into an area where it nor­mally isn't. You can either numb the pain artificially with medication or you deal with the process by supporting it. One benefit of pain, if it is bearable, is that you are fully conscious of the ac­tivity in that area and can participate in the healing process.

Sometimes, of course, pain is re­ally unbearable, such as when the pulp of a tooth is dying; it literally chokes to death. It is called 'hot tooth' and needs immediate care and strong medication and people should not feel guilty about taking it.

General Pain Guidelines
If pain develops when the anes­thetic wears off, deep breathing can help, emphasizing exhalation and re­laxation. Pain is helped when you sup­port your general healing processes.

Periodontal Disease
In contrast to disease of the pulp and hard tissues of the teeth, which tend to be more localized, periodontal diseases are a more generalized reflec­tion of the organism as a whole. In­flammatory and dystrophic changes in the gums and saliva can be induced by disease of the metabolic pathways. When local and functional irritants are excluded, these systemic influences can be clinically detected by examin­ing the level of health of periodontal tissue. Our treatment would focus on healing the underlying illnesses. Gin­gival bleeding during daily brushing is a significant indicator of the degree of illness that needs attention.

Diet
All these measures are accompa­nied by nutritional measures. It is well known that isolated denatured foods, e.g. refined sugar, white flour, canned foods, etc., have been deadened and can no longer supply the human organ­ism with life forces. Such qualitative deficiencies can lead to malfunctions and illness. Whole foods have to be grown on healthy soil and processed so that their vitality is retained.

Nutritive forms of silica support hair, skin, nails, teeth, and bone for­mation without hardening. People these days generally harden without flexibility.

The most important dietary recom­mendation is to search for the highest quality food that is fresh and full of vital life force such as properly culti­vated biodynamic food. Although dietary needs are very individual, the fol­lowing diet promotes healing for many people: oat meal or oat soup, herb tea with honey, root vegetables, salads, fresh apple sauce sweetened with a little honey, lactic acid fermented veg­etables, juices and milk products. No pork, no fresh milk.

Chronic periodontitis involves a general metabolic disturbance. Proper nutrition is extremely important. We recommend the following diet: in the first few weeks predominantly raw foods, organic or biodynamic where available. Avoid refined sugar and refined flour. Foods rich in Vitamins B and C are very important, like salads, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, rye, and barley (freshly shredded flakes, millet and oat flakes, and lactic acid fermented products.





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