THE MARKETING OF UBER SELF CONSCIOUSNESS
I wear a partial denture and I wold rather not need to but it is my best option at this time. I am grateful for the technology that exists that makes these implements possible. Do I feel good about wearing a denture? In all honesty the answer is no. For me there has been a feeling of remorse and personal loss around wearing a partial denture that is decreasing with time and personal effort. There is also a certain level of shame, which I do not like to admit to feeling. How are those feelings diminishing? It is a conscious choice and an acknowledgement that I can not let wearing a partial denture define me, or dictate how I feel about myself. Similar to missing a limb, or breast, testicle, ovaries, maybe any body part. Would I rather not be in this situation? Yes, however, I do recognize that all obstacles will either strengthen my character, or break me. I choose the former. I can say unequivocally that this is a choice that has not come easy, it is a decision and not a rationalization.
HOW DID I END UP WEARING A DENTURE, AND HAVING MISSING TEETH?
There are several reasons and one of the primary ones is that approximately 25 years ago I had a few root canals that in time became infected. I did take daily action to treat those infections on a topical and deeper level. I was advised not to have root canals by some Alternative Health Practitioners and friends. What happened next was that in doing research it became clear that my next option, that I was aware of, was to pull the teeth and wear flippers and a partial denture, or have missing teeth. In my mid- thirties at the time, none of those options seemed like a viable solution to me. I associated dentures with old age. The visual of no teeth truly freaked me out. I did not understand the implications of dental infections on my overall health. The drip drip drip of that infection into my Lymphatic System over years negatively impacted my Immune System. How could I not understand that? Well, in seeking solutions I was told by Alternative and Traditional Medical Practitioners that Dental Infections were an anomaly of sorts, and there was really not much more that I could do without the help of a dentist. In essence, just get the root canals done, or have missing teeth and an inadequate chewing surface.
Why did I go with root canals? Dental pain can be hard to alleviate without the use of pain killers, and I did not have access to the information I have now. Also, teeth are intrinsic to so much of our daily life, from eating to speaking. Teeth are an unavoidably obvious parts of our appearance. A message we learn from our earliest life is that appearance is important at all costs. Sadly, for the majority of people here in the Western World, what others think about us predominates many of our decisions, the success of Facebook is proof of that. The growing use of Botox Injections and Plastic Surgery are two examples of procedures that have documented negative impact on patients immediately, and later on down the line. Despite the known risks, it does not seem to stop a growing population of people from going under the needle, or knife. Botox and Plastic Surgery among men is growing.
SCREW IN TEETH
25 years ago no one mentioned Dental Implants to me, but they have been around, as far as I can surmise, for about 40 years and change. In recent times Dental Implants are being given a hard sell in all forms of media. From the stories I have heard and my own experience, I know they are not a good idea for everyone. The feedback concerning Dental Implants runs the scale of raving about them to them failing. I have found that there is a by the book protocol in the Dental Community that may read something like this: after drill and fill, root canals, when they go south dental implants (if Titanium fails then Zirconium), antibiotics for infections. If all that does not work there are Dentures. Is this a known money making ploy, or a viable plan of action in the eyes of dentists? I am not sure.
Broken down into simple language, Dental School has a drill and fill mentality. People pay a great deal of money to go to learn dentistry and end up in a profession that has one of the highest suicide rates in the USA. Why is that? I am fairly sure it is not the meticulous nature of the profession. Dentists of all kinds, Technicians and Hygienists, are exposed to infectious material in the mouths of their patients along with the toxic materials they are dealing with each day. Consider this: Mercury is a highly toxic material that is still being being implanted in the mouths of people (you and me), including children. When Mercury is removed the off gassing has a great chance of impacting the patient, the Dentist and the Dental assistants, Technicians.
THE MARKETING OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS: MANIPULATION
In general, most people want to look their best, but to accomplish that at the risk of our overall health is operating from a place of fear and manipulation. Pharmaceutical Companies, Corporations and other money making institutions are at the helm of this highly profitable movement. When teeth are treated like a cosmetic body part and not an indicator of our overall health we can easily fall ill from the repercussions of Dental Work. Why is that? Because we are not getting to the cause of why our teeth are failing. Understanding the underlying reasons why our gums and teeth are suffering is absolutely necessary, for many people, in recovering and maintaining our health. Dental work done without this understanding can easily become a reckless force in causing more harm than good. From my experience this is an understatement.
I wish I could say that finding a Biological Dentist is the answer, but it can help. Hal Huggins, DDS was a pioneer in the field of dentistry, and there is training and support for this kind of Dentistry. Weston Price was a visionary leader in understanding Dental Health and the steps needed to be taken to rebuild the health and well being of life on this planet. Jennifer Daniels, MD is singularly able to construct individualized plans to rebuild the health of people with a wide array of health issues.