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Biological Dentistry

Oral and Systemic Connection Using a Tooth Meridian Chart

Chinese medicine has taught for centuries that teeth are connected to other parts of the body in some way. There are also pressure points in certain parts of the body that is connected with specific organs. This is where Chinese acupuncture is based on. A tooth meridian chart does a better job in explaining this connection. A tooth meridian chart is simply a map correlating each tooth to its connected organs. To understand how it came to be, you need to understand how it works.

Chi and Meridians: Blocking and Freeing the Flow of Energy in the Body

In Chinese medicine, the energy that flows in the body is called "chi" and it circulates through the body along pathways called "meridians". When the energy flows freely, good health is maintained. However, when chi is blocked, you may experience pain, illness, or other symptoms as a result.

The Tooth Meridian Chart in Relation to Dentistry

When a tooth becomes infected, Chinese medicine believes that creates an imbalance that blocks the flow of chi energy. Whatever organ system is connected to that tooth becomes affected as well by showing other unrelated symptoms. This is why they believe overall health is also compromised.

Here are examples of 3 tooth meridian charts:

Simply put, if a patient experiences problems with a particular tooth, Chinese medicine doctors will use this chart to reveal other areas of the body that may also be affected. This may help explain the TMJ-digestion link we have previously written about. While Dr. Reese is not a Chinese medicine doctor, he does understand that everything in the body works together, which is why he's become a holistic dentist in Indianapolis that practices biological dentistry.

Biological dentistry addresses dental problems by eliminating imbalances and restoring the oral cavity back to its balanced energetic condition. In holistic dentistry, it is believed that certain systemic conditions can correct themselves when dental concerns are addressed and fixed. For example, headache, joint pain or heart palpitations are symptoms unrelated to tooth infections but once the infections are treated, they also go away.

Our Commitment to You

Whether it’s biological, cosmetic, preventive, or general dental care, our goal is to help you reach your wellness goals through optimum dental health.

Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD is an Indianapolis holistic dentist practicing integrated dentistry. At Indianapolis Dentistry we are proud to be offering a state-of-the-art dental office combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health. This is known as BiologicalHolistic,Whole Body, or Biocompatible Dentistry. Our focus is not only the health of your teeth and gums, but of your entire body that may be affected by improper restorations, poor occlusion, or periodontal infection.

10 Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Do you know that lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes? It is also as calorie-free as water. Lemon WaterThe health benefits of lemon water are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorous, proteins, and fiber present in it. Warm lemon water has also long been used as a body cleanser around the world. It is universally known as a natural energizer, revitalizing and refreshing the body.

When you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach it immediately jumpstarts your body, revving up your digestive system and cleansing your body. You will also be able to receive the full benefits listed below. Drinking lemon water is one of the most substantial, yet simple changes you can make for your health.

10 Health Benefits of Lemon Water

  1. Gives your immune system a boost - This is because of the high levels of Vitamin C present in lemon water. Vitamin C is the first to get used up when you are stressed so taking regular supplements or lemon water will help.
  2. Excellent source of potassium - As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness and nausea. It also reduces mental stress and depression.
  3. Aids in digestion - Lemon water not only encourages healthy digestion but it also relieves symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. By drinking lemon water regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently, curing constipation. Lemon water also acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent.
  4. Cleanses your system - It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver
  5. Aids in dental care - If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging lemon water on gums can stop gum bleeding.
  6. Great for radiant skin - The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
  7. Helps in weight loss - Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
  8. Reduces inflammation - Lemons are alkaline-formers, helping your body NOT be acidic, which is the state where most diseases of the body start. It also removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
  9. Gives you an energy boost.
  10. Helps fight viral infections - Lemons are rich Vitamin C and flavonoids that work against viral infections like the flu and colds. Along with boosting your immune system, you’ll be able to fight off the infection completely.

A Tip from the Dentist

Because of how hard lemon water can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (lukewarm is recommended). It is also recommended that you hold off brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water for at least 30 minutes to avoid acidic scratching of the enamel.

What is Biological Dentistry?

According to the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, "biological dentistry is concerned with the whole body effects of all dental materials, techniques and procedures." It insists that all clinical practice be designed of components that sustain life or improve the patient’s quality of life.

How does biological dentistry differ from general dentistry?

Like holistic dentistry that has long established the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body and the effects of oral health towards overall health, biological dentistry is based on the unity of the best clinical practices and technologies of Western dental medicine with a wide array of practices.

When you talk about biological dentistry, the words "holistic" and "biomimetic" also come to mind. Sharing similarities but essentially different, biological dentistry is concerned with effect of dental practices towards the whole body – not only on the patient but also the practitioner (dentist or dental staff).

The difference is that biomimetic dentistry concerns itself with the natural reconstruction of teeth using natural composites, while Holistic dentistry studies the effects of dental health towards overall health. You can say biological dentistry and holistic dentistry are similar but the latter is more encompassing.

How do you know who is a biological dentist?

Biological dentists can be any type of dentist. They may be general dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons or pedodontists. They also have extensive training in dental toxicology and specific modes of healing, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology and energy medicine.

Biological dentists also share a belief in the Hippocratic oath that dictates: “First, do no harm. “

Otherwise called holistic dentists, they more likely treat causes of symptoms rather than symptoms toward the goal of restoring and sustaining health.

What are the trademark beliefs of biological dentistry?

Biological dentistry is conservative. The aim is to be minimally invasive yet appropriately active.

  1. Recognizing the close connection between dental health and such areas as nutrition, body structure such as problems in the dental arch and the temporo-mandibular joint structure, the cranio-sacral fluid system of the body, the immune system and the central nervous system.
  2. Care with regard to the materials used in dental fillings.  Do not use mercury amalgam or nickel in any form.
  3. Recognizing that most root canal procedures cause infection that is very harmful.  I do not recommend root canals ever.
  4. Recognizing the problem of cavitations, which are pockets of infection left over from old dental procedures.
  5. Recognizing that gum disease or periodontitis can be handled with natural methods, particularly nutritional balancing, and should not require surgery. (source)

We Practice Holistic Dentistry

Our belief in holistic dentistry goes beyond practicing mercury-free fillings, ozone therapy and fluoride-free dental cleanings. Dr. Reese is an active member of the AOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) – an association of dentists who believe in showing scientific proof in the safety or hazard of dental practices. Our Indianapolis Dentistry clinic takes pride in its spa-like amenities allowing our patients to have a comfortable, anxiety-free visit.

Experience how we take care of our patients - Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!