Originally Posted by hwenley
My husband is a dentist here in New Zealand www.dentalman.co.nz
, so he won't be able to help you. He is a dentist who treats people holistically. I hope you are able to avoid a root canal because the only other treatment is to have the tooth removed, which then causes the body to be imbalanced.
May I suggest that you eat food that needs to be chewed - otherwise you could end up with gum disease like many of my husband's vegetarian patients that he treated in England. Some of their gums were so inflamed that their teeth were very loose and had to be removed.
You may think that you can look after your teeth without going to see a dentist. However how do you
know when you are getting tooth decay and gum disease? Both are like cancer - they do not cause any pain until the disease is well-advanced. My husband's philosphy is to treat when the problem is very small to prevent the inevitable major cost and pain later on.
Find a dentist who does not
place mercury amalgam fillings and who practices 'minimally invasive dentistry' for the best results. By visiting your dentist every 6-12 months you can have healthy teeth for life and your beautiful smile will have the chance to lift people's spirits.
It's great that your husband is a holistic & preemptive dentist! You have brought forth a big question for me by bringing the issue of eating food that needs to be chewed. Can you give me some examples of the kind of foods you have in mind which will be appropriate for my situation?
Last week, I made a mistake of eating crunchy spicy broccoli from the left side of my jaws with full pressure. All night, the pain was unbearable and the next day the left side abscess resumed and lasted for a couple of days. Since then, everything has disappeared and no pain at all. Right now, I am prefering to eat only from the right side of my mouth, since my dentist was proposing the root canal on the left side.
I feel that I should use the left side of jaws the least and perhaps not even chew from that side and let that affected tooth completely heal. Would that be the right thing to do in your opinion? Can you please elaborate on the dental problems specific to vegetarians? I am intuitively inclined to offload my teeth by eating less solid/hard foods and have more energy shakes & juices. Do you agree with that approach?
Thank you for your advice about using minimally invasive dentists using holistic approach, like your husband!