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Tooth Decay Starts From The Inside

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Tooth Decay Affects Your Whole Body

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Chapter 2 shows WHY tooth decay starts from the inside

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Most of you probably believe that tooth decay starts on the outside of the tooth – a crack or a cavity in the enamel.  The truth is that poor eating habits, especially the regular consumption of processed foods and sugars of all sorts are more likely to cause tooth decay from the inside, as poor brushing habits are from the outside.

Deteriorating teeth is always a sign of poor body maintenance.

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On average people brush their teeth twice a day – for 45 seconds on the way to breakfast and for another 45 seconds again before bed.

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Tooth decay affects your whole body!

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Ralph Steinmann DDS, founder of Loma Linda Dental School and John Leonora, PhD (endocrine physiology) illustrated that poor quality food plays a significant role in tooth decay.

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They showed that tooth decay attacks from inside the tooth before you can see any evidence appearing on the outside. Also that the normal flow of fluids from inside to outside is reversed when junk food is eaten.

It’s an extremely significant study but bearing in mind my preference not to harp on too much about the benefits of good nutrition,you´ll find more on this in the Appendixof the book.

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Tooth decay always extends far deeper than x-rays might indicate

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How tooth decay starts

Tooth decay starts with a tiny chalky discolouration.  The most susceptible areas are the surface, the neck of the tooth and areas where the teeth touch each other. The decaying areas soften and turn dark.  Once the enamel has been damaged the much softer dentin is exposed.  From here the process of decay is fast continuing towards the pulp

At this point you probably notice temperatures of the food you eat and drink.  You will know that the pulp has a serious infection and is about to die when you experience a sensitivity to hot.

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Your Jaw and Skull

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Here is where you get an understanding of the mechanics of your body. For example how a high filling in your tooth can upset the delicate balance of your bite which in turn may create symptoms elsewhere in your body. These symptoms will be difficult to resolve until you are seen by someone who understands the nature of such conditions.

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A very important part, if not the most important, in this balance is your Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ). This joint of the jaw helps you move your jaw up and down, left and right, forward and backwards. You have one on each side, working in unison. Only the mandible, the lower part of your jaw, that moves during those motions. . . .

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The TMJ is no doubt affected by almost every other part of your body hence can cause all kinds of problems such as head ache, tooth ache, neck or shoulder pain and even back pain or hamstring problems.

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If you have pain in this joint or it doesn´t function as it should whether this is due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels or other associated tissues, you are suffering from a Temporo-Mandibular-Disorder or –Dysfunction. It even involves your neck, your back, shoulders and even your legs, well actually your whole body.

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Some say, the TMJ is the headquarter of the body´s balance mechanism. If the jaw doesn´t close properly because of mal occluded teeth, the balance mechanism is forced to adapt.

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However, because it´s under constant stress, the brain is pumping out lots of hormones like noradrenalin and serotonin. This sensitizes the autonomic nervous system, making the patient vulnerable to any other stressors like bad diet or emotional problems. So depression could be linked to TMJ dysfunction.

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You will also discover how TMJ disorders are diagnosed and what kind of treatments are around.

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Your Checklist for the Dentist

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Chapter 25

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Your Checklist for the Dentist

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If you haven´t been to the dentist for a while, make sure you get a comprehensive dental check up.

In our easy to read book you´ll find two self-explaining lists one for checking your teeth at home and one to put you in the know what your dentist is likely to examine.

Your dentist will probably take a series of x-rays to check if any decay is hidden in between the teeth, below fillings or crowns, if the roots of your teeth are healthy and the jaw bone is well.

Your dentist will  scan your mouth for any signs of cancer, check your chewing habits, chewing related muscles and the joints you use to chew ( TMJ).

If you have experienced any discomfort or pain, now is the time to support your dentist and tell according to the list we provided.

Whatever treatment appears to be necessary and is recommended make sure you fully understand the procedures with its pros and cons as well as the alternatives.

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CranioSacral Therapy

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Chapter 18

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CranioSacral Therapy

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In 1970 John Upledger, then a surgical assistant discovered the movement of the Dura Mater, the outermost layer of the meninges surrounding the brain.

He combined his findings with Dr. William Sutherland´s Cranial Osteopathy, developed them further and established CranioSacral Therapy.

Cranial Osteopathy focuses on manipulating the sutures of the skull whereas CranioSacral Therapy claims to be gentler and affects the membranes that are attached to the skull bones.

Both are highly beneficial and should ideally be applied straight after a newborn has left the womb to counteract the birth trauma of the skull.

These techniques are also very helpful and supportive during Orthodontic treatment.

I have seen a child only undergoing CranioSacral Therapy and her jaws and teeth moved into their natural well aligned position, amazing!

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