The truth is, I am writing this article about the importance of wisdom teeth while all of mine have been extracted. They have been gone for years. I am pretty sure many of yours have been long gone as well. I didn’t know any better. We trust our dentists to do the best job possible while often not even questioning their methods.
I should’ve questioned and should’ve researched myself. But now I can share my research and finding with you so you can make the decisions for yourself and not just listen to your dentist just because he tells you so. Many of us have been told that wisdom teeth need to be extracted just because they are not really needed. According to the dentists, they are just unnecessary teeth that just inconveniently crowd out mouths.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
In the 1900s, Dr. Weston A. Price did extensive research on the connection between oral health and diseases. He discovered native tribes, with their traditional diets, that were almost 100 percent free of tooth decay. He came to the conclusion that dental and overall health lie in nutrition. Fortunately, this discovery is practiced by holistic dentists nowadays whom understand that when you supply enough nutrients to the jaw bone during its development, all 32 teeth will have proper space in your mouth without crowding. This means that proper nutrition is the key behind trouble free wisdom teeth.
Dr. Weston Price also discovered that once these tribes started consuming sugar and white flour, their perfect healthy teeth, quickly deteriorated.
I highly recommend reading his fascinating and eye-opening book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Why You need Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth Extractions can be Dangerous
So for all these reasons, I do not recommend removing wisdom teeth unless there is a good reason to do so. According to Jay Friedman, a California-based dental consultant, more than two-thirds of all wisdom tooth extractions are medically unnecessary, and that most patients would be perfectly fine if they just left their wisdom teeth alone. (source)
Also according to Dr. Wilson the reasons to leave wisdom teeth alone if they are not causing severe problems in the mouth are:
1. You Never Know if You Will Need Them Later. For example, other molars may decay and the wisdom teeth may be needed for chewing or attaching a bridge, or some other purpose.
2. Disturbing the Body’s Energy Flows. Any time a tooth is removed, it upsets and breaks an acupuncture meridian that flows through the area of that tooth.
3. Creating Cavitations OR Infection Pockets. Any time one has dental surgery, a common complication is the creation of cavitations or pockets of bacteria or other pathogens that are left in the jaw where the tooth was. This is an important cause of disease today. This topic is discussed in more detail later in this article.
4. Affecting the Mouth Structure. Although usually wisdom teeth are removed to make sure the mouth and jaw work properly, in fact by using chiropractic manipulation and other techniques, one may not really need the teeth removed. In fact, removing them alters the structure of the jaw and mouth and can be harmful in a few cases.
For all these reasons, I do not recommend removing wisdom teeth unless there is a definite reason to do so.
Stockton, S., “Jawbone Cavitations: Infarction, Infection and Systemic Disease”, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, April 2000.
Friedman, DDS, MPH, Jay. “The Prophylactic Extraction of Third Molars: A Public Health Hazard.” American Journal of Public Health 97.September (2007): 1554. Print.
Lawrence Wilson, M.D. "Biological, Holistic, preventive & Minimally Invasive Dentistry"
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