Dr. med. Astrid Kohl

Phone: +49 30 / 33 97 91 30 Fax: +49 30 / 33 97 91 88 praxis@dr-kohl.berlin

Dental Health

Dental Health and Holistic Medicine

Dentistry plays an important role in the integrative concept of complementary medicine. It is essential for maintaining or recovering health. Tooth, jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can be involved in many illnesses or even cause various diseases in many ways. Therefore, every complementary medicine concept must encompass dentistry with extended diagnostics and possibly therapy. Practising holistic medicine without cooperating with a holistic dentist, is usually not feasible.

Teeth affect the organism in different ways:

  • Immunological stress due to acute or chronic inflammation
  • “Foci and interference fields” with effect on the entire organism
  • Immunological and toxic loads caused by various materials
  • Diseases of the periodontium, periodontopathies resulting in chronic inflammation
  • Oral galvanism with high field strengths. Two or more dissimilar metals in a saliva environment produce electrical current by galvanic action and become a battery of sorts. These abnormal electrical currents can cause or contribute to a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.
  • Problems with the teeth, the bite or the temporomandibular joint might impact the entire statics, the head or the nervous system.

 

Dental Care and Dental Prophylaxis

Daily dental care is the basis for healthy teeth as well as a healthy mouth and jaw. Different dental care products contain diverse substances in varying compositions. Further toxicological loads (e.g. by restoration materials) or immunological stress should always be considered.

A professional dental cleaning by dental hygienists is fundamental to every dental intervention. In general, a deep cleaning should be scheduled every three to six months.

In the case of tumour, cardiovascular and chronic diseases, professional dental cleaning is recommended every three months as a preventive measure.

 

Periodontopathies

Diseases of the periodontium can stem from a variety of causes, even from outside the mouth and jaw:

  • Toxic loads due to materials used or other environmental toxins
  • Immunological loads because of intolerances to used materials
  • Intestinal diseases with miscolonisation/ dysbiosis
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Bacterial miscolonisations
  • Malocclusion with incorrect strain on the jaw and teeth
  • Medications
  • Chronic internal diseases

In addition to optimising one’s own care and regular dental prophylaxis, it is necessary to search for the root causes and to treat them.

Therapeutically sensible is an orthomolecular treatment with Q10, glucans, vitamins and complex homoeopathic agents.

 

Diagnostics in Environmental Dentistry

Immunological and Toxicological Laboratory Tests:

Blood:

  • RANTES, reaction to mercaptan/ thioether
  • Reaction to materials
  • Mucosal competence
  • Orthomolecular status

Saliva:

  • Toxicological multi-element analysis

Urine:

  • Provoked testing/ mobilisation test

Bones:

  • Histology
  • Bacteriology and Mycology
  • Metal toxicology

Radiography

  • Single frames
  • OPG panoramic radiograph
  • DVT
  • Dental CT

Functional Tests

  • Kinesiological testing, muscle testing

Clinical Dental Examination

  • Laser examination
  • OROTOX on mercaptan/ thioether

 

Bite and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems

Our most important joint for the entire statics and in orthopaedics is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ affects the entire musculoskeletal system through its immediate and functional proximity to the upper cervical spine.

When suffering from a chronic orthopaedic problem, the cervical spine and temporomandibular joint should be carefully examined. Problems of the sensory organs or internal diseases can also be caused by a disorder of the temporomandibular joint and the bite.

A so-called “malocclusion” effecting the whole organism should always be regulated by dentistry if possible.

Tooth, jaw and TMJ problems can be involved in many disorders or even cause various diseases.

Ask your dentist and your complementary physician to assess your individual situation.

 

Examination of the Temporomandibular Joints

Dental Examinations of the Bite and Temporomandibular Joints:

  • X-rays of the cervical spine with open mouth plus in left- and right-sided inclination
  • Dental CT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporomandibular joints
  • Osteopathic examination of temporomandibular joint, cervical spine, lumbar spine and pelvis
  • Kinesiological testing

Malocclusion with Suspected Neurological Effect on the Brain:

  • Neurological examination and EEG
  • Otoneurological examination (comprehensive ENT examination to analyse various stimuli on the brain)
  • Laboratory: S-100 as parameter of blood-brain barrier

 

Materials and Metals

Materials and metals used in the mouth and jaw can, but do not have to, be the cause of many problems.

Whether they affect an organism depends on many factors:

  • Quantity and “mix” of materials
  • Genetically determined detoxification capability
  • Individual mucosal competence IgA and MBL
  • Supply of vitamins, minerals and trace elements
  • Concomitant diseases or other therapies
  • Eating habits

In the case of unclear complaints in all other specialist fields, metal loads or material intolerance should always be considered.

In addition, two or more dissimilar metals in a saliva environment produce electrical current by galvanic action and become a battery of sorts. These abnormal electrical currents can amount to high field strengths and may cause or contribute to a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.

In case of proven stress, the materials/metals should be removed under special protection by a dentist. It always makes sense to have an individual removal concept drawn up in cooperation between dentist and complementary physician before the first therapy.

 

Diagnostics for Metal Intolerance

If intolerance to materials is suspected, the following diagnostic options are available:

Type 1 Allergy BDT Test

Type 4 Allergy LTT-Lymphocyte transformation test

Titanium intolerance

  • Titanium stimulation test
  • Type 4 LTT Reaction
  • Contamination with toxic particles

Genetics

  • Detoxification capacity
  • Mucosal competence

Multi-element Analysis on Metals

  • Blood
  • Urine

Provoked testing/ mobilisation testDMPS test

  • Urine test with a heavy metal binding drug

Kinesiological tests – only TYPE 1 Allergy

 

Complementary Medicine and Teeth

Before the first therapy, ask your dentist and your complementary physician to cooperate in creating a concept for your individual needs:

  • Assessment of the significance of teeth as a possible cause of disease and in the overall therapeutic concept
  • Assessment of the necessity of relief in the dental field
  • Testing for intolerances to materials used or to be used
  • Detection of material loads in bone, blood, saliva and urine
  • Plan, which teeth need to be treated and what kind of treatment is likely to be indicated
  • A schedule for the therapy
  • Complementary medicine treatments accompanying the dental interventions
  • Special attention to the bite and its effect on the cervical spine and the overall statics
  • Possibly parallel treatment by an osteopath

 

When Removing Materials the Following Must Be Observed:

  • Metal removal without new stress for the organism is not possible!
  • Vitamins, minerals and trace elements, which support the excretion of metals, should be taken at least two weeks before the first dental intervention and for more than four weeks after it.
  • Intravenous therapy before and after dental intervention can have a supportive effect.
  • 4 – 8 weeks breaks between the removals, depending on the resilience and previous illnesses.
  • Draining of loads with
    • Heavy metal binding preparations such as DMPS/DMSA
    • Complex homeopathic remedies
    • Ionic foot detox
    • Seaweed, coriander, wild garlic

 

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