The New Role of Dentistry in Nutrition and Nutrition in Dentistry
No one any longer doubts the importance of nutrition in the scheme of one’s health. What baffles everyone is how to easily implement this vast subject, this critical subject, this subject that pervades everything we are and everything we do.
Expensive labs tests are static pieces of information that detail the moment only. They are cumbersome and difficult to interpret as well as being subject to the vagaries of the laboratory’s techniques. Besides, which tests should one prescribe, use, integrate or rely on?
How can one determine a patient’s nutritional status without resorting to the suspicions of high tech and the inabilities of the doctor to use the data gotten from all of those blood tests, urinalyses, hair samples, fecal samples and cell smears? Can the subject of nutrition ever be handled easily in the doctor’s office without employing the computer to generate numbers that digitalize and confound and confuse us?
Not that the numbers and results don’t give us valuable information, it’s just that the results are not informative enough and the results are not used well enough because their meanings are not always apparent.
The answer and the relief and the hope all come surprisingly from the profession of Dentistry. However, this is not the dentistry to which one has become accustomed. This is not the dentistry that is ubiquitous. This is not the brand of dentistry that is based on the dentist’s skills at fixing teeth (though those skills and talents certainly do retain importance).
This Is Not The “teeth & gums” Brand Of Dentistry That Everyone Knows
Every dental practice in the United States has been built almost entirely on the aspects of the dentist’s training that dealt with fixing teeth and gums. Yet, of a dentist’s entire professional education, only about 20% was mechanical, fix-it training. It’s the other 80% that separates the doctor from the technician. Tragically, that critical 80% that’s shelved and forgotten once the dentist hangs his shingle and begins to practice.
In addition, by law, ethics, professional standards and moral restrictions, there is very little leeway when it comes to fixing teeth. A dentist cannot stray too far from narrowly defined and accepted standards before he finds himself in malpractice and negligence territory. In theory, no matter where one goes, one should be able to get the same level of technical care anywhere in America, regardless of price. That makes Dentistry a commodity. (Of course, that’s only theory and real life differs.)
We may be giving the insurance and managed care people too much credit here but, they may have seen this. Hence, they came in and charged lower fees. As far as the public knew, they were getting the same thing for less and price is only important when you know nothing else. (The public knows nothing else because dentistry is such a blind item.)
Dentists complained because they were forced (no one really forced them) to accept fees lowered by about 40% and still had to comply with the technical standards. Before this, however, the dentist was charging doctor’s fees and only delivering technician treatment. With the insurance brand, dentists were getting what they deserved. They supplied “teeth & gums” dentistry and they got paid for “teeth & gums” dentistry.
Now there is another brand, one that incorporates the forgotten 80%. It delivers a much different level of care. Ethics prevents us from saying “better” or “superior” but it’s rather obvious. Fees are the doctor’s normal fees and are deserved because of the different level of care. The difference, however, far transcends the addition of the missing 80%. This new brand of dentistry encompasses the best of the marketing principles that emphasize the importance of interpersonal relationships. It also conjures the power of the formulae that made the great businesses of the world successful.
This is the young Microsoft, the unknown Snapple, the baby IBM and the just-beginning Starbucks. It is poised to change the entire health care system from the venue of the dental practice and promises to bring increased pride, stature, prestige and dignity to the individual offices that adopt this new approach to dental care.
In fact, whenever the “teeth & gums” brand is judged against the new brand, the new approach is always seen as the obvious, more desirable choice – and it doesn’t matter whether the one judging is another dentist or the lay public.
One of the Many Differences Is the Examination
The newly upgraded practitioner evaluates about 30 things the “teeth & gums” dentist never sees, ignores, looks right passed or misinterprets. This “new” practitioner also evaluates the findings with an entirely new philosophy that cannot be denied. This new philosophy is based on the essence of science (quin’talano), which is keen observation with a trained eye and deft interpretation with an educated mind.
It doesn’t take much longer to do (about 2 additional minutes), involves no special equipment or gadgetry, costs no more to perform and reveals much crucial information that was heretofore unseen. It wasn’t hidden, just unseen, like the elephant on the coffee table that nobody sees.
This examination had originally been deemed The “New-Eyes” Oral Examination. It was so-called because it’s like giving the dentist a pair of new eyes through which he can see the elephant. Once acknowledged, it’s impossible to deny the elephant’s existence. Then, the dentist has a difficult decision to make: continue treating patients the old way in light of the faults and deficiencies or accept the new paradigm and react professionally to the clues unveiled and hints and signs that are right in front of the doctor’s eyes.
One of the advantages of the WIAN Oral Examination is the ability to instantly determine the patient’s nutritional status. While this examination/evaluation process will not tell you if the patient needs an additional 10mg of Vitamin C (a train of thought you will see has no merit), it will provide an accurate evaluation of the patient’s nutritional status.
This examination/evaluation is repeatable, reliable and accurate. It costs nothing extra and provides a valuable additional service to the patient. It gives the practitioner another view of the patient’s health and is a method – the method – of measuring nutritional status.
This is very important because a nutritionally strong person will heal better and will not as readily succumb to secondary infection. It would be wise to assess the patient’s nutritional status before any traumatic, invasive or long-term treatment is rendered.
Because it is not easy to look inside the arm or lung or kidney but it is easy to see inside the mouth, an enlightened and revealing oral examination should be a matter of course in the definitive evaluation of the health of the patient. Only a dentist has the background to properly do such an examination/evaluation procedure.
What needs to be done is train the dentist to use the forgotten 80% and bring that into focus when treating a patient. Reliance solely and totally on the mechanical aspects of the dental education is fraught with inconsistencies and diminishes the true value of the dentist’s worth. In turn, it decreases the benefits the patient receives and maintains the stature of the dentist in the realm of master technician while the deeper value of “doctor” is lost.
When the medical community begins to realize the value a dentist can bring to patient care, the dentist will no longer be seen as merely a tooth carpenter and a gum gardener. In addition to the nutritional status evaluation, the WIAN Oral Examination can reveal internal organ and biologic system dysfunction long before it shows in routine blood and urine analyses. While it may not be pathognomonic, the revelations are indicative and a compilation of examination results will point to the next step in the doctoring process.
What we have now is a dichotomy that is a disservice to the patient and confusing to all concerned. As an example, let us assume that on day one, the patient is seen by the medical doctor and is pronounced healthy. On day two, the patient is seen by the specially trained dentist and the following findings are noted:
There is a canker sore
The salivary pH is 6.0
Several teeth are loose
The fingernails lack luster
There is alveolar bone loss
The tongue quivers noticeably
There is a periapical radiolucency
There is a colored coating on the tongue
There are three new areas of dental caries
The labial frenum has an extra flap of tissue
The floor of the mouth is filled with blue-black spots
There are periodontal pockets with purulent exudates
The tongue has teethmark indentations on its side borders
The forehead has dry skin – as does the skin inside the ears
The fingernails are short and wide and have vertical streaks
The tip of the tongue is pointed and is red, like a strawberry
There are deep cracks in the tongue as well as a central groove
The earlobes have creases in them and there are many ear hairs
The fingernails have white spots and are lacking lunulae (half moons).
There is no way the dentist can pronounce this person healthy. One of the doctors is wrong. This presents a dilemma.
But “wrong” is not an accurate word in this case. The dentist’s evaluation is based on aspects of an examination that the physician rarely addresses. The dentist’s findings expose biological system dysfunctions that are not apparent from the tests and clinical observations made by the typical physician. By the time such problems appear in blood or urine studies, the destruction is more progressed.
Because this new examination was developed by W/I/A/N Industries, it is becoming known as The WIAN Oral Examination.
Welcome To The New World of Health Care
While there are many great achievements that have occurred in the world of medicine, there has been a serious and flawed diversion from the path that could have easily lead to a much healthier America; which means healthier individual citizens; which means healthier you and your family.
It is unwise to throw away the beneficial, modern advances that have been made but it is also unwise (and much worse) to adhere to those ideas and doctrines that make no sense and only perpetuate the downward spiral that has caused us to become a nation whose health statistics are grim and rapidly becoming grave.
We can provide a new way of thinking that saves money, promotes better health and makes life nicer to live.
We offer that new life to you.
It’s easy to be healthy. It’s very expensive to be sick.
As unlikely and as surprising as it may seem, the platform upon which this direct approach to health rests is Dentistry’s New Paradigm. It all begins with the new oral examination. From there, we will find out how to best continue to make the rest of your life as fruitful and as pleasant and as enjoyable as it can be; unencumbered by matters of ill health.
Most often, the simpler the approach to health, the more benefits one gets for the effort extended. First, we have to understand the value of the following concept:
Good oral health is achieved by design.
Good general health is an unavoidable consequence.
Then, as more optimal health is desired, more of an effort has to be made; always understanding that one will never achieve perfection in health. However, it is not perfection we should chase because, not only is it unachievable but, the difference between excellence and perfection is not readily detectable from either a short-term or long-term perspective.
There are times when we are faced with the need to make a greater effort to achieve a higher standard of health and one of those times is when grave illnesses threaten to strike. Although finding the reason we may be struck by such devastation is not always possible, we can still muster the enormous powers of healing and prevention we all have in our bodies and minds.
Secondly, we must be mindful of the realization that whenever an illness becomes apparent, the first place to look for causation is in the digestive system because it is certainly true that we are what we eat (and don’t eat).
Although you may have heard that nutrition is important, what you may not have heard is that it is the single most influential element in all of health care. The fact that it is also the most consistently absent item from nearly all doctors’ diagnostic and treatment considerations highlights the fact that our nation as a whole – and you as an individual – cannot expect to attain the high levels of health you can easily attain unless you actively participate in looking after yourself because the way our health care system works, it will not be done for you.
In reality, Americans and their government spend an extraordinary amount of money fixing diseases and allowing the pain and suffering attendant to those diseases. It would cost much less, is easier to do and is much more effective preventing those afflictions from ever gaining footholds.
Our health care system has become a fix-it-when-it-breaks monster and pays little – if any – attention to preventing illness. It pays little or no attention to finding the causes of the problems but focuses on attacking the symptoms. It has become what it is because, the way it’s set up, there is more money to be made that way. That mindset drives America and is difficult to fight so you have to take command of yourself and, in fact, you are the only one who can take control of yourself.
So, it falls on the individual – you! – to do what can easily be done to not only avoid illnesses (may you never know what you are preventing) but to attack the diseases to which you do succumb and attack them with knowledge, direction and power.
Another Viewpoint About Exercise
Think of a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice – and think about what happens if you just let it stand for about an hour. All of the pulp settles to the bottom of the glass and the liquid is not like it would be if you shook it up.
That’s similar to what happens to your organs if you just sit and sit and sit all day. Things start to separate and in the world of biology, things need to intermingle in order for the biologic chemistry to happen as it was designed to happen. Although the heart pumping and the filling and emptying of the lungs do cause some stirring of the insides of your body – and the body itself has a periodic (10-14 times per minute) rhythm – those are minimal movements that are necessary for life and account for the minimal stirring needed to sustain the chemobiologic activity.
When you move around, things mix up even more so walking is a wonderful exercise and often sufficient to stir the body well enough so whatever mixing has to happen, happens.
Heavier exercise is even better but there comes a point when things are sufficiently mixed and more is not necessary. The question is always: What is that point?
Likely, as it is with most biologic questions, the answer is different for each person and that answer for each person is different under different circumstances. But, knowing that exact point is not necessary. What you have to realize is that the extremes are not needed so exercising to the point of exhaustion is passed the point of need.
The function of strenuous exercise is to give the feeling one gets from doing that kind of thing. It’s a good feeling, often ascribed to the release of endorphins and other hormonal triggerings – but that is all conjecture. Engaging in mentally challenging and physically enervating competitive sports imparts a euphoria that is unique to the athlete (at any level) and is the reason so many people enjoy sports and activities that allow the use of those large leg, arm and back muscles.
However, the regular exercise of walking at a brisk pace – or even meandering – and some arm movements (with or without weights) will satisfy the body’s need for mixing its fluids. Some bending and twisting at the waist are also beneficial movements.
It should be noted that exercise – just like almost all normal and healthy body functions – causes the formation of damaging free radicals. Hence, this is yet another reason for you to take those proven nutritional formulations that provide the needed nutrients that allow the production and proper use of antioxidants so those free radicals are efficiently and correctly handled.
.Can The Dental Profession Learn
As History Is About To Repeat Itself?
In the 1950’s, William Edwards Deming went to the so-called “captains” of American Industry and told them about a new way to look at what they were doing. They shunned him so he went to Japan and they invited him in to hear what he had to say.
Deming’s insights into manufacturing and business in general became the foundation upon which Japan grew its vast industrial empire in so short a time. America is still playing catch-up.
Now, American Dentistry has been told of a new approach to dental practice and it is being shunned so plans are being made to bring this new paradigm to other countries that are just beginning to understand the value of good oral care. Soon, American dentistry will no longer be the shining example of leadership in the profession. What a shameful and avoidable loss such arrogance will cause.
Dentistry’s New Paradigm is a 3-pillared, coordinated orchestration of new insights and innovations; new thought patterns and concepts; a new mindset and philosophy of practice; and the bringing to patients the benefit of all of the dentist’s hard-earned and deep knowledge.
- A new oral examination protocol
- Exposes problems in the biological systems long before they appear in blood or urine analyses and before they are detected by routine medical examination
- A new approach to treating periodontal disease
- Directly attacks the two real causes of the disease and either eliminates them or reduces them to insignificance and without its etiologic factors, a disease can neither persist nor materialize.
- Nutrition at the doctor level.
- Doctor-Level Nutrition is vastly different from the dietitian and nutritionist varieties.
This new paradigm will elevate the dentists and Dentistry in the health care hierarchy and will raise the dignity, prestige, power and influence – and income – of dentists.