Your wisdom teeth may cause you some pain at times, and most people opt to have them removed on the advice of their dentist, but is it really the best course of action?
As ordinary people, we often simply trust that this is the best thing to do, and very rarely question why we need to have them removed. In fact, most people have had their wisdom teeth removed during their teenage years when they are least likely to question the procedure.
But as a young adult and adult, have you ever considered why dentists remove the wisdom teeth? Have you ever asked your dentist what the purpose is and what the alternative might be? Probably not.
Wisdom teeth are, in fact, pretty important to your body. And when it comes to making a decision about whether or not you want to remove them – this article may help you to decide. Remember, it is your choice.
Known as third molars, the wisdom teeth are the teeth that reside furthest to the back of your mouth. They usually rise from your gums during your late teens and early twenties, and most often, your dentist will advise you to remove them as soon as they give you difficulties.
However, a report by the American Journal of Public Health revealed that around 67% of wisdom teeth removals are unnecessary. In fact, fewer than 10% of wisdom teeth actually experience any sort of infection at all, most of which can be cured simply with the use of antibiotics.
Dentists often tell their clients they need their wisdom teeth removed to prevent illness and disease – however, the study has refuted this claim and highlighted the possibility that dentists are making lots of extra money out of these procedures, estimating profits reach billions of dollars every year.
Another study conducted by Dr. Weston A. Price during the 1990s revealed that native tribes, living on natural diets, were close to being 100% free of tooth decay. Dr. Price also found that our overall dental health is mostly a result of our nutrition. If you follow the right diet, your wisdom teeth would never be a problem in the first place.
Jay Friedman highlighted that around two-thirds of wisdom teeth removals are technically medically unnecessary. So unnecessary, in fact, that patients would have been completely fine without the procedure and the risk it puts them under.
Traditional Chinese medicine has always recognized the relationship between your teeth and your vital organs, vertebrae, and your endocrine glands. They understand how connected the teeth are to your entire body and in particular how the wisdom teeth are related to the small intestine and the front of the pituitary gland.
Moreover, our mouth and face are interconnected with motor and sensory nerves of our brain’s cerebral cortex. When a tooth is removed, a reaction takes place in your brain and can actually be very dangerous for your body. In fact, there is a chance that the extraction of the tooth could lead to sudden death. Has your dentist ever told you that?
It seems strange that the risks would be so high when the procedure is so common. Most of the effects are not so extreme but are certainly not something you would want to live with.
Patients who have had the procedure have reported lasting effects as a result of wisdom teeth removals that were unnecessary, with symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and prickling. These feelings prove the connection the teeth have to the nervous system, and that they should not be removed unless the procedure is proven absolutely necessary.
By Charlotte H.
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