Building The Bridge To Health: An Interview with Todd Ravins, DDS
Dental health is more than clean teeth. The patient being seen today is not the same patient of twenty years ago.
A Biologic Dentist goes beyond what is inside your mouth. It is a holistic approach that takes into account your overall health.
For example, a sudden shooting pain down your arm could be caused by recent dental work. Or a persistent health problem might be resolved with a visit to a biological dentist. Another concern is the variety of metals, creating a battery effect on the electrical current generated in the mouth that can cause headaches, fatigue problems, not to mention other similar symptoms related to chronic fatigue.
The biologic dentist approaches the patient as a concerned person. In the last twenty years there has been a great deal of clinical reporting regarding the influence dentistry has had on the rest of the body. The biological dentist is interested in the heavy metal toxicity studies coming from the U.S., Australia, Germany and Canada involving the mercury silver filling issue. In Japan, we have the advancements made in nutrition such as nutrients Coenzyme Q10 to the manufacture of composites and plastic restorative materials. The biologic dentist is concerned with the electrical currents created in the mouth and its effect on the immune systems. Most of the work has come from Germany and Sweden. In the understanding of the signs and symptoms that a patient may report at their first visit, the biologic dentist understands that if a patient has a complaint of sensitivity of a tooth or has a chronic sinus infection, the conventional x-rays that are used may not give the diagnosis. The biologic dentist knows that the teeth are connected to the brain and the brain controls the entire body. Knowing this information is one thing, treating a patient with this in mind is another.
There are basic standard procedures such as complete full mouth x-rays of all the teeth and jaw bone. These x-rays give the dentist information such as presence of decay, bone infection, periodontal disease or bone loss, the presence of root canals, foreign objects or impacted teeth in the bone. The biologic dentist realizes that the x-rays are only two dimensions. This means, although everything looks good in the x-ray, infection still may be present around the teeth and bone that cannot be seen. For example, looking at a balloon, one cannot see the other side unless one rotates the balloon or moves to the other side of the balloon. The biologic dentist knows this and is very aware that if you don't see infection in the x-rays, there is still the possibility of infection present.
There are other tests available that are not being taught in the dental schools in this country that have been used for many years with clinical significance [clinical significance] in other countries such as kinesiology, neurotherapy, electrodermal testing, (EAV) darkfield blood testing, DMPS challenge tests, and bioresonance (Acuscope Therapy). The biologic dentist is familiar with the uses of these tests in conjunction with the conventional tests considered part of the standard of care set up by the State Board of Governors of the Dental Profession.
The biologic dentist, when examining the new patient is also looking at jaw balance. This is called biophysical. If this patient is in dental stress there are several series of tests that help evaluate the posturing of the teeth, jaws and temporomandibular joints. The tests range from sonography (electrovibrographics), electromyography (EMG), magnetic jaw imaging (jaw tracking), physiological swallow reflex and neuromuscular deprogramming of the bite. The biologic dentist is concerned about the use of allopathic drugs and homeopathic therapy. The biologic dentist also understands the possibility of preventing nerve damage of teeth and the biocompatibility of dental materials used in the mouth. These are special priority issues that a biologic dentist is concerned with.
In conclusion, there are three basic approaches the biologic dentist considers: bioelectrical balance, biochemical balance and biophysical balance. Each area has its own test and guidelines. The three basic approaches must be considered at the same time of treatment. If there is a biophysical imbalance such as chewing on one side of the mouth or having a bite contact two or three times greater on one side of the mouth, the electrical readings of the teeth will not be accurate. If the biochemical balance of the patient is not correct, the patient will never stabilize. So the big three: biochemical, bioelectrical and biophysical must be studied. There is one more dimension or the fourth that cannot be eliminated and that is the emotional state of the person. Without all four considerations, the patient will never completely get well.