Dental Bone Cavitations – Exploring 3 Important Questions

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Last month’s blog post left off with 3 very important questions that I had about Jaw Cavitations:

• How many of the patients that I see in my clinic have these silent areas of infection?
• How can I help them find out if they have one?
• What is the potential risk to the rest of the body from not addressing these pockets of diseased bone?

As I began to explore these questions little did I know that I would become involved with an actual Jaw Cavitations case that would help me to answer them!

I have a patient who is a young, twenty-something female, who along with the rest of her family followed me to my clinic after being patients for years at the dental office I worked at. Over the last few years this patient has had chronically inflamed lymph nodes in her neck that I suggested should be addressed with her physician. Unfortunately, this situation did not seem to be a concern for her doctor.

Without going into detail about all the other oral/systemic concerns, suffice to say that things escalated and within the last six months she developed an abscess on her soft palate and also has a tumor on her Carotid Artery, both on her right side.

The abscess was treated at the emergency department, antibiotics were prescribed and removal of the tumor is scheduled at a major hospital in Toronto for the near future.

After watching the recent Holistic Oral Health Summit and listening to four separate experts speak on Jaw Cavitations, I began to wonder if there might be a connection between this patient’s symptoms and undiagnosed Jaw Cavitations. I want to stress here that I really believe after beginning to study the Functional Medicine approach to disease, that there are usually a number of factors that contribute to a manifest problem and that everything needs to be explored in searching for answers. While it is slowly changing, the medical profession in most cases still does not understand or care about the oral component to underlying disease.

Thankfully, after discussing this with my patient and her mother, they were both open to exploring the possibility of her having Jaw Cavitations. In fact, based on the advice of a friend, they had actually watched an internet series “The Truth About Cancer” that addressed Jaw Cavitations as being a contributor to cancer. They understood and trusted that we needed to go down this road.

I contacted a Biological Dentist in Toronto that I refer to who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Jaw Cavitations and after a lengthy telephone discussion about his knowledge and experience in treating them; I sent him a detailed medical/dental history of my patient. Further discussion then occurred between the patient, myself, the dentist and a Functional Medicine physician on how to co-ordinate supporting tests and treatment.

A subsequent surgical appointment was scheduled for Monday, November 9th that I had the privilege of attending, and next month I would like to share what happened during that appointment.

In the meantime, if you would like to listen to some expert advice to help you understand what Cavitations are, how they are formed, how they are detected and what treatment is available, please watch the following videos. They have been produced by my good friend, Dr. Alison Adams, The Mouth Body Doctor.

Have you or anyone you know had any experience with Jaw Cavitations? I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time,


Holistic Oral Health Summit – Diagnosis & Treatment of Cavitations

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In my spare time last week I endeavored to watch as many featured speakers as possible on the Holistic Oral Health Summit.  While I have heard a number of these experts speak in the past, some of the information was familiar but there was a lot of new information that has left my mind reeling. I think the area that most intrigued me concerned the diagnosis and treatment of Cavitations.

What is a Cavitation? Continue reading

Do You Really Need to Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

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I have been asking myself over and over during the last year: “Do people really need to have their teeth professionally cleaned”?  I have begun to ask this question because I have had a couple of clients over the last year that did not, in my professional opinion, need to have their teeth cleaned at their continuing care appointment. After completing my assessment, I discussed my findings with these clients and then left it up to them to decide whether to proceed or not. Continue reading

Functional Oral Health

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I recently completed introductory courses in Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Through the knowledge that I have gained, I truly believe that this is the approach that we need to adopt when approaching Oral Health as well. I plan on beginning training in the near future to become an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner  so that I can begin practicing Functional Oral Health as a branch of Functional Medicine. Continue reading

Cochrane Oral Health Group Concludes Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group Evaluation of Water Fluoridation concludes: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities”. In a June 19, 2015 publication by the Cochrane Collaboration, researchers have concluded that: Continue reading

The Root Canal Cover-up and Informed Consent

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For those of you who follow my blog and the many patients that I have the privilege of seeing here at Woodland Dental Hygiene, you are aware that I am very passionate about my stand on Root Canal Therapy and the need for Informed Consent”.

What is “Informed Consent”? Continue reading

Sugar Industry Shapes Public Health Policy

independent dental hygienist King CityA new report published on March 10, 2015 by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) reveals that the sugar industry heavily influenced federal research and subsequently public health policy and guidelines resulting from that research.

In 1969, The Caries Task Force Steering Committee was formed by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) and met regularly to come up with research priorities. Continue reading

British Study Links Underactive Thyroid to High Fluoride Levels

dangers of fluoride in waterNew research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England, this British study says. Professor Stephen Peckham, lead author from the Centre for Health Services said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas”.

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking.  There was nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems.  I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water.  There are far safer ways to improve dental health”. Continue reading

Can Teeth Be Healed?

Dr. Weston Price

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In my personal and professional pursuit of wellness, I have lately had cause to ponder the question; can teeth be healed? I have never doubted the possibility of the arrest and even the reversal of many diseases common to the human body as I have experienced this miracle in my own life. Given time, knowledge and the commitment to provide what the body truly needs for health and well-being, much is possible!

But what about teeth and specifically tooth decay? It would appear that in dentistry, when a tooth decays, the most common disease in the world presents itself – we are most often given a traditional surgical approach – a filling, to fix the problem. Continue reading

Can Mouth Breathing be Helped by Chiropractic?

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Can mouth breathing be helped by Chiropractic care? A recent opportunity to work for a wonderful dentist and friend, Dr. Eva Tobin, who practices in the small town of Thornton, Ontario, enabled me to work with a client who was a chronic mouth-breather; a condition that while increasingly common, is not optimum for overall health and well-being.

I had a discussion with this client as to:

  • What the reason might be for his inability to breathe through his nose,
  • What some of the resulting side-effects were in his mouth and possibly the rest of his body!

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