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,