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The 14 ‘splinters’ this dentist warns patients to keep in mind

While the words may be for the patient, my hope is that you’ll read what I have written below and think about what “splinters” you would identify to your patients and how you’re communicating with them about things in the mouth that could be affecting their quality of life.

If you have any questions about my thoughts below, feel free to reach out to me through my website. I’m always happy to connect.

As a patient, you may not see them, feel them, or even know about them. They are sources of infection and inflammation that I call “splinters.” I count 14 of them and they could be lurking in your mouth and jawbone. These splinters could affect your entire body over time, and they could cause serious problems for you now or years down the road.

Dr. Alvin Danenberg

Dr. Alvin Danenberg.

Ultimately, they might compromise your immune system and spread infection and inflammation to all cells and organs. Unfortunately, many medical doctors have no idea that these “splinters” exist even as these physicians try to treat the chronic diseases caused by them.

Here is a way to visualize this complex issue: If a person were healthy by all definitions of health but had a splinter in his or her finger, the area of the splinter could not heal. However, once the splinter was removed, the puncture wound in the skin would heal. But if that individual began to stab that splinter repeatedly into the original puncture wound, the wound would open and never heal.

Likewise, the immune system cannot heal the body as long as splinters exist. And the body cannot heal as long as splinters continuously enter the body and stab it.

Dental splinters

A dental problem can act as a splinter in your finger that never gets removed. The longer it stays in place, the more damage it can do to the surrounding tissues. Eventually, inflammation and infection can spread to other parts of the body. They travel through the blood system and lymph nodes and even across nerve sheaths. And if new irritants occur or are placed in the mouth by a dentist, problems may compound.

Here are 14 of the most pressing dental problems I have seen in my patients over the past 44 years in practice.

1. Mercury

This heavy metal is part of an amalgam filling in a tooth. Some mercury is released as a vapor 24/7. Airborne mercury is toxic to the body and has the potential to accumulate and damage cells in various parts of the body. An estimated 80% of mercury vapor is absorbed by the lungs and passed to the rest of the body, particularly the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract.

2. Biologically incompatible dental fillings

Dental fillings are made up of many different chemicals. Some of them cause toxic responses in