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An Interview With Dr. Jerry Tennant Regarding Dental Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Information shared in this article or during seminars is considered alternative and integrative and are based upon the frequently asked questions of patients seeking solutions to long-term dental and medical concerns as well as questions and answers and research found on the various listed websites. These statements have not been fully evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The experiences cited are provided for informational purposes and are not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician, dentist, or other medical professional but rather provide you with additional information with which to make informed decisions.

Additionally, information regarding dietary supplements has not been fully evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Tennant and all parties to or associated with the information shared here will not assume responsibility for any action taken as a result of interpretations of the published material. If you have an emergency or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

Question: What Research Articles Do You Recommend?

Answer: The Presence of Toxicant Producing Microbes within the Radicular Dentin of Vital and Non-vital Teeth: Implications for Systemic Diseases By Boyd E. Haley, PhD Professor Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky

The frequently asked questions include topics such as Amalgams and Their Removal, Root Canals, Chronic Jaw Pain, TMJ, Orthodontics, Infections, Allergic Reactions, Environmental and Chemical Sensitivity, Oral Hygiene, Oral Health related to Chronic Disease, Standard of Care, Detoxification of Mercury and Bacteria, Patient Preparation and Protocols, Nutritional Support for Dental Related Medical Challenges, How to Find a Biological Dentist. Mercury Toxicity, and Scientific Studies Validating Alternative Dental Approach. This interview is conducted at the request of hundreds of patients who have various questions about the relationship between medical and dental health and the etiology of a typical patient:

(1)            How do you identify a chronic medical condition?

(2)            How do you clarify a problem and educate a patient with a diagnosis of conditions such as osteomyletic and osteonecrotic lesions of the bone including outlining the

(3)            specific conditions treated?

(4)            How do you explain what caused those conditions?

(5)            What is the basis of your opinions based upon a reasonable degree of probability?

(6)            How do you identify any medical conditions a patient might has that could either aggravate or contribute to various chronic conditions?


The following are my opinions from a medical and dental perspective and other professional references to support them:

1)             I work with the referring physician’s diagnosis. I do not diagnose a dental condition

2)             I refer patients to articles written by Dr. Shankland DDS and Dr. Jerry Bouquot DDS also see Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Second Edition W. B. Saunders 2002; Pages 745 — 748; and Dr. Boyd Haley's scientific research (Boyd E. Haley, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky)

3)             I generally see patients and refer them to dentists who treat specific conditions diagnosed by the referring physician such as a diseased jaw bone that is verified with a Biopsy Report

4)             When asked what causes conditions such as osteomyletic and/or osteonecrotic lesions or diseased jaw bone, I refer them to the text: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (See page 746 for list of Commonly Associated Causes)

5)             I base my opinions upon 30 years of professional clinical experiences, ongoing professional consultations with dentists, courses, and continuous research such as the report citing journal articles and an article reference with more than 1,057 biopsies of similar cases (Bouquot J. McMahon R. The Hollow Tuberosity-Clinicopathologic Review of 1057 Biopsied cases. J. Oral Patho Med 2000: 29:345)

6)             I must limit any comments regarding Dental issues and refer to Dentists any Dental opinion such as infection, trauma, and/or ischemic conditions which could have either aggravated or contributed to a medical condition rather than offer any Dental diagnosis or opinions.

Question: Due to moral commitments to provide the most relevant information yet because of legal limitations of what you can say, where can a patient turn for information, and what organizations do you trust for providing accurate information regarding Dental Health research?

Answer: When a patient comes to me and asks a direct question, I want to answer them as I would want to receive answers—with integrity and compassion. When I consider a patient education resource, I first want to discover the resources' source of funding, their motivation, their mission, and their audience. I have found that some regulatory agencies while paid for by the public and charged to protect the public, do not seem to report the same information that I have found in my years of practice nor do they report the comprehensive scientific findings that have been researched and documented by unbiased professionals, scientists, and teachers who have no monitory gain. The following frequently asked questions may be found from a number of sources (Bibliography at the end of this document). Among the various sources where we gleaned the following answers to patients questions is The International Academy Of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT} (Link to IAOMT and other sources)

Question: Are the "Silver" fillings in your teeth REALLY silver?

Answer: Silver fillings are actually 50% MERCURY - a known poison! They only look silver! (Silver fillings are approximately 50% Mercury, 30% Silver, plus Copper, Tin, & Zinc)

Question:   Does mercury escape from silver fillings - even after being in your teeth for many years?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Does your body absorb this mercury?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Is this mercury toxic to your body and can it affect your health?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Is mercury from your fillings a factor in periodontal (gum) disease?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Can we detect & measure the mercury released from your fillings?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Does the American Dental Association consider the mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth a hazardous waste material that must be handled carefully before placement in your teeth and the leftover scraps disposed of carefully after placement?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Can the metals in your caps and crowns, like nickel, cobalt, chromium, or beryllium, be a burden on your health?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Can Root Canals affect your nervous system and cause pain elsewhere in your body?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Is it possible for you to have a fungus infection in your mouth and in your gums?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Can you have parasites in your gums that can affect your general health?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Could you have dental work in your mouth that can influence your immune system?

Answer: YES!

Question:   Can head and neck pain, TMD, & Whiplash injuries mimic mercury problems?

Answer: YES!

Question: What is dental amalgam?

Answer: Dental amalgam is the most commonly used dental filling material. The dental profession refers to this material as "Silver" amalgam, "Silver" fillings, or just "amalgam" fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a metal alloy. The normal composition is 45-55% mercury; approximately 30% silver, and other metals such as copper, tin, and zinc, dependent upon each manufacturer’s specific formula.

It is obvious from the above composition that his material should rightfully be called "Mercury" fillings or "Mercury/Silver" fillings. However, since the beginning of its use as a dental filling material until the present time, some 150 years or more, the use of the word "mercury" in describing this type of filling has been studiously abided. Could it be that the ADA and the dental profession did not want the patient to know that approximately 1/2 of the material implanted in their teeth was actually one of the most toxic metals known to man? The guise is so effective that most physicians do not know that they have had mercury implanted in their teeth. Mercury is more toxic than arsenic, lead, and cadmium.

Question: Has the FDA approved mixed dental amalgam and do dentists still use them?

Answer: What the FDA has done is to approve the two components that make up amalgam i.e, mercury and dental alloy, but has not seen fit to approve "mixed amalgam," which is what is actually used as the filling material placed in your teeth. Yes, that is correct. Although charged by law to evaluate and classify every medical or dental device to be used on or in humans, the FDA has not evaluated or classified "mixed amalgam" the material used in 75-80% of all tooth restorations. To avoid classifying mixed amalgam, the FDA simply took the position that mixed amalgam was a "reaction" product manufactured by the dentist when he or she mixed the mercury with the alloy before placing it in your tooth. And yes, many dentists still use the "mixed amalgams".

Question: What is the official position of the ADA on dental amalgam?

Answer: As published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), Volume 120, page 396, April 1990: "The strongest and most convincing support we have for the safety of dental amalgam is the fact that each year more than 100 million amalgam fillings are placed in the United States. And since amalgam has been used for more than 150 years, literally billions of amalgam fillings has been successfully used to restore decayed teeth."

BIO-PROBE COMMENT: The emperical anecdotal conclusion that because 100 million amalgam fillings are placed each year and that billions of amalgam fillings have been "successfully" used to restore decayed teeth during the last 150 years has nothing to do with the safety of dental amalgam. The ADA statement does not cite any scientific proof of the safety of implanting mercury in the humans body. What it does say is that during the last 150 years billions of amalgam fillings has been placed in millions of unsuspecting Americans who were never once told that they were having one of the most toxic metals known implanted in their teeth, and that mercury has been clearly shown to have adverse health effects related to chronic exposure.

Question: How can I find a mercury-free dentist?

Answer: Referrals to mercury-free dentists are provided by the organizations listed below. There are several sources for obtaining information on mercury-free dentists in the area in which you live. Having said that, there is a very important qualifier that you should be aware of and understand. Mercury-free dentists have been under unprecedented and vicious attacks by the forces within the dental establishment in cooperation with state and federal authorities who are determined to keep the American public believing that amalgam is safe and that all mercury-free dentists are quacks. Consequently, nobody knows exactly how many mercury-free dentists there are within the United States and Canada who courageously and quietly provide their services.

Question: How can I find out what dental materials are ok for me?

Answer: One of the most frequent questions asked concerns the selection of dental materials. It is a question that is not easy to answer. The reason being that each of us are uniquely biochemical. A dental material that we think is great may in fact be the incorrect material for you causing you to experience adverse reactions to it. This of course presents the same type of dilemma for your dentist. If you have allergies, or have multiple chemical sensitivities, the situation is even more critical. The bottom line question then becomes "what dental material is the most suitable for me and will afford me the least potential of experiencing any adverse reactions to it?"

The most scientific approach to the problem available at this time is to has your own blood serum tested in a medical laboratory to see which dental materials if any, it reacts to. This is called a material reactivity test. Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. has been in the forefront of developing’s and perfecting this type of testing for the dental profession. Using qualitative antigen-antibody precipitin observations, it is possible to detect the presence of antibodies in the serum which have been specifically formed against such chemical groups as acrylates, urethanes, toluenes, nickel, aluminum, mercury, etc.

A small quantity of a challenge material is mixed with a sample patient serum and observed for the formation of an immune complex. This type of testing is over 100 years old and is commonly used in many laboratory tests today to detect exposure to microbial and toxic entities. Antibodies for a chemical component may have originated with intake of food and water or with various environmental exposures. Thus, not every problem is the result of medical or dental intervention. However, once you have been sensitized to a particular chemical component, any further exposures from any source including dental or medical materials can be hazardous to health, when your immune system triggers an immediate response to the reappearance of an offending material.

What is unique about the application of "dental" serum reactivity testing is that your serum is evaluated against over 1400 dental trade-name products, divided into 23 application categories, with indications for each item whether it is suitable or not suitable for you. This provides you and your dentist with intelligent options for the selection of suitable materials to be used in your mouth to complete the required dental work.

It is not a total solution to all problems you may encounter such as electrogalvanism (electrical current being generated by dissimilar metals immersed in electrolytic fluid, i.e. your saliva) or the necessity to evaluate whether the materials selected will provide the mechanical performance required such as strength and durability. However, from a health standpoint, it is perhaps the most important consideration.

To give you some idea of the scope of reactivity to dental materials, Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. has compiled the reactivity percentages to various groups of materials derived from 12,823 serum specimens submitted for testing: Nickel Salts Group 97.9%; Mercury Salts Group 92.7%; Copper Salts Group 32.1%; Gold Salts Group 00.6%; Bis-GMA Group 00.2%; Acrylates Group 00.8%, etc. If you desire more information or your dentist would like to obtain testing kits from Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. call (719) 550-0008, Fax (719) 550-0009. There are other facilities doing this type of reactivity testing and information on them can be obtained by a simple search of the internet.

Question: How can I tell if I am mercury poisoned?

Answer: At the present time there is no single test you can take that will diagnose mercury poisoning. In fact, where there has been no acute exposure, the medical profession relies heavily on symptomatology as the basic criteria for further investigation into the possibility of mercury poisoning. There have been over 220 symptoms identified that can occur as a result of mercury exposure. Of course, most of these have come from industrial exposures either in the work-place, mining mercury, accidental spills, or chronic exposure. The effect of chronic exposure to mercury vapor, such as that related to the release of mercury vapor from amalgam dental fillings, are both neurological and psychiatric. Common symptoms include depression, irritability, exaggerated response to stimulation (erethism), excessive shyness, insomnia, emotional instability, forgetfulness, confusion, and vasomotor disturbances such as excessive perspiration and uncontrolled blushing. Tremors are also common in individuals exposed to mercury vapor.

As you can see, mercury poisoning mimics many health conditions, syndromes, and diseases, and sorting it all can be difficult. Most physicians believe that blood and urine mercury levels can clearly diagnose mercury poisoning. Unfortunately, this position is not supported by published scientific data. In fact, even the ADA and the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) admitted in 1984 that blood and urine mercury levels were not diagnostic of "chronic mercury poisoning." There is evidence that "hair analysis" can provide some indication of excessive mercury and although hair primarily reflects methylmercury, such as that obtained from fish, it is still of importance in determining total mercury exposure. Intra-oral mercury vapor readings, are not diagnostic in themselves, however, they also provide critical information concerning the amount of mercury vapor exposure you are receiving from your mercury dental fillings.

The one test that provides more definitive information about mercury body burden is called the "urine mercury challenge test." The patient collects urine for 24 hours and a sample of this is then analyzed for mercury content. This serves as a base line. The patient is then challenged with either DMSA or DMPS, both are mercury chelators that bind mercury and increase its excretion. Urine is then collected under a specific schedule and again a sample is analyzed for mercury content. It is not unusual to see increases of 15-150 fold in urine mercury content. Again, this is not diagnostic in itself of mercury poisoning but it will sure give you a pretty good indication of what your body burden of mercury is.

Symptomatology together with some of the above tests together with the number of mercury fillings present should provide any knowledgeable physician with enough information to make a valid diagnosis. One of the classic tenants of the science of toxicology is that once a toxin has been identified, the first step in treatment is to eliminate the source of exposure to that toxin.

Question: Is there any change in symptoms after amalgam replacement?

Answer: There has always been a very small minority of the individuals that have undergone amalgam replacement that have not benefited from it. This has caused a great deal of discouragement in the individual and the health professional working with them. In some instances, it has been related to the materials and procedures used by the dentist that did the work. In others, it was assumed that their health problems were caused by something other than mercury or that the damage caused by mercury was irreversible. Whatever the reason, it was very little comfort to the individual not seeing any improvement. Now, however, thanks to some very advanced research in Sweden, it appears there may be an answer for many of these intractable cases.

Dr. Christer Malmström in Sweden has discovered that most of the people who do not see health improvements after amalgam replacement appear to have diverticula or impacted fecal matter in their colon that contains high levels of toxic metals. Upon removal of these metals, great progress can be seen in the individual’s health. (Appendix B of the book "Dental Mercury Detox" contains the complete "Malstrom Protocol)

It is important to understand that there are no guarantees that amalgam replacement will ameliorate, cure or solve your individual health problems!

However, even in those cases where there hasn’t been any great improvement, these individuals can take comfort from the fact that they have eliminated a constant source of poison entering their body. The vast majority of individuals who have undergone amalgam replacement and the reduction of their mercury body burden have experienced improvements in health that have ranged from minor to startlingly dramatic. For example, the statistics listed below were compiled by the Foundation for Toxic-Free Dentistry (FTFD) on 1569 patients from 6 different reports.

The statistical analysis involves a total of 1569 patients in six different studies: 762 patients utilized the FTFD Patient Adverse Reaction Report to individually report changes in their health directly to the FDA and the FTFD; Dr. Mats Hanson, Ph.D. reported on 519 Swedish patients; Henrik Lichtenberg, D.D.S. of Denmark reported on 100 patients; Pierre LaRose, D.D.S. of Canada reported on 80 patients; Robert L. Siblerud O.D., M.S. reported on 86 patients in Colorado as partial fulfillment of a Ph.D. requirement; and Albert V. Zamm, M.D., FACA, FACP reported on 22 of his patients.


% of total   SYMPTOM No.          No. improved or cured % of cure or improvement

14%          ALLERGY 221            196           89%

5%            ANXIETY 86              80             93%

5%            BAD TEMPER            81             68             89%


5%            CHEST PAINS           79             69             87%          53             54%

22%          DEPRESSION            347           315</FONT<              smaII>      91%

22%</FONT< smaII>  DIZZINESS               343           301           88%

45%          FATIGUE 705            603           86%

15%          GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS               231           192           83%

8%            GUM PROBLEMS       129           121           94%

34%          HEADACHES             531           460           87%

3%            MIGRAINE HEADACHES            45             39             87%

12%          INSOMNIA                187           146           78%

10%          IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT          159           139           87%

8%            IRRITABILITY            132           119           90%

17%          LACK OF CONCENTRATION      270           216           80%

6%            LACK OF ENERGY  91               88             97%

17%          MEMORY LOSS         265           193           73%

17%          METALLIC TASTE 260                247           95%

7%            MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS              113           86             76%

80/            MUSCLE TREMOR    126           104           83%

10%          NERVOUSNESS        158           131           83%

8%            NUMBNESS ANYWHERE           118           97             82%

20%          SKIN DISTURBANCES               310           251           81%

9%            SORE THROAT         149           128           86%

6%            TACHYCARDIA         97             68             70%

4%            THYROID PROBLEMS                56             44             79%

12%          ULCERS & SORES (ORAL CAVITY)             189           162           86%

7%            URINARY TRACT PROBLEMS 115              87             76%

29%          VISION PROBLEMS 462             289           63%

One extremely interesting statistic relates to the incidence of allergies reported. The recent January 1993 Public Health Service Report on Dental Amalgam states: "Only a small proportion of mercury-sensitized individuals respond adversely to the placement of amalgam restorations. The few case reports of adverse allergic reactions to amalgam involve skin reactions, such as rashes and eczematous lesions..." The ADA maintains that the incidence of allergic reaction to amalgam dental fillings is extremely rare, with only 50 case histories being reported in the literature. However, a recent book "150 Years of Amalgam" by Fredrik Berglund, M.D., Ph.D. refutes the ADA statement by clearly identifying and categorizing by symptoms, case reports, on 245 amalgam patients published from 1844 to 1993. This of course demonstrates the type of inaccurate statement the dental establishment is prone to make in support of their position. Furthermore, ADA statements of this nature totally ignore valid peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating an allergic reaction to dental amalgam ranging from 16.5% for non-allergic patients to 44% for fourth-year dental students.

More importantly, as this symptom analysis demonstrates, the question is not whether the patient is allergic to dental amalgam but rather the direct causal relationship of mercury/amalgam dental fillings to the development of allergies to food, chemicals, and environmental factors. In the prior FTFD analysis, this is supported by the fact that 14% of the individuals reported some type of allergy and that after replacement of their mercury/amalgam dental fillings, 89% reported their condition had improved or was totally eliminated. If you were to extrapolate this data to the approximately 140 million amalgam bearers in the United States, there should be 19.6 million people (14%) with amalgam causally related allergies. Of this number, 89% or approximately 17.4 million would have their allergies ameliorate or disappear simply by having their mercury dental fillings exchanged for non-mercury ones.

We attempted to look at this from another perspective, by first determining the total number of people in the U.S. with allergies. Although there are no hard data available, the NIH estimates the number to be between 40-50 million. Using the lesser number of 40 million people with allergies, it is estimated that 65% or 26 million of them would be amalgam bearers whose allergies may be causally related to their mercury/amalgam dental fillings. HARDLY AN INSIGNIFICANT NUMBER!

Question: What is mercury detoxification?

Answer: There are really two terms that should be used to more clearly define what detoxification means. The first is:

DETOXIFICATION: Normally accomplished by the administration of drugs orally, by injection, or intravenously. Such drugs are usually designed to bind, complex, or change the chemical structure of a particular toxin and change and reduce its toxic properties or to make it easier to eliminate from the body.

DETOXICATION: The processes by which the individual's own body biochemical structure works to neutralize or eliminate toxins considered to be foreign. The biochemical processes work to remove the foreign substance from the tissues and metabolize it into a less toxic form or cause it to bind or complex with one of the many transport systems in the body so that its toxic properties are neutralized, or reduce it to a form that is more easily excreted. This is a normal body process that is enzymatic in nature often requiring cofactors that are derived from essential nutrients, whether from food or from supplements.

Chronic toxicity with persistent symptomatology can be related to chronic nutritional deficits or metabolic impairments. Bio-Probe has outlined all of the current procedures and protocols for mercury detoxification in its book "DENTAL MERCURY DETOX"

Question: I have been referred to an endodontist for a root canal, how safe are root canals?

Answer: What You Need to Know About Root Canals:

Many chronic diseases, perhaps most, are a result of root canal surgery. Approximately 20, 000,000 root canal operations are performed annually in the United States. Nearly every dentist is oblivious to the serious health risks this operation produces. Brilliant dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price, did monumental research about dental conditions.

His work took him around the world where he studied the teeth, diets, and bones of native populations living without the benefit of "modern food." He learned that primitive tribes had perfect teeth without cavities or gum disease and had no bone diseases. As soon as these native tribes adopted the food of the western "advanced" nations their teeth became deformed, full of cavities, gingivitis started, diabetes appeared and they developed bone diseases. Foods that appeared particularly troubling included processed white sugar, fluoride, synthetic vegetable fats (trans fats), and all processed nutritionally lacking foods. It was obvious to him that human degenerative diseases were fundamentally a nutritional problem.

Dr. Price wrote two incisive books covering 1174 pages about his research into human health and dental conditions that were so important that he should have won a Nobel Prize. Instead, his work was deliberately buried, unread and unappreciated for 70 years. An endodontist (root canal surgeon) named George E. Meinig was encouraged to read Dr. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by the Executive Director of The Price Pottenger Foundation, Pat Connoly. Dr. Meinig soon realized the great importance of the 25 years of research efforts by Dr. Price. He confessed to being in "utter shock when he realized the serious ramifications of Dr. Price’s research." Dr. Meinig developed great empathy for the millions of persons who are suffering illness from the infections produced from their infected root canal teeth. His concern for the immense health problems arising from lack of knowledge about Dr. Price's research led him to write his important book Root Canal Cover-Up which fortunately has attracted wide interest to Dr. Price’s research.

Dr. Price learned after thousands of animal studies that a root canal tooth is always infected regardless of it’s appearance and lack of symptoms. When Dr. Price took a root canal tooth out of a patient who had a chronic disease and placed this tooth in an animal the patient became well and the animal developed the same illness the patient had previously suffered from. If the patient had rheumatoid arthritis the animal became a9licted with RA. When the patient had heart disease the animal demloped heart disease. The tooth from a patient with kidney disease produced an animal with kidney disease.

More Details About Dr. Price’s Research

The patient whose root canal tooth was placed in an animal not only became well they became well in 24 to 48 hours. This means that a person suffering from the chronic degenerative disease rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune illness) can be completely cured in 48 hours. The animal receiving the infected tooth from the person with rheumatoid arthritis developed full-blown rheumatoid arthritis in 48 hours. The person with chronic glomerulonephritis (autoimmune illness), after removal of the infected tooth, no longer has kidney disease in 48 hours. The patient suffering from auto-immune disease affecting the heart becomes quite well when the offending root canal infected tooth is removed. This research completely changes the way physicians need to think about disease causation.

Every tooth affected by a root canal infection may have a different bacteria residing in it. Thus the individual who has had three root canals could have three different infectious organisms continuously seeding the bloodstream. This could result in three different degenerative diseases simultaneously affecting this person.

Each bacteria is capable of setting up an auto-immune disease in a different tissue of the body depending on the nature of the particular infectious organism. This may relate to the genetic composition of the infectious agent. One bacteria has a chemical structure on its surface or when floating in the bloodstream that irritates a part of a heart muscle cell. This muscle cell responds with an antibody reaction against the antigen in the bacteria. We now have an inflammatory reaction in many heart muscle cells that can be diagnosed as heart disease. Another bacteria has a substance (antigen) that irritates the lining synovial membrane cells of a joint. When this membrane reacts to the irritant we have swelling, redness, warmth, and destruction of the synovial membrane (inflammation). This leads to a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Price learned that the most common bacteria infecting a root canal tooth was streptococcus. Staphlococci, spirochetes, and fungi were also frequently identified. At least 20 different bacterial organisms were isolated by Dr. Price from root canal teeth. These bacteria caused many oral and dental illnesses. Of greater importance, they were producing enormous numbers of medical diseases in other parts of the body. This invaluable information appears to overshadow any advance in medical knowledge made by another researcher.

The patient who had more than one root canal operation might have a different organism infecting each root canal tooth. This explains why a patient can have multiple afflictions from root canal teeth all occurring simultaneously. Infected root canals have a deleterious effect on the immune system permitting the development of many degenerative diseases including heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, bloodstream infections, subacute bacterial endocarditis, phlebitis, anemia, leukopenia (low white blood cell count), back, neck and shoulder pain, neuritis etc.

Question: What Are Some Traditional Problems And Alternative Solutions For Dental Issues?

Answer: See the following:

  • Tennant Biomodulator TM Therapy and Application for Dental
  • Pain Management — TMJ
  • Case Studies — Practical Application of Tennant Biomodulator TM Use
  • Current Research and Latest Developments
  • Alternative Choices for Removal of Amalgams
  • Health History and Oral Health Care
  • Acupuncture Meridians and the Teeth
  • Mercury, Fluoride, Nickel, Sulfa Rxn (reaction to Rx), and Other Toxic Substances
  • Detoxing the Body of Toxic Dental Materials
  • Restoration Options
  • Breathing
  • Nutrition

Question: How Important Is It To Correct Dehydration Issues?

Answer: Like a battery, the organs of the body will not hold a charge if there is inadequate water. Always give the patient water before starting treatment. Proper hydration is just as important for dental care and particularly at the cellular level. I encourage that we calculate our body weight and take in half our body weight in ounces (minimum). For example Ten eight-ounce glasses of water = one glass with electrolyte solution. Also, rinsing the mouth out daily and proper cleansing with a WATERPIK(r) type oral hygiene regimen.

Question: How Do I Know If My Elimination Organs Are Functioning Properly?


  • Colon — Ability to eliminate toxins and cleanse, regular bowel movements 2x per day
  • Kidneys — Regular urination, clear/light yellow, alkaline pH
  • Skin — Supple, hydrated
  • Lungs — Clear inspiration/expiration with good tidal volume
  • Lymphatic System — No pectoral pain, water retention Question:

Question: How Is Oral Infection Linked to Systemic Disease and What Systemic Diseases Are Caused By Oral Microorganisms?

Answer: The following is a brief list of Systemic Diseases that may be caused by oral Microorganisms and the research to support the answer.

  • Gastrointestinal — colon, intestines, stomach, throat, and oral cavity
  • Kidney and bladder
  • Lung infections
  • Skin infections and diseases
  • Heart infections and diseases
  • Brain infections and diseases
  • Eye infections
  • Hematological infections
  • Implant infections —artificial joints / dental implants
  • Jawbone Osteonecrosis
  • Reproductive

The Association of the Oral Flora with Important Medical Diseases. Walter J. Loesche, DMD, PhD. (1997).

Current Opinion in Periodontology 4:21-28. Found that; "In a 7-year prospective study, dental disease was a significant predictor of coronary events leading to death after controlling for known coronary disease risk factors." And-- "Recently, there have been case-control and epidemiologic investigations that strongly associate poor dental health with cardiovascular disease, preterm low birth weight infants, and early death from any cause."

Question: How Are Infectious Organisms (Strep, Staph, Spirochetes, Fungi) Able To Infect Root Canal Teeth?

Answer: Dentin makes up 95 % of the structure of a tooth. This was always felt to be a solid stone-like structure. Actually, dentin consists of very fine tubules. Undamaged dentin tubules contain a nutrient-dense fluid that keeps the teeth alive and healthy. These nutrients reach the teeth by an artery which is accompanied by a nerve and min in the root canal.

When a tooth becomes decayed the placement of an amalgam (preferably non-mercury-containing) serves to protect the tooth from ongoing injury. If the decay is neglected or not discovered until it has spread into the root canal the bacterial infection involves the nerve and blood vessels of the root canal. Then these bacteria can easily spread through the whole root canal and enter the dentin tubules through their blood supply. The bacteria, spirochetes, and fungi have become established in a new home where they are free to multiply and grow without any impediments. Dr. Price had found that not one of 100 disinfectants was able to penetrate and sterilize the dentin. Neither are any antibiotics capable of sterilizing root canals.

Dr. Price’s microscopic photographs of 1923 show myriads of bacteria or other pathogens doing well in their new dentin home. Most dentists do not know that bacteria and other infectious organisms are always present in the dentin tubules after root canal surgery. Very few dentists are aware of or willing to admit that dentin tubules are always infected after root canal surgery. These bacteria escape into the blood and proceed to initiate a vast number of degenerative diseases. Most dentists believe that the disinfecting substances used to pack the root canal after surgery effectively sterilize the root canal site which is unfortunately not true.

Some dentists are convinced that the removal of pulp and packing the root canal cavity with a disinfecting substance blocks the supply of nutrients to the dentin tubules ensuring eradication of infection. This does not occur.

Once established in the root canal the bacteria become capable of mutating and changing their form. Price found out that established root canal bacterial organisms became more 'virulent and their toxins became more dangerous. A German oncologist named Josef Issel[1] was able to confirm these observations of Dr. Price. He learned that the toxins released from these root canal bacteria were very closely related to the chemicals used by the Germans in World War I to create mustard gas.

This ability of bacteria to mutate and change in root canals is the same process occurring now in bacteria after exposure to antibiotics. The changes bacteria are able to undergo permit them to become resistant to antibiotics that previously had no di9iculty killing them. The ability to mutate relates to the genetic capabilities in the bacteria. Of great importance, exposure to natural anti-infective substances does not result in bacterial resistance because natural anti-infective substances do not produce any genetic changes in the bacteria.

Question: How Do Bacteria Escape From The Dentin Tubules To Other Parts Of The Body?

Answer: There are billions of bacteria in root canal teeth. The bacteria which are located nearest to the lateral accessory root canals move into these canals. They then migrate into the hard fibrous membrane that holds the tooth in the socket (periodontal membrane). Once established in the periodontal membrane it is easy for them to spread through this membrane and pass into the surrounding bony network. From the bone structure the bacteria proceed to enter the blood vessels of the jaw bone. The bacteria then travel via the bloodstream to a gland, organ, or tissue where they start a new infection. Thus a focal infection from a root canal source can spread to a distant site creating a new disease.

The desire of endodontists to presence and saw root canal teeth is commendable. However, far too often the tooth is saved but the patient dies. This happens because of false confidence in the ability of disinfectant substances used to sterilize the root canal tooth. Their theory about this problem is ignoring the presence of Iive bacteria in dentine tubules. Some intelligent open-minded dentists have begun to try to solve the problem of universal infection in root canal teeth.

These individuals are starting to study ultrasound, lasers, colloidal silver, garlic, Enderlein serum therapy, nutrition, calcium oxide therapy from France and prayer as possible solutions to this infectious problem.

Question: What is the Critical Importance of Our Immune Systems

Answer: Dr. Weston Price’s important research completely alters the way we must think about how diseases develop and disappear. Creating a permanent abscess in the body with a root canal operation sets the patient up for serious degenerative diseases. Whether these diseases occur soon after root canal surgery or begin many years later depends on the patient’s immune system. The 70 % of patients with impaired immune system function may become ill immediately after the root canal operation. These persons with impaired immune health may proceed to develop several degenerative problems at a young age.

The 25 to 30 % of persons with a strong immune system may remain in perfect health for many years after root canal surgery. This situation intrigued Dr. Price causing him to study these persons. He learned that the strong immune systems of these persons engulfed the living bacteria in the infected dentin of the root canals site preventing spread to distant sites. However, when these immune healthy individuals suffered a severe accident, had a serious influenza infection or were placed under great stress their immune system became so compromised that they proceeded to develop a degenerative disease.

Question: What Should The Person Who Has Had A Root Canal Operation Do?

Answer: The answer to this question appears to lie in the state of one’s immune system. It appears reasonable to me for the person who is well to postpone any action until a degenerative problem appears. Every individual is responsible for their own health. You must remember that nearly all physicians as well as 97 % of dentists know nothing about the danger of root canals. When in medical school we are taught little to nothing about the vital importance of diet, teeth, gums, and the mandible in promoting good health. To make matters worse physicians do not inquire about root canals in taking a comprehensive medical history. I know I never did. This means that when you bring up the topic could my new phlebitis, arthritis, nephritis, anemia, low white blood cell count, etc. be related to the root canal I had eleven years ago you are going to be greeted by ignorance. If you forget to remember the possible link between the new illness and the old root canal operation you will suffer.

For the individual with a history of root canal surgery and one or more degenerative diseases you have to face the truth that you certainly have a compromised immune system. If you would like to get rid of your chronic disease you must obtain competent dental care. I am certain there will often be occasions when it is difficult to be certain whether removal of the offending root canal infected tooth will eliminate a new disease or not. In this situation, I think it would probably be best to proceed with extracting the infected tooth.

Your overall health will be better with an abscess out of your body and your immune system is certain to be stronger even if the hoped-for disappearance of your new disease does not occur. The sooner uninformed dentists lose out economically the better our national health will be. When a biologic dentist gets overwhelmed with new patients he will search for another biologic trained dentist to help him out. In this way, we do not have to depend on the corrupt American Dental Association to change its ways and start putting truth into dental school curriculums.

Question: What is the best answer for this problem? Answer:

I think the answer is to stop having a relationship with uninformed dentists. You must seek a biologic trained dentist even if it means traveling a longer distance to get dental care. As dentists see their patient loads dwindling they will begin to attend seminars where they can be brought up to snuff about truthful modern scientific dentistry. Remember if you continue dental care with an ignorant dentist your body will suffer from his or her mistakes.

Question: Is it possible to correct a problem requiring a root canal?

Answer: A recent experience has been reported regarding alternative care for an area where root canals were recommended. After consistent, daily use of various alternative protocols and direct electromagnetic stimulation to the roots of the teeth, the patient reported complete relief from hot and cold sensitivity and uncomfortable throbbing in the area. Upon comparison of X-rays-- pre therapy and after six months of therapy, there was evidence that the roots and teeth were no longer needing root canals.

Question: What are other countries doing about the amalgam issue?

Answer: It is apparent that many of the countries in the world are much more aware of the dangers of mercury than is the United States.

GERMANY: At the present time Germany is more progressive than any other country on the dental mercury issue. They have banned one type of amalgam from further use in Germany; they have issued warnings that amalgam should not be placed in children and women of childbearing age. The biggest amalgam manufacturer in Germany, a company by the name of Degussa arbitrarily stopped the manufacture of amalgam and recently settled, out of court, a lawsuit against it, by agreeing to provide 1,200,000 DM to the University of Munich for research into the pathological effects of amalgam. Additionally, approximately 1500 citizens have filed "civil complaints" against amalgam manufacturers for injury. It is our understanding that the Frankfurt Prosecutor believes there is sufficient substance to the claims that he is proceeding with a case against amalgam manufacturers.

SWEDEN: Sweden was at the forefront of scientific research on dental mercury for many years. Its civilian population has been very active, including the Swedish Patient Organization (which has over 25,000 members who have been damaged by dental mercury or who support the efforts to stop its use as a dental material). As a consequence of civilian pressures on the government, a plan was formulated to phase out the use of amalgam totally by the end of January 1997. At the present time, there is a ban on the use of amalgam in anyone under the age of 19. Some counties in Sweden have already stopped completely the use of amalgam in dentistry. Many of Sweden's concerns were related also to the environmental impact of mercury effluent and scrap amalgam disposal from dental offices. The entire process has been vigorously fought against by the Swedish Dental Association, who like the American Dental Association maintains that amalgam is safe.

CANADA: Canada is about to announce a new policy on the use of mercury/amalgam within that country. The agency within the Canadian government responsible for such policy is Health Canada (similar to our FDA), and in 1994 they directed one of their staff members, Dr. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., to do a “Risk Assessment Analysis” of dental amalgam. Dr. Richardson’s report clearly indicated a health risk for continued use of amalgam as a dental material and basically recommended that the number of amalgam dental fillings be limited to no more than four (4) in adults and only one (1) in children up to the age of 6. The Canadian Dental Association was extremely aggressive in attempting to attack the credibility of Dr. Richardson himself, and the conclusions of the report. They enlisted the aid of the ADA as well as representatives from several countries. Many anti-amalgam civilian activist groups as well as the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, were also involved in the review process. As a result of the Canadian Dental Association’s (CDA's) unethical tactics, all of these groups sent letters of protest and resignation from the review process. The reporting of these actions in the Canadian media caused great embarrassment for Health Canada. The Director of Health Canada, sent a letter to the President of the CDA admonishing him and the organization for their tactics and conduct. The Director is now getting ready to announce Health Canada's decision and we are all hopeful that he will not buckle to the intense lobbying and political pressures being brought to bear by organized dentistry, but will instead opt to protect the Canadian citizens. The fact that since 1985, most of the major research on the potential dangers of amalgam as a dental material has been performed at the University of Calgary Medical School, one of the premier medical institutions in the world, makes Health Canadas decision extremely critical.

AUSTRIA: At the present time it is the intention of Austria to completely stop the use of amalgam in dentistry by the year 2000.

Question: Is there information for the chemically sensitive patient?

Answer: Most of the following information for the hypersensitive patient, except as (Ed. Noted), was taken from a special letter by Alfred V. Zamm, M.D., FACAI, FACP, 111 Maiden Lane, Kingston, NY 12401-4597 that he provides to his MCS patients.

  1. Local Anesthetic: a). If a local anesthetic is required, use 3% carbocaine without epinephrine in a single-dose disposable "carpule" with no preservative. b). Epinephrine comes with a bisulfite preservative, which is often 'very disruptive to hypersensitive patients. In addition, the epinephrine itself is often degraded more slowly by an inefficient cytochrome P-450 system (detoxification enzyme system); hence, small doses give large effects to these patients.
  2. Avoid eugenol or substances containing eugenol. Even in small quantities, eugenol has been devastating to many patients.
  3. Acid the use of "varnish" to coat the inside of the tooth prior to treatment.
  4. Avoid protective plastic tooth coatings, as they are often not tolerated.
  5. Root canals. The root canal "caulking" paste is often not tolerated by chemically sensitive patients. This paste contains cytotoxic substances such as eugenol and halogenated hydrocarbons such as chlorothymol, iodothymol, as well as resins. These substances frequently produce insidious chronic reactions. (Ed. Note: Root canal sealers and fillers made of calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide has been well tolerated by chemically sensitive patients. A product called Biocalex (See Main Menu) which is based on heavy calcium oxide, is capable of being used without the addition of any cytotoxic substances).
  6. The following substances has almost always been well tolerated: a). "ZOP" (zinc oxyphosphoric acid) cement (be careful not to have ZOE inadvertently substituted, as ZOE contains eugenol). b). High gold alloys that do not contain palladium.
  1. Some individuals are intolerant to composite dental materials used as a replacement for amalgam. To find out if you are intolerant to the plastic-containing fillings, replace one small filling and wait two weeks. (Ed. Note: Please ask the dentist to cure the composite thoroughly, using additional time with the curing light if required. If at all possible see if the dentist can have an inlay or onlay fabricated in a dental lab as the restoration of choice. Composites cured in the laboratory are usually done under high heat and pressure, prodding complete curing of the composite). Observe for any reactions over this two-week period. If you have not had any adverse reactions during this two-week period, then replace a second small filling and wait another two weeks and observe for any possible reactions. This is done as a double check to make sure that you can tolerate the plastic.
  2. Toxic reactions to mercury vs allergic reactions to plastic: It is common to have a toxic reaction to the mercury vapors resulting from the removal of the mercury-containing fillings. This toxic reaction takes place during the first week and over the second week gradually lessens. Do not confuse this with an allergic reaction to the plastic, which starts during the first few days and which will not lessen but will worsen over the next one to two weeks. If you determine that you are reacting to the plastic, have the dentist remove this test plastic filling immediately. In this case, do not proceed to the second trial. Your options at this point are to use high-quality gold and Z.O.P cement without eugenol, (Ed. Note: You can have a dental materials reactivity test done to determine your sensitivity to dental materials. Have your dentist contact Clifford Consulting & Research (719) 550-0008 or Fax (719) 550-0009 for details).
  3. Additional nutritional self-help suggestions before and after removal of dental mercury: a). Vitamin C is somewhat protective against foreign (xenobiotic) molecules. You should not take vitamin C during the five hours prior to your dental appointment, as it may lessen the anesthetic effect. However, bring extra 'vitamin C with you and take a minimum of 500 mg after completion of your dental work and before leaving the dental office. b). Take chemically pure liquid selenium solution, one teaspoon daily (if tolerated), three days before and three days after each dental visit. The selenium will help protect you against unavoidable mercury exposure during the removal process. (Ed Note: If not available at your health-food store, a liquid selenium source is available from the manufacturer and can be purchased online at!enium.htm).