Although wisdom teeth, especially when impacted, can sometimes trap food, plaque, and other debris in the soft tissue around it, leading to swelling, gum tenderness, cavities, and bad breath, many people never have any trouble with them. Still, most of us are often advised that wisdom teeth are best taken out simply because they are not considered necessary by dentists. But is this really so?
What are wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. A report published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that over 67% of preventative wisdom teeth extractions are avoidable. It’s shocking that in America only 20 out of 10,000,000 wisdom tooth removals each year prove to be necessary. But, if you look at things from a wider perspective, the dental industry makes about a billion dollars a year out of this outpatient procedure.
A comprehensive survey on the relation between oral health and diseases was carried out in the 1900s by Dr. Weston A. Price. Becoming acquainted with native tribes that were nearly 100% free of tooth decay and their traditional diets, he drew the conclusion that nutrition is the key to dental and overall health. Luckily, this discovery has made its way to modern holistic dental practices which claim that if the jaw bone is provided with sufficient nutrients during its development, all 32 teeth will have enough space in your mouth without crowding. So, proper nutrition is the basis of healthy wisdom teeth.
Moreover, Dr. Weston Price found that as soon as sugar and white flour were introduced into these tribes’ diet, their healthy teeth deteriorated rapidly.
Why You Need Your Wisdom Teeth
According to the meridian acupuncture system, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 5000 years, our teeth are very important, living organs connected to the body as a whole. There’s in fact an essential connection between your teeth and your joints, spinal segments, vertebrae, organs and endocrine glands. In line with acupuncture meridians, wisdom teeth are related to our small intestine and the front of our pituitary gland. Actually, 46% of the motor and sensory nerves in your brain’s cerebral cortex are interconnected to your mouth and face, which means that any time a tooth is extracted, an acupuncture meridian that flows through the area of that tooth is disturbed or broken.
Wisdom teeth extractions can be dangerous.
As shown by statistical data, between 57,000 and 175,000 people have had permanent tingling, prickling or numbness caused by nerve damage following wisdom tooth removal. This is just another argument that all of our teeth are related to every part of our body through nervous system pathways. Although it is considered a common outpatient procedure, wisdom tooth extraction can pose some very serious risks including a sudden death.
As said by Jay Friedman, a California-based dental consultant, nearly 70% of all wisdom tooth extractions are medically unnecessary, and most patients would be just fine if they decided to keep their wisdom teeth.