Health, Myths, Fraud and the Crisis

This might have been the most important information for my dental health I ever came across: Two  dentists have written a book with the provocative title “Zahnarztlügen” ( Dentist lies, available only in German).  In their book they list the following statements as not true :

  • Caries is not curable
  • Brushing teeth prevents caries
  • One must see a dentist
  • Professional tooth cleaning protects from caries and periodontitis
  • Flossing protects from caries
  • Fillings protect from caries
  • Bleaching and whitening toothpaste are harmless
  • Teeth decay anyway
  • Caries and periodontitis are unavoidable
  • Third molars can move front teeth

They cite a number of studies as proof for their claims. The cited studies are listed below. They say 95% of Germans are suffering from caries although they brush their teeth daily and visit their dentist regularly. Germans are spending more money on dentists than anybody else on the planet. They also say that dentist visits carry a high risks. That I can confirm, during a normal check up I catched the worst gingival infection of my entire life and then the dentist sent me from one expert to the next. It had cost me a fortune.

Unfortunately this information comes a bit late for most of my teeth, the good news is that existing caries can even be reversed, the enamel can be remineralized.

The biggest surprise was this study :

Dental Flossing and Interproximal Caries: a Systematic Review.

“since self -flossing has failed to show an effect”

Scientific study on CHX:

With respect to dental hygiene applications, the cationic nature of CHX (Chlorhexidine) enables it to bind to tooth surfaces and oral mucosa, reducing pellicle formation and increasing substantivity through controlled release of the agent (2). The efficacy of CHX in reducing oral bacterial viability (14, 36, 42), strongly inhibiting plaque regrowth, and preventing gingivitis (25) has been demonstrated in many studies (7). Relatively few investigations have considered longer-term effects of CHX use. An early study, however, demonstrated that oral treatment of human volunteers with CHX resulted in a 30 to 50% reduction in total bacterial counts with an associated reduction in counts of Streptococcus mutans (38).

Apparently  two inexpensive measures can protect my teeth better than brushing and flossing :

Take 5g – 10g Xylitol every day by chewing a Xylitol containing chewing gum or lozenge

Mouthwash regularly 2 minutes with Chlorhexidine gluconate 0,2%

Staines can be removed by brushing teeth with sodium bicarbonate  (baking soda)

Third molars: The effect of extraction of third molars on late lower incisor crowding: a randomized controlled trial. Harradine NW, Pearson MH, Toth B. A long-term study of the relationship of third molars to changes in the mandibular dental arch. Ades AG, Joondeph DR, Little RM, Chapko MK. J Dent. 1997 Mar;25(2):167-9.

Clinical relevance of third permanent molars in relation to crowding after orthodontic treatment. van der Schoot EA, Kuitert RB, van Ginkel FC, Prahl-Andersen B.

Zahnseide: Hujoel P.P, Cunha-Cruz J., Banting D.W., Loesche W.J.: Dental Flossing and Interproximal
Caries: a Systematic Review. Journal of Dental Research 85, 4, 2006, S.

Berchier CE., Slot DE., Haps S., Van der Weijden GA.: The efficacy of dental floss in addition to a toothbrush on plaque and parameters of gingival inflammation: a systematic review. In: Int J Dent Hyg. Nov 6, 4, 2008, S. 265-79.

Slot, D.E., Dörfer, C.E., van der Weijden, 54. G.A.: The efficacy of interdental brushes on plaque and parameters of periodontal inflammation: a systematic review. Int J Dent Hyg 6, 2008, S. 253-64

Caries Sicca: Mäkinen K., Der Einsatz von Xylitol in der Kariesprophylaxe. Praxisverlag,
Heidelberg 2003

Comments on: "The biggest 10 lies your dentist might have told you" (1)

  1. Actually, the authors weren’t dentists, but the book offers very interesting ways of treating caries. I also recommend the website, which has an even bigger variety of treatment ideas. For example, vitamin K2 is said to be one major factor in regenerating teeth. I still am experimenting with all those products, but i can already state that with usage of xylitol and CHX all the plaque is simlpy gone.
    Thumbs up for this website!

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