Happy New Year!
Paradigms. They’re how we see reality: ourselves, the world around us, and how we fit in that world. Sometimes, those paradigms are accurate. Other times, they’re not.
Take a sunny day, for example. An optimist sees the opportunity for free vitamin D and a nice tan. A pessimist, on the other hand, sees the danger of a sunburn. A realist sees both!
Hitting closer to home, there’s dentistry. The profession began with barbers who also happened to pull teeth. They did this for clients who complained of mouth pain, and they did it based on the sound principle that the whole is greater than the part. After all, an infected, decaying, or abscessed tooth – however important it may be – is still just part of the whole body, right?
Well, then came along “modern” dentistry and the advent of both silver amalgam fillings and root canals. In this case, these new “barber dentists” were dedicated to keeping teeth at all costs. This amounted to a complete inversion of the “whole-part” principle mentioned above.
Thankfully, along came Dr. Weston Price and the American Dental Association, both of whom were committed to restoring dentistry to sound principles and practices. Unfortunately, Dr. Price and the ADA went their separate ways, as the latter began adopting the principles of “barber dentistry.”
What’s important to see here is that there is a complete paradigm shift between conventional and biological dentistry. For the first, it is the tooth which must be saved at all costs. For the second, it’s the patient. Welcome to the defining principle of contemporary biological dentistry. It’s whole-body dentistry; better, whole-person dentistry.
Ponder this for a moment: what matters more – me, or my teeth? Let that question, and the answer you give it, really sink in. Your health depends on it!
All the best,
Dr. Blanche Grube