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In On Dental Care written by Dr. Russel Swift
"One of the rapidly growing specialties in
veterinary medicine is dentistry. The increasing awareness of
dental health behooves me to discuss my holistic perspective.
Conventional medicine believes that tartar and calculus on the
teeth are the result of not keeping the surfaces clean, thereby
allowing bacteria to accumulate and produce plaque. The plaque
combines with saliva and hardens into calculus (tartar). The
solution appears to be regular brushing and cleanings. Root
canals are performed to "save" teeth whose root
chambers have been damaged.
As you probably suspect, my approach is
different. I agree that diet plays a role in calculus formation.
I believe pet foods are very calculogenic (calculus forming)
because of their high carbohydrate content. Starchy ingredients
such a corn, wheat, rice, etc. become sticky (like glue) when
moistened by saliva and chewed. Starches are readily used by
bacteria for food. In addition, kibble forces pets to chew more
than a natural diet. Chewing increases contact between teeth
surfaces and the sticky food making a bad situation worse. This
explains why the studies show that dry foods do NOT keep teeth
cleaner. Mechanically cleaning the teeth is not the answer. If
starchy foods are harmful to a pet's teeth, it is logical to
expect them to be harmful to other parts of the body, too. The
sensible approach would be to change the diet to one that is "friendlier" to the
carnivore mouth. This is accomplished by mimicking the wild type
diet as much as possible. What is especially "dental
friendly" about the wild diet? Several factors come to mind.
First, the lack of complex carbohydrates
(starches) means the diet is less sticky and less conducive to
Second, the wild type diet requires less
chewing. By nature, carnivores chew very little (you have heard
the phrase "wolfing down" food). They do, however, tear
food apart which requires strong teeth and jaw structures. Thus,
a wild type diet helps to strengthen these tissues.
Third, a wild type diet contains tough
fibrous tissues such as tendons which act as natural dental floss
to clean the spaces between the teeth.
Fourth, a wild type diet contains bones.
Bones are nature's way of cleaning dental surfaces.
BONES?! (I hear readers screaming as they
read this.) "Bones are dangerous." "Pets can choke
on bones." "They can puncture the digestive
tract." "A tooth can break from chewing on bones."
These are the things I often hear about the use of bones. As in
many myths, there is a kernel of truth, but it is small. Bones
that have been cooked are harder and more brittle than those that
are raw. Most if not all of the problems reported involve cooked
bones. Studies have shown that bones are digestible. Stomach acid
dissolves out the calcium leaving the soft collagen framework. It
is possible for a pet to choke on a bone or break a tooth. Many
people have choked on steak, yet I don't see the world becoming
vegetarian. In making a decision whether to use bones, weigh the
risks versus the benefits. Bones provide good exercise for the
teeth and jaws, keep the teeth clean, are a good source of
nutrients and are enjoyed by most dogs and cats. The risks
include the small chance of any of the situations already
mentioned. What are the benefits of not feeding bones? I know of
none other than reducing the already small risk of breaking a
tooth, etc. What are the risks of not using bones? The greatest
risk is not as obvious as the increased dental problems already
discussed. The greatest risk is what happens to pets who need
dental care - ANESTHESIA! Many animals die during
"routine" procedures under anesthesia. The real
question in this debate is which is safer 1) chewing on a bone or
2) general anesthesia? Is there any doubt? Carnivores have been
eating bones for thousands of years. Clearly, they are better
designed to handle bones than anesthesia. I have been using this
approach for years and have seen pets with severe calculus
problems improve dramatically. The choice is yours.
In addition to dietary factors, teeth and
gum problems may be a result of systemic disease. While the oral
symptoms may or may not be the only physical problem, a thorough
history including behavior patterns and emotional responses will
elicit other signs of imbalance.
As mentioned earlier, root canals are the
standard treatment for damaged roots. This procedure involves
removing the tooth's life giving structures, i.e. the blood and
nerve supply. The remaining space is "sterilized" by a
disinfectant solution and then the canal is packed with
"inert" materials and sealed. There are several
problems. It is impossible to sterilize the root canal. As a
result, bacteria are trapped in this area. Additionally, the
body's ability to bring an immune response is reduced by the
removal of the blood supply. In effect, a root canal sets up a
long term low grade infection in the root area. Teeth are located
on "meridians" (channels through which life energy
flows.) A root canal can block energy flow resulting in problems
in seemingly unrelated organs. I have seen this occur. Many
people have reported an improvement in a variety of physical
problems after having root canals extracted. As for other
options, there are reports in people of successful treatment with
homeopathy. Extraction of a tooth would be less damaging to the
Another common problem is feline neck
caries. These are painful cavities that form at the gum line.
Interestingly, these are only reported in domestic cats and are a
recent phenomenon. This suggests that there is something in our
health care program that is producing these lesions. (Poor diets
and vaccinations are at the top of my list.) Putting in a
non-mercury filling doesn't seem to be a problem and will help
relieve discomfort. However, the underlying cause is not
addressed in this way and it is likely that more caries or other
symptoms will appear.
Even in the area of dental care,
conventional medicine follows its usual path of treating symptoms
and neglecting the underlying cause. Again, homeopathy, diet
changes, etc. are important keys to restoring health."
Russell Swift, DVM, Classical Homeopath