Most people familiar with holistic or biological dentistry know the problems mercury amalgam fillings can cause. Many also know about the health risks of root canal teeth. But fewer know much about a third major oral issue: cavitations.
So although I’ve posted about them before, I think it’s important to share additional information from time to time so more people become aware of this other potential block to more optimal health.
So just what is a cavitation?
In simplest terms, it’s a hole in the jaw bone that hasn’t healed correctly. There are many causes, including dental trauma, gum disease and toxic assault, but they most commonly follow tooth extraction. (As the title of one research article by Drs. Levy and Huggins put it, “Routine Dental Extractions Routinely Produce Cavitations” [PDF].) For when a tooth is removed, the periodontal ligament and a bit of the bone around the socket must be removed, too. (This ligament is what attaches teeth to the jaw.) Otherwise, remaining bacteria will be effectively sealed into the jaw bone as new tissue grows over the surgical site. The infection continues to destroy tissue, while the waste from that dead and decaying tissues worsens the infection.
This infection doesn’t just stay in the jaw, however. The pathogens have access to the general circulation via blood and lymph vessels. Where they go, what organs they affect and how depend on their type.
Notably, mercury and other toxic heavy metals may also be distributed through the body via cavitations, as evidence suggests they can act as holding tanks of sorts for the vapor released by mercury fillings in the mouth. It is, in short, another route of access for systemic mercury poisoning.
Here’s naturopath Dr. Alison Adams on cavitations and their long-term consequences: