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Health Scientist / Homeopath
Mark Bethune
BHSc, Adv. Dip HSc (Hom), FIIAH
I clearly remember, many years ago in my early twenties, how my wisdom teeth gave me hell. I sometimes think about my experience being similar perhaps to what some babies go through when they are teething and if so it is no wonder they can get cranky during teething time.

I am sure that if we remembered the torture of growing our first teeth, we would make sure we looked after our second teeth better as we age.
Some kids go through teething with no worries and others; well there is a list of dribbling, irritability, digestive disturbances, stool changes and tired parents. It’s a similar thing with wisdom teeth, there are people who have no problems at all and still have their wisdom teeth. For others there is the ongoing discomfort and for some the eventual extraction of the problem teeth.
Homeopathy has at its core a concept of the vital nature of existence and its importance in health. Unfortunately, many commonly consumed foods and liquids are completely devoid of vital energy and nutritious elements like Vitamins, even though they may be presumed by many as being ‘Fresh’.
Today, even though we have access to a growing range of easy food options, foods that are actually nutritious are getting harder to obtain, unless you grow them yourself and pick them when they are ripe or ready to eat. This nutrition problem is often compounded by a general lack of Vitamin D, which is essential for many things including teeth.

Yet, even when ‘Fresh” food isn’t readily available there are ways in which to obtain some things that are necessary for good health. When Captain Cook went on his long voyages, he took with him Sauerkraut, which is made by a process of pickling called lacto-fermentation. Sailors like Captain Cook, were well aware of the health problems associated with the poor diets they were subjected to on long voyages. Many people on farms would be familiar with Silage or the smell from it. Cows love it, and the process of making it through fermentation is similar to making Sauerkraut. You can imagine that if Dairy Farmers were troubled with their Cows having poor teeth, milk production would fall and they would surely do something perhaps change the Cows diets or environmental conditions to prevent the problem and maintain production. As it is I don’t think many pastured Cows have teeth problems, they have a nutritious diet and get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.

So, if a person looks after their teeth and gums and their health generally, teeth problems should probably be a rare occurrence, but of course they are not. When Homeopathy was being developed, teeth problems were as bad in industrialised countries then as they are now. Many different homeopathic preparations were found to be useful and that traditional use has not changed much, as Dr Lessell’s modern reference attests. Modern dentistry has also come a long way since then, and today there are many things that can be used for many different Teeth conditions as well as maintaining oral hygiene.

Teething time and it’s sometimes associated uncomfortable aspects, are a completely different thing in comparison to the development of childhood and adult tooth and gum conditions. A good book on the subject of teeth is the ‘Text Book of Dental Homoeopathy’, by Dr Colin B Lessell published in 1995, it puts the full breadth of teeth and Homeopathy in one useful reference, bringing together information on a lot of traditional use preparations in one handy reference. For parents with teething children, low risk homeopathic products are an ideal choice for parents with infants who may not be going through teething time as well as others.

As we age, for those who may end up with a lack of hair, even though being bald may make them wish they weren’t, in comparison to getting by without teeth, losing your hair is much easier. Real teeth are a much better option than dentures.

It is generally observed that people living in modern industrialised cultures may tend to suffer with poor teeth if they don’t make a concerted effort to protect them and look after them. In comparison some cultures past and present have been observed to have excellent oral health without any concerted effort with some dying with teeth in near perfect condition.

Unfortunately, many children and adults are prone to bad teeth, sometimes not through any fault of their own, but sometimes may simply be due to the poor availability of affordable appropriate nutrition, especially foods like ‘fresh’ fruit and vegetables.
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