“Sorry Robert, we have done all we can and we are going to have to remove all of your teeth or you will not have enough bone and gum left in your jaw to use dentures.” This was the verdict that my husband was given by his periodontist after struggling with gum disease for twenty-eight years. He had seen his dentist and periodontist for years at great expense, undergoing three surgeries and deep cleanings in an attempt to control periodontal disease.
Despite these efforts, by this time, his teeth had become so loose that he could literally move them. He was unable to chew comfortably and was on a soft foods diet. He was in constant pain and had purplish discoloration on the inside of the gums surrounding the teeth. He is usually a very vibrant and energetic person; our kids say that he is “just like the Ever-Ready bunny, we just don’t know where he keeps his batteries.” Except that his energy had finally run out, and he was exhausted from pain and infection.
My background is in alternative medicine. My parents owned one of the first health food stores in Northern Nevada, and I was raised in the sure knowledge that given the opportunity, that is, the proper nourishment, support and mental and spiritual attitude, our bodies have the ability to heal themselves of most of our health challenges.
Robert had not been open to anything alternative, up to the point that they sent him home from the periodontists office with a sedative and an appointment to have his teeth removed. He really thought that his dentist would be able to get his gum disease under control and he saw no reason to look anywhere else. When he told me what they had planned, I reminded him that … Read the rest