Do You Really Need Wisdom Teeth
Our teeth are vital, living organs within and connected to the body as a whole. Wisdom teeth are connected (according to acupuncture meridians) to our small intestine and the front of our pituitary gland. In fact, 46 percent of the motor and sensory nerves in your brain’s cerebral cortex are interconnected to your mouth and face. So any time a tooth is removed, it disturbs and breaks an acupuncture meridian that flows through the area of that tooth. The meridian acupuncture system, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 5000 years, shows the vital relationship between your teeth and your joints, spinal segments, vertebrae, organs and endocrine glands.
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After reading the above article, I had to ask myself…
How will my joints, my spine, my intestines, my facial nerves or other teeth cope with the missing wisdom teeth five years from now?
Their is no way for me to know the answer to the future for sure.
Maybe if I was a psychic or God but I’m neither.
So I turned to modern medicine for some plausible answers and ran across information about the dangers of the surgery itself.
What Are The Dangers of the Surgery to Extract Wisdom Teeth
Like any surgery, wisdom tooth extraction carries risks. The most common complication — permanent nerve damage causing numbness of the tongue, lips or cheeks — affects more than 11,000 people annually, according to a 2007 report in the American Journal of Public Health. But the surgery has also been linked to jaw and tooth fractures, brain tissue infections, life-threatening bleeding and hypoxia.
“Third-molar surgery is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates significant income for the dental profession,” Jay Friedman, a California-based dental consultant and author, wrote in the American Journal of Public Health. “It is driven by misinformation and myths that have been exposed before but that continue to be promulgated by the profession.”
Wisdom teeth are thought to have evolved for catching, killing and eating uncooked prey, which would make them obsolete now. The argument for prophylactic removal is the risk of cysts or damage to adjacent teeth brought on by too many molars in too little space.
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I ran across arguments for and arguments against going through wisdom teeth surgery.
Well, I had to be honest…
I really think that the odds are in my favor and I won’t die while in surgery.
My underlying real concern that I’ll base my decision on is if my overall health can be significantly improved or will be irreversibly damaged as I age. Given my current health habits and my will power and discipline to make radical diet changes if necessary to cure any ailment that may inflict me in the future, what is the best outcome of this surgery that I can expect.
From that same article, this quote hit on my current real fear…
“If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth and nerves, or become infected, possibly inviting systemic infections and disease as the bacteria travel through the bloodstream from your mouth to other organs of your body,” reads the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website.
My fear is that if I don’t get my wisdom teeth out that it would cause a systemic condition that will be hard to reverse and that will make it hard for my gums to heal or my bones to regenerate.
Am I overthink all this? Do my fear have any substance to this ever happening?
You give me your input. Comment below and help me figure this out.
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