In this article leading holistic dentists Rachel Hall and Alannah Freer explore how the state of our oral health reflects the state of our overall health and provides many early warning signs that our body is being subjected to unhealthy behaviours. They share their wisdom and a wealth of knowledge from years of experience about the link that teeth, gums and tongues have with patterns of behaviour, emotions and past lives.
When you have oral health issues your body is choosing your teeth as the avenue to heal and or release patterns of ill-health. It is never a punishment, but a blessing and opportunity to heal.
No different from any other part of the body, the mouth sends its messages loud and clear that all inside is not harmonious; however, we often ignore the message until we no longer can. Most often dental problems cause pain - yet we can be unaware or in denial of a serious dental issue because we do not want to acknowledge or be open to what the body is showing us.
However these messages are a blessing and learning to understand why things are happening can be a great joy.
Consider the following examples of how our everyday language actually reveals that we know at a deeper level exactly what is being presented:
“This tooth is giving me grief!” – Yes, you are grieving something and you know it,
“Come on, get your teeth into it!” Yes, asking you to commit to life.
So often dental patients choose to go into victim mode, not willing to take responsibility for what the condition of their teeth and mouth are showing them. As Rachel hilariously says, ‘We didn’t get Dad’s teeth in Mum’s jaw, or inherit bad genes, nor did we have a bad childhood dentist (but yes, some of you did!)’
Being deeply honest and willing to go beneath the obvious physical condition that we believe to be the sole cause is key to truly healing what your oral health is offering.
In this way, we are offered an opportunity to heal old hurts, clear some karma and re-imprint our relationship with our body, ready for our next life.
Bleeding gums are showing your lack of care for your body over a period of time; tooth decay is not just about food choices and sugar, but about your patterns and behaviours, as well as emotions and what you ‘feed’ yourself in respect to lovingly caring and nurturing yourself.
Jaw pain and clenching teeth are emotional and control issues – is there something you are not accepting and/or holding onto that is causing you anger, frustration, resentment?
Crowded teeth? Nature doesn’t get it wrong – our fingers always fit our hands so why don’t our teeth fit our jaws? What is the energetic reason behind this apparent ‘mishap’ of nature? You might ask, “Am I lacking expression or not showing the world all of me? What am I not dealing with or what am I burying in my body?”
Our mouth is part of our gut/digestive system and can show when we are not accepting things, burying our issues or have a desire/need to not deal with things. Many people when asked if they have ever noticed bowel conditions showing up at the same time as mouth or tongue conditions (such as geographic tongue or oral thrush) can attest to this happening.
We think it is normal if our gums bleed when we brush or floss. Bleeding gums is common in that many people experience it. But remember that ‘common’ does NOT mean it is normal.
There is so much more to the health of our teeth and mouth that can be exposed when we understand the energetic root cause of issues. Losing baby teeth before they were ready or nerve damage or a supernumerary (extra) tooth all have a deeper meaning to their incidence. Perhaps a visit to your esoteric dentist is in order!
And we can’t have an article on dental health and not write about the importance of brushing! Most people brush out of fear and to avoid holes.
Instead, brush because you love yourself.
Have a moment with your teeth before going to bed; supporting, nurturing and caring for you. If your forearm is tight while you brush because you are holding your toothbrush like it’s a weapon of mass destruction, you damage the delicate gums and teeth structure. You’re being hard on yourself and chances are not just with your teeth, but also in many other areas of your life. We imprint hardness and lack of care daily through hard brushing.
And don’t forget to take a moment to floss, anywhere, anytime – it’s a detail that your body loves, no matter your age!
Just because there might be more years behind you than in front of you does not mean you put up with the state of your teeth. Teeth are a living part of our body and continue to reveal much, no matter your age.
Angela Perin is doing exactly this. The account below shows how and why Angela, a fifty-one-year-old woman, has chosen to have braces on her teeth, when most people are happy to just ‘live with what they’ve got’ once they reach a certain age. In Angela’s own words:
“I have been uncomfortable about how my teeth have looked for a long time, and in recent years, have raised the topic of options to straighten my teeth at nearly every dental check-up – hoping for an answer that would provide some miracle quick fix to cosmetically improve the look of my teeth. Up until about four months ago, the option of actually addressing the real issue of my crooked teeth (and therefore the possibility of braces) never entered into consideration, as I felt it was either vain, embarrassing or something that people my age simply didn’t do (or so I thought!).
With the recent support of a holistic esoteric dentist, I was for the first time offered the opportunity to consider that having my teeth straightened had nothing to do with vanity, was nothing to be ashamed of and in fact, simply had to do with self-care and that caring for my teeth in this way was just as important as the care that I have for the rest of my body, particularly in supporting me in my elder years.
So, at the age of 51, I made a loving choice to have braces! Once I committed to this path, the choice was clear and simple and I could feel it was exactly what would support me. As my teeth have begun straightening and I can feel them moving, it feels like I am shifting patterns of behaviour that I have held on to for a long time – which is also allowing me space to expand into more of the woman I know myself to be. It is no coincidence to me that this is happening at the same time my actual teeth are moving out of the stubborn and fixed pattern they have been in, and that more space and expansion in my mouth is being created for my teeth to align. I am embracing feeling the movement in my teeth and feeling aware that this is confirming the amazing woman I am, and the deepening of my own self-care and self-love.”
Suzanne A, Australia