Peter F wrote:windmiller wrote:Peter F wrote:Dentists aren't involved in the search for a cure for tooth decay, in the same way that your GP isn't involved in the search for a cure for tonsillitis.
Exactly, they only treat symptoms, sometimes they offer mumbled often dubious preventative advice that they know the patient won't or can't adhere to.
Researchers who are or who are funded by big pharma have no incentive to discover real cures because that would damage the cash cow, which needs to milk and maintain medical victims .
Dentists give clear advice on good oral hygiene. Mine even told me that there was no value in me going every year for a check up and to come back in two years.
The "Big pharma" comment is just conspiracy stuff with zero basis in fact. Careful, your tinfoil hat is slipping.
In my experience some dentists' give good advice, most give none or just grumble cynical ramblings from the nearest leaflet. If you seriously think that big pharma are on the side of the angels, well good luck with that.
A dentist once told me that there was no need to see me again for a year, I ignored his advice and came back 6 months later. Never heard of a 2 year gap in check ups seems neglectful at best, maybe if the lockdown comes back it might end up normal procedure. Even if I had teeth like a dinosaur (maybe you do) I would never wait more than a year at most inbetween check ups. A filling can turn into a root canal or worse in less than 6 months. Perhaps your dentist is playing the long game with you.
Until about 10 years ago I seemed to be needing dental work every year or so, despite brushing religiously 3 sometimes 4 times a day, flossing and mouthwashing like a drowning wretch. Then I took matters into my own hands, with xylitol, vitamin K2, fish 3 times a week and cut sugar by about 50%. I still consume too much sugar.
Never needed any dental work since not even a descale since I have no plaque. Gum pockets healed and even a very small patch of decay which raised the dentist's eyebrow . He told me to keep on doing what I was doing. I told him what I was doing. he never said a word, that says it all to me.
So I will keep my tin hat on and you can keep on your blindfold and earplugs and we can both stay happy