Does Lyme disease exist in the mouth? According to Andrew Landerman, DDS at the Biological Dental Center in Sebastopol, CA it does! Dr. Landerman has studied the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, chairman of the Research Section of the American Dental Association from 1914-1923. Dr. Price documented infectious mechanisms including the number one source of the body’s toxins – the mouth.
In an interview with Arizona Centre for Advanced Medicine, Dr. Landerman stated that he
finds that Lyme and many other chronic diseases are fed by the unique bacteria that develop in root canals and where teeth have been extracted. He believes that Lyme bacteria exists in the teeth. Not in the enamel, but in the dentin and tubules and that every tooth has some three miles of tiny tubules that spirochetes love to occupy. According to Dr. Landerman antibiotics, even the extended courses that some chronic Lyme patients use, do not get into these tubules. In his experience Lyme gravitates especially to the upper and lower centrals, and to the upper and lower first molars. That’s eight teeth.
He has devised a method of percussion, a slight tapping of the tooth to give it a tiny shock. He uses an electrodermal screening device to measure how the tooth responds. When he sees a pattern of low or high current flow, that is an indication of whether or not the tooth is underperforming or overperforming. When the energy level is abnormal, that can indicate Lyme. He goes on to say that he has not seen any amount of herbs or antibiotics get these teeth to change their readings for the better and that Lyme can never be fully eradicated. He has however come up with a mix of homeopathic remedies that go into stressed teeth and knock down the Lyme so that we can 'learn to live with it'.
At the moment, The American Dental Association (ADA) does not yet acknowledge electrodermal screening. There is, however an ongoing (10 year) FDA-approved study on the energetic relationship of teeth to degenerative disease as monitored by electrodermal screening. For more information:
Andrew Landerman, DDS
Biological Dental Center
145 Pleasant Hill Ave North, Ste 201
Sebastopol, CA 95472
So, What Can We Do ?
Considering the controversy surrounding Lyme, I don't think that there will be any one size fits all type treatment for oral Lyme or any other type of Lyme for that matter, in the foreseeable future. So, we will have to do what we always have to do. Take matters into our own hands.
As we all know, Lyme hides in biofilms. If you are not familiar with biofilms, this post will explain them further. Plaque is a biofilm on the surface of the teeth. This accumulation of microorganisms subject the teeth and gingival tissues to high concentrations of bacterial metabolites which results in dental disease. More than 500 bacterial strains have been identified in dental biofilm. Experts agree that most forms of periodontal disease are caused by specific
pathogens, particularly gram-negative bacteria. The recognition that dental plaque is a biofilm helps to explain why periodontal diseases have been so difficult to prevent and to treat. Periodontal pathogens within a biofilm environment behave very differently
from free-floating bacteria. The protective extracellular slime matrix makes bacteria extremely resistant to antibiotics, antimicrobial agents, and host defense mechanisms. Mechanical removal is the most effective treatment currently available for the control of dental plaque biofilms. Pathogenic oral bacteria and their toxins can harm more than just your mouth when they circulate through your bloodstream—they can potentially cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body.
Obviously, good oral hygiene is key! I know that a lot of you are worried about chemical sensitivities such as fluoride. There are other options. Below are some ideas to keep your mouth in good shape without overloading on toxic chemicals.
Xylitol on Biofilms
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is commonly found in chewing gum. It is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing caries to a third in regular use and helpful to remineralization. Multiple studies utilizing electron microscopy have indicated that xylitol is effective in inducing remineralization of deeper layers of demineralized enamel. It also has an inhibitory effect on the formation of biofilms!