Hey Randolph,randolph wrote:Thanks for the respectful debate/discussion, DrWill and Dean. Thanks for being gentlemen, you two.
I would only add, that I think DrWill's analogy between the physiological damage behind some back problems, and a cavity in a tooth is not accurate. The body, apparently, does not repair cavities in teeth, so we need to go to the dentist; but there does seem to be a lot of evidence to indicate that the body heals disc abnormalities sometimes ... thus the accuracy and wisdom behind Dean's assertion that some back problems do not indicate a need for medical intervention.
I like to be polite and respectful of other opinions. I see others on this forum have the same belief.
I agree - medical intervention is not indicated in all back pain - not even most of it. A very small % of people will ever see any professional as a result of their back pain. This is widely agreed upon. The same sentiment can be said of almost any medical condition. How many times has the "1st sign of a heart problems is the attack itself" statement been used.
The truth is this: your body is a self healing organism. The immune system in will prevent and reduce the bacteria in your mouth which cause cavities - brushing only helps/aids it. The body heals ligaments, nerves, discs, muscles all the time by replacing/healing damaged cells.
From Prevention Magazine
How Does A Tooth Heal?
Dr. Nara told us just how much healing could be expected from a tooth: "It ranges from some little pinpoint cavities here and there all the way to a tooth that's rotted right off at the gum line, you're not going to grow a whole new crown on it. The little ones will heal, remineralize up to about two millimeters deep. What will happen in a tooth that is severely decayed is that the stump will firm up. Instead of being soft and mushy, it develops a leathery consistency. A healed tooth will remain resistant to decay as long as the oral conditions are beneficial."
Erling Johansen, D.M.D., Ph.D., a dental researcher at the University of Rochester, also told PREVENTION that teeth can heal themselves. "The extent of remineralization depends on the location of the cavity. If the cavity is in an area where the saliva has access to it - and if you have sufficient saliva - that cavity can be hardened. The cavity won't progress any further. If the person decides he or she wants it filled for aesthetic reasons, you can just touch it up a bit. The drilling is much simpler, then."
Everything will heal to an extent. But, sometimes intervention is necessary.