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Tom B.

I have recently discovered something Life Changing that I would like to share. A little over a year ago I developed some cardiac arrhythmias that were quite troubling. I was on a trip to the Mexican highlands and it very nearly ruined the trip, but I saw my cardiologist immediately upon returning home and his opinion was that there was nothing life-threatening going on, so I just tried to get used to the changes. For over a year I lived with irregular heartbeats, the waking up in the middle of the night, the anxiety of knowing that something was wrong but not having any way of treating it or dealing with the symptoms. On that same trip to Mexico, I cracked a tooth that had a large silver amalgam filling in it, and the outside surface of the tooth broke away exposing the entire filling to my mouth. I knew that amalgam fillings were a source of mercury and that mercury is hazardous to one’s health, but I dragged my feet doing anything about it because my long time dentist had retired and I had not yet found another dentist that I wanted to work with. It took me some time to connect the dots between the mercury filling and the cardiac condition. When I began to suspect that my mouth was the source of several health problems that had been plaguing me I began to look for someone with the expertise in dealing with the hazardous materials and that search led me to Dr. Raymond Behm in Clearwater Florida. His website was very impressive, his credentials and reputation were impeccable so I made an appointment to have an initial assessment and to develop a treatment plan. To say that his exam was thorough does not adequately describe that first day. He calls himself a “Holistic Dentist”, and as I have come to learn that means that he treats the whole patient, identifies every issue that the patient is dealing with so that he can develop a complete understanding of the person’s healthcare needs and his unique contributions to their recovery. He has a network of affiliated professionals that he can call on for non-dental-related issues, and he very often recommends seeing one or more of those people to ensure that your immune system is capable of recovering from the dental procedures. Dr. Behm recognized the urgency of removing that exposed filling and he very kindly agreed to work me into his schedule the next morning. His procedures for getting rid of the mercury are extraordinary and once you experience the elaborate precautions that he and his team take during the procedure you have a totally new appreciation for the toxicity of those fillings. That was a month ago now, and during that month the irregular heartbeats have completely disappeared!!! I am totally committed to the plan of removing all the rest of my amalgam fillings and I wouldn’t think of doing it with anyone other than Dr. Behm.

Dr. Behm practices integrative medicine. That is to say that he brings in elements of therapy from many other disciplines in order to treat body, mind, and spirit, and he patiently and tirelessly explains why he uses certain techniques, and the things that he incorporates have proven to be effective over time and with many satisfied and grateful patients. One of the things that he taught me is that each tooth is directly connected via pathways that correspond to the meridians used in acupuncture, to internal organs throughout the body. So infections in the mouth and in cavitations of the jawbone can cause a wide range of problems in the rest of the body, including heart disease, cancer, MS and on and on. For instance, I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis some 12 years ago, and my doctor told me that the condition is “idiopathic”, ie. we don’t know what causes it and we have no effective treatment for it. Anyone who has ever had any kind of colitis knows how limiting the symptoms can be and how much it can affect your life. Looking back at that time, I remember that I had an infected tooth and that my dentist recommended and root canal and crown. We did that procedure but the infection returned multiple times and the antibiotics used to control it were just not effective. The periodontist even did a procedure to surgically treat the roots of that tooth and scrape out the infected bone tissue in hopes that my immune system would clean up the rest of the infection. It helped but did not solve the problem entirely. Dr. Behm showed me that my root canal tooth is directly related to the lungs and the large intestine and that my colitis is likely due to the toxins produced by that dead tooth. Dr. Behm removed that dead tooth one week ago yesterday and I can already tell a huge improvement in my symptoms. I had no idea how this all worked and I bet most people are unaware of how these infections can cause serious and life-threatening conditions in the rest of the body. I am living proof, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Behm.

I have been so impressed with the attention to detail and the amazing concentration that Dr. Behm brings to his practice. It is confidence inspiring to watch him organize the workflow and direct his team members, who are amazing as well. Every moment is a teachable moment and he is a great teacher. His assistants are the best that I have seen and the care and attention that they give to patients is unexpected and so much appreciated. He is a wonderfully kind man with a huge heart and I feel so Blessed to have found him…Thank You, Dr. Behm.

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Bite Evaluation – establishing the ideal bite for the patient

When visiting your dentist, there are two major concerns, two root causes of dental problems that should be part of any dental evaluation and known by you in making your health decisions. They are equally important.

The first concern is bacteria and other toxic interference like metals, that in sufficient quantity can compromise the immune system and cause inflammation in the gums and other parts of the body, putting your teeth and health at risk.

The second important concern is the “bite force.” The teeth are part of a masticatory system involving many structural elements; the lower jaw, the fixed upper jaw, the jaw joint, (TMJ) the cranioskeleton and all of the connecting muscles and nerves that support the vital functions of eating and breathing. This chewing system, in turn, is intimately tied into all other systems in the body that depend on a healthy masticatory system for optimum functioning. If the teeth do not come together in a way that distributes the bite force evenly, structural misalignments can occur anywhere within that chewing system with reductions in strength and restriction of nerve, blood and oxygen flows!

Because they are complex, structural issues surrounding the “bite force” are not always given the importance they deserve, by dentists or patients!

In our practice we see structure as THE foundation of dentistry! Establishing an ideal bite for each patient, means finding the position of the jaw that most effectively handles the functional force of teeth that are coming together over 2000 times a day in eating, breathing, talking, and swallowing. A stable TMJ joint, a balanced and relaxed musculature, a correct jaw position and teeth that mesh and equally distribute force, all enable a strong body with good blood and nerve flow.

“Deterioration away from this ideal” must be part of any diagnosis. We are looking for signs of a compromised structure. We see loose and missing teeth, flattened teeth from clenching or grinding, abfractions which are small notches or cracks at the gum line as the tooth “flexes” under excessive pressure, crowded teeth, a forward head position, or a bite that is too closed.

Patients with structural problems may talk about experiencing headaches or migraines, facial pain, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, shoulder neck and back pain, or problems in swallowing and breathing at night.

Even without reported “symptoms,” the jaw structure requires examination. Any contemplated dental treatments- restorations, dentures, crowns, or fillings that interfere with the bite, can either support good structure or unknowingly lock in a position that interferes with the masticatory system’s ability to correctly handle the bite force, opening the door to further complications, a weaker body and a compromised health potential.

But, how does the dentist know what is the proper bite position before beginning any treatment? Who is to say what is “right” for this patient? What reference position does the dentist use to rebuild an ideal occlusion when confronted with worn teeth, an unrecognized stressed position of the jaw joint, or an out-of-alignment body structure impinging on the masticatory system itself?

In our Natural Dentistry office we have incorporated a technology that gives us objective information on the current status of the bite by measuring and recording jaw functions and the associated muscle status through various ranges of jaw motion.

This Myotronics K7 evaluation system then allows us to relax patient facial muscles through a low frequency T.E.N.S. (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) which allows stressed jaw muscles to return to an ideal comfortable position. With that location precisely plotted, we create a temporary mouthpiece worn by the patient to accustom the jaw to the new and comfortable position. That jaw position is also the correct reference used in aligning any other dental treatments and restorations.

Restoring structural balance to the bite and masticatory system is addressing the cause of many dental problems. Without this knowledge only the symptoms are seen and handled which may not lead to a lasting solution!

Now that you know, make sure to have your bite evaluated. With the K7 results we can show you exactly how your bite “measure up” to its ideal state and from that you can see and understand much more about your body health and how to move forward into a far better condition!

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JoAnn C.

I found Dr. Behm’s office to be really excellent. Best dental experience I have had in all my years. He is caring and efficient and runs a very organized team. My dental work was excellent and I would recommend his office to anyone needing a holistic caring dentist.

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