Improving Health by Widening the Airway
By office on Thursday, December, 1st, 2016 in Oral-Systemic Connections No Comments
In his forthcoming book Six-foot Tiger, Three-foot Cage, biological dentist Dr. Felix Liao shows how a pinched airway can have serious, long-term effects on your overall health.
The title describes the effect of a mouth too small to comfortably fit the tongue. The tongue is forced into the throat, where it “becomes a ‘tiger’ stressing the body, the mind, and the teeth. This obstruction causes cumulative oxygen deficiency day and night, and poor sleep year after year, until it leads to various symptoms throughout the body.”
According to Dr. Liao, turning an impaired mouth into a Holistic Mouth may be the missing link in treating a wide variety of chronic health problems besetting Americans today. DNA appliance therapy is a key part of the process.
Here’s a brief excerpt, which Dr. Liao graciously allows us to share with you ahead of print:
One Dental Trouble After Another: The Case of Avis
Sixty-three-year old Avis…had come in for an initial consultation regarding two other dental treatment plans totaling $29,000 and $19,000, respectively.
Avis kept her teeth and gums spotlessly clean. “But each time I go the dentist,” she said, “there’s something else wrong.” Daily, she walked 5 to 7 miles for exercise, and she had lost weight since changing her diet. She had been doing her part, yet her teeth keeping having costly troubles. How could that be?
Our Chair Side Investigation revealed an important clue: Avis seldom woke up feeling refreshed – “less than twice a week since forever,” she said. A 3D CT scan revealed an airway the width of angel hair. I gave her an overview of impaired mouth as a problem and Holistic Mouth as a solution. Then I asked her, “Would you mind telling me what you learned from coming to see me?”
“First, having a six-foot tiger in a three-foot den creates an airway issue. Secondly, airway comes before dental work.”
“You’ve got it. Airway dictates, and the rest of the body adapts to a pinched airway by paying a price.”
“I wonder why my dentists always found problems whenever I went back for checkups and cleanings, even as they complimented me on my home care. But I kept getting cavities just the same. I’ve been dealing with my teeth since my 20s.”
“Poor dental hygiene is not your problem. Sleeping with a normal size tongue inside a half-sized mouth is. Each time you sleep, your body experiences an oxygen deficiency that threatens life. Higher body acidity is a ripple effect of oxygen deficiency. To neutralize that acid, your body robs calcium from wherever it can, mainly bones and teeth. Another reaction to airway obstruction is teeth grinding, which can damage natural teeth and loosen dental work.”
“Really?! That’d explain why I kept getting cavities over the past 30 years, even after I stopped all sweets. Apples and baked potatoes are the only treats I get. So where do I start?”
“You should still get your cavities treated to keep your teeth. But before your next dental reconstruction, let’s fix your airway to avoid further damage from the same old pattern.”
Avis frowned. “How come I never heard about Holistic Mouth before?”
“Dentists’ eyes are trained to see teeth and gums, whereas a Mouth Doctor looks at the airway, the neck, the jaw joints, the tongue space between the jaws. Airway blockage by the tongue starts as a mouth problem that creates teeth problems later.
“Here’s the good news: Deeper sleep without airway obstruction and more energy without body acidity is still possible because you still have enough good teeth in the right places. And redeveloping your airway costs much less than a third of dental reconstruction.”
“Really? I can’t wait to wake up feeling great for once in my life!”
Excerpt copyright 2016 Felix Liao; used with permission