I’ve been guest blogging lately for a couple of sites and I’ve found myself speaking about teeth a lot hence the prompt to write down our Vital Wellbeing thoughts on teeth in a health alert. I have been mostly writing about a child’s transition from their physical body to their chemical body at around the age of 7 and the changes that take place in their world as a result. Certainly a physical indication that this transition is underway is the “wibbling” (as our kids call it) of a baby tooth. At no other time in a child’s life will they grow and develop as fast as they do from 0-7.
When I was young losing teeth resembled growing up and the tooth fairy. I would hear adults around me saying “congratulations you’re a big girl now!” and yet I was still a child. I like other children around the world would place my tooth in a clear glass, fill it with water and place it purposefully on the kitchen window ledge so the fairy could see it from outside. As a mother watching my children loose teeth for the first time sparked for us a different conversation and celebration. Each child had their favourite organic cake baked and was educated on the changes that were afoot. A very different conversation to “you’re a big girl now.”
Well you might be thinking it’s just a tooth that’s fallen out. And yes you’re correct the simplicity is that a tooth has fallen out and another tooth will likely take its place however I too feel that it is an exciting time as the body sets about undertaking the vast number of changes required for this to take place. The importance of this transition and acknowledging the “work” the baby teeth have done to contribute to a person’s future health I don’t feel is something that can be glossed over with the simplicity of it’s just a tooth.
When our kids where young I read many educational philosophy books including Steiner who speaks about the first seven years of life being about the physical body. I remember a long time ago now before nodding off to sleep I asked a simple question “what comes next… after the physical body?” I drifted off with an open and curious mind and woke in what seemed like minutes later. I sat upright, reached for my paper and pen, switched on my bedside table light and began writing down everything being said over and over again in my head. When I stopped writing, I immediately drifted back to sleep to awake in the morning with a few “Arhas!”
I had written that night about three “cycles” – physical, chemical and emotional. I too used to wonder why they, physical, chemical and emotional, ran off my tongue so well in that order until I noticed that indeed there was an order. I’ve always imagined the physical, chemical and emotional selves like the points of a triangle. As we journey through the course of life the triangle rotates so a different aspect of our self is pointing forward. The other two are still present percolating in the back ground and doing their “thing.”
Every seven years we “see” the triangle rotate, transitioning from one to another.
Here’s a snippet of what I wrote that night:
- 0-7 = physical (growth and neuronal development)
- 7-14 = chemical (puberty)
- 14-21 = emotional (the dependent vs. independent tussle)
- 21-28 = physical (back to the gym to get buffed and shined to catch a mate!)
There is more however that’s a whole other conversation for another day. After looking at what I wrote the next question I asked was what signifies these changes. Of course as a chiropractor and mum I looked to the body for those answers. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
Dr Ben Olstein, DDS a functional bio-compatible holistic dentist of over 43+ years and who is my personal dentist says…
“At birth the baby teeth are like pioneering plants they provide the right positioning for the permanent teeth and they too provide the framework for the bone and muscles to be balanced. The transition to the adult (aka permanent) teeth is important because the baby teeth vibrate at a higher frequency than adult teeth and as such are better equipped from a meridian frequency perspective to balance out AND create a pathway for the organs they are related to. The transition from small to big also allows for the natural growth of the jaw in relation to the whole face.”
Wow! Okay let’s pause here and look at it this way…
What if we considered each individual tooth as an organ? Would going to the dentist take on a new meaning? Would looking after your child’s teeth take on a new meaning? Would making sure your child had good nutrition (organic, non-processed food) take on a new meaning? I believe it would. Every tooth in your body and in your child’s body in fact has its own nerve supply, blood supply, cellular composition and their own vibrational energy. It would be wise to consider each tooth as an organ in their own right!
Clear neurological (nerve system) communication between your child’s brain, teeth and the organs the teeth are associated with should be one of your highest priorities as a parent. Just as every organ is mapped to an emotion so too is every tooth mapped to an organ (itself and other). Interference to the master communicating super highway – the nerve system – has the potential than to challenge the way a child expresses health later in life. So would it be wise for your child (and yourself) to get checked by a qualified chiropractor who LOVES checking kids? YES!
Question… Have you noticed the adult teeth coming through are yellower in colour?
Let me put a myth to rest here. It is not because you’re an irresponsible parent and not having them brush enough! Contrary to that thought the yellow colour comes from dentine. The teeth look yellower because of the younger pearly whites against them, making a stark difference. The adult teeth are in fact denser and have more dentine substructure and thus look yellower because the dentine is darker. I can hear you saying “that makes sense!”
This raises a good point – brushing teeth, what’s necessary?
When our children were young I didn’t often brush their teeth, certainly not every day. I relied on their saliva to do its work. I understood the role saliva plays in providing the protection they required. I had the confidence that I was providing the correct nutrition for the body to do what it was designed to do – grow, heal and regenerate. The saliva is the immune system of the mouth “put together” specifically and uniquely for the person. It lubricates like an oil (I love that visual) so a person can use all the muscles and soft tissues.
Dr Ben says…
“saliva houses a balanced bacterial colony to fight all potential infections. Contrary to the common data that tonsils are the first line of defense it is actually a person’s saliva. The saliva alone can contribute to healing the teeth through remineralisation right through life. Saliva is affected by everything throughout the body e.g. hormones, stress and so forth so it’s a good marker for health. Hence it is important for the mouth to have an alkaline base for the saliva to carry out its function. In other words good nutrition is of utmost importance”
For us when our kids were of teeth cleaning age we did so USING OUR FINGERS after meals so there are no sugars left on teeth. Dr Ben of course concurs with this!
So now your child has hit the all important transition age, a time of great celebration as the body undertakes yet again another set of challenges. At the age of 6.5yrs to 7.5yrs children are beginning to lose their baby teeth. Prior to these changes the adult tooth undertakes a tremendous amount of scissoring – up and down – as it begins to slowly but purposefully push its way up and push the baby tooth out. This is the same scissoring action used when a baby tooth is scissoring up and down and pushing through for the first time. As the teeth begin their scissoring action generally over the months prior there are changes in the cranium. The teeth coming through are bigger and require more space. As the cranium expands perfectly for the new “bigger” teeth to fit there is an impact internally on the pituitary gland, the master hormone gland of the body which of course instigates the beginning of the next stage – chemicals and puberty… beautiful!
This too reiterates the importance of making sure a child’s nerve system is clear of neurological interference in other words you want to make sure there are no road blocks on their highway! This is because your child’s cranium (and your own!) houses the brain and coming off of the brain is the spinal cord and together they form the central nerve system which is of utmost importance for the child’s future growth, development and expression of health.
As the cranium makes room for the adult teeth to settle in to their new found home it too marks a significant transition in how the child sees and interacts with their world. The child subtly begins to seek more of an understanding about the “self”. Their mind slowly but surely becomes more abstract seeing themselves for the first time as separate to others. Caution begins to be demonstrated and fear can start to limit certain behaviour. You too will notice children sitting for longer periods of time; more pensive in thought. What a well guided body! We found with our children that they began to ask “how” questions as opposed to “why” questions. We had questions asked about how rain forms, how did the plants get here, how do the trees grow, how did humans develop as well as many other wonderful “how” questions. These were purposefully thought out questions; fascinating to witness. You could almost see the cognitive wheels going round in their head!
Personally as each of our children has transitioned into their adult teeth we have observed changes in their gait (walk). There is a direct relationship between the cranium, the hips, knees, ankles and gait. Changes in the cranium will lead to changes in posture and therefore how a child walks. Ankles become unstable and the hips “lock” in an attempt to give the body support and stability. We noticed both our boys altered the way they ran when they were in the 7-9 year age bracket. Once great runners they, almost overnight, became labored in running style. It was really interesting to observe. However more importantly we had them note their changes so they could be empowered by its progress.
I feel as children transition from the 0-7 year age group to the 7-14 year age group we need to pause as parents, as adults and celebrate. So many wonderful changes are occurring that if we don’t stop to “see” and observe them we miss it in a time frame that feels as quick as missing that first step. This is such an important age as their teeth set the stage for future organ health.
To support your child’s changes it’s wise I feel to have health advocates who support you in the choices you are making for your children e.g. a chiropractor, a functional dentist and us here at Vital Wellbeing! Create a quiver for your child within which is a qualified chiropractor, functional dentistry, organic non-processed food, sunlight, fresh air, great conversations and of course exercise… if you do…YOU WILL be giving them a wonderful start to life! Setting them up well when they are young will set them up well for their future.
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