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Dental Care Should Address Chronic Disease

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Grace_Dr_Lui__Smiles_as12By Dr. Grace Liu and
Dr. Lewis Yu


Chronic disease occurs when you lose the ability to make new cells. The body is constantly repairing itself: eye cells, every 48 hours; skin cells, every six weeks; liver cells, every eight weeks; and nervous system, every eight months.

Failure to reproduce cells, or not producing enough of them, will result in diminished organ functions and chronic disease.

What does it take to make new cells? Imagine a house reduced to a pile of rubble by a tornado. To rebuild it means removing debris (toxins), bringing new materials (nutrition), and the electricity to power the process. All three components are needed to avoid chronic disease.

PH stands for potential of hydrogen, a measure of our body’s voltage. The body operates in a very narrow range, around pH of 7.44. This translates to -25mv (millivolts) of electricity. At this voltage our body is at homeostasis and doing well. This number changes to -50mv when the body encounters a need to produce new cells to repair an injury.

Nutrition and detox are very important parts of the system but without sufficient power the injury doesn’t heal properly. This essentially describes a chronic disease state.

Every body organ is tied to a muscle battery system pathway. The muscle battery connects to organs, and teeth serve as circuit breakers for the system, like a body health detection system.

On our office website at, there is a tooth meridian chart that correlates each tooth and its connected organs. A problem with a specific organ will produce symptoms in the tooth. California’s Loma Linda University conducted a study showing that teeth have a mechanism to “pump” out toxins or infections. Ancient Chinese medicine has taught for centuries that teeth are connected to other parts of the body. The front teeth, for example, have a relationship with the kidneys. The premolars are connected with the stomach.

Teeth associated with low voltage problems are more prone to decay. In other words, if a dentist fixes decay in a tooth without addressing the underlying organ, the restoration will ultimately fail because the organ’s “voltage pump” is still not working to repel the decay toxins.

Typically, after several repairs the tooth will require a full crown that would cover the problem until the crown breaks off with half the tooth inside and require a root canal to eliminate infection within the root. This would be covered by another crown and likely eventual loss of the tooth. Worse, without proper cleaning of the surrounding bone, residual infectious material can spread to the surrounding bone. This is called CAVITATION.  If not treated it becomes a chronic drain on the immune system.

The mouth is truly the gateway to our health. Little changes in our body show up in our mouth. Because of this connection, in addition of treating the tooth infection we need to consider overall body health.

According to the World Health Organization, although the United States is the richest and most technologically advanced country, it ranks 28th in medical outcomes, which ties with Cuba.

This is an indictment of our current main stream health care model. While our health care is great for acute care and trauma, it is failing us in the treatment of chronic disease.

Our body has amazing healing ability. It’s a matter of removing toxins and letting it heal itself.

All About Smiles is located at 4543 Stoney Batter Road Wilmington, DE 19808. Visit or call 302-239-1641 for more information about the whole body benefits of holistic dentistry.


Dr. Lewis Yu earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1996. He received two years of advanced post-graduate oral surgery training in both the New York City Hospital System and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He continues his education through extensive hands-on training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies and the Pankey Institute. The Las Vegas Institute has provided Dr. Yu with advanced training in Neuromuscular Dentistry and Comprehensive Aesthetic Restorations. He had practiced in Philadelphia and Newark, DE before joining All About Smiles, P.A. He is a member of the Delaware State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and  the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Grace Liu has been practicing dentistry since 1996, having earned her degree from the New York University School of Dentistry. She continued her education through post-graduate studies at Columbia University, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies in Nevada and the Academy of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Delaware State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

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