Making Sense Of Dental Care: Interview With Dr. Mark Manhart, DDS


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This may be one of the stories I relate in the book Open Wide referencing the need to keep our commonsense mouths and minds open for normal advancements in knowledge. This is hard to do in the depths of denial, political status, religious beliefs, financial bias, and national pride, let alone the rage of scientific growth. Mark Manhart, DDS

How many times do we hear about unsuccessful and very expensive dental care? How many times do we regret our decisions based on the conventional dentists recommendations of having gum surgery, deep digging, scraping, root canals, fillings in baby teeth, unnecessary extractions, killing off good bacteria in the mouth with harsh oral products, and the list goes on and on? Well, I got some news for you! We can all avoid these miseries. Or at least a big part of them.

As in conventional, mainstream medicine, conventional dentistry wants you to come regularly to their office AND spend lots of time and a big fortune. The moment you realize their goal is not to detect and eliminate the real cause of your health problems, but just suppress your symptoms and call it ?treatment?, then you have a big chance for real healing. The moment you take responsibility for your own health and feel empowered by this, you become independent, strong. There are real, natural, efficient and non-invasive solutions out there that work! You just haven’t heard about them because mainstream media and a whole bunch of organizations make sure you won’t.

But here we are, finding a way to spread the word of true health! Dr. Mark Manhart was so kind to share with me his amazing knowledge about a dental practice called the Calcium Therapy, which he developed many years ago. He and his team, along with many of their disciples successfully treated thousands of various cases involving treatment of the gums, bone and teeth in a complete pain-free, long-lasting and non-invasive way.The materials reduce bleeding, soothe sore gums, tighten teeth, heal abscesses and cysts, strengthen bones, control bad breath, and whiten teeth. Below is an interview with dr Manhart that will probably make you rethink the way you address your health problems:


Raluca Schachter: In your opinion, what is the best way to take care of our teeth?

Dr. Mark Manhart: Eat healthy, chewy foods 3 times or less daily, brush twice daily for 3 to 5 minutes, see a dentists twice yearly, have a few x-rays yearly, and don?t let anyone spend a lot of busy time measuring gum pockets, digging, looking for what might be there, scraping/planing the teeth excessively. Stay off almost anything from the drugstore (pastes, rinses, floss, whiteners, powder, etc.)

Never let anyone do gum surgeries, whatever we dentists call them, even if teeth seem to be ready to fall out!

Raluca Schachter: Why aren’t toothpaste and floss necessary?

Dr. Mark Manhart: Pastes leave sweet, junky residue that turns quickly to acid. Floss spreads infection,damages the delicate gums, constantly breaks the contacts between teeth which they do not like. No one needs it. On rare occasions, floss or a toothpick may be needed, but be careful. These drive patients into dental offices. Better that we do things that last longer and keep you healthy and out of our offices.

We have designed a cleaning material with calcium in it that re-mineralizes and whitens the teeth, and give the gums a good treatment. You can almost watch it all work. Hygienists and their patients would love it.
Raluca Schachter: What dental problems have you (have been) solved so far with Calcium Therapy?

Dr. Mark Manhart: In 1958 I’d have said one problem, pulp capping. By 1960 I’d have said two more:apexification and internal resorbtion were used. By 1965 we added trifurcation calcification and root canal therapy, and in 1966-7 we added local and complete periodontal therapy. Then treatment of diastemic infections followed, which led to our present collateral benefits to the gut, and multiple calcium therapies, as well as onto the skin from head to toe.


Raluca Schachter: Why is Calcium Therapy so effective and non-invasive, compared to other conventional techniques?

Dr. Mark Manhart: The only kind comparison between Calcium Therapy and accepted surgical techniques is that any periodontal surgery is barbaric, while Calcium Therapy is a piece of pie for all involved, and it works fast.Not only the clinical surgery itself is worse, but it removes the very cells needed for normal healing, and needs to be repeated in a few years. Also, we all have known that for decades.
Calcium-zinc materials are far more body-friendly to the oral cavity, not only in perio and root canal therapy, but also in every field of dentistry, and for every inch of the skin. Now, we even look to oral calcium-zinc therapy as excellent against anaerobic bacterial infections of the lower gut that are virtually the same as we have resolved in the mouth?? for the last 40years. Both are huge open doors to our present and future.
?Raluca Schachter: How does Calcium actually work on our teeth?

Dr. Mark Manhart: When the body needs calcium, it goes first and foremost to the soft, vascular bone of the mouth to get it. The alveolar bone surrounds and supports the teeth, along with the periodontal ligament that connects each tooth to the bone. This unique alveolar bone is a delicate, porous vascular bone around the tooth’s neck to the middle of the root. Fragile alveolar bone develops in our youth and gradually recedes with age. The loss of alveolar bone usually becomes apparent in our 20s and 30s, and the exposed root surfaces of the teeth begin to be more sensitive.

For many people this root exposure makes for very uncomfortable teeth, especially when the alveolar bone recedes too rapidly. Any tampering with the thin, vascular gum tissues covering the alveolar bone is risky, unwise and disastrous. When teeth are removed, this alveolar bone fades away quickly, leaving only the deeper jawbone to hold teeth in place. Alveolar bone will not grow back, yet. And it is quite obvious that periodontal surgery (shaping, lifting, scraping, gliding, grafting, sliding, curettage, planing, etc., etc.) will guarantee rapid, permanent bone loss of the alveolar bone. However, we know that one essential mineral that sustains and stimulates the repair of bone is CALCIUM.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and yet, the free calcium ions given off by the calcium materials easily and rapidly penetrate the enamel to re-mineralize it? and whiten it. We find we can replenish calcium in this alveolar bone with Calcium Therapy and benefit the entire body.


Raluca Schachter: Are the Calcium Therapy products absorbed by the body the way a calcium supplement is absorbed by the body?

Dr. Mark Manhart: No, not at all. Regardless of nutritional variables, supplemental calcium or zinc must traverse several metabolic transitions to get where they are needed. The local or spot applications are far more efficient, especially through the Periodontal Window of the oral cavity, directly absorbed as nitroglycerin uptake under the tongue. The Calcium Therapy Institute has the most clinical human experience in this regard and feel the oral applications benefit the gut collaterally.

Raluca Schachter: What are the most common causes of periodontal disease and what are the best ways to avoid infection in our mouth?

Dr. Mark Manhart: Four conditions cause perio disease: missing teeth (not restored), traumatic bite of the teeth, lifestyle stress, and bad bacteria, most directly related to diastemic (deviations) infection in the bone between #8+9 teeth. The last is excessively common and may be the only realistic bacterial infection of the oral cavity. It is also the most unappreciated diseased condition and bacterial cause of complete dental breakdown.

Raluca Schachter: You talk about diastemic infection in your research. Can you explain this for us and why is it not so much talked about?

Dr. Mark Manhart: All dentists have been taught for a century that there is no evidence of infection and are taught NOT to see it. If there is a diastemic space, just move the teeth back together without a thought that the teeth were likely moved apart by an infection. It quickly became clear to us 30 years ago that patients with dead upper central teeth could be treated with calcium materials and healthy bone would fill into the large cystic area between the roots of those centrals. We see over 60 cases of this every month. We don?t use Novocain in the office that often.

Diastemic infections are very hard to find when you are told they are not there. If there are mild, long-term symptoms for the last 20 years, the patient must ?get used to them.? Most cases have been present for 20 to 30 years before they are noticed, and many times the symptoms do not become apparent until healing begins.
One good indicator of Diastemic infection is the cold vitality test of the two upper centrals. If we catch it early enough the centrals respond as if they are struggling to stay alive, and many do. When these infections heal, virtually all dental problems are gone or reduced. The calcium materials can be used as a diagnostic tool to control things while other causes can be found and dealt with. The secret is to find what?s causing the bone recession, the infection, the sensitivity. Using a calcium kit a few weeks gives us a terrific insight to complex oral problems.
The people who suffer the most dental misery are those of less fortunate lifestyles. They can’t afford it. Those with the wealthy life styles are getting raped financially by traditional USA dental care of the 1970s. They can afford it.

It is very hard for dentists to understand the diastemic infection because they have not been allowed to learn it either in school or from organized dentistry. This is not an accident or coincidence, but a cruel, conscious infringement upon the rights of every dentist in the world.

Many dentists seem to think that saving the teeth will ruin our dental profession. Nothing could be farther out of our galaxy. Exactly the opposite is true. When we save a patient’s teeth for relatively little expense and no misery, the patient is so grateful that they know it is now worth it to put more work and money into their dental problems. They do so readily, and for many more years, even the rest of their days.
Consider this. It is mandatory that all dentists take Continuing Education to be licensed to practice and those courses are controlled by our schools and States under strong influence of our schools and specialists, both of which have not allowed courses in Calcium Therapy. The purpose of Continuing Education courses is to maintain our skills, to earn an honest living, and to be respected dentists. These we pay for and have the right to as adults.
And yet, our progress in all these areas is thwarted by methods and materials we used in the 1970s and have long since set aside in favor of normal scientific advancements. Dentists do not have the obligation to accept denial of our right to be well-informed. The antiquated rule still holds: Schools and specialists will approve things only after 90% of USA dentists have used them every day in practice for 25 years. Acceptance of something is announced and we smile,?Okay.?
Raluca Schachter: How do you view your work in relation to the precious discoveries of dr. Weston A. Price?

Dr. Mark Manhart: I only wish Dr. Price were here to experience his own limitations and to celebrate his contributions to dental science as a bountiful part of medical care. It’s most likely his findings would have perfect consilience with all he would have learned since his research in root canal therapy. My hope would be that he would affirm the recent studies that explain fractured teeth, as well as the calcium research of Dr. Holland of Brazil, and others in England, Turkey, Japan, Sweden, India, et al who form the bases of our papers and clinical experience.


What people really want are practicing dentists who know what they are presenting to patients is real, practical and common sense. Mark Manhart, DDS

Dr. Manhart has practiced dentistry with calcium materials for 48 years. He has collaborated with Dr. Steg on Endodontic, Osteo, Endo, Cystic, and Periodontal therapies for their patients as well as conducted many seminars and research projects.

They have established the Calcium Therapy Institute and presented their findings all over the USA from New York to California. Also they have shared their expertise with dentists and alternative medicine specialists throughout Europe, UK and Asia.

The Calcium Therapy Institute is based in Omaha, Nebraska and you can find out more information on the website: