Have you ever wondered how Christian Science and dentistry work together? After all, people who pray about their health are not likely to leave out their teeth! Leroy Gatlin of Tennessee gives a helpful explanation here:
“In 1902, a New York dentist removed 24 teeth from a patient without using anesthetics. The patient, who had sought a Christian Science practitioner’s help through prayer to get through the procedure, experienced no pain. Ten days later, she had new teeth put in—again, without the use of anesthetics and without pain. “I always had a terrible dread of going to the dentist,” the patient, Roxa Smith, later reflected, ‘until at the age of fifty-three I came to the conclusion that God was no respecter of persons, and would help me the same as others who have a little understanding of the Truth.’ (1)
“In 2014, a dental hygienist in California diagnosed a patient with a serious gum abscess and recommended immediate oral surgery or antibiotics, or both. When the patient returned the next day for her appointment, the dentist examining her discovered the condition was no longer present. In the interim, this patient, Beverly Farr, also had requested treatment through prayer from a Christian Science practitioner. In seeking healing as a Christian Scientist, she wrote, ‘I knew that I needed to keep thought focused on the spiritual.’ (2)…
“Since the denomination’s early years in the late 19th century, Christian Scientists and dentists have enjoyed cordial and regular contact with each other. On the one hand, Christian Scientists have had great appreciation for dentists and the practical help they provide—as well as the spirit of care and professionalism in which they provide it. Many visit dentists for cleanings and check-ups, as most people do; and as the instances mentioned above touch upon, through the practice of Christian Science they’ve experienced freedom from pain and healings of discordant conditions, both major and minor, including trench mouth, pyorrhea, and nerve damage to a tooth, for which a root canal had been recommended. (3–5)”
So there have been cordial and coooperative relations between Christian Science and dentistry since the denomination was founded. Other people of faith may have found the same harmony in their spiritual practices. If you’d like to learn more of how a prayerful approach to your dental health could work for you Read More here.