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In 1819 a dentist named Levi S. Parmly wrote a
Practical Guide to the Management of the Teeth . . . Comprising a
Discovery of the Origin of Caries, or Decay of the Teeth, with its
Prevention and Cure.
Some 77 years later, Dr. G. V. Black closed his address to
a group of dental school graduates with these words:
day is coming, and perhaps within the lifetime of you young men, when
we will be engaged in practicing preventive rather than reparative
the U.S. Public Health Service tells us that 98 out of every 100 men,
women, and children in the United States still suffer from some form of
dental disease. And American Dental Association figures indicate that
the average American has 14 teeth decayed, filled, or missing by the
time he or she reaches 20 years of age! Just what has happened to the
dream of preventive dentistry?
isn't a dream anymore, it's a reality!" says Dr. Robert Nara of
Houghton, Michigan, who adds, "Dental disease-tooth decay and bad gums
-- can be eliminated . . . I've been doing it for almost 20 years.' "
are pretty strong words ... especially to those of us who are suffering
from the pain and financial losses caused by conventional reparative
dentistry. But Bob Nara is sure of his message . . . S0 sure,
in fact, that he has put his means of earning a living on the line in a
bitter struggle with the dental establishment (those professional
organizations which, Nara claims, condition this country's dentists to
do no more than "help the patient's mouth rest comfortably while the
curious about Nara 's claims and about the system of preventive cure,
called Oramedics, that the Michigan dentist has designed to help
"spread the word " that dental disease can be eradicated.
so staffer Bruce Woods flew up to the Wolverine state for a talk with
Nara, who had -- not long before -- had his license suspended by the
Michigan State Dental Association. This transcript of their
conversation contains some statements that - if true -- paint a
shocking picture of a "medical" profession that has the means to insure
dental health but, instead, allows political and economic pressures to
limit its practice to treating symptoms . . . while it completely
ignores the causes of tooth and gum disease.
you finish this interview as a believer in Oramedics or not, we think
you owe it to your mouth to read what Bob Nara has to say.
Nara, your ideas about preventive dentistry have, so far, cost you your
license to practice, gotten you kicked out of the county, state, and
national dental organizations, and forced you to face criminal charges.
I know this situation didn't develop overnight, so why don't we begin
at the beginning. Can you tell me about your training and professional
course. I took my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University--in
East Lansing, Michigan--in 1955. Immediately thereafter, I enrolled in
the University of Michigan's dental school. After graduation. I served
in the Navy for two years ... during which time I practiced dentistry
at the Pacific missile range headquarters in California. I returned to
Houghton, Michigan when my hitch was up and set myself up in private
practice in 1961.
PLOWBOY: How did it happen that your work turned
toward preventive, rather than reparative dentistry?
first of all, I was taught enough microbiology, oral physiology, and
biochemistry in dental school to get a pretty fair understanding of the
processes that contribute to dental disease. This "medical" material,
however, was presented to us in a rather hit-or-miss pattern .. . with
bits of information dribbling in during one class or another. What my
schooling really prepared me for, however--and what any student in
dental school is actually trained to do-was mechanics . . . drilling
PLOWBOY: Don't the dental schools encourage
they don't encourage it at all! And there's another factor that
contributes to the lack of preventive dentistry in the United States,
too. You see, most young dentists--upon graduation-have a very
substantial educational debt to take care of. Then, in order to get a
practice started, these men and women have to go out and buy more than
$50,000 worth of equipment! So there is, as you can see, tremendous
pressure put upon the beginning dentist to get going and bring in some
money. I believe that many of these people would like to be able to
start their practices by teaching folks how to clean their mouths, but
the simple truth is that the big money is in reparative work. So, the
new dentist--who, as I've said, is really under the economic gun--puts
off his or her ideas about prevention until after the bills are paid .
. . and once that pattern is established, it never really gets broken.
PLOWBOY: Can you be more specific about that
You see, after a beginning practitioner has become convinced that
mechanical repair is the only way to get out of debt, he or she will
usually spend a long period of time doing little else. Now, reparative
dentistry is, for the most part, dull, tedious, and--in all but a
financial sense--unrewarding work. It doesn't take much of this sort of
drudgery to kill off any idealism that might have motivated the dentist
to try prevention in the first place.
It seems that many of these
doctors eventually come to regard dental health from the same frame of
reference as most of the American public does ... that dental disease
is inevitable and that everyone will lose his or her teeth sooner or
later. Naturally, once this attitude takes over--and it may be a "gut
feeling'' that's never actually spoken about or even consciously
thought--the dentist begins to feel that prevention is a waste of time
. . . and so the status quo perpetuates itself.
PLOWBOY: But this common attitude didn't keep you
from practicing preventive therapy?
it didn't, and I think there are several reasons why I was able to
maintain my interest in prevention. For one thing, I'm a pretty
stubborn individual. For another. I dislike even trying to treat a
mouth that isn't clean. I mean, why go through the time and effort
necessary to really remove decay and place nice fillings when you
know--because the mouth itself is not being cared for--that the new
work is going to be decayed all around its margins in six months or a
year? There's simply not much job satisfaction in enlarging the same
filling time after time until the tooth has to come out.
So, early in my practice I
tried to put together a plan that would motivate my patients, to help
them establish an effective oral hygiene program. I failed
miserably--as I should have known I would--because nobody wanted to
My patients, at that time,
shared the common attitude: "Come on, Doc, just get that tooth filled,
or get this one pulled. and let me out of here." Because most folks
don't want to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary in a
dentist's office, they want to get away from that chair and away from
those drills as quickly as possible.
PLOWBOY: This "fear" would seem to be related to
the frame of reference you spoke of earlier.
it's part of the same attitude. And, because of that frame of
reference, a dentist can talk till he or she's blue in the face about
keeping the mouth healthy and so forth. Nobody wants to hear about it .
. . nobody even believes it !
people actually doubt that prevention can be effective, or do they
simply feel that they lack the willpower to follow through with such a
think that--in most cases--a combination of both these beliefs is at
work . . . because the concept of a really effective oral health
program is simply beyond the scope of most people's experience. For
example, note the toothpaste ads that are run on television: "Look.
Mom, only one cavity ! " Now, that ad is claiming--and the
manufacturers of that product are claiming--that really good prevention
will result in only one cavity every six months! At that rate, a person
could have more than 32 fillings by the time he or she reaches 21 years
of age! It's crazy, and this kind of advertising contributes to our
national indifference toward the prevention of dental disease.
Another problem with the
traditional approach to oral hygiene is that it's all "teach, teach,
teach". Now adults, especially--and even children to a large
degree--don't really appreciate being told that someone is going to
teach them something. Most folks consider the very suggestion that they
need education to be an insult, a put-down. Yet, many "modern" dental
offices have a room with a big sign on the door that says. "Patient
Education Room". The sign might as well say. "This Way, Dummy", because
that's exactly the feeling that's conveyed.
PLOWBOY: How did you manage to communicate the
necessary information without insulting your patients, then?
I knew that most people avoid the dentist's office until they need work
done . . . usually either a filling or an extraction. And people in
pain aren't likely to be receptive to a cute story about preventing the
disease. So, I had to design a system that would penetrate, first, the
preoccupation with money worries and physical discomfort that most
folks bring to the office with them. And I also had to figure out a way
to change the preconception that nothing can be done about tooth decay
and gum disease anyway.
With all of these cards stacked
against me. I knew that I needed a very effective psychological
delivery system. So, I spent a lot of time thinking about it, saying to
myself. "How can I do this?"
My goal was to stop disease,
and I was sure that I could stop it--I had all of the scientific
evidence in the world to back me up--if I could get the patients' help
And that's what the "method"
that I came to call Oramedics does: It enables me to get the patients
to cooperate, to take the control of their own oral environment into
their own hands. And the system works!
as soon as you started practicing this form of prevention, you began to
encounter resistance from the dental establishment. When did the first
signs of your coming "war" with organized dentistry show up?
began working, in 1968, to bring about some changes in the outmoded
dental laws that still exist in much of the U.S. At that point I was
mainly concerned with setting up a system that would help the dentist
to be more effective in his or her job. Part of the problem, as I saw
it, was that most dentists simply didn't have the time to handle health
education effectively. I felt that this situation could be remedied if
the doctors were able to delegate some of the more routine dental tasks
to paradental personnel. After all, there are many new types of
paramedical jobs and paralegal jobs today, but we really don't have any
new paradental positions . . . there haven't been any "new kids on the
team" for years.
So, I started lecturing that
dental assistants should be trained to polish teeth, to give fluoride
treatments, and so forth... in order to allow these people to become
really worthwhile members of the dental health team. I pushed pretty
hard to get new laws passed that would help bring about these changes.
For instance. I got myself elected to the American Dental Association's
House of Delegates in 1971 and spent four years pushing for modern laws.
Unfortunately, dental laws fall
under the category of state's rights, so--even though the House of
Delegates did vote to recommend liberalized legislation--direct action
could only be taken at the state level. And it just so happens that my
home state of Michigan is one of the most backward places--in terms of
dental progress--in the Union. This is because we have a network of
long-entrenched "dental politicians" in Michigan. In many states, on
the other hand, there is a regular turnover among professional
politicians, because many people compete for these positions. Michigan,
however, lacks that healthy competition, and old dental ideas are
seldom challenged here. In fact, just as an example, we had two men--
father and son-who ran the Michigan State Board of Dentistry for 40
Anyway, I went to work, through
the appropriate political channels, and helped to get rid of some of
these people who were--I thought--standing in the way of necessary
change. And, in the process of fighting the entrenched hierarchy. I did
make some enemies . . . enemies who are still "haunting" me today.
The first real sign of the
troubles to come, however, showed up in April of 1968. I was called, at
that time, before the State Board of Dentistry and told--by one of the
Board's members-that I'd lose my license if I continued to rock the
boat. I replied that I believed myself to be in the right, that I was
acting in the public interest, and that I would continue to do so
regardless of whatever he was tempted to do in retaliation. The board
member responded by saying. "We'll get you." And it took him 10 years,
10 long years of battles in the professional organizations and in the
courts, to finally take my license away from me.
The State Board chose to attack
me on the ground that I was training my assistants to perform the
routine tasks I described above. They tried to force me to stop doing
this, and I, of course, refused. Then, in 1972, one of my
assistants--while following my instructions--placed a medicated piece
of cotton in a patient's cavity . . . and the man returned the next day
with warrants for my assistant's and my arrest. He was actually the
attorney who served as chief investigator for the Dental Board's
Department of Licensing and Regulations!
PLOWBOY: And what was the outcome of that 1972
it eventually led to an arraignment. And, at the hearing, the judge
explained to me that--if I were found guilty as charged--I could spend
a year in jail and be fined up to $500.
He then asked me how I intended
to plead, and I told him "guilty".
The judge was upset by this.
"You're putting me in a rough spot here. Doctor," he said. I asked him
what he meant, and he explained that--if I didn't plead''not
guilty''--he'd have to sentence me. I replied that I was at fault, that
I had allowed my assistants to polish teeth and so forth. So, the judge
turned off his tape recorder, leaned over the bench, and advised me to
get myself a lawyer and to give the matter some serious thought before
I came to trial. Well, I didn't hire an attorney. I didn't want one,
because my attitude was that the laws themselves were wrong ... and I
figured that I might just as well be the person who challenged them.
At any rate, it took another
six months for the case to actually come to trial, and the State Dental
Board must have gotten a bit worried by that time. It looked pretty
certain that the judge was going to have to throw me in the slammer for
a year, and the Board must have decided that they'd get a lot of bad
press if they sent a dentist to jail for letting his assistants perform
routine tasks, so they dropped the charges.
PLOWBOY: Was that the end of your troubles?
did settle down for a while. I was, at the time, writing research
proposals for Michigan Technological University. And, about a year
after the trial, I came up with a really unique proposal that seemed to
have a very good chance of being accepted. While I was out of town
lecturing, however, the president of the Copper County District Dental
Society went to the dean of the university's School of Business--who
was in charge of the grant proposal program--and told him that the
college should take my name off the proposal and put the Dental Society
president's name on it! The president threatened that--if this wasn't
done--the Society's members would write letters to the Department of
Health, Education. and Welfare saying that they did not want this
research done in their area. Of course, HEW isn't likely to try to
conduct research in any given area if the local doctors oppose that
study . . . because the project would become a terrible mess.
PLOWBOY: Are you referring to the peer pressure
that could be put on the researchers?
Anyway, the dean was upset--he didn't want to lose the grant that might
mean several million dollars to his university--and, as he was unable
to reach me, he gave in. My name was taken off the proposal and the
name of the president of the County District Dental Society was put on.
I was, of course, very angry
when I heard about this, because the proposal was my work! So--since I
had no other course of action available--I filed a complaint with the
Dental Society against its own president! In retaliation, the Society
simply disbanded and then reorganized itself . . . thereby clearing the
records of all former complaints!
But, although those local
dental politicians had effectively swept my charges under the table,
they were really riled that I'd had the gall to attack them. Soon after
they had reorganized their little club, Society dentists sent a series
of letters to the Department of Licensing and Regulation. These
documents charged me with unethical conduct on the grounds that I was
still training my dental assistants to polish teeth and perform other
such routine chores.
Ironically, while I was being
hassled for training my assistants to polish teeth, the major dental
journals were carrying ads for a portable device that would allow
patients to polish their own teeth at home!
And, to make the situation even
more ludicrous. I was then-and still am--qualified to teach in any
dental school in the country. I don't need a single additional credit
to train young people to become dentists . .. and yet my profession
attacked me for teaching dental assistants to polish teeth!
charge is almost identical to that made in 1972 . . how were the
members of the Dental Society able to make it stick in this case?
1972 they had tried to "get" me in the civil courts and had let those
charges drop for fear of bad publicity. In this instance, however, they
decided to handle the matter themselves and stay out of the courts. So
I was charged, before the Michigan State Board of Dentistry, with
letting an unlicensed assistant polish teeth and with ''advertising an
unrecognized specialty". The latter accusation refers to an ad that I
had placed in the local yellow pages. The advertisement read: "Specializing in Oramedics ... for people
with teeth who want to keep them."
You should know, too, that it is not illegal for a dentist to advertise
in Michigan. For instance, dentists have run ads saying that they
specialized in dentures, or root canals, or something like that, and
they have had no problems. Oramedics, however, is not a term that the
American Dental Associstion or the Michigan State Dental Association
on the basis of those two charges, they were ultimately able to suspend
my license for 15 months.
more ludicrous ... I don 't need a single additional (college) credit
to train young people to become dentists . . . and yet my profession
attacked me for teaching dental assistants to polish teeth!
PLOWBOY: When did this suspension take effect?
NARA: On February 15. 1978.
PLOWBOY: Did you then make any effort to appeal the
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