No one would be surprised if you missed this oh-so-important celebrity item amidst news about the Kavanaugh hearings, midterm elections, and the MLB postseason (Go Braves!): Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters, had some dental work done.

As Alternative Nation reported,

gold on titanium dental implantdiscogrohl has posted the first photo of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s teeth, and they definitely look way different after his new gold tooth implant! discogrohl zoomed all the way in on Grohl’s mouth in the new Instagram photo album. Gold teeth implants have two pieces: a titanium implant that is surgically screwed into the jawbone, and the actual gold tooth. The gold tooth is attached to the implant and functions just like a normal tooth. It can be used to chew and bite, can be cleaned like natural teeth and cannot be removed.

Now, implants are trouble enough, as any regular reader of this blog knows, but here – presuming it actually is a gold crown on a titanium implant and not just a crown – we have an extra dose of potential trouble courtesy of the mixed metals involved.

When dissimilar metals are together in the mouth – gold and mercury, for instance, or gold and titanium (which is actually often an alloy containing aluminum, nickel, and other metals in addition to titanium) – they can effectively become like electrodes, with saliva serving as an electrolyte solution. Such conditions can basically turn your mouth into a battery as metal currents are exchanged between the two restorations.

You can’t be electrocuted by this voltage, although you might notice a metallic taste in your mouth. If the two metals come into contact with each other, you can get a burst of pain.

Over the long term is when real health concerns begin, as the electricity generated in the mouth can interfere with normal electrochemical functions in the body (such as the nervous system), as well as the flow of energy along the channels of your body’s meridian system. (Yet another problem with implants of all sorts is that the body must be cut open in order to place them, meaning further trauma and disruptions to the meridian system.)

The name for this mouth-battery effect is oral galvanism. It can contribute to headaches, fatigue, cognitive problems, and mood problems. Research has shown that it may also accelerate mercury release from amalgam fillings.

And, of course, it continually disturbs the biological terrain, which is the primary influence on whether and how a person grows sick or maintains their natural state of good health.

Not that ceramic implants are any big improvement, but at least galvanism isn’t one of their common “side effects.”

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