Your oral health can reveal a lot about your overall health, which is why a dentist is often the first person to spot signs of health problems. Your mouth provides valuable information about the status of your entire body, including your nutritional status and level of stress. The incorporation of holistic dentistry into our practice has been highly beneficial to the Long Island patients of Dr. Steven Katz.
While traditional dentistry focuses only on areas above the neck, holistic dentistry looks at the patient as a whole system. It is an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work, non-surgical periodontal therapies to treat gum disease, and low radiation dosage X-ray imaging, and the philosophy emphasizes the impact that dental infections may have on a person’s whole body health. To learn more about holistic dentistry, contact our Malverne practice serving Long Island today.
Gum Disease and Your Health
Every patient that enters our office is given a comprehensive examination, which includes a thorough evaluation of the gums and bone around each tooth. Disease in the gums or jaw bones can contribute to:
- Nutritional deficiencies
If evidence of gum disease does exist, it is usually treated comfortably and without surgery. Treatment is combined with nutritional supplements and herbal mouth rinses that will improve the condition of your gums almost immediately.
Only a dentist can diagnose the existence and severity of gum disease. People with gum disease have been shown to be at higher risk for stroke and heart disease, and pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to give birth to premature babies.
Diet and Oral Health
A person’s overall health also influences the strength of his or her teeth. Proper nutrition is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth. It is generally recognized that tooth decay results from bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria produce a harmful acid, which can dissolve teeth. A lack of calcium in the diet or an irregularity in the parathyroid gland, which regulates the amount of calcium in the body, can contribute to the breakdown of once healthy teeth by decreasing their resistance to these acids.
Non-Toxic Dental Materials
The goal of dentists has been to develop materials that simulate natural tooth structure as closely as possible, both in strength and appearance. Over the past few years, there has been growing concern about the potential health hazards associated with toxic materials, such as mercury, used in dental materials. Additionally, these mercury amalgams expand and contract, creating a space for bacteria to enter a tooth. This increases the chance of developing cavities, or cracks in the teeth which can lead to pain, sensitivity, fractures, a need for root canal treatment, or even the loss of teeth.
Recent advances in dentistry have given way to a growing number of options in repairing teeth. Instead of using these “silver” fillings, we take pride in placing tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings and high-quality porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns. These materials are bonded to the tooth surface, restoring the tooth back to 100 percent of its original strength and beauty.
Learn More about Holistic Dentistry
Holistic dentistry does not replace quality dental care; it merely complements the traditional techniques and high quality of service that Smiles on Broadway has provided to the communities of Malverne, Garden City, Rockville Center, Lynbrook, West Hempstead, and all of Long Island for two decades. To learn more about holistic dentistry, contact our dental practice today.