Holistic Dentistry is a philosophy that believes that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body. The materials used in dentistry and the infections and bacteria that grow in the mouth can adversely affect the rest of the body.
Some patients are allergic to different dental materials. If that is a concern, patients can be tested for their compatibility with various dental materials. We are mercury-free and use only the white fillings. We use non-metal materials in most cases. No fluoride.
At Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry, our philosophy is that dental treatment should be gentle, conservative, minimally invasive, and natural. We want you to be able and willing to take care of your teeth, get infection removed, have a beautiful, bright smile and not have to worry about discomfort. Gentleness, excellent communication, listening, customer service, and your health are of the utmost importance to us.
As a Holistic Dentist, Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates recognize that dental infection and materials used can affect the health of the rest of your body. For your health, we use only dental materials that are biocompatible with your body. We are a mercury free office and provide only white fillings. To ensure your health, when we remove mercury silver fillings we take extra precautions to ensure you do not swallow or breathe the metal, we follow the SMART protocol.
Holistic Dentistry Clearwater
These days Crowns and bridges can be made without any metal. Materials friendlier to the body can be used for these kinds of procedures.
The health of your gums is of the utmost priority to us, as herein lies the foundation for your teeth and the start of diseases in the rest of the body. Without healthy gums, you can lose the bone that holds your teeth in place and, as a result, lose your teeth. We have a special conservative, non-surgical program to assist you in keeping your teeth.
In treating the patient holistically, we may see that an infected tooth affects a specific organ in the body per the Tooth/Body chart. We can then inform the patient’s doctor. If no other cause can be found for a patient’s health problem, some doctors will consult the Tooth/Body chart and let us know which organ is giving the patient trouble. We can then X-ray the tooth and see if there is any infection.
About Periodontal Disease
A link has been discovered between periodontal disease and heart attacks and other heart illnesses. People with periodontal disease (over half the adult population) have a bacterial infection that causes chronic inflammation of the gums. This infection opens a pathway for this bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Studies indicate that the bacteria in periodontal disease may cause blood clots. When blood clots escape in the bloodstream, there is a relation to increased risk of heart attacks and other heart illnesses.
We treat periodontal (gum) disease very conservatively with breakthrough methods that are helping hundreds of patients improve their condition and avoid life threatening problems, as well as avoid losing their teeth. When the bacteria eat away the gums and the bone (which is only visible on x-rays), then the teeth lose their support and fall out. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss. Continue reading the next section for more information.