Integrative Health Blog

Ceramic Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth are Critical for Aesthetics and Health

Posted by on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Dental Implants:  An Important Development

Teeth are critical for overall health, not just for aesthetics.   Teeth structure and alignment affect the nervous system, digestive system, immune system, structural alignment and so much more.

Teeth can be lost due to infection, decay, accident, orthodontics, a disrupted bite or even for aesthetic reasons.

Missing teeth that are not replaced can  negatively affect the overall bite, which in turn can affect structural alignment of the jaw and even our sleep.  Without replacing the missing tooth the neighboring teeth will move into that space, altering the way your teeth come together. That altered bite can change jaw alignment, blood flow to the brain as well as alter the nervous system function of the head and neck. Most of these missing teeth should be replaced to restore the bite for long term health and body  alignment.

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Tags: ceramic dental implant, holistic dentistry, biological dentist

Same Day Dental Crowns are an Excellent Option

Posted by on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Over a year ago, the Biological Dental Group at NIHA embarked on new dimension in dental services: the same day dental crown/onlay.

The technology and advantages to our patients and the quality control has been nothing short of fantastic. For the first time, dentists can have total control over the quality of the lab work for the restoration process. That means precision in the design of the crown to the under 10 micron level. This level of precison has not been achievable in the past by dental lab transfer or the old way of making crowns and onlays. More importantly, the whole process is done on site while the patient waits, and the result is a durable, high quality and attractive ceramic crown.

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Tags: mercury free dentist, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry, ceramic crown

The Tooth-Sinus Connection

Posted by on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Are you aware of the critical tooth-sinus connection?

At this time of year, spring rushes into our lives and brings warmer weather and longer daylight.  

While most of us welcome the beauty of spring, for many it may be the beginning of bothersome symptoms. The explosion of pollens may result in a host of sinus problems- a runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, facial congestion, headaches and “tooth pain.”

Yes, I said tooth pain.   Your upper back teeth, the maxillary molars,  actually project into your sinuses and are only separated by very thin bone and the sinus membrane.

When your sinus lining is inflamed in a sinus infection, not only are your sinuses irritated and painful but the nerves of the teeth projecting into your sinuses are irritated.

The tooth - sinus proximity is such that inflamed sinuses may result in painful teeth.  

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Tags: allergies, holistic dentistry

Problems With Dry Mouth?

Posted by on Mon, Mar 07, 2016

Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) is what happens when saliva flow is reduced or absent. It may be a symptom of your medical condition or medications. It is not a disease and is quite common.  While it may seem like a minor condition, moist saliva is critical to the health of the mouth and has protective benefits for oral tissues and to prevent tooth decay. Extreme dry mouth may contribute to permanent mouth or throat disorders.

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Tags: holistic dentistry, dry mouth

Holistic Dentistry Interview from Holistic Oral Health Summit

Posted by on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

I was recently honored to have been selected to be interviewed by the Holistic Oral Health Summit 2015. The interviews were taken from leading edge medical, dental and other health practitioners. The theme we addressed was why patients may have difficulty getting the treatment they need and how dental issues and oral health may relate to sleep issues and overall health. Even with the best of intentions some dental patients are still getting piece meal treatment instead of integrated treatment.

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Tags: holistic dentistry

Give the GIft of Integrative Health Care This Year!

Posted by on Tue, Dec 08, 2015

Trying to find a meaningful gift this holiday season?
 
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Tags: integrative health, holistic dentistry

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Posted by on Wed, Apr 08, 2015

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month 

More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. According to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid, ovaries, and cervix. It is a major cause of disfigurement and death in the United States.

Oral cancer includes cancers found in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, throat, parts of the nose, and larynx. Seventy five percent of these cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol. Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers.

Current Statistics on Oral Cancer

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Tags: cancer, holistic dentistry

Understanding TMJ to Optimize Treatment

Posted by on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Holistic Family Dental Team

Do you suffer from problems with your jaw or have pain when you chew or yawn?

Do you hear a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth?

Do you grind or clench your teeth?

People generally do not understand what TMJ, Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, is about other than they have pain or poor jaw movement. The cause of TMJ may be difficult to determine. TMJ is comprised of 2 components: Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD) and Myofascial Pain (MFP).

The concept of TMJ should be understood because the two different components of TMJ must be treated differently.

TMD, Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction, occurs when the jaw joint  (left, right or both) is not functioning well.   The second component, MFP, Myofascial Pain,  exists when the muscles of the jaw are painful or not functioning correctly.

                      TMJ =  TMD  +  MFP

The two components may exist together or exist separately.

It is important to understand how the jaw functions normally to conceptualize how to treat Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction.                    

In a healthy TMJ the lower jaw (mandibular) moves within the bone of the head (temporal bone) to open and close.  The muscles of the jaw provide the force for the mandible to move within the temporal bone.

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Tags: neck pain, pain, holistic dentistry, TMJ, jaw pain

How Holistic Dentistry Supports Your Immune System

Posted by on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Mark McClure DDS

Have you ever wondered what will determine whether you remain healthy or get sick with cancer, heart disease, dementia, neuro-degenerative disease, chronic fatigue, the flu, a cold or Ebola?

It’s the immune system, stupid!

While I don’t usually use the word “stupid” - in this case it helps to illustrate the obvious fact of what really keeps us healthy, what prevents us from getting sick, what helps us recover quickly when we do get sick…is our amazing immune system!

In other words, it’s your immune system that keeps you healthy, strong and aging gracefully. Likewise, it is your grandchild’s immune system that will determine whether they will develop autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, mental health issue,  diabetes, breast cancer (see Dr. Fuller's article Can Half of Breast Cancers Be Prevented?) or any other of the modern "epidemic" childhood diseases that are ravishing our youth’s health.

Of course genes play a role, but for purposes of this article I want to talk about the role of the immune system and how your dentist can support a healthier system. Dental treatment should be safe and effective and impact the rest of the body as little as possible.

A Healthy Mouth Affects Your Overall Health

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Tags: mercury free dentist, immune system, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry

Holistic Dentistry: 5 Tips to Avoid Acid Erosion of Your Teeth

Posted by on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Laurie DeRosa RDH

Having a diet that is highly acidic can be detrimental to your teeth and consuming acidic foods and drinks throughout the day makes the problem worse .  Erosion of the teeth is a type of decay that occurs when the tooth structure is lost due to chemical dissolution by acids.  Erosion will start in the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, but can spread to the dentin underneath if left unchecked.

To review, in one of my previous blogs, Understanding pH and Why Alkalinity is Important to Health,   I talked about pH and how it is important to have a neutral pH in the mouth for most of the day.  A saliva pH of 7.0-7.5 is healthy.  Below 7.0 and your mouth becomes acidic and the more time during the day that your mouth is in an acidic state the higher the incidence of erosion.  If you have never tested your saliva I highly recommend that you purchase ph strips from your local health food store and periodically test your saliva.

Acidic foods and drinks are the most common cause of erosion.  Anything with a pH below  5.7 will begin the process of erosion.  The most common chronic disease of children between the ages of five-seventeen is dental erosion.  In the case of young children it is usually due to fruit juices, while with teenagers it is from sports drinks and soda.  It is the citric acid and phosphoric acid in juice and soda that causes erosion.  Other acids that can be erosive are chlorinated swimming pool water and regurgitation of gastric acids.

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Tags: holistic dentistry