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Holistic Dentistry: Metal Free Restorations and Implants

9xls-in-outlays-960x6501People who are concerned about finding Holistic Dentistry are often concerned with having Metal Free restorations in their mouths. Progress in restorative materials had made that option much more accessible and the Metal Free restorations much better quality. The choice of materials is very diverse and also very different in quality, longevity and toxins.

The material most often used in replacement of Silver/Mercury Amalgam fillings is called composite resin. It is more difficult to place correctly than the metal fillings and the longevity is less as well. They are also going to be more expensive to use than Silver/Mercury fillings mainly because they take more time and effort to place. Composite Resins are also known to have some toxins; Formaldehyde and BPAs. Our governing bodies have deemed the toxin levels to be below the level of concern for use on humans but they are present.BRUXZIR-HEADER-IMAGE

There are metal free materials that can be used for fillings as well as crowns and bridges that are in the Ceramic family. There are many different Ceramic materials with a range of esthetics and…

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What is Holistic Dentistry?

alternative-medicine-work-1The word Holistic refers to dealing with or treating the whole person as mind and body. So what does this mean in terms of Dentistry?

Traditional main stream Dentistry is centered around diagnosing existing problems such as tooth decay or gum disease and treating with drilling and filling or cleanings and surgery. The “preventative” focus is on sugar consumption and home care brushing and flossing skills. This approach is now considered behind the times and ineffective.

The most Holistic approach to Tooth Decay is now focused on CAMBRA, CAries Management By Risk Assessment, a system that has been in place for more than a decade. This is the by product of decades of research leading to the understanding that Tooth Decay is not a sugar and brushing issue but is a disease of the Oral Biofilm. The assessment is done using one of several available Forms that allow the dentist to determine your individual Risk of Tooth Decay. The questionnaire involves looking at the Whole Person and their daily habits including; diet, eating habits, home care techniques, medications, genetics, and Biofilm pH.

CAMBRA is most effective if it is combined with ATP…

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Final Part: ” Acid Erosion” Prevention

9.0 waterFinal Part : “Acid Erosion”

The 3 most important things to know if you have Acidity issues, either Decay or Tooth Erosion or Reflux: How to choose a Medical/Dental provider, What to change in your diet, and How to protect your oral cavity and upper digestive tract.

It has long been believed that Acid Reflux patients should see a Gastroenterologist, have an upper GI Endoscopy, begin taking medications, and schedule follow up Endoscopies. I no longer believe that this is the correct path. Now that studies have shown that almost 50% of our population, across all age groups, are experiencing acid reflux and half of that group have NO symptoms and no awareness that they have this problem more trained Medical/Dental professionals need to be involved. As Dentists begin to learn about the problem and how to diagnose Acidity problems they will be at the leading edge of early detection. We currently have Fellowship trained Laryngologists that are the most active and accurate in dealing with these problems. There are some Pulmonologists that are good at diagnosing Reflux when it involves symptoms that mimic asthma. So what do you look for:…

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“Acid Erosion”: Part ll

Acid Biofilm BabyThere are 3 main ways that Acidity in our mouths causes us harm: it Converts our Oral Biofilm to Acid loving bacteria, it  Causes Tooth Erosion and Tooth Decay, and it Increases our risk of some Cancers.

All of us have a layer of Bacteria coating our mouths called a Biofilm. When we are healthy this Biofilm has a neutral pH ( not Acidic and not Alkaline ). If our mouths are exposed to Acid on a regular and ongoing basis the Biofilm changes to predominantly Acid Tolerant Bacteria which themselves produce more Acid adding to the problem. An Acidic Biofilm is an Unhealthy Biofilm. A Highly Acidic Biofilm allows the types of Bacteria that are known to cause Tooth Decay to survive and proliferate increasing the risk of Tooth Decay.

Frequent exposure to Acid from any source causes the Erosion of our tooth structure ultimately allowing the tooth enamel and exposed root surfaces to dissolve away.

Acidity that comes from our own digestive tract, called Acid Reflux, damages the tissue of our mouth and throat and is believed to be the primary cause of esophageal and laryngeal cancers. The…

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“Acid Erosion” Part l

Acid Erosion

There are 3 primary ways that Acid enters into our mouths and has the potential to cause us harm: Acid Reflux, Acidic Beverages, and Acidic Foods.

  • Acid Reflux is our biggest problem and concern. Everyone is aware of Bulemia and I am not including it in this discussion as it is somewhat rare and well understood. ‘Acid Reflux’ refers to any situation that allows the digestive juices in our stomach to pass out of the stomach into the esophagus, larynx, pharynx and oral cavity. This can be the fluid itself or an aerosolized component of the digestive juices. Now this is very Important because Reflux has been shown to occur in almost 50% of our population in all age groups! Moreover, half of these people with ‘Acid Reflux’ are unaware that they have ‘Acid Reflux’. This is called Silent Reflux.
  • Acidic Beverages are the second most troublesome issue we face because of the increased popularity of sodas, energy drinks, and acidic juices many of which are almost as Acidic as our own digestive juices. It may be hard to believe but our current love of bottled water is also…
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1st post of 2016 “Acid Erosion”

Acid Erosion seems to be the big topic in Dentistry as we enter the new year. Should it be? Yes and No. The way this subject is being presented to the general public by media outlets and professionals alike you will have a hard time understanding what is important to your health. I have been researching the subject for the past 15 years and presented the first lecture on the topic this past October at the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry to an audience of 120 top Dentists from around the world. First of all Acid Erosion is a big problem but also a complicated one:

– There are 3 primary ways that Acidity comes in contact with your teeth and tissues: Acid Reflux, Acidic Drinks, and Acidic Foods.

– There are 3 ways that High Acidity in the mouth harms us: Makes our Biofilm Acidic causing Decay, Causes tooth surface loss by Erosion, and Increases our risk of some Cancers.

– There are 3 simple ways to combat and correct this problem: Evaluation by a knowledgeable MD or Dentist, Reduce exposure to Acid, and Take corrective measures to correct damage created by past Acid Exposure.

This topic is very big and also…

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February 9, 2016 Holistic Dentistry: Metal Free Restorations and Implants
People who are concerned about finding Holistic Dentistry are often concerned with having Metal Free restorations in their mouths. Progress...
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February 2, 2016 What is Holistic Dentistry?
The word Holistic refers to dealing with or treating the whole person as mind and body. So what does this...
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