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Wellness - Healthy Mouth and Healthy Body

Wellness is foundational to how we think.  It is impossible to treat or eliminate a disease process in part of the body …  thinking there are no connections to the other parts.  We know that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body and it is our commitment to help patients make the health related decisions that enable them to enjoy a greater level of physical health.

The described wellness issues may be discussed or brought up by our staff or our patients as part of what is indeed important regarding achieving our patient's health.  Please use the information as a reference source to better understanding a whole body health connection.

Amalgam fillings and Mercury–free Dentistry

This area of concern is, and will continue to be, a controversial debate among the scientific and public health community.  Both sides seem to present evidence that dental amalgam [silver] fillings either "do"… or "do not"... present a potential health concern.  As clinical practitioners, even we can be conflicted as to which side presents the stronger case.

To err on the side of safety, is always the best practice.  LifeSMILES complete health dentistry utilizes composite resin fillings to restore teeth.

Diet and Nutrition
 

Dietary Considerations and Decay
By cutting back on simple carbohydrates, the rate of dental caries can be reduced. Simple sugars are found in many foods and have many names. Some of these are table sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses and dextrose. By reading labels on food products, you can limit foods high in simple sugars and thus reduce the chance of dental caries. Bacteria need carbohydrates for food. Sucrose (table sugar) is the carbohydrate bacteria prefer. Read / Hide more...

The Categories of Decay Potential of Certain Foods

High Potential for Decay - Dried fruits, hard and soft candy, cake, cookies, pie, crackers

Moderate Potential for Decay - Fruit juice, sweetened canned fruit, soda, Gatorade, breads

Low Potential for Decay - Raw vegetables, raw fruits, milk

Very Low Potential for Decay - Meat, fish, poultry, fats, oils

          Ability to Stop Decay - Cheeses, xylitol , nuts

Calcium – Good For Your Bones, Good For Your Teeth
Research has confirmed the importance of calcium for your teeth and bones. According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, calcium deficiencies are also directly linked to gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. Researchers discovered that people who consume less than the recommended daily amount of calcium are almost twice as likely to have periodontal disease, an infection caused by bacteria that accumulate between the teeth and gums. Read / Hide more...

Vegan/Vegetarian Nutrition and Your Teeth
Many patients have upped their consumption of vegetables, and some are vegetarians or vegans. Occasionally these diets and lifestyles can result in some nutritional deficiencies. Some vegetarians and vegans experience deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, putting them at increased risk for periodontal disease. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your diet, nutritional choices and how they relate to your dental healthcare needs.

Herbal Supplements and Dental Health
As science finds out more about the beneficial effects of antioxidants, even greater interest has developed in natural foods and natural products. In one study, nearly 70% of participants did not inform their physicians or dentists about using them. Many people do not realize that herbal supplements can interact with other medications and local anesthetics. Because herbal supplements including echinacea, feverfew, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, and St. John’s wart may have the potential for adverse effects during or after dental procedures, please let us know if you are taking ANY herbal supplements so that we can provide you with the best care possible.

Potential Beneficial Supplements for Oral Health
In keeping with our whole body approach to dental health and wellness we have prepared a list of known natural ingredients and supplements known to aid in oral and dental health:
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Nutrition and Dental Health During Pregnancy
Tooth development begins shortly after conception, usually between the sixth and eighth weeks of gestation and continues throughout pregnancy. It seems to take severe nutritional deficiencies in the mother to cause obvious changes in tooth formation in the child. However, slight deficiencies may cause changes in tooth structure that will leave a tooth at greater risk for decay later in life. A good diet during pregnancy is always important. However, nutrient excesses as well as nutrient deficiencies may play a role in congenital anomalies of the mouth. Therefore, take supplements during pregnancy only on the advice of a doctor or dietitian.

Dental X-Rays
Dentistry along with other health care providers who need to diagnose hard tissues to prevent or eliminate disease processes need to utilize radiography.  A dose of radiation for a full diagnostic dental series of films is equivalent to several days of environmental radiation, mostly from the sun; or one cross country airline trip.

Switching to digital radiography uses less energy than previous methods, and is also more effective. The amount of energy used to transmit digital radio waves is so much less than analog, which makes it friendlier to the environment. As an added bonus, you aren’t exposed to high levels of radiation. These digital x-rays emit 90 percent less radiation.

Digital radiography also eliminates the use of film, development chemicals, and lead foil papers – materials, which are harmful to the environment. Digital radiography also completely eliminates the propagation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals (lead and silver) that could enter and contaminate our water.

Cardiac Health and Wellness

Dental Care for Cardiac Health – Understanding The Cardiac-Oral Health Connection
Dentists have long known that gum disease is associated with the transfer of bacteria into the blood and that is why antibiotics were once used as a preventive measure prior to dental treatment for patients with heart murmurs and valve problems. Studies suggest that periodontal disease (gum disease) is associated with subclinical evidence of risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, including: inflammation and pathogens leading to thrombosis (formation of blood clots) and atherosclerosis (thickening of arterial blood vessel walls).

Read more about Cardiac and oral health.

Diabetic Health and Wellness

Diabetics Oral Health Strategies
Diabetes mellitus is a clinical syndrome characterized by hyperglycemia due to an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin. Recent studies by the American Diabetes Association stated that about 18 million people in the United States have diabetes. An estimated 13 million are aware of the condition, however 5.2 million have yet to be diagnosed and have no idea that they have the disease. In the United States alone 200,000 die every year due to complications from diabetes

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Eating Disorders and Wellness

If you are struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, please don’t be embarrassed to talk to us. Everything you say is completely confidential. Your privacy is of the utmost importance. We are here to help you understand how your dental health is affected by eating disorders, and how to combat the dental problems that occur because of under eating or bingeing and purging.

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Pregnancy and Wellness

If you are expecting, please let us know so we can ensure your optimum dental health during pregnancy. As oral healthcare professionals, our role is to educate. We will address any specific concerns and ease any fear or anxiety you may experience about receiving dental care.

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Medications, Cancer Therapy and Dry Mouth 

Dry mouth is known as xerostomia, and it is an uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a number of factors associated with bulimia, including abuse of laxatives, diuretics and dehydration from fasting and vomiting. Dry mouth is indicated by a decrease in production of saliva.

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