An approach to preventive dental care that integrates the best of natural healing and state of the art dentistry. Proper nutrition, good oral hygiene and periodic dental checkups are the cornerstone of proactive plan to preserve your health of your mouth for a lifetime.
Your gums are one of the cornerstones for whole body health. Periodontal disease or gum infections can lead to all kinds of health problems including cancer, heart disease, strokes, low birth weight in babies, and can adversely affect people with diabetes. And even if it does not cause major or noticeable symptoms, it always affects your immune system and your inflammatory response.
That’s why we emphasize the importance of your regularly scheduled hygiene visits. Without these visits, plaque buildup can turn into calculus or tartar, a hard mineralized layer that holds dangerous bacteria close to your gums and is a major contributor to gum disease. If you haven’t had a dental cleaning for a while, call The Center for Holistic Dentistry today. Your teeth – and your body – will thank you!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day in the US alone? This is primarily not because it is hard to treat, but because it is found so late in its development. The Center for Holistic Dentistry has invested in technology to supplement our excellent oral cancer screening with the VELscope technology that allows us to differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue, earlier and easier than ever before.
The sophisticated VELscope instrument will reveal any suspicious tissue inside your mouth. The light reacts with molecules in your cells, causes them to absorb the light energy, and re-emit it as a fluorescent glow. By utilizing special optical filters in the handpiece, we immediately see the difference between normal and abnormal cellular activity.
The exam is quick and painless and allows us to screen for oral cancer with much greater accuracy and efficiency than ever before. Why risk your health? Ask about implementing the VELscope into your routine checkups.
Digital x-rays create clearer, full-color images of your teeth. These images allow you to see exactly what is happening in your mouth for a better understanding of your oral health. They can also be kept in your computer files for future reference and easily compared year to year. Digital x-rays also have the advantage of exposing you to far less radiation than traditional x-rays and, since they require no developing equipment or chemicals, they are better for the environment.
The intraoral camera is another tool that helps us educate you on the health and condition of your mouth and teeth. We use a pen-sized camera to explore every detail of your mouth while projecting amazingly detailed, enlarged images on a chair-side screen so you can see what we are seeing. This lets us look at and discuss your oral health needs together.
Screening for Snoring and Sleep apnea
Snoring can be a real nuisance, especially when it’s your significant other doing the snoring. It is a lot of noise. Even more troublesome can be the condition of sleep apnea, which means at times during the night associated with snoring, the airway becomes temporarily blocked and breathing stops…for a moment. This leads to arousal often interfering with deep sleep and decreasing the oxygen reaching the brain.
If this is you or your loved one let us know. We can help.
Do you grind your teeth when you are stressed or asleep? It can be hard on both your smile, your health, and your budget. Grinding can not only lead to broken, worn-down teeth, it can also cause problems with your jaw joint (TMJ), cause headaches, and ruin any previous dental work you have invested in. We have a great solution it is called a MAGO. Unlike over-the counter, boil-and-bite guards, this comfortable guard is custom-made to fit and protect your teeth properly. Use of it can often lead to diagnosis of the cause of your tooth grinding and point us in direction of a cure.
If you or your child is actively involved in a sporting activity, a dentist-designed mouthguard is a great investment in health. Standard mouthguards are difficult to wear and non-compliance is very common. What good is a mouthguard if you aren’t wearing it? Our custom-fitted, custom-made guards are so comfortable, you may want to wear it all the time. And remember: Properly fitted mouth guards help prevent concussions as well as tooth and soft-tissue injury. Protect your precious smile – ask us about sports mouth guards today!
When an emergency happens, it is especially nice to know that you can count on the dentist you know and trust to take care of your mouth. We have special hours set aside in our daily schedule to treat emergencies quickly and efficiently. If your emergency happens after hours or on the weekend, just call our office and you will be instructed on the best way to contact us. It’s just another way we keep you smiling without worry.