Total Health Dentistry

We look for root causes and systemic impacts on overall health.

Total Health Dentistry: Finding the Root Causes

Total Health Dental Care

The concept that the health of the mouth and the body are integrally linked with each other has been bridged through scientific evidence over the years. We now know that chronic inflammation of the gum tissue in the mouth elevates systemic inflammation and impacts all the body’s systems. Most of the public does not realize they are living with chronic inflammation that is damaging their circulatory system, immune system, insulin control system, joint system, nervous system, and the organs of their body. As a dental provider, when we see gum tissue bleeding when we probe the gums and clean teeth in our office, we know this is visible evidence of inflammation. The great news is that this can be reduced, eliminated, and controlled.

Armed with scientific evidence, new technology, and evidence-based protocols, dentists, physicians, and allied health professionals are working together to educate the public, energetically educate our patients with focused intention, and provide all the resources we have at our disposal to help individuals we see have a healthier and longer life. Maintenance of inflammation-free gum tissue translates into improved systemic health. It means saving your natural teeth for as long as possible. It also means lowering your risks of or reducing the level of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, immunological disorders, obesity, pregnancy complications, and much more.

Not only do we partner with patients in controlling their diabetes and heart disease, we regularly examine our patients for evidence of hypertension, oral cancer, dental caries infections, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders), bruxism, bulimia and acid reflux, sleep apnea, and nutritional concerns. We are observing them for excessive dental wear, due to breathing issues that induce teeth clenching and grinding. We take detailed medical histories, understand medications, and frequently consult with patients’ physicians prior to dental treatment. As a result, our patients are better able to improve their overall health and longevity through counseling, diagnostics, optimal dental treatment, and referrals to appropriate physicians and nutritionists.