What is Holistic Dentistry

What is Holistic Dentistry

What is Holistic Dentistry?

 

What is holistic dentistry and how does it differ from traditional or general dentistry?  A visit to a traditional dentist typically includes a cleaning, an examination, x-rays followed by a plan to fix any oral conditions.  A visit to a holistic dentist will include all of the aforementioned plus advice and guidance for your overall health and well-being.

What is Holistic Dentistry

Let’s Talk About ‘Holistic’

Holistic medicine recognizes that an illness in one area of the body can negatively impact health in other areas.

The guiding principle of holistic dentistry is to treat oral problems by focusing on all aspects of health. This includes an individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Other names for holistic dentistry include biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry and integrative dentistry.  No matter the title, dentists that practice this approach are dedicated to improving oral health by focusing on overall health and well-being.

How Does Holistic Treatments Vary from General Dentistry?

A holistic dentist will focus on proper habits for teeth cleaning, flossing and oral hygiene, using non-toxic products.  Regular teeth cleaning and dental checkups are essential.

Holistic dentists will use non-toxic filling materials in cavities and suggest any toxic materials in your teeth be removed and replaced with a safer material. 

Many holistic dentists use a type of sedation that induces an altered state of consciousness to minimize pain and discomfort during a procedure. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider.

Thanks to advanced technology many holistic dentists are using laser therapy for faster, pain free, and more effective care. 

What Type of Questions Will A Holistic Dentist Ask?

An area that will be discussed in great detail is diet and nutrition. Holistic dentists are trained nutritionists who understand there is a significant link between the food we eat and oral and overall health.

Other areas may include:

  • Use of Tobacco 
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Exercise Routine
  • Daily Stress Levels

How Can I Find a Holistic Dentist?

There are only a handful of dentists in Albuquerque, NM that offer holistic dentistry as it requires a unique set of skills and training.

If you feel that holistic dentistry is of interest to you and you would like to learn about its many potential benefits contact Dr. Abeyta’s office at (505) 293-7611. 

BPA in Dental Products

BPA in Dental Products

BPA in Dental Products 

BPA in dental products; are they harmful and are there other options?  Wholistic dentists, like Dr. Abeyta, understand that your Dental Health is absolutely intertwined with your overall body health. 

Here’s what you should know about composite fillings, sealants and the risk of BPA exposure. 

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What is a BPA? 

BPA or bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1950s.  They are found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. They can also be used in other products such as dental sealants and composites. 

What are Side Effects of BPA Exposure? 

Studies have linked exposure to: 

  • Reproductive issues 
  • Neurological problems 
  • Childhood Asthma 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Cardiovascular disease 

And for our children, where sealants are recommended for those who are at high risk of tooth decay, studies have shown a wide variety of problems, including early puberty and metabolic disorders such as obesity.   

Are There Alternatives? 

Yes!  Not all composite resins contain BPA derivatives. There are many holistic alternatives that can be used for patients and their children who prefer to limit BPA exposure. 

Another option are ceramics. They are PBA free, broadly biocompatible, and can be used for crowns and inlays. 

What If You Already Have Fillings or Sealants that Aren’t BPA free?  

Don’t worry, unlike mercury fillings, there’s no reason to replace or remove them. Typically, BPA exposure happens when the fillings or sealants are first positioned and while initial BPA levels may be high, they quickly decrease. In fact, a recent study found that after seven days salivary BPA levels were near zero.  

Fluoride released from composites work very similar to BPA.  The main exposure happens at the time of placement and quickly drops. 

Going forward, choose a dentist who provides holistic dentistry to promote optimal teeth / jaw / head / neck structural relationships.  These relationships are vital to support your body in maintaining a strong immune system and structural health. 

To learn more about BPA and related compounds in dental materials, talk to Dr. Abeyta and her staff at (505) 293-7611.  

Laser Therapy for Cold Sores!

Laser Therapy for Cold Sores!

Laser Therapy for Cold Sores!

Laser therapy for cold sores can stop the lesion from becoming a full-blown open sore.  Cold sores or fever blisters, are blisters that form in the mouth or around the lips. The virus typically enters the body through a break in the skin. It can spread through contact by sharing food, utensils, razors or kissing.  A parent who is infected can pass it to their children.

Laser Therapy for Cold Sores

What are Symptoms of a Cold Sore?

A cold sore typically starts with a tingling sensation, pain or itching around the affected area.  Once the lesion appears, it will break open, leak a semi-clear fluid and then crust over, leaving an embarrassing sore that may take a few days or two weeks to completely heal.  Unfortunately, they can be very painful.

How Do You Treat a Cold Sore?

Cold sores will heal on their own but to help with any discomfort, treatments can include awful tasting mouthwashes, messy creams and ointments.  A more effective way is laser therapy.  According to a recent study by PMC, laser treatment reduced the length of recovery time and pain severity faster than treatment with acyclovir cream.

As soon as you feel that tingling sensation schedule a laser treatment.  If the sore has already erupted, the laser can take away the discomfort and aide in the healing process.

How Can I Prevent a Cold Sore?

There is no cure for the herpes simplex virus but by making a few healthy changes you can lessen the chance of an outbreak.

  • Both stress and lack of sleep can take a toll on the immune system and fire up the herpes virus. Strive for a good night’s sleep and exercise regularly to help relieve stress.
  • A poor diet filled with sugary snacks and drinks is an invitation for a cold sore to pop up. Eat foods that are Lysine-rich like vegetables, legumes, milk, cheese and fish.
  • Avoid excessive exposer to the sun. 
  • Adapt good hygiene habits.

If you experience cold sore outbreaks, talk to Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM about Laster Therapy Treatment at (505) 293-7611.  She is an expert in laser technology, and can help you control your breakouts for years to come.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain healthy teeth during the holidays by following a few simple guidelines from the Best dentist in Albuquerque, NM.  Holidays are a time of joy, families and endless trays of meats, cheeses, snacks and baked goods.  People’s diets, exercise routines, sleep schedules and dental practices are exchanged for get togethers, parties, feasting and dirty Santa.  Below are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and a few pounds off your waist this holiday season.

Maintaining Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Foods to Avoid

Hard Candies – these rock-solid goodies are often the main culprit for chipped or broken teeth.  No one wants an unscheduled trip to the dentist.  If you do want to treat yourself to a piece of hard candy, let the candy dissolve in your mouth instead of biting down and trying to chew it.

Soft Candies – these gooey candies are notorious for sticking to your teeth and every space in between.  On top of causing decay in the enamel, they are well-known for pulling out fillings or pulling off crowns.

Sugary foods – yes, these are the hardest to avoid.  There are so many wonderful, delectable treats on the dessert table.  But just for the record, sugar is one of the biggest enemies to your oral health as well as your waistline.  Keep the sugary goodies to a minimum.   

Foods to Feast On

Vegetables – so okay, the vegetable tray isn’t as appealing as the dessert tray but broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are excellent detoxifiers. They are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can remove toxins including uric acid. Arthritis, gout, and boils are related to problems with toxins. You can purify your body with these colorful vegetables.

Meats – they are great sources of protein. They also provide lots of other nutrients your body needs, like iodine, iron, zinc, vitamins (especially B12) and essential fatty acids. Excluding process meats which contain large amounts of saturated fat and sodium, meats help maintain a well-balanced diet.

Cheese – bring on the cheese tray.  White cheese is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein.  They also contain high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin. Cheese made from the milk of 100 percent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2.

Teeth are Not a Swiss Army Knife

Teeth do an amazing job of breaking down the huge array of foods that pass through our lips.  But…they were not designed for cracking nuts, tearing into packages, ripping off tape, or opening beer bottles.  Be kind to your teeth. 

Happy Holidays!  Remember to brush and floss regularly, especially after eating sugary foods.  Drink plenty of water and most importantly stay healthy this holiday season.   

For all your dental needs call Dr. Abeyta at (505)293-7611.  She offers a functional integrative approach to oral and whole-body health in Albuquerque, NM. 

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep your gums healthy so that you are at a lower risk of developing common chronic diseases. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, if your gums are healthy, you’re less likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and dementia.  Though more research is needed to determine the exact link between gum disease and other chronic conditions, researchers believe that the inflammation bacteria causes may be a key factor.

Keep Your Gums Healthy!

Are My Gums Healthy?

Healthy gums are pink and firm, and don’t bleed.

Diseased gums may be red, swollen, tender or bleeding

Common symptoms are chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, pain while chewing, sensitive or loose teeth, gums that don’t adhere to your teeth and a mismatched bite or ill-fitting dentures.

How To Keep Your Gums Healthy

When You Brush Your Teeth Don’t Ignore Your Gums

  • It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. Brush your teeth, your gums and your tongue.  This will help reduce plaque, bacteria and gum disease. 
  • When you floss, make sure you are doing it correctly so that all food between the teeth and around the gums is removed. Incorrect flossing can lead to infections in the jaw bone and gums.
  • Brush at least two times a day and for a minimum of two minutes every time.

Schedule Regular Visits to Have Your Teeth Cleaned

  • Dental Hygienist have the tools to remove tartar and recognize any problems or issues early on. If gum disease is detected in the beginning stages, it is much easier to treat.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

  • A recent study suggested that a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish may reduce your risk of gum disease.  Replace sugary snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and say no to sodas!

Stop Smoking

  • Smoking weakens your body’s immune system. This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal properly.

To learn more about keeping your gums healthy and other important dental practices to support your oral and over health contact the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  They accomplish all of their procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere.  They invite you and your family to visit their practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from a Holistic Dental Practice.