Kettering area patients realize the benefits of biological dentistry solutions
Most general dentistry practices focus on treating problems. For example, a patient comes in with a cavity and the dentist fills it. A biological dentist like Dr. Cobb at Alex Bell Dental focuses on the bigger picture. To Dr. Cobb, dentistry is not just about placing fillings or crowns; it’s about improving oral health and by extension, overall health.
A biological dentist is one that looks at the body as a whole. There is close attention paid to the interconnection between the mouth and the rest of the body. Patients can benefit from biological dentistry as they come to understand this connection and make lifestyle changes that improve their health and their life. We encourage all of our patients to lead healthier lives by providing information on healthy nutrition, proper oral care, physical activity, and the importance of stress management.
One of the biggest benefits to biological dentistry is the importance placed on the materials used. In many dental practices, silver amalgam fillings are still standard care. These fillings contain mercury up to 50% mercury, which is a known toxin. The fillings emit mercury vapors when warmed during tasks such as biting and chewing which can pose potential toxicity risk to patients.
We utilize composite fillings which are biocompatible and completely safe for patients. These fillings are tooth-colored, so they blend in beautifully with existing teeth.
Another major benefit of biological dentistry is less invasive approaches to periodontal care. Gum disease is a serious condition that can advance and have catastrophic consequences. Patients who do not seek treatment for gum disease can end up with deterioration of the jawbone and may also lose their teeth. There has also been a link between gum disease and an increased risk for serious health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Many traditional treatments for gum disease can be aggressive and invasive. We offer patients integrative options that can help treat diseased gum tissue and restore oral health.
Visiting with a biological dentist is just one other way you can help live a healthier life. To learn more about holistic and biological dentistry, please call our office today to request information or to set up an appointment.Back to Mercury Free & Biological Dentistry Page