Whole health dentistry is a care philosophy that approaches oral health as it relates to your overall well being. After all, a healthy smile means wellness for your entire body.
Your dental health and your whole-body health are closely connected. Problems with your oral health can affect the rest of your body, and vice versa. Why? Because there are 57 different diseases that research has shown are directly linked to the pathogens that start in your mouth. For example, diabetes can lead to a higher risk of gum disease. And gum disease can cause a higher risk of serious cardiovascular problems like heart disease and strokes. By keeping these connections in mind, a holistic dentist in Bellingham can help you maintain a healthier mouth and a healthier body, too!
Holistic dentists often are the first doctors to notice signs of health problems like diabetes, gastric reflux, and oral cancer, among others.
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Your diet is a large factor in your overall health. Our nutrition experts can help you plan a delicious diet that suits your preferences and your oral and overall well being. Every patient will leave our office with a health assessment print out that we will update on an annual basis.
Your oral health can give significant insight to your overall health, so we'll work with your primary doctor to ensure they understand your unique nutritional and health needs.
We can combine our nutritional and dental expertise into a plan that outlines any treatments you could benefit from while providing nutritional and lifestyle guidance, so you can live a healthy life full of smiles.
We'll conduct a variety of tests to get the best picture of your overall health and how our team of dental experts can best support your thriving wellness.
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Whole health dentistry helps you get guidance on nutrition, oral care, and other factors that can affect both your oral health and your overall health. Along with yearly checkups from your physician and other necessary care, whole health dentistry helps protect your health.
Every patient is different. Age, gender, pre-existing conditions, medication, and past health problems can all affect how you should care for your mouth and your body, too. With whole health dentistry, your dentist can keep all of this in mind, and provide the comprehensive care you need to stay healthy.
Taking control of your oral health and your whole-body health means that you'll need fewer visits to the dentist and the doctor. Along with the obvious benefits of a healthy lifestyle, this means you'll spend less time and money on the care and treatment you need.
The first step is a teeth cleaning and an oral exam with your biological dentist. They will examine your mouth, take x-rays, discuss your health and nutrition with you, and learn more about the unique challenges facing your oral and overall health.
After your appointment, your holistic dentist will discuss any necessary dental procedures that you may need to restore your health, as well as tips and instructions on proper, at-home oral hygiene, and lifestyle changes.
Once your appointment is over, you'll come back to our dental office for any required treatment, and you'll continue to follow your treatment plan and your dentist's advice. Every six months, you'll come into our office for a checkup and teeth cleaning, and we'll make any necessary adjustments to your dental treatment plan.
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Nutritional counseling is usually considered to be an elective treatment by most insurance providers. However, there may be some instances where this is not the case. To find out if you can use your dental insurance benefits to cover nutritional counseling at our office, we recommend getting in touch with your plan provider. We are also happy to go over your plan with you and answer any questions that you may have to ensure you are maximizing your benefits.
Yes. Holistic dentists undergo extensive training in the healthcare field, specifically dealing with health issues related to the mouth and digestion. This includes looking out for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, GERD, HPV, and more. Your dentist serves as a healthcare educator and is devoted to ensuring you are in the best position possible to make the right choices for your oral health.
If you are wondering whether or not you need nutrition counseling, the answer is probably yes. In most cases, everyone can benefit from nutrition counseling in one form or another. Whether it’s as simple as learning more about supplements and proper nutrition, or taking steps to make great improvements to your overall well being, your dentist can help! It’s as simple as coming in for an exam and can be added on to any preventive appointment at our office.
Dentistry and nutrition are directly correlated as poor oral health has a negative impact on your ability to properly eat and digest your foods. The converse is also true as patients with poor nutrition may be at risk for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Researchers have also linked common oral health issues to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature or low-weight births. Your dentist can help improve your oral health as well as your digestion, nutrition, and overall wellbeing by identifying dietary contributors to negative health issues. These negative health issues can be identified by smaller signs and symptoms that are present in your mouth that you may deem insignificant. It is easy to think that a simple canker sore doesn't have a great effect on your overall well being, but it can actually be a sign of a larger issue. That is why it is important to come in for checkups and preventive care regularly.