What is Holistic Dentistry?
Portland, OR

Dentist speaking to a beautiful Black woman patient about Holistic Dentistry at Arbor View Dental in Portland, OR

Look Good, Feel Good, Sleep Good

When most people think about brushing and flossing, they often tend to only think about the importance of these habits for oral health. They might even wonder what the big deal about skipping an occasional session is. True, brushing and flossing are essential habits for reducing plaque and bacterial buildup in your mouth, reducing your risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Did you know, however, that the health of your mouth is essential for so much more? The health of your mouth can have a significant impact on your overall health as well. To ensure the health of your mouth, and the health of your whole body, we at Arbor View Dental practice holistic dentistry.

Oral Health and Whole-Body Health

The health of your mouth is strongly tied to the health of the rest of your body. The mouth is the entrance to the inside. Many of the things that enter into your mouth go into your stomach. Some go into your lungs. In some situations, bacteria can travel below the gum line and into the bloodstream. They may even get into the bloodstream through damaged teeth. When bacteria get into the bloodstream, they are then able to travel throughout the body, causing inflammation in the blood vessels.

There are several links between oral health and whole-body health, such as:
•  Heart disease. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it triggers an inflammatory response in the blood vessels. The blood vessels swell, restricting blood flow. This can cause hypertension, heart attacks, and more.
•  Diabetes. Swollen blood vessels interfere with blood sugar levels and affect the way in which your body uses insulin.
•  Respiratory complications. Bacteria can be inhaled into the lungs, where it can exacerbate existing issues or cause new ones.
•  Sleep issues. Issues like bruxism can lead to sleep apnea, which can significantly impact your quality of sleep.
•  Pregnancy complications. A change in hormones increases your risk for gum disease, which can lead to low birth weight and premature birth.
•  Depression. When your oral health is poor, your smile suffers, which can impact your confidence. Poor oral health can impact how you see yourself as well as affect your relationships.

What is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry, often called biological dentistry, is an approach to dentistry that takes more into consideration than just your oral health. We use a combination of natural and conventional therapies to diagnose, treat, and also prevent a variety of different issues that can affect the health of your mouth.

Taking the Holistic Approach to Improve Your Health and Quality of Life

With a holistic approach, we take your physical and mental health into account in addition to your oral health. When diagnosing and treating oral health issues, we take into consideration how these issues impact the rest of your body. Rather than just recommending improvements in your oral hygiene routine, we may recommend lifestyle changes that can help you to improve both your oral health and the health of the rest of your body.

With holistic dentistry, we avoid the use of toxic materials. This means cavities are treated with composite fillings rather than amalgam. X-rays are taken using digital X-rays, rather than conventional X-rays. We also focus on treating the underlying causes of issues in the mouth and work to treat them in a way that does not adversely impact the rest of your health.

Taking care of your mouth not only prevents serious oral health issues, oral hygiene habits are crucial for keeping your whole body happy and healthy. With holistic dentistry, we can help you to look good, feel good, and sleep well. For more information, call Arbor View Dental at (503) 253-9418 today.
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