Most Americans understand that oral health and overall health are very much intertwined. Yet our healthcare system continues to view dentistry and medicine as very much separate. (How this came to be is a long but fascinating tale. Interested? Here’s a quick overview.)
The anatomical, biological, and physiological reality is that the mouth and body are absolutely connected, physically and energetically. As Dr. Reinhold Voll taught, up to 90% of all systemic health problems have an oral health component.
Gum disease, for instance, raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, cognitive decline, and even some cancers. “Silver” mercury amalgam fillings can contribute to neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, and other health issues. Hidden infections such as cavitations can fuel an impressive array of health problems, including autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.
Biological dentistry has been at the forefront of both identifying aspects of mouth/body health and developing standards of care for treating oral barriers to whole body health through a combination of modern clinical dentistry and complementary therapies to support optimal health outcomes.
This understanding of and respect for oral/systemic connections is one thing that defines the kind of dentistry we do here at Denver Dentistry in Littleton, CO.
Being holistic as well as biological in our approach, one of our primary aims is to do more than just treat symptoms. We seek to identify the root causes of disease, including nutritional, toxic, inflammatory, and stress imbalances that can impact oral and whole body health alike.
We focus on using only biocompatible materials and techniques so that, at minimum, the mouth doesn’t become a barrier to excellent overall health. When dental problems do arise, we favor addressing them through the most conservative, least invasive means possible. We strongly emphasize prevention, stressing not only oral hygiene but nutrition and lifestyle habits that support total health.
This philosophical and practical orientation naturally lends itself to another key to providing our patients with the best oral health care possible: precision dentistry.
Also known as personalized dentistry, precision dentistry involves using advanced diagnostics to understand the unique needs of each and every patient. Tools like salivary testing, MELISA, ELISA, heavy metals testing, and much more give us insight to the specific challenges each patient faces so we can address them just as specifically.
The mouth acts as a gateway between oral and overall health. Dental professionals like us who are focused on the mouth-body connection in turn help patients transform wellbeing from inside out.
We are honored to have a role in opening the door to renewed energy, empowerment, and wider joy through optimal mouth/body health.