If you’re all about wellness—you have your yoga schedule down pat, drink your green juices, clean with essential oils and lemon, and have organic bedding—then you need to be all about dental health. Although a healthy lifestyle absolutely helps promote a healthy smile, there are certain steps you must take to play an active role in your oral wellness.
The truth is, the mouth is where whole body health begins. Poor oral hygiene is known to cause bad breath, cavities, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease; but many don’t know that it can also result in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, respiratory infections, erectile dysfunction, and even certain kinds of cancer.
“Patient compliance is important— patients need to participate in the process,” says Dr. Linda Golden, DDS of Golden Dental Wellness Center. “People rely on us to lay the foundation of their oral wellness, but since holistic dentistry is typically non-surgical and non-invasive, optimal results stem from the active involvement of the patient.”
To begin with, people should be brushing at least four times per day (understandably a time issue); using a waterpik (a crucial part of oral hygiene); visiting their dentist twice per year—your dentist can’t help you optimally if you show up once then disappear until the next issue; and eating an abundance of alkaline (fruit, nuts, legumes, and vegetables) as opposed to acidic foods (red meat, poultry, dairy, processed foods, and soda).
Golden Dental Wellness Center extends a variety of innovative treatments that enhance patient wellness. One is the OralDNA® Test—a simple salivary diagnostic test that is designed to detect oral pathogens associated with periodontal disease which could result in complications systemically . “The best decision a patient can make is to incorporate the DNA test,” said Golden. “We can provide periodontal treatment all day long, but if we don’t eradicate the bacteria causing the breakdown, problems may continue to arise.”
She explains that the extremely simple saline rinse test from OralDNA® Labs is like blood work for the mouth—without such a test, your dental professional is more or less doing guess work, when they could be creating a personalized treatment based on your individual results. Dr. Golden provides the OralDNA® test right in her office. New and existing patients can simply call her office at 516-627-8400 to schedule an appointment.
Patients can also take advantage of repair BIOLASE, a nonsurgical periodontal therapy that eliminates the need for surgical interventions. The laser technology has also been designed for cavity preparations, soft tissue surgeries, and much more. Benefits include minimized discomfort and anxiety, less bleeding, less swelling, less anesthetic, stimulated tissue regenerations, and a quicker and easier recovery time.
Other holistic practices that patients can perform to stay in compliance with their dental health include drinking lemon water, oil pulling, consuming products with xylitol, brushing with activated charcoal and coconut-based toothpaste,using alkawhite or neutrasal, receiving ozone therapy and whenever decay is found and mercury fillings have to be removed, make sure it’s done safely in compliance with proper mercury removal protocols.
It’s never too late to take charge of your oral wellness. With today’s complementary technology, the expert guidance and support of your holistic dentist, and your daily dedication to dental hygiene, a beautiful, healthy smile can be maintained for life.
Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. To learn more, call 516-627-8400 or visit GoldenSmile.com.
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