This past August, Assure A Smile engaged the South Florida community in an awareness campaign for biocompatible dentistry. Our goal was simple: To encourage families to think holistically when selecting a dental practice.
If you are afraid to see your dentist, you are not alone! In our last blog article, we shared an eye-opening statistic from the British Medical Journal that shows most individuals fear the dentist. Specifically, 1 in 5 individuals who were surveyed reported fearing the dentist more than snakes, spiders, or heights. For Miami dentists, this statistic shows that greater care must be taken in educating patients of the importance of regular dental cleanings to prevent oral health problems. Additionally, it illustrates a large need for patients to learn to cope with dental fear and anxiety.
Nearly 1 out of every 5 individuals fears the dentist more than snakes, spiders, or heights according to a recent British Medical Journal survey (i). Alarmingly, that survey also indicates that the 1,000 respondents polled fear the dentist up to 10 times more than any other medical professional. This is disheartening for Miami dental professionals, indicating that as many as 1 in 5 Miami residents may be avoiding regular cleanings and other procedures. With the tooth decay and gum disease on the rise, holistic dentistry practitioners are beginning to ask: How can we help patients overcome the fear and anxiety associated with seeing a health professional?
Holistic dentistry professionals know that overall health is intricately tied to oral health. Several studies have linked heart disease and gum disease, showing that the same bacteria that infect the gums may also lead to cardiovascular disease. With this in mind, dental professionals are increasingly urging patients to consider the “big picture” when it comes to overall health, and it means more than just brushing twice a day!
A flurry of recent studies has Miami dental professionals—and their patients— concerned with the high concentration of fluoride in everything from tap water to toothpaste. Formerly hailed as an anti-cavity treatment, fluoride has been added to public water supplies since the mid 1900s and reaches an estimated 300 million individuals worldwide (i). Now, however, researchers are linking fluoride exposure with heightened incidence of serious side effects including abnormal brain development and Alzheimer’s disease.
Can non-physical things like attitude, stress, and anxiety affect your overall health? Yes, it certainly may, according to Miami holistic dentists and other health professionals. Non-physical mental or emotional states often lead to the development of habits that have a profound impact on overall physical health. Join the Miami Dentist Blog, for this special look at holistic dentistry and the benefit of looking at the big picture when assessing health.
We all know that habitual smoking harms your major organ systems. Throat, lung, and heart cancer have each been linked with smoking. Many other serious illnesses that have been linked to smoking include heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and other respiratory conditions. But did you know that smoking may also increase your chances of developing plaque, cavities, and gum disease?
Miami dentist Ted Herrmann often asks patients: Are your gums putting your heart at risk? Not surprisingly, this question is often answered with confused looks and shoulder shrugs. Not many Miami dental professionals are asking their patients this question, despite growing research that points to a serious connection between gum disease and heart disease.
Safe mercury removal is in the public spotlight. With West Coast communities banning the use of toxic dental amalgam, patients nationwide are wondering: Should I have my fillings replaced?
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Costa Mesas became one of the first communities in the United States to ban the use of dental amalgam in dentistry procedures last month. Now, California policymakers hope to spread the legislation to other Orange County communities. Their goal: To trigger a domino effect that someday bans silver fillings and other uses of dental amalgam nationwide.
Hidden caries are more common than you think. Fluoridated water, excessive use of fluoride toothpastes, and regular fluoride rinses may all contribute to hidden caries. These areas are nestled deep in the pits of teeth, undetectable to the naked eye. Take a moment to read this article and learn what you can do to identify, treat, and prevent hidden caries to preserve a life long health smile!