Holistic Dentistry in Smithtown NY

Local Smithtown, New York woman looks at her healthy teeth in the mirror after visiting The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.Research shows a correlation between your dental health and your whole health, and the cleanliness of your mouth can affect other areas of your body. At The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we care about your complete health and offer a comprehensive approach to oral health care. During your regular comprehensive patient exam, Dr. Shapiro and team will review your entire health with you, including medications you are taking, your rate of healing, the levels of decay present, indications of infection, and production of saliva. By taking a holistic dentistry approach, we can assess the entirety of your health when recommending any dental procedures or treatments.

Holistic Dentistry & Bacteria in the Mouth

Our body is mostly protected by our largest organ: our skin. However, there are certain areas that also provide access inside our bodies, including the mouth. Biologically, our body has created a defense mechanism to reduce or prevent infection-causing bacteria from invading the body: the saliva in our mouth. Saliva does a great job and is continuously fighting infection-causing bacteria, but when the levels of bacteria outweigh what our saliva can fight, or when our saliva levels have been reduced due to health issues or medications, an infection can set in. Infection in your body is not just limited to your mouth, and it can travel throughout the body. In fact, some studies have found connections to heart-related issues and premature birth in pregnant women based on infection that may have originated in the mouth. By taking a holistic dentistry approach to your oral health, we can help you prevent future issues that may have originated in the mouth.

Indications of Oral Health Problems

During your dental exams, we look for indications of the following:

  • The health of your gums: Gum disease is an all too common dental disorder. Statistics tell us that about half of adults suffer from some level of gum disease, and there is concern that patients are starting to think the signs are normal. Pink, puffy, irritated gums that may bleed a little when brushing or flossing is not normal. It is an indication of gum disease. You want to protect the tissues that support your teeth. Health problems that reduce saliva production can make a patient even more susceptible to gum disease.
  • The buildup of tartar or calculus: Our teeth are constantly being covered in a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque is a blend of food particles and saliva. It can often be found along the rim of our teeth and gums. When we brush twice a day, it should be your attempt to remove all of this buildup. When it is not removed, plaque will dry and harden into what is known as tartar or calculus. This is much more difficult to remove, and should only be removed by a hygienist who is trained to do so. You want it removed because tartar is a haven for active decay-causing bacteria. It will lead to decay-causing caries and is the precursor to gum disease.
  • Cysts, bumps, and other growths: Growths in your mouth are an indication of infection. Pus-filled sacks grow as a defense from your body, it is an indication of a larger issue that we will want to examine.

We are happy to answer all of your questions about holistic dentistry and a comprehensive approach to your oral health. Your overall health is important to us, and there are tips, tools, and restorations that we can assist you with that can improve more of your health than you may think. For more information, contact us at (631) 982-9669.