When Dr. Gentry experienced her own health concerns that remained undiagnosed, her journey into natural health care began. After living with painful, itchy hives that doctors couldn't explain or eliminate for over five years, Dr. Gentry started her own research into the problem.
Her studies found that chemicals, artificial colorings in food, and other environmental toxins were the cause of her hives. As a result, she changed her diet to all-natural foods and finally ended her chronic battle with hives. This also started her journey in helping her dental patients live their best lives by providing holistic, biologically-focused dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
What Is Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is a philosophy for care that essentially refers to expanding traditional dental treatment to include strategies for whole-body wellness. Holistic dentists understand the mouth and body connection and strive to provide care that considers the patient's mind, body, and even spiritual well-being to promote excellent overall health and wellness. This comprehensive approach tailors dental care and treatment to each patient's unique wellness needs with a combination of dentistry and holistic treatments to promote whole-body wellness. This may include therapies like:
- Nutritional counseling
- Use of safe, non-toxic dental materials
- Ozone therapy
- Biocompatibility testing
- Use of aerosol reducers
Dr. Gentry may use a combination of different holistic therapies to help you achieve your best version of whole-body wellness. Let's take a look a more in-depth look at these therapies.
Dr. Gentry found that nutrition was integral in eliminating her painful problem with hives. Biological dentists understand that nutrition is the foundation for the body's wellness, and educating patients on their nutrition can help promote the prevention of dental problems or emergencies and better overall health. Here are some tips for improved diet and enhanced oral health:
- Avoid processed sugar
- Eat more leafy greens that are packed with prebiotics
- Avoid sugary beverages like soda or fruit juices
- Enjoy fish like salmon that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables like carrots or apples that neutralize the acids in your mouth
- Avoid starchy foods that stick to teeth and break down into sugar
At Gentry Dental, we help patients understand how to make the best food choices for themselves.
Use of Safe Dental Materials
Biological dentists like Dr. Gentry use only non-toxic materials for dental procedures like metal-free crowns and porcelain restorations. Safe materials are more compatible with our patient's biochemistry and promote better patient health and longevity for the restoration.
Dr. Gentry also employs the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) at our dental office in Charlotte. This technique allows us to remove silver amalgam fillings safely while considering the safety of our patients, dentist, and assistants.
Ozone therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay by eliminating harmful viruses, toxins, organisms, and fungi in your mouth. Depending on each patient's unique needs, Dr. Gentry may use ozonated oils, gas, water, or a combination of the three.
Ozone therapy has been proven to reduce chronic inflammation and promote a healthy immune system.
Holistic dentists understand that each patient's unique biochemistry impacts how their bodies will react to different dental materials. If your body is incompatible with the dental material used, your immune system may see it as a foreign body that it should attack. This can result in immune dysfunction and other potential problems.
Biocompatibility testing takes the guesswork out of dentistry and ensures that our patients won't endure any problems with toxicity, stress, or immune reactivity.
Use of Aerosol Reducers
At Gentry Dental, with the safety of the patient, dentist, and assistant in mind, we use a Dental Mercury Vapor and Oral Aerosol Vacuum System. These systems filter and remove vapors that are potentially toxic and microbiological contaminants from the immediate breathing area. This is especially helpful during procedures like removing an old amalgam silver filling where mercury particles could be present.
The Power of the Oral Systemic Connection
Over the years, science has shown us clear connections between oral health and general health. As the gateway into your body, it would only make sense that your periodontal health is inextricably related to your overall well-being. In addition, we know that the bacteria responsible for causing the inflammation contributing to gum disease can also enter your bloodstream and contribute to non-dental related health concerns like:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Complications during pregnancy
- Low birth weight in babies
Did you know that gum disease has also been linked with brain decline diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's? In addition, recent studies show us that bacteria enter the bloodstream, but they can also get into your spinal fluid, which takes it directly into your brain, impacting brain health.
This information tells us that taking care of your dental health has never been more critical, and your trusted Charlotte holistic dentist is here to help! Holistic dentistry uses the most natural and least invasive treatment possible to improve and maintain dental health.
We invite you to contact Gentry Dental at (704) 554-1007 for more information about how we can help you achieve and maintain optimum health.