Holistic Dentist in Charlotte, NC
What Is Holistic Dentistry?
You may have heard of a "holistic," "natural," or "biological" dentist but don't know what it means. This type of dentistry is more comprehensive of the whole body versus just focusing on the mouth. Holistic dentistry isn't a specialization; it's how we approach oral health, practice dental care, and meet our patient's specific needs and goals.
Why We Use a Holistic Approach to Dental Care
Dr. Gentry's journey into holistic dentistry began with her own health issue. She started developing hives all over her body for no apparent reason, and they worsened over the years. She saw many doctors and specialists and tried many medications––even a chemotherapy drug to reset her immune system––to eliminate the painful and itchy hives.
It wasn't until she began to research the cause of "idiopathic urticaria" that she found the source of her problems: chemicals and artificial colorings in food, among other toxins in the environment and food. As a result, Dr. Gentry completely changed her diet to all-natural foods with no preservatives or food colorings, and her five-year-long battle with chronic hives was finally over.
Dr. Gentry was astounded that doctors and specialists had not suggested anything but more medications and had never mentioned that her diet could be the problem. Since then, she has done hundreds of hours of independent research on toxins, the body's responses to these toxins, and how to heal yourself naturally.
Based on our knowledge, skills, and clinically-proven techniques in biologically-focused dentistry, we can help you attain your healthiest, most attractive smile yet.
Benefits of Science-Based Biological Dentistry
#1 Focus on Whole-Body Health and Wellness
Personalized Treatments Based on Your Unique Needs
Holistic dentists focus on health and prevention and strive to find your problems' root cause. For example, many patients with a bruxing habit use a plastic night guard to protect their teeth from damage without further exploring why. However, Dr. Heather Gentry studies your unique situation more deeply to find and treat the underlying cause of concern and its symptoms.
Diet contributes to our oral and whole-body health and wellness. Dr. Gentry and our team also offer personalized nutritional counseling so we can help you maintain optimal oral health from the inside out.
#2 Safe, Non-Toxic Materials
Dr. Gentry uses the least toxic and most biocompatible materials available. She has a passion for helping her patients be as healthy as they can be, and for this reason, she has undergone extensive training to offer you the safest, least toxic dentistry possible.
Here's what we offer:
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART)
Gentry Dental uses the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) at our Charlotte dental office, which is a treatment that allows us to remove mercury-containing silver fillings safely.
Many studies show that blood levels of mercury increase after having silver fillings removed, mostly from vapor coming off the mercury filling.
Metal-Free, Nickel-Free, and BPA-Free
We research and choose the least toxic materials to use for your dentistry. Surprisingly, many dental materials are not particularly biocompatible. Many white fillings contain BPA, and many metal materials contain nickel and other reactive metals.
At Gentry Dental, we are pleased to offer more biocompatible alternatives, such as:
- Metal-free dental crowns
- Porcelain inlays
- Porcelain Onlays
We also offer supplements, such as activated charcoal and chlorella to help with detoxifying after mercury amalgam removal.
#3 Aerosol Reducers
Among the many technologies we use are aerosol reducers. We use a Dental Mercury Vapor and Oral Aerosol Vacuum System designed to remove and filter potentially toxic vapors and microbiological contaminants away from the immediate breathing area of the patient, dentist, and assistant.
#4 Modern, Clinically-Proven Therapies
Ozone dental therapy is a holistic, minimally invasive treatment that eliminates oral bacteria and prevents tooth decay. Ultimately, it kills viruses, fungi, toxins, and other harmful organisms and debris in the mouth.
According to an article in the National Library of Medicine, ozone therapy can eliminate most cavity-related lesions and even heal teeth. Ozone is also highly effective for treating viral and fungal lesions.
Ozone therapy in dentistry can help with the following:
- Halt cavities and decay
- Manage periodontal infections
- Manage sinusitis and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Improve endodontic therapy for root canal infections
At Gentry Dental, we use a combination of ozone gas or ozonated oils and water, depending on the patient's needs.
We strive to maximize comfort, strength, durability, and esthetics while minimizing toxicity, immune reactivity, and stress. Some people are more reactive to toxins or irritants in the environment than others. Think of people with sensitivity to nickel in jewelry or tape on their skin or latex gloves- they may break out in rashes or hives to different materials. For highly reactive people, we have to be especially careful with the materials we use to clean and restore your teeth- we don't want to add any additional burdens to an already overwhelmed or sensitive system. At Gentry Dental, we offer Biocompatibility Testing to determine the risk of toxicity of a material or substance and its reactive potential in each patient. Before placing a dental material, we assess its compatibility with your body's unique chemistry, thus eliminating any guesswork.
We can provide you with a kit to take to a local lab to have a blood draw. This sample is sent off for comprehensive testing and the results are analyzed by Dr. Gentry to determine which materials are the safest to use for you personally.
This is more important for people with sensitivities already, but even non-reactive people can become reactive over time if enough burdens are added to their system. The effect is also cumulative- the more burdens over your lifetime, the more likely you are to develop sensitivities or hyper-reactions later in life. We are all exposed to toxins daily (air and water pollution, pesticides, artificial flavorings and colorings in foods, mercury in amalgam fillings, etc), and our bodies are good at filtering them out. However, the more toxins that are added and the less your body is able to process them as you age, the more likely you are to "over-burden" the system and start seeing symptoms of toxicity.
A Natural, Healthy Smile Is Possible
Please contact us today to schedule your next dental exam or treatment. Gentry Dental is pleased to serve the surrounding areas, including Charlotte, Southpark, Madison Park, Starmount, Beverly Woods, Barclay Downs, and Montford. And don't forget to ask us about our dental savings plan or CareCredit!