Traditional dentistry is very effective at treating oral health problems such as cavities, chipped teeth, or other issues that affect the health of your teeth and gums. However, consideration typically isn’t given to how the treatments used to impact the rest of the body. At Gentle Dental Care in Menomonie and Durand, Wisconsin, we believe in using a different approach that considers you as the whole, unique person you are — not just a symptom or a tooth to be treated. Read on to learn more about holistic dentistry and how it can benefit you and your loved ones.
Holistic dentistry is an alternative approach to providing dental care based on the premise that the mouth and the rest of the body are intricately connected. One way to understand this is to imagine a cut on your hand. If the wound becomes infected and is left untreated, the infection can travel throughout the rest of your body and ultimately cause life-threatening illness. Similarly, health problems in the mouth can contribute to a wide variety of systemic health problems, and conversely, health problems in the body can have symptoms that manifest in the mouth (such as mouth ulcers due to Crohn’s disease or oral fungal infections due to diabetes). One such example of this mouth-body connection is the well-established link between gum disease and many different health problems, including:
What does the mouth-body connection mean when it comes to dental care for your family? As a holistic dental practice, this principle forms the basis for every treatment we provide, whether a routine dental cleaning or a more advanced procedure.
These are just a few examples of the difference in the dental care you will experience at Gentle Dental Care. To schedule an appointment and experience the difference for yourself, call (715) 600-9004 today!
Dr. Andre received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her DMD at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Thatcher is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Both are highly skilled and experienced dentists who are focused on serving the dental needs of every member of the family under one roof. They consider holistic dentistry practices like mercury-free dentistry and ozone therapy as extremely important to the patient-centered approach they have adopted at the practice.