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Holistic Dental Care
Whole body dentistry - it could help you improve your systemic health.
At Country Dental, we feel that an holistic approach to patient care is important.
Holistic dentistry involves taking into account the health of the whole person in planning dental care and not just concentrating on individual teeth.
At your first visit, we will ask you to complete a comprehensive medical history form. We’ll also ask you questions about your past and present medical and dental history and your general health. This helps us to provide comprehensive care, tailored specifically to your needs.
There is now increasing evidence to show that various disease processes in the mouth, such as abscesses and failed root canal treatment, can cause illnesses elsewhere in the body.
Gum disease can increase a patient’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Likewise, systemic illness, such as bowel disease, diabetes and leukaemia, can present as an oral manifestation.
During a routine examination, we check for decay, gum disease, mouth cancer, infection and signs of systemic disease.
We also check your occlusion (bite) for conditions that may lead to jaw problems and headaches.
For some patients, a bite splint may need to be fitted or a bite adjustment made. In some instances, it may be necessary to make a referral for treatment to a colleague such as a physiotherapist or acupuncturist.
We have chosen not to use mercury amalgam in the practice, preferring instead to use alternative materials.
There is now a large range of biocompatible restorative materials that we use at Country Dental.
These include composite filling materials, porcelain, zirconium glass and precious metals. On certain occasions we also use homeopathic and naturopathic products as an adjunct to dental treatment.
We undertake dental amalgam removals. Amalgam is removed under controlled conditions to reduce mercury vapour release.