Natural, non-toxic, gentle approach part of holistic dental care in Lake Oswego, OR
The mouth is the gateway to the body, and no one understands this better than a provider of holistic dental care like Dr. Manami Yamaguchi of Dental Arts and Wellness in Lake Oswego, OR. The healthier your mouth is, the healthier you are, and vice versa.
Everything that goes into our mouths, from the foods we choose to the materials in a dental filling, impacts our overall wellbeing. What may be going on in our mouths has been linked to some serious diseases. Inflammation and infection in the gums, also known as periodontal disease, has been tied to maladies such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia.
The holistic dental care difference
Holistic, or biologic, dentists look beyond just the health of the teeth and mouth to the entire wellbeing of the unique individual under their care. They are attuned to the oral, physical, emotional, and even spiritual condition of their patient, and how these factors interconnect to affect a patient’s, health, appearance, and outlook on life.
Traditional dental care focuses on treatment of problems with the teeth and gums and seeks to prevent those problems from happening again. Holistic dentists look for the underlying cause of the problems and work to change behaviors or rectify conditions that will eliminate dental problems. They use the latest technological treatment options, non-toxic materials, natural supplements, and gentle procedures that do not have an adverse effect on the bodies or minds of those they treat. They also work closely with other health care providers to determine if a problem in the mouth could be the source of other health concerns.
Choose holistic dental care in Lake Oswego, OR, to feel great and look great
At the core of holistic dentistry is the concept of bioesthetics, which promotes the health, vivaciousness, and appearance of the patient. Here are the services Dr. Yamaguchi offers to keep you at your bioesthetic best:
- General dentistry – Regular dental cleanings and checkups are essential to long-term oral health. The deep cleanings a hygienist provides can reduce the inflammation-causing bacteria in your mouth that you can’t completely brush away at home. The staff at Dental Arts and Wellness offers ultrasonic cleaning that is gentler than root scaling to remove particularly stubborn plaque build-up. A check-up may include X-rays using low-radiation digital equipment. If Dr. Yamaguchi discovers a cavity, she will fill it using porcelain inlays or onlays, or tooth-colored composite fillings made of a ceramic/resin mixture. She will not expose you to the potential damage of mercury that can be found in traditional amalgam “silver” fillings. She also has the training and equipment to safely remove amalgam fillings and replace them with non-heavy-metal alternatives. Patients who may be suffering from gum disease will benefit from laser treatment that destroys bacteria in the soft tissue of the mouth.
- Comfort dentistry – As a holistic dentist, Dr. Yamaguchi is also concerned that anyone who experiences “dentist stress” receives treatment that is as painless as possible. She offers everything from numbing gel to powerful anesthesia, and uses technological innovations like DentalVibe, which uses a series of soothing vibrations in the mouth to interrupt pain signals to the brain, and the Wand, a computer-controlled instrument that precisely delivers anesthesia to just one tooth rather than numbing the entire side of the face.
- Cosmetic and restorative dentistry – Holistic dentists understand that looking your best gives you the confidence to be your best, and a healthy, beautiful smile makes a stunning first impression. Dr. Yamaguchi offers teeth-whitening services as well as a variety of the latest options for straightening a crooked smile, such as Invisalign clear plastic aligners and Six Month Smiles braces. Patients can also explore the options of having veneers placed on teeth that are chipped, yellowed, or may have gaps between them, as well as considering implants or dentures to replace missing teeth.
- Specialized dentistry – Dr. Yamaguchi’s patients who need specialized treatment will rarely be sent to another health care provider. She performs oral surgery, root canals, and procedures for receding gums, and can also provide treatment or oral devices for those dealing with sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or teeth-grinding.
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