Dr. Shelton is proud to offer a full-body alternative to traditional dental care. Our dental office takes a Complete Wellness or holistic approach to dentistry, which means carefully considering the way oral health affects the rest of the body (as well as vice versa). Furthermore, holistic dentists focus on taking a natural approach to dentistry, which means using biocompatible materials while avoiding mercury and fluoride. Call us today to learn more about our philosophy on oral health care, then schedule an appointment to see the difference for yourself!
A Complete Wellness approach to dentistry treats various oral health problems in a way that takes all aspects of health into account. For example, if you have gum disease, we may consider how your lifestyle and other health problems may have led to the disease as well as how the condition is affecting the rest of the body. All of our treatments are based on established science and well-documented evidence. We also put an emphasis on cosmetics; after all, emotional wellbeing is part of your health as well, and a beautiful smile can certainly help with that.
You may have heard of other dental offices using fluoride, but at our dental office, we believe that it’s better to stick to materials that are biocompatible, meaning it’s fully safe for the body to be exposed to them. As such, we will encourage other methods of cavity prevention and stick to fluoride-free hygiene products. Similarly, we do not use mercury-based fillings; instead, we will fill cavities with composite material that’s both safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to perform minimally invasive dental procedures that minimize discomfort and bleeding. We can use gentle lasers to make small incisions in the gums while causing little to no pain. Lasers are extremely precise and give us a lot of control over how much tissue is removed; they can also cauterize blood vessels as soon as they’re exposed. As a result, your mouth won’t need as much time to heal afterwards!
Naturally, when you make the switch to holistic dentistry, you’ll want your amalgam fillings to be removed as soon as possible in favor of a more health-conscious option. We follow a very specific protocol when it comes to amalgam removal. As part of the procedure, we will isolate the area being worked on with a rubber dam. This helps protect you from some of the harmful mercury vapors that are released during the removal process.
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