When was your last dental visit? Have you noticed the difference? When you go to the dentist you are no longer seeing a tooth mechanic, with the drill and other scary tools. Today’s dentist is one of your primary health care providers on the front line of caring for your total health. The dentists of today are: concerned with relieving your dental pain; enhancing your overall appearance by performing cosmetic procedures; providing spa type experiences during your visits; and, also evaluating your diet and nutrition and overall condition of your entire body.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul then the mouth is the portal to everything else. The German physician Reinhardt Voll estimated that 80% of all illnesses stems from the mouth. Digestive problems, nutrition imbalances, diabetes, some cancers, and other systemic illnesses can be detected during a thorough dental evaluation.
Technology in the dental office has improved significantly in an attempt to improve the experience during your visit. Digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure by up to 80 or 90% from traditional x-rays. Lasers are used to perform certain dental procedures with more predictable results, more efficiently, and, with less discomfort, such as periodontal gum surgery which in the old way was extremely painful. The evolution of CAD/CAM technology has reduced the time and number of visits needed to make crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays and onlays. These restorations look beautiful. Braces used to be an unattractive proposition especially for adults. However, Invisalign allows you to straighten crooked teeth and improve your appearance and they are barely noticeable.
So at your next visit, enjoy your regular, thorough cleaning. Whiten your teeth and enhance your smile. Always remember, your dentist is one of your primary care providers who is committed to improving your total health and well being, as well as your overall dental experience.
Dr Donna Williams
Dr. Williams began her career in the field of dentistry at Howard University and graduated from Baltimore College Dental Surgery/University of Maryland. She is one of a select group of general dentists who have completed a fellowship in Holistic dentistry, and is also certified to use the only FDA approved laser for periodontal surgery. She is passionate about improving the health status of people throughout the community and beyond. Contact her at: Morningside Dental Care.