How to choose a general dentist – what to look for and more, part 4

How to choose a general dentist – what to look for and more, part 4

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Mar 28 2018, 10:23 AM

This post is the last in a four part series on choosing a general dentist. If you haven’t already read parts 1, 2, and 3, I recommend you do before continuing.

Every year, dental issues cost the global economy over $400 billion (1)

From treatment costs to missed time at work and school, the financial damage caused by afflictions of the mouth, jaw, and face can be extreme – and that’s not even considering the damage to people’s health or the pain they go through. The best way to avoid contributing to this sad statistic is with strong preventive care from a great general dentist. That’s why choosing the right dentist for yourself and your family can be such a huge and stressful decision.

Holistic dentistry

A great general dentist looks out for a range of issues that go far beyond your basic tooth decay. Since a general dentist is often the healthcare provider people see most frequently, they are in a uniquely advantageous position to detect a variety of conditions, from TMD to mouth breathing to sleep apnea. In support of her holistic approach to dental care, Dr. Abeyta has added oriental medicine, myofunctional therapy, and more to her practice. Holistic dentistry also places an emphasis on preventive care, rather than reacting to disease after the fact.

The holistic dental network has set out the following principles for holistic dental care:

  • Proper nutrition – good nutrition helps prevent and reverse degenerative dental diseases.
  • Avoidance and removal of toxins from dental materials – in the past, fillings were made of zinc or copper and silver combined with mercury. Mercury is one of the more toxic substances to humans on the planet. In sufficient doses, it can cause blindness, neurological issues, and attacks the kidneys and other organs. Dr. Abeyta has never allowed any mercury to be used in her practice.
  • Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite issues) – bite issues can cause uneven wear of tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay. If the issue is large enough, it can also cause other issues.
  • Prevention and treatment of gum disease – periodontitis, or gum disease, can cause tooth loss if left untreated. It also has been linked to inflammation and health issues in other parts of the body, so it’s important we work to prevent and treat it whenever possible.

Call the office today to set up your first appointment and see what Dr. Abeyta can do for the health of you and your family!

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