What is functional dentistry and how is it connected to our overall health?

What is functional dentistry and how is it connected to our overall health?

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Dec 29 2019, 11:18 AM

Three trillion is spent on healthcare in the US and still millions of people die every year to preventable diseases.  This is one reason more health care providers are combining functional medicine with conventional treatments.  Dentists included.

If you are one of many who desire a gentler approach to dentistry that is more preventive in nature than traditional methods keep reading.  

Where traditional dentistry centers on flossing, brushing, using mouthwash and a twice a year check-up – and yes, those things are important (hmm, maybe not mouthwash.  Mouthwash has been proven to kill beneficial bacteria and create an imbalanced microbiome) – functional medicine focuses on diet, stress, tongue posture, sleep patterns, etc. 

Common questions a functional dentist may ask:

  • Do you snack on candy during the day?
  • What is your daily intake of sugar, carbs, and/or highly acidic foods?
  • Are you a soda sipper?
  • Do you breathe through nose or mouth?
  • How much stress do you have in your life?

You may wonder how these questions pertain to gum disease, cavities or bad breath.  According to The American Dental Association a poor diet has been linked to a person’s general health and the health of their teeth and gums.

By adopting a proper diet, lifestyle, and hygiene practices, many common dental issues can be avoided.

Did you know that wisdom teeth are supposed to fit in your mouth? That tooth decay isn’t just about eating candy? And that teeth grinding can be a sign of sleep apnea?

And what you do at home to care for your teeth might be even more important than what goes on in the dentist’s chair. Functional dentistry, like functional medicine, takes a proactive approach to health and wellness.

A traditional dentist is less likely to inform you that dental treatments using amalgam fillings and root canals have been linked to chronic illnesses.

A functional dentist will avoid these procedures whenever possible along with toxic materials.

Meet Dr. Alicia Abeyta, a functional dentist who is here to teach us how and why oral health should be the cornerstone of full body health.

As healthcare professionals, the best Albuquerque dentist and her team is pleased to offer their patients high quality dentistry from a holistic perspective. Call today to set up your appointment 505-293-7611

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