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FUNCTIONAL DENTISTRY

The future of dentistry

In 2024, advancements in science and technology have transformed our understanding of oral health beyond just clean teeth and fresh breath, ushering in a new era of dental care. At the heart of this transformation is functional dentistry, which recognizes the oral microbiome's vital role in our overall health. This innovative approach highlights how oral bacteria balance affects not just our mouths but our entire body, including our cardiovascular, brain, and gut health.

 

Research now shows that a healthy oral microbiome contributes to better nitric oxide production, which can lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk. 

 

Disruptions to the oral microbiome can lead to gut dysbiosis, which has been associated with increased permeability of the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). Findings to date suggest that the oral microbiome, via interactions with the gut and brain (a network called the oral-gut-brain axis), may be a key consideration for brain health, and multiple associated conditions.

 

Moreover, an imbalance in oral bacteria is linked to various chronic conditions like:

 

IBS and Gut dysbios

Alzheimer’s & Dementia,

Cardiovascular disease, 

Metabolic Health & Diabetes

Autoimmune disease

Fertility

When considering how to change the oral microbiome, begin with nutrition. The modern diet, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, contributes to dysbiosis. Replacing these foods with a simple, ancestral eating pattern with a focus on plants and fermented foods helps restore balance.

An oral microbiome diet includes whole, unprocessed foods focusing on quality animal protein, colorful plant foods, and fermented foods. These foods are effective for many reasons, namely because they entail chewing and salivary production.

Additionally, maintaining dental hygiene, using microbiome-friendly oral care products, and practices like tongue scraping can further support a healthy oral ecosystem.

When considering how to change the oral microbiome, begin with nutrition. The modern diet, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, contributes to dysbiosis. Replacing these foods with a simple, ancestral eating pattern with a focus on plants and fermented foods helps restore balance.

An oral microbiome diet includes whole, unprocessed foods focusing on quality animal protein, colorful plant foods, and fermented foods. These foods are effective for many reasons, namely because they entail chewing and salivary production.

Additionally, maintaining dental hygiene, using microbiome-friendly oral care products, and practices like tongue scraping can further support a healthy oral ecosystem.

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Six Key Advantages of visiting a Functional Dental Practice vs Regular Dental office

 

1.Transforming Dental Visits into Relaxing Experiences: We understand that dental appointments can be daunting for many. At Dundarave Dental, we've created a soothing, spa-like atmosphere to ease your nerves. Our use of aromatherapy and therapeutic sound frequencies is designed to make your visit as calming and stress-free as possible.

 

2.Embracing a Minimalist Approach to Dentistry: We believe in preserving the natural health of your teeth. At our practice, we prioritize preventive care and early intervention to avoid excessive treatments that could harm your teeth. Dr. Popa focuses on identifying the root causes of dental issues, providing care that maintains the integrity of your natural teeth.

 

3.Acknowledging the Connection Between Oral and General Health: We recognize the significant impact dental health can have on your overall well-being. Every treatment is considered for its holistic effect on your body. We avoid harmful substances like mercury amalgam and conduct biocompatibility tests to ensure the materials we use align with your body's needs. Our approach goes beyond dental care; we consider your overall health in every decision.

 

4.Creating a Healthy and Eco-Friendly Practice Environment: Dundarave Dental is a mercury-safe, adhering to high standards for the safe removal of amalgam and maintaining an eco-conscious environment. We employ EMF Guards, use recycled materials, and minimize paper and chemical use.


 

5.Treating the Root Cause, Not Just Symptoms: Our practice integrates modern dental science with holistic healing methods. Dr. Popa, a dedicated learner, continuously enhances her skills and knowledge to provide dental care that works in harmony with your body.

 

6.Empowering You to Make Informed Decisions: We believe that you should have full control over your dental health decisions. We provide comprehensive information on both conventional and biological treatment options, including the choice of no treatment. Our goal is to support you in making choices that align with your personal health goals, values, and beliefs. We're here to assist you on whichever path you choose for your oral health care.

Oral health is considered the 7th pillar of mental health, physical health and performance. For further information you can check out Dr. Andrew Huberman’s podcast on How to Improve your Oral Health.

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