Why Should I Have A Complete Exam?
Exposure to radiation from dental x-rays is minimal. U Shine Dental switched to digital intra-oral x-rays in January 2010 allowing us to cut your exposure by 50%. You will always be protected by a lead apron with a thyroid collar. In actuality, you?ll be exposed to about one fifth of the radiation you receive from living in a brick house for one year.Especially for new patients, the COE is our opportunity to really get to know your mouth, and more importantly to get to know you. We want to understand what your goals are for your smile and overall health, so that we can achieve them together. It?s the COE that allows us to form a strategy to help keep your teeth strong and healthy for life. The strategy helps us prioritize more urgent treatment and helps us map out a long term vision for success.
As we all age, changes occur. A lot can happen in a 5 year period, and it?s important to fully examine your teeth, document any changes that have occurred and decide what action is required.
Your 5 year COE is designed to find and address problems early while they are more manageable or at least determine when they will need to be addressed. This is one of the most critical ways to keep your teeth problem free and allow you to eat and smile with confidence.
How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
New patients will have x-rays taken when they enter the practice. After that, we will take a few x-rays every 1-2 years for adults and a full set every 5 years as a part of the Complete Oral Exam.
If you?ve had x-rays taken within the last year, we can request that they be transferred to our office.
What If I Don't Want X-Rays?
You are always allowed to refuse x-rays for yourself or for your children. We don?t recommend avoiding x-rays as they greatly enhance our ability to find and treat problems. We may, in some cases require that you sign a release when we have serious concerns; however you always have the final say.
How Much Radiation Do X-Rays Expose Us To?
Exposure to radiation from dental x-rays is minimal. U Shine Dental switched to digital intra-oral x-rays in January 2010 allowing us to cut your exposure by 50%. You will always be protected by a lead apron with a thyroid collar. In actuality, you?ll be exposed to about one fifth of the radiation you receive from living in a brick house for one year.
Is Holistic Dentistry right for you?
While dentists everywhere focus on dental health and the treatment of oral disease, a holistic dentist will also focus on your whole body or general health. And holistic dentistry presents itself as a healthy comprehensive health care alternative with the ideal blend of modern dentistry and natural healing methods.
Your lifestyle, even your emotions and behaviour, may have a direct relationship with your oral health. You?re unique, so it is logical to think that you may not respond equally to the same stimuli as other dental patients. That?s why your natural treatments will be different, with personalized attention to take care of you according to your specific needs.
What are some of the benefits of holistic or natural dental care?
Holistic dentists aren?t your typical dentists. Holistic dentists focus on your whole health and its relationship with your oral health rather than using quick fixes. Holistic dentists promote health and wellness rather than the treatment of diseases. This leads to many benefits including:
Use of Safe, Healthy Materials
Many materials that have been used by your average dentists over the years are often bad for your health. Silver amalgam fillings for example, contain 50 percent mercury, one of the most toxic substances around. U Shine Dental uses alternative solutions that take your health and wellness into consideration.
Fluoride treatments are not healthy for your teeth either. While long believed to cure cavities, recent research shows that fluoride may actually cause health problems such as: Brain damage, arthritis, dementia, bone cancer, muscle disorders, and more. U Shine Dental only use materials that are free of toxins and adopt treatments that won?t harm your health.
Treating the Body as a Whole
Instead of just focusing on the smile, as a holistic dental practice U Shine Dental also considers how everything done to the mouth will affect your overall body. Holistic dentists are well-versed in the oral systemic connection, understanding how the bacteria and problems within the mouth can carry through the bloodstream and into the rest of the body, increasing one?s risk for many medical conditions.
When caring for a diabetic patient for example, U Shine Dental will help that patient understand how he or she can manage blood sugar levels best by following best practices for oral hygiene care and a healthy program of diet and exercise.
Using natural or holistic techniques, U Shine Dental can help relieve disorders like chronic fatigue, sinusitis, heart burn, irritable bowel, mood disorders and poor concentration.
Holistic Dentists Rarely Use X-Rays
X-rays can be harmful to your health because of their high radiation exposure. That?s why holistic dentists only use digital X-rays which are approximately 50 percent lower in radiation than traditional dental X-ray machines. As radiation is still present even in the digital X-rays, U Shine Dental use these sparingly.
Does holistic dental care cost more?
The cost for holistic dental care is similar to average dentists for cleaning and office visits. But keep in mind that mercury is inexpensive so the composites used for fillings tend to cost more.
And as mentioned earlier, the cost of repairing a smile after poor oral health care will always remain the same. By maintaining one?s oral health, you can avoid the development of unwanted conditions such as cavities, periodontal disease, and even natural tooth loss, which in turn reduces visits and can actually reduce overall cost.
Is Holistic Dentistry covered by insurance?
Many of the dental treatments offered by U Shine Dental already incorporate holistic practices and are covered by your dental insurance. Full coverage depends on the procedure and your insurance. We?re happy to check your insurance coverage to see what you personally would be covered for.
What makes a dental practice holistic?
As holistic dentists we consider the biocompatibility of materials used for dental procedures such as crowns, fillings, and even fluoride treatments. Treatments are customized for you to eliminate adverse affects and include discussions surrounding home care, diet, and nutrition to prevent, diagnose, and treat accordingly.
U Shine Dental offers a personalized nutritional program designed to help provide your body with vital ingredients and nutrients to help alleviate some of the following dental issues:
- Mercury Amalgam/Silver Filling Removal/Toxicity
- Periodontal Disease
- Candidiasis (Thrush)
- TMJ Disorders/Syndrome
- High cavity rates
- Halitosis (Chronic Bad Breath)
- Dental Anxiety, pain relief and infections
- And much more!