What is Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic Dentistry considers the patient’s entire state of physical and emotional well-being. It is also referred to as Biological Dentistry, Biomimetic Dentistry, Metal-Free Dentistry, Toxic-Free Dentistry, and Natural Dentistry. With holistic dentistry, Dr. Curatola views the mouth as the gateway and a mirror to the entire body. The ability to maintain health through the prevention and treatment of oral disease is an important element of wellness. Proven research shows that oral health plays a critical role in disease prevention, longevity, and healthier living. Gum disease remains epidemic afflicting more than 80% of the adult population of the US and is recognized as one of the largest sources of chronic low-grade inflammation.[i]
The mouth is the starting and entry point for an array of microbial infections to enter the bloodstream. Poor oral health can increase risk for, show the presence of, or intensify the effects of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. [ii] In addition, periodontal disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar, and approximately 95% of Americans with diabetes have gum disease. [iii] The incidence of premature and low birth weight babies is also linked to gum disease. [iv] Poor oral health has also been found to exacerbate depression and other mental health conditions. [v] A 2006 study conducted by Aetna and Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine on 145,000 patients found up to a 21% reduction in healthcare costs associated with major systemic diseases when oral health is improved. [vi] As part of his holistic treatment of the mouth and body, Dr. Curatola focuses on preventative screening of overall health factors including oral health and anatomy, reviewing patients’ nutritional habits, exposure to environmental toxins, and lifestyle. Dr. Curatola is able to ascertain many aspects of patients’ systemic health through his examination of the mouth. He focuses on the underlying condition rather than merely treating symptoms.
Dr. Curatola espouses a holistic medicine philosophy, focusing on health and wellness through the spectrum of your mouth. Our objective at Rejuvenation Dentistry is to synchronize our patients’ dental health with their overall physical and emotional wellbeing through the use of non-toxic and biocompatible materials, and through the safe removal and replacement of dental materials shown to be detrimental to the health of the patient. Dr. Curatola has a deep understanding of the harmful effects of dental toxins on overall health as a result of treating many patients who have suffered consequences of harmful substances. He has honed an expertise in the identification, isolation and removal of incompatible and injurious restorations in the mouth with proper biocompatible dental reconstruction.
In addition to the removal of toxic elements, such as mercury fillings and corrosive metals in implants and other restorations, Dr. Curatola focuses on restoring health and promoting recovery in the mouth. Toxicity in the mouth impairs overall immune system. Dr. Curatola focuses on reducing harmful inflammation caused by infections and incompatible materials to restore and strengthen the immune system.
[i] National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research, The NIDCR Strategic Plan 2003-2008.
[ii] Morrison H, Ellison L, Taylor G. Periodontal disease and risk of fatal coronary heart and cerebrovascular diseases. J Cardiovascular Risk 1999; 6: 7-11.
[iii] American Dental Hygienist Association – Dealing with Gum Disease – A Life Threatening Health Risk.
[iv] Dasanayake A. Poor periodontal health of the pregnant woman as a risk factor for low birth weight. Annals Periodontology 1998; 3 206-212.
[v] Matevosyan, N. R. (2010). Oral health of adults with serious mental illnesses: a review.Community mental health journal , 46 (6), 553-562.
[vi] Report by Aetna/Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, March 20, 2006, BMC Health Serv Res. 2006; 6:103. An examination of periodontal treatment and per member per month (PMPM) medical costs in an insured population.