Teaching Good Holistic Dental Habits
by Terry Victor, The DC DentistA new year has begun and most people are well into their resolutions. Hopefully you’ve held on tight to one resolution—to take better care of your health. February is Children’s Dental Health Month and it is a great time to show children (and to remind adults) the importance of making healthy decisions that can have a long-lasting affect.
Dental practices that are holistic, biological and eco-friendly, like The DC Dentist, differentiate from other offices in the use of essential oils, herbal supplements and homeopathic treatments as a part of our patient care. We also use herbal toothpaste and rinse. Also, The DC Dentist looks at each patient, as a whole, consulting with physicians about any medical issues and discussing ways to ensure good overall health and consult with patient’s physicians regarding diseases that show up in your mouth. For example, heart disease is evident in a holistic dental exam, which is another reason that it is so important to see your dentist twice a year. We can alert you and your physician to any abnormalities to help prevent future ailments.
While at the dentist, each child should learn the proper flossing, brushing and rinsing techniques to aid in a lifelong habit of good oral health. Here are a few tips:
- Brush on a 45-degree angle, using a soft bristle toothbrush, with toothpaste free of fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Floss every day at morning and night. Hug the tooth while flossing.
- Use an alcohol-free rinse.
- Floss, brush and rinse after each meal and see your holistic dentist twice a year.
This is an excellent example of a material that is simple and biocompatible but can have far-reaching effects in prevention of tooth decay. At The DC Dentist there are patients who had sealants placed as small children. Now 30 and 40 years later, the sealant is still in place and they do not have any cavities. This is an example of one of the best treatments that exists in dentistry. It is quick, easy, inexpensive, last a long time and prevents cavities.
As we look at this coming year, it would be good to take the example of how sealants have worked in dentistry and apply it to our lives. We need to incorporate simple, inexpensive processes in our lives that prolong lasting benefits. If we are able to do that then, just as in dentistry, it will make our lives and the world better.
Dr. Terry Victor, DDS, The DC Dentist, provides holistic, biological and eco-friendly general restorative and cosmetic dentistry. His practice is located at 509 11th Street SE on Capitol Hill. For more information, call 202-544-3626 or visit TheDCDentist.com.