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Laser Treatments for Holistic Oral Care

Holistic oral care is focused on the highest standard of patient care with an emphasis on total body wellness. For this reason, Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center has incorporated a laser for soft tissue treatment and management of the following:

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Tooth sensitivities – laser therapy is commonly used to seal exposed tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for tooth sensitivity.

Gummy smiles – lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

Frenectomy – a laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children or adults who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and may also help to eliminate speech impediments.

Benign tumors – lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.

Cold sores – low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores, apthous ulcers and herpetic lesions as well as a significantly minimizing healing time. Get immediate relief in a matter of minutes!

Depigmentation of gum disease – patients who have a darker pigment on their gum tissue and wish to lighten for cosmetic purposes.

Bacteria reduction during cleanings – lasers seeks out and eliminates oral bacteria beneath the gum line. These bacteria are responsible not only for inflammation and gum disease, but can be linked to increased risk for several systemic diseases. These diseases include, but are not limited to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke, diabetes and low birth weight in babies.

Lasers in dentistry have been used successfully for decades and are an excellent tool in the overall health of our oral tissues.

The laser treatment only takes about 5-10 minutes and is painless. Laser therapy not only improves oral health, but also significantly reduces the overall bacterial load present in the entire body. Laser therapy during cleaning appointments is one more way to improve your overall well being. Be sure to take advantage of this new service at your next cleaning appointment.

We are now, not only improving oral health with mechanical removal of irritants such as plaque and tartar, but also eliminating the source of infection by destroying billions of colonies of bacteria.

The addition of laser therapy at Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center gives us another tool to improve the general health of our patients and it is truly an exciting modality.

For more information on the use of lasers in holistic oral care, please contact us.


Can Allergy Medications Cause Poor Oral Health?

Spring is here and as we all enjoy the beautiful blooming trees and flowers, we may also find ourselves reaching for the nearest bottle of Benadryl® or other over the counter allergy relief medication. Consider the side effects not only for your overall health, but specifically for your oral health before you reach for that bottle.

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Allergy medication instructions state they may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth. Those of us that choose to use over the counter medications also, choose to endure these side effects, without understanding what it may be doing to our oral health.

Dry mouth, clinically known as xerostomia, can cause an increase in dental caries (cavities/decay), oral candidiasis (Thrush), and altered taste sensations.

Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center suggests a few natural methods for alleviating allergy symptoms:

  • Eat allergy-fighting foods such as those rich in Omega-3s; fish, walnuts, and flaxseed oils
  • Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine that works very similar to the over the counter medications without the same side effects
  • Local raw honey contains pollen specific to your area and is a natural introduction of the allergens to the immune system, thus, enabling our bodies to build antibodies that may help with the severity of your reaction to allergens
  • Drink lots of water!

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is always a key factor in reducing gum disease and tooth decay, but especially with medications that may cause dry mouth.

As always, check with your physician before starting a new or adding to an existing regime.