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What is Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry is an interceptive and holistic approach to dental care that provides comfort, stability and esthetics through healthy living and high-quality care. As a holistic dentist we focus on natural dentistry and alternative treatments to most conventional dental procedures. Feeling confident with your smile, being able to chew comfortably, and maintaining a healthy oral environment are a few of the foundations of holistic dentistry.

We believe that the patient must play an active part in understanding their oral health and in deciding what therapies or treatment options are best for them. It is equally important to understand what preventive measures may be required to maintain good oral health. It’s best to try to prevent disease through healthy living.

Aromatherapy/Music Therapy

We are able to enhance and improve your dental experience using Aromatherapy with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils. At the Smile Center Peoria, we use essential oils to calm our patients, clean the air, and create a wonderful relaxing aroma.

So, what are essential oils?

Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Not only do they give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. These essential oils are distilled from the plant for our benefits and have been used since the Egyptian times.

In our practice, we diffuse calming oils to modify the negative emotional response associated with the traditional aseptic smell of many medical facilities. Calming is not just a state of mind, but rather a complete physiologic response. The individual who is nervous and distraught will almost always have elevated blood pressure, pulse, and breathing as well as sweaty or clammy skin. These factors contribute to not only an unpleasant work environment for the staff, but to a poor patient experience as well. By diffusing essential oils, we can watch these physiologic conditions change before our eyes. We invite you to experience it for yourself!

Alternative treatment – CBD for Dental Anxiety

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-addictive substance that allows individuals to manage health problems safely. Recent studies have determined the potential of treating certain illnesses, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s)
  • Neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s and epileptic seizures)
  • Chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • Psychological problems (e.g. anxiety and depression)

In terms of your oral health, CBD can help to:

Reduce anxiety at the dentist’s office – CBD has a soothing effect and can calm a patient’s anxiety, making them more open to dental treatment and paying regular visits to their dentist.

Minimize the risk of gum disease – CBD can counteract the inflammation that leads to gum disease like periodontitis. Periodontitis causes gums to pull away from the teeth, making it more likely to become infected. This can break down the bones and tissues supporting teeth, resulting in tooth loss. The anesthetic and antiseptic qualities of cannabidiol may reduce your risk of gum disease (although not if smoked; see below for details).

Relieve tooth pain – CBD can be ingested as a systematic painkiller to relieve tooth pain. However, this particular method does not provide quick relief. CBD be applied directly on the affected area as an oral spray, oil, or tincture.

Aid in recovery after surgery – After a surgical operation (whether dental or medical), patients are generally prescribed a list of medications to fight bacteria, inflammation, and pain, some of which are addictive or have an array of possible side effects. Treatment with CBD oil following dental surgery can help patients avoid these side effects and recover safely.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone is O3, a tri-atomic oxygen molecule and is as safe as oxygen when properly administered.

When medical-grade pure oxygen is passed through a corona discharge generator, pure ozone is generated. Ozone can be used in a liquid form (ozonated water) or gas form. When ozone gas is filtered through pure olive oil, it forms an ointment (ozonated olive oil).

Atmospheric O3 quickly conjugates with atmospheric pollutants. Due to this unique characteristic to bind with pollutants, ozone levels are able to measure pollution levels. Ozone is not hazardous; rather, ozone binds with pollutants found in our atmosphere.

The negative charge on ozone searches for and neutralizes anything with a positive charge. “Bad” cells including bacteria, viruses, cancer cells or free radicals typically carry positive charges on their cell membranes. “Good” cells will typically have anti-oxidants on their cell membranes and will deter surface oxygenation.

This type of therapy is used for:

  • Periodontal disease: Flushing ozonated water below the gum line and/or ozone gas into the supporting tissues can be used to treat periodontal disease.
  • Decay: Ozone kills bacteria that cause cavities and because it is a gas, it diffuses and permeates areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and will eliminate bacteria on contact. After ozone therapy effective eradicates bacteria, a filling can be placed. Sometimes, no filling or restoration is necessary if the area is not too deep.
  • Sensitivity: Ozone gas administered to a sensitive or demineralized area on the tooth can harden compromised tooth structure and effectively eliminate sensitivity.
  • Safety: Ozone does not have any contraindications with other medications, therefore cross-reactions are not a concern at all. You cannot be allergic to ozone, because you cannot be allergic to oxygen.

CBD

Introduction to CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile.

CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.

CBD does not make a person feel “high” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.

CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high – or with less of a high. The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time.

Oral health is an essential part of overall hygiene and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, and gum infection, which, if left untreated, can lead to systemic inflammation.

When one talks about cannabis therapeutics, oral health has not generally been a topic that figures in the discussion. But recent data suggests that cannabinoids could become a staple in the dental field in the years ahead. Several toothpaste manufacturers have taken note of research showing that CBD and other plant cannabinoids have antimicrobial properties relevant to dental care.

How does CBD work? 

CBD and THC interact with our bodies in a variety of ways. One of the main ways is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids” - so named because of their similarity to compounds found in the cannabis plant. These “endocannabinoids” are part of what scientists refer to as the “endocannabinoid system.”

The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. It has major implications for nearly every area of medical science and helps to explain how and why CBD and THC are such versatile compounds – and why cannabis is such a widely consumed plant, despite its illegal status.

The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.

What happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? What are the consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive endocannabinoid system?

In a word, disease.

Cutting-edge science has shown that the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions. Thus, it stands to reason that “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans,” as Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggested in a 2014 publication.

By modulating the endocannabinoid system and enhancing endocannabinoid tone, CBD and THC can slow – or in some cases stop – disease progression.

Better Than Colgate

A 2020 study conducted by researchers in Belgium showed that cannabinoids were more effective in reducing the bacterial colony count in dental plaques as compared to well-established synthetic oral care products, such as Oral B and Colgate. To demonstrate this, the researchers recruited sixty healthy adults and arranged them into six different groups based on the Dutch periodontal scoring index (DPSI) representing different levels of gum health.

CBD products may have a promising future in oral health.

Samples of plaque were collected from intradental spaces between their teeth, and the samples were then plated on two separate Petri dishes. Four divisions in the dishes were then made, and on each section, cannabinoid (12.5%) or toothpaste (undiluted) was spread/streaked on the surface of the agar plate using microbrush applicator. On Petri dish A, a combination of four plant cannabinoids – CBD, cannabichromene (CBC), 111 cannabiniol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG) – were used.  And on Petri dish B, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), Oral B, Colgate, and Cannabite F (a toothpaste formulation of pomegranate and algae) were used. The resulting bacterial colony count was much higher in the Colgate, Oral B and Cannabite F treatments, whereas significantly less colony count was observed in all the cannabinoid treatments.

In a subsequent study, the same group of researchers demonstrated that cannabinoid infused mouthwashes containing CBD and CBG at <1% (that did not contain alcohol or fluoride) were as effective as 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthwashes in reducing dental plaque. This is both an intriguing and important finding since chlorhexidine mouthwashes are currently considered the gold standard in the field of dentistry for plaque reduction. This second study followed a similar design as the previous study, recruiting 72 healthy adults and placing them in different groups based on their DPSI scores and subsequently harvesting and plating plaques from intradental spaces in each patient. Zones of microbial inhibition were measured to compare the efficacy of each product.

Based on these findings, it appears that cannabinoid formulations produce desirable results, perhaps even more so than traditional chlorhexidine mouthwashes, which have a propensity to stain teeth when used with regularity.

Oral health is an essential part of overall hygiene and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, and gum infection, which, if left untreated, can lead to systemic inflammation.

When one talks about cannabis therapeutics, oral health has not generally been a topic that figures in the discussion. But recent data suggests that cannabinoids could become a staple in the dental field in the years ahead. Several toothpaste manufacturers have taken note of research showing that CBD and other plant cannabinoids have antimicrobial properties relevant to dental care.

Misconceptions about CBD

  • CBD IS MEDICAL. THC IS RECREATIONAL.
  • THC IS THE BAD CANNABINOID. CBD IS THE GOOD CANNABINOID.
  • CBD IS MOST EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THC.
  • SINGLE-MOLECULE PHARMACEUTICALS ARE SUPERIOR TO ‘CRUDE’ WHOLE PLANT MEDICINALS.
  • CBD IS NOT PSYCHOACTIVE.
  • PSYCHOACTIVITY IS INHERENTLY AN ADVERSE SIDE EFFECT.
  • CBD IS SEDATING.
  • HIGH DOSES OF CBD WORK BETTER THAN LOW DOSES.
  • CBD CONVERTS TO THC IN A PERSON’S STOMACH.
  • CBD IS FULLY LEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE IT’S NO LONGER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.
  • LEGALIZING CBD, BUT NOT CANNABIS, ADEQUATELY SERVES THE PATIENT POPULATION.
  • CBD IS CBD—IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE IT COMES FROM.