What is Integrative Dentistry?
Here at FDA, Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos and our team of compassionate dental professionals follow an Integrative Dentistry philosophy – but what does this mean? Integrative Dentistry, also called Holistic Dentistry, Alternative Dentistry, or Complementary Dentistry, is a philosophy that takes the patient’s entire wellbeing into account when providing oral care. Dental practices that use an integrative approach believe that oral health and general health are forever connected. By approaching dentistry with the whole body in mind, we can better educate and communicate with our patients. Another important component of Integrative Dentistry is the belief that patients should be actively involved in their own treatment plan. This is why we build a partnership with our patients and encourage them to make a personal commitment to their oral hygiene.
How are Oral Health and General Heath Connected?
At FDA, our goal is to become an integral part of your health care team and help you set up an oral health plan that takes your whole body’s health in mind. Poor dental care has been linked to a variety of health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and complications in diabetes. Sometimes when our patients report that they have been feeling ill or rundown, it is revealed that there is a dental issue behind the scenes that is affecting the person’s entire wellbeing. This is why it is so important for Dr.Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos to be included as part of a patient’s healthcare team.
We always approach dental care with an eye to the health of the whole person. As integrative-oriented dentists, we stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding what materials are the safest to use with our patients. This includes mercury amalgam fillings, metal crowns, root canals and fluoride among others. We are constantly searching for the safest and least invasive products and procedures that “do no harm.”
We build a partnership with our patients and include them when creating a treatment plan. As iIntegrative-oriented dentists, our patients have a voice and we always defer to what is best for you. Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos will help you decide which Integrative Dentistry procedures are best for your needs.
To learn more about our Integrative Dentistry approach or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 207.781.5900, as we’re always here to help.