Traditionally, dental care has relied on many chemical treatments to try to protect your oral health. Although this has proven to be effective at preserving teeth, many people are concerned about the impact these might be having on their overall health. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid exposure to chemicals in dentistry, and we can help you find the right ones for you.
Avoid Chemicals with Preventive Care
Many of the chemical treatments used are in response to oral health problems that arise. With good preventive care, including good healthy habits, you can avoid the need for aggressive treatments.
Your diet is one of the most important influences on your oral health. Reduce your consumption of sugars and refined starches to reduce fuel for bacteria and decay. Stay hydrated to ensure your body’s natural antibacterial solution—saliva—can be present and effective. Avoid between-meal snacks, especially those containing sugar.
Also consider the use of xylitol, a natural sugar substitute. It is not as sweet as sugar, and it not only doesn’t feed bacteria, it impairs their ability to grow.
Herbal Alternatives in Toothpastes
Many commercial toothpastes contain a wide range of chemicals, including the antibacterial triclosan, which has serious side effects and builds up in our environment and bodies, plastic beads, whiteners, and many other contaminants.
Herbal toothpastes are available that are free of these chemical contaminants, and, in many cases, free of fluoride, too, relying on herbal approaches to protect your teeth against oral bacteria and decay.
Herbal Mouth Rinses
If you develop gum disease, you may be prescribed a chemical antibacterial rinse. However, there is an herbal alternative that is just as effective as the chemical chlorhexidine
These natural rinses are alcohol-free and work using powerful essential oils and herbs to combat the effects of gum disease. Pure full strength essential oils combat bacteria, while gotu kola and Echinacea encourage the regrowth of gum tissue. Essential oil of lavender and natural vegetable glycerin soothe and condition your gums to help strengthen them against future damage.
In a twelve-week trial comparing this natural rinse to chlorhexidine, the herbal rinse was just as effective at reducing bacterial plaque, gum inflammation, and bad breath.
We Can Help You Avoid Material Sensitivities
One of our chief concerns is that we want to avoid exposing you to any substances that can trigger an unhealthy response from your body. If you know about your sensitivities, please let us know and we will avoid exposing you to them. If you have a dietician or naturopath who has recommended certain treatments or substances to avoid, we will work with them and you to avoid disrupting your treatments.
If you would like to learn more about herbal dental treatments in Rochester, please email us or call 585-244-3337 for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry.