Salivary Testing

Salivary testing is a great tool for tailoring your dental care to your personal needs. Your saliva plays a vital role in protecting your oral health and contains vital information about the current state of your oral health. Testing your saliva can tell us:

  • If you produce the proper flow and rate of saliva
  • The viscosity and quality of saliva
  • Buffering capacity
  • pH of your saliva

It also helps us tailor our recommendations for homecare protocols or remineralizing treatments for the most effective results.

If you would like to learn more about holistic dentistry in Rochester, please email us or call (585) 244-3337 for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry.

Healing Small Cavities

Part of the minimally invasive approach to dentistry is to try remineralization of small cavities when possible. Our body, including teeth, has the potential for healing under the right conditions. The problem is that the process is relatively slow, and the process of destruction can be relatively fast. In order to heal cavities, we need to slow the destruction process (demineralization) and speed the healing process (remineralization).

An important factor for doing both parts of the process is changing your diet. Everything that enters the mouth has the potential to contribute to both healing and destruction. We will recommend diet changes that can promote remineralization and prevent plaque and bacterial overgrowth. When indicated, antibacterial treatments can also help protect your teeth and give them time to heal. Saliva flow and quality can be assessed to ensure that you have all of the natural tools to fight decay.

As it is part of a very personalized process, remineralization requires work on your part as well as dietary modification, lifestyle changes, and monitoring in the dental office.

Biocompatible Materials

Not all areas of decay can be remineralized, so restoration of the teeth can often be required. When we do perform restorations (“fillings”), we carefully consider the materials used and try to reduce exposure to toxic materials. As part of our commitment to holistic dentistry, we are constantly searching for the most biocompatible dental materials on the market and we also work with patients who have specific needs. If allergies to a material are noted, we are happy to provide you with alternatives.

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