Biologic Dentistry

Dentists in general are taught tunnel vision, working only in the mouth, truly believing that the teeth have no effect on the body, and the body has no effect on the teeth.  Biological dentistry, simply put, is an approach to dentistry that recognizes that the mouth and body are connected.

Biologic Dentists are generally more conservative than traditional dentists. Most understand that even if they were the best dentist in the world, teeth do not enjoy being drilled on, and it is always better to stop issues from occurring rather than fixing something once broken down. But once a tooth is broken down, requiring physical dental work, Trovato Nutrition promotes dental care that is in harmony with the overall system, understanding that all dental treatments impact other areas of the body in some way.

While traditional dentists tend to fix and save everything, concentrating solely on strength and structure (using metal everywhere), the goal of biological dentistry is to find the most conservative dental treatments using biocompatible materials that do not impact the teeth or body in a negative way.

The Mouth is a Window to the Body

Take a good look at your mouth.                                                                                         

What do you see?
Mercury Amalgam Fillings?
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns?
Root Canals?
Missing Teeth?
Titanium Implants?

Did you know that each tooth is associated with a different area of your body?

The health of the mouth is a direct representation of the health of the body, and chances are, the more dental work you have experienced, the greater the burden your mouth puts on the rest of your body. Why did you need all that dental work in the first place?

 It is time to learn the facts.

The Breakdown Process

Historically, dentists have described the decay process through the concept of acid erosion.  Example: “You ate too many acidic foods, you caused acid erosion, and all your teeth are now melting away.”  Acidic erosion is an outdated theory that is unfortunately still being used by many dentists.  The real answer is a bit more complex.  If preventing decay was an easy one sentence answer, then no one would have decay.

The answer combines multiple different topics such as bacteria, sugar, saliva, imbalanced pH, minerals, diet, and an incorrect internal dentition flow. The information can seem overwhelming, and it may take a while to fully integrate everything into your life, but starting with the foundation will provide the saliva (the environment) with the building blocks it needs to keep your teeth happy and healthy.

Evidence provided by multiple dentists and doctors through decades of research all come to the same irrefutable conclusion: Diet has an enormous impact on the oral environment.  

To quickly, and very generally sum up all the research, Dr. Price found what things to include in the diet, Dr. Mellanby found what not to include, Dr. Hawkins expanded both concepts, and Dr. Steinman explained dentinal fluid flow. There have been other contributors to the information, but these are some of the heavy hitters.

There is overwhelming evidence linking sugar consumption and dental caries (cavities). Sugar and products typically associated with sugar are the main culprits, but other carbohydrates are also to blame. Studies show that high consumption of starchy vegetables and fruits are also linked with the occurrence of dental cavities. The reason why sugar leads to decay is the bacteria in the mouth.

Streptococci, lactobacilli, and bifidobacteria are a few types of bacteria that contribute to the development of dental caries. The bacteria in your mouth use dietary sugar to produce insoluble plaque matrix polymers to aid in their colonization on the surface of your teeth. Once they have a stable living environment, the bacteria can eat both glucose and fructose (sugar from fruit). The metabolism of the sugar produces lactic acid, acetic acid, and formic acid.

When we consume sugar, or similar carbohydrates, we are feeding the bacteria, allowing them to produce the acid and ultimately lower the pH in our mouths. The lower oral pH increases the solubility of calcium hydroxyapatite in the teeth, and, as calcium and phosphate are lost from the surface of the tooth, the tooth becomes more prone to decay.

Demineralization occurs when the pH in the mouth reaches 5.5 or lower. Our saliva is a natural defense against demineralization and contains calcium and phosphate that will remineralize damaged teeth if allowed to work properly for sufficient time. This process is not quick, and it cannot work at all if the pH of our saliva is too low (too acidic). This is far too often the case with today’s standard American diet (SAD).

Weston Price, D.D.S. conducted extensive research that led to the publication of his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration in 1939. Price observed that in societies living in isolation and eating a “native diet” (not the Standard American Diet), the rate of tooth decay or gum disease was virtually non-existent. It wasn’t until the introduction of sugar and processed foods that he saw a breakdown of the oral environment.

As stated above, many other Dentists and Doctors have contributed to the ever-growing knowledgebase on why teeth breakdown. All of this is covered extensively in our Biologic Dental Program. We use this amazing information, logically explaining the “why”, and walking you step by step through the “how” of optimizing oral health.

Biologic Dental Exam

The purpose of the biologic dental exam is to view X-rays, chart out the existing dentistry, and educate the patient on what is in their mouth and how it may be affecting the rest of their body. We then come up with a logical game plan on how to address some of the issues. Trovato Nutrition has a specific syntax of care, but ultimately, everything we do is about gathering enough information to educate the client on exactly what is going on inside their mouths. Anything the patient wishes to do is then going to be their decision.

Trovato Nutrition works closely with one of the best biologic dental offices on the East Coast.

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