August 3, 2015
Holistic dentists in Dallas, TX care for oral health and its impact on the whole person. Ellis J. Ramsey DDS offers a wide array of preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental services geared toward the most natural, holistic interventions possible.
Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of your body. Just as decayed teeth and gum disease adversely impact oral health, they also influence whole body systems, contributing to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, dementia, pregnancy complications and a whole host of serious health issues.
Holistic dentistry considers whole body health
Ellis J. Ramsey DDS, holistic dentist in Dallas, TX, offers preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services that focus on the health and well-being of the entire person–not just on what is going on in the mouth. In fact, the mouth is something of a window to the rest of the body. Dr. Ramsey concentrates on the most natural, least invasive approach to dental care, teaching patients to participate in their own wellness.
Preventive care is foundational to holistic dentistry
While Dr. Ramsey wants to see his patients twice yearly for exams and cleanings as the American Dental Association recommends, he also desires that his patients take charge of their dental hygiene at home. Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes with a quality fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily keeps decay and gum disease at bay. Dr. Ramsey would rather do fewer dental restorations on his patients!
Additionally, his exams are thorough, aiming to uncover dental problems at their earliest stages when interventions are minimal. Check-ups include:
- visual and intraoral camera inspection of teeth and gums for decay and periodontal disease
- Panorex 2-D x-rays
- periodontal probing to check gum pocket depth
- bite assessment
- inspection of existing restorations such as fillings and crowns
- oral cancer screening
- professional cleaning to remove tartar at the gum line and from root surfaces if necessary
- Arestin antibiotic therapy for gum disease
Safe, modern restorations keep mouth and body healthy
Dr. Ramsey understands that patients are concerned about metal or amalgam fillings in their mouths. Are they safe? What about allergies to the mercury, silver, tin and copper components of these old-style fillings?
So, he offers mercury-free fillings that utilize natural-looking and durable composite resin. A material that securely bonds to tooth structure, composite resin matches natural tooth color and repairs decay so seamlessly that a filling is virtually undetectable. This material also resists everyday wear and tear and harmful oral bacteria, too.
Additionally, Dr. Ramsey can replace larger metal fillings with partial crowns–inlays or onlays–which strengthen tooth structure and are made of the same porcelain/acrylic filling material. Ask his staff about a tooth-colored filling restoration appointment to consult Dr. Ramsey about replacing your old amalgam fillings. Ellis J. Ramsey DDS, holistic dentist in Dallas, has practiced mercury-free dentistry for more than 20 years.
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