Holistic Dentistry with The Farber Center

Holistic dentistry and periodontics treat tooth and gum problems with a whole-body approach.

Holistic dentistry or holistic periodontics follows the premise that each limb or body part shares a connection. The premise might not shock you, as all body parts share connections within the human body. In fact, many of us have been singing about it since childhood (the thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone, etc.).  While some may shy away from words like “holistic,” as it may conjure ideas of alternative medicine, The Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants recognizes the importance of the body’s interconnectivity.  As a matter of fact, why don’t we explain why it is so crucial!

Holistic Dentistry and the Mouth-Body Connection

As science evolves, we are learning more about the connections between oral health and the central nervous system, heart, circulatory system, immune systems, as well as many other body parts. The scientific community is beginning to confirm that even chronic low-grade infections in the mouth (e.g., gingivitis or periodontal disease) can have a significant effect on the entire body. Furthermore, even conditions like sleep apnea, TMD, or headaches can be the result of underlying dental issues. The connection between oral health and the rest of the human body highlights the importance of preventing and treating oral disease. If you find new or worsening body aches, there may be an infection in your body. We certainly recommend you visit your general practitioner as well as a periodontist or dentist for an examination.

Dr. Farber and the Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants are fully committed to the mouth-body connection. Our dental implants are non-metallic, using zirconia in its place. The replacement of common metals with zirconia can remove the chance of corrosion within your mouth and remove metal allergies. (We should mention in there are cases where the doctor may need to use titanium.)

To speak with a member of the Farber Center, call 800.616.7010 or complete our contact form here: https://longislandperio.com/contact/. Taking a big stride to improve your health doesn’t have to be an ordeal, it might be as simple as making a commitment to brushing your teeth and flossing. Small steps can make a big difference!

Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

Periodontal disease warning signs include inflamed and receding gumsThroughout the years, the Farber Center blog has tried to keep you informed about the dangers of periodontal disease. Proper oral hygiene is, obviously, the most important step that you can take to avoid the complications that come along with gum disease. You might be asking, “well, is periodontal disease contagious?” No, not technically but there might be a little more to it than that!

What Do Experts Say Causes Periodontal Disease?

Taken directly from Perio.org—the official website for the American Academy of Periodontology:

“Research has shown that periodontal disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva.”

While they feel that technically periodontal disease is not contagious, they continue to state the bacteria can transfer from one person to another.

Wait, so is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

We know their answer can be confusing but if the bacterium that causes the reaction can transfer from person to person, then you should be careful. There is a slightly increased chance of getting gum disease if your partner already has it. Children with parents who have periodontal disease are also at a slightly higher risk of receiving it themselves.

Ways to Spread the Bacteria

Sharing utensils like forks or spoons can transfer saliva from one person to another, as can kissing. We would never recommend sharing a toothbrush; they too can pass active bacteria from one person to another.

What to Do If I Have Periodontal Disease?

As mentioned above, try to avoid sharing utensils or tools that can spread the bacteria. You certainly don’t require quarantine but as a courtesy to family or partners, you should be careful. Curing periodontal disease isn’t the uphill battle it used to be. With regular visits to the Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants and proper oral hygiene, you can get back to your regular life pretty quickly! For more information about our practice or to speak with someone here you can call 800.616.7010 or visit our website and complete our contact form.