Did you know that your dental health directly affects your overall health?
As a holistic dentist in Bountiful, UT, Dr. Larsen believes that your dental health affects your overall well-being. That’s why Larsen Family Dental promotes a safe and healthy implementation of modern dental techniques through holistic dentistry.
Our holistic dentistry services include biocompatible restorations that are free of metals and BPA, safe amalgam filling removal, ozone therapy, and the use of advanced technology to limit radiation exposure. Unlike traditional general dentistry, which focuses primarily on treating dental concerns, holistic dentistry focuses on the underlying problems that cause these issues in the first place.
Also called biological dentistry, this method functions on the premise that oral health is interconnected to a patient’s overall health. We make every effort when treating patients to minimize the impact on or removal of natural tooth structure.
Holistic Dentistry in Bountiful, UT
Your mouth plays a key role in your overall health. Your digestive and respiratory tracts are directly impacted by the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Bad oral health can lead to cardiovascular disease, fertility issues, and diabetes, among many other complications. Because your mouth is constantly filled with bacteria, it’s important to stay on top of preventative care to ensure that your dental health is not inviting infection into your body.
Holistic Dentistry FAQs
Do you provide ozone therapy?
Yes. We offer ozone therapy in several types of procedures to reduce the number of bacteria. This effectively halts early decay and cavity formation. Additionally, ozone therapy can be used to fight periodontal disease and sterilize the treatment area before a root canal procedure.
How does ozone therapy work?
Ozone therapy is administered as a gas, oil, or water. A machine is used to generate ozone. Some dentists use the gas directly and others mix it with oil or water. It’s applied to the teeth and gums to act as a disinfectant. It’s often used for periodontal disease, dental caries, and more. One of the biggest benefits is that it doesn’t damage any of the existing tissue, like other treatment options for these conditions.
Why choose metal-free fillings?
We recommend the use of metal-free and BPA-free dental fillings to support not only long-term dental health but overall physical wellness. Amalgam fillings or silver fillings contain trace amounts of mercury and other metals. Over time, mercury vapor is released which can impact the health of the patient. If you are allergic to mercury or certain metals or have a neurologic disorder this can have an impact on your health.
The FDA has recently released a statement regarding the use of mercury and other metals in amalgam fillings. In their statement dated September 24, 2020, they identified those considered to be at a greater risk for health problems from the use of amalgam dental fillings. We continue to support using metal-free and BPA-free fillings and offer the SMART system for removing old fillings.
Metal-free fillings offer key benefits, including a natural-looking result and lasting outcome. The composite material creates a tighter seal around the tooth structure than amalgam and can help prevent future decay.
Why should I remove old amalgam fillings?
Old amalgams are typically made of mercury. Over time, this type of dental filling is prone to break down and leak into the body. If performed incorrectly, patients can be exposed to mercury during the removal process. This is why Dr. Larsen follows the standard protocol of safe removal and uses powerful suction or evacuation systems for removing restorations.
If diagnostic tests reveal the presence of mercury, Dr. Larsen can recommend supplements to detoxify your body and strengthen your immune system. Your filling will be replaced with a safe and beautiful tooth-colored resin material.
What are my options for reducing radiation exposure?
Our team utilized the advanced cavity detection device called the CariVu™ system. This machine uses infrared transillumination to capture images that can help diagnose cracks and caries that are sometimes not even visible on x-rays. Since it does not emit ionizing radiation, the CariVu™ is an effective alternative for patients who are looking to reduce radiation exposure.
Why is holistic dentistry important?
Holistic dentistry isn’t just designed to take care of your teeth. It focuses on your overall well-being. Holistic dentists focus on using completely biocompatible dental materials when they’re fixing your smile. They also help by safely removing mercury fillings that may already be in your mouth. This detoxifies your body by getting rid of that material.
What makes a holistic dentist different?
The big difference is how they view dentistry. Holistic dentists focus on a wider perspective, taking into consideration the health of your skin and bones in the mouth, as well as any other medical conditions you may be suffering from. These may tie into your oral health as well. Holistic dentists also use different materials than a traditional dentist might. We focus on using non-toxic materials that are designed to work well with your body.
Is holistic dentistry more expensive?
Holistic dentistry is often very slightly more expensive compared to traditional dentistry. This is due to the materials used. We focus on biocompatible materials to work best with your body. Treatment with these materials also means that they’ll last longer, though. And it’s worth it to ensure you’re not putting toxic materials into your body.