Concierge Dentistry, Holistic Medicine an Integrative Ideology
While our focus is on dentistry, Dr. Singer does not see the mouth, gums, and teeth as separate from the rest of the body because they are not. Everything that happens in your mouth affects and is related to events or conditions in the rest of your body, while the condition of the other organs and systems of your body also affect what happens in your mouth. This is a holistic perspective, which primarily means that the body is seen as interconnected. This philosophy is different from the majority of dentists, who only clean, drill, and fill.
Holistic medicine is also sometimes called integrative medicine, functional medicine, or biologic. Regardless of the term used, Dr. Singer is a firm believer in a whole body approach, as he has seen the many benefits in both himself and his patients over the years.
Besides treating the whole body, functional medicine seeks to find the source of dysfunction or disease rather than merely treating symptoms. It is a proactive approach to health in that its aim is to promote optimal functioning (wellness) of the body’s various systems so that they can complement each other and perform in the way nature intended. This involves caring properly for the body in terms of nutrition, exercise, everyday functioning, etc. For example, not only are food, exercise, and sleep important, but posture while standing and sitting affect the body in numerous ways as well yes, even the teeth. Posture is a key component in the development of TMJ disorders. (Read more about TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment.)
Therefore, functional medicine works to assess, treat, and prevent chronic disease and dysfunction. Clearly, with the epidemic of todays modern chronic diseases, the traditional medicine approach of caring for the patient only after a disease state has become acute is not working.
Dr. Singer has worked with a number of allopathic (traditional) doctors in a hospital setting, however, for more than 12 years and has gained great insight into many medical specialties, which allows him to better understand a number of medical conditions. As a result, he can appreciate each patients medical history as it may pertain to the health of the mouth and apply this knowledge to his whole body approach. Additionally, he is on a Fellowship track for the Academy of Oral Medicine.
Dr. Singer has also had more than a decade of hospital experience. This includes conducting procedures in the operating room, handling complex emergency facial traumas. He has pushed the envelope in the field and has pending publications dealing with immediate bone grafting and implant placement at the time of trauma in order to provide patients with a better outcome.
Additionally, Dr. Singer favors a non-invasive, non-surgical, natural approach to dentistry. This means that he avoids incisions when possible and maintains an almost metal-free practice, using biologic materials that are non-toxic and biologically compatible with the body whenever possible. All restorations, fillings, and crowns are metal-free, and he offers zirconium implants as an alternative to titanium. He understands the connection between nutrition and the health of the mouth and prefers methods that assist the body in returning to a state of wellness.
As a result of his philosophy, Dr. Singer spends time with each patient to find out not just medical history and genetics, but also environmental and lifestyle factors that have influenced the health of the mouth, gums, teeth, and the rest of the body. Therefore, there is nothing cookie-cutter about the care our patients receive at DC Smiles. Every service whether corrective, preventive, or cosmetic is geared specifically toward each patient and that patient alone.
Dr. Singer is also able to determine the best physicians for referrals in a variety of disciplines. He often sends patients to ENT doctors, orthopedists, surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, integrated and naturopathic physicians.
Dr. Singer‘s primary goal is to help all of his patients achieve both their best health and a beautiful smile.