Holistic Dental Hygiene
Good dental hygiene for greater systemic health
With an integrated philosophy, Dr. Lawrence D. Singer, DMD treats a highly-educated patient community in and around Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Singer has little trouble convincing his regulars of the importance of taking a holistic approach to health and wellness.
If you live in Washington, D.C. or Alexandria, Virginia and need a holistic dentist who practices general preventative dentistry in addition to administering life-altering cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact DC Smiles online or call our offices directly to schedule an appointment: 703-299-4614
Traditional Versus Holistic Dental Hygiene
To be sure, traditional dentistry emphasizes three key steps to safeguard the health of your mouth:
- Brush at least twice daily.
- Floss immediately after brushing.
- Visit the dentist for checkups at least twice a year.
But, one reason that holistic dentistry is viewed by some in the industry as being nothing short of groundbreaking is that it takes routine dental hygiene one step further.
Holistic dentistry takes the view that the mouth provides germs, bacteria, viruses and fungus with quick, easy access to the entire body. So the more hygienic and healthy the mouth including the jaw, teeth and gums the better that person feels overall.
Holistic dental hygiene is equally comprehensive. It fuses traditional dentistry practices with naturopathic strategies that empower the patient to take control of their dental hygiene and greater systemic health.
Holistic dentistry also aims to improve upon past dental work, and whenever possible, eliminate the use of mercury fillings.
Three Holistic At-Home Hygiene Strategies
Since naturopathic dentistry and healthcare is largely driven by sustainable, earth-friendly treatments, there are certainly kitchen sink hygiene tactics that work well in conjunction with our patient care. Here are three of them:
At-Home Holistic Hygiene Tool No. 1: Salt Water Rinse Naturopaths advise using high-quality sea salt for this strategy, which reduces inflammation, soothes gums, and helps to regulate your mouths natural pH balance.
At-Home Holistic Hygiene Tool No. 2: Oil Pulling Flushing the mouth with coconut oil is a centuries-old practice that leaches unhealthy microbes from your skin, teeth and gums to produce a brighter smile, clearer skin, and better health overall. Conventional wisdom suggests swishing organic coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes each day. But, talk with Dr. Singer at DC Smiles if you plan to try oil pulling at home. He may have suggestions to improve upon the efficiency and efficacy of the process.
At-Home Holistic Hygiene Tool No. 3: Tongue Cleaning A tongue cleaner is a tool, sometimes shaped like a U, that scrapes away bacteria-laden residue from the tongues surface. Consider that 90 percent of bad breath is the result of a dirty tongue.