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Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
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BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Eating Free Range
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids More Apt to Smoke If Mom Did While Pregnant
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Countdown to Hair Loss
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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Holistic Dentistry-My View

Accurate definitions are important prior to a discussion of any subject matter. The word “holistic” is defined in the Thorndike-Barnhart dictionary as, “concerned with all factors, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, that affect health, rather than treating isolated diseases and symptoms.”

A dentist with a holistic approach is not just checking your teeth and gums, looking for decay and periodontal (gum) disease, or wanting to sell you on the idea of an improved smile through the wonders of cosmetic dentistry. To me, holistic dentistry means first getting to know the whole person, their attitudes towards dentistry and their desires regarding prevention and treatment. True health requires patient education, but I believe that the holistic dentist’s first priority is to educate himself about the patient before recommending what they may need or should want.

Traditional dentists and physicians have been in a reactive mode when it comes to treating disease, i.e., dentists who only repair decay and replace missing teeth, and, for example, physicians who react to high blood pressure solely with symptom controlling medications. In both cases the cause of the disease is not addressed.

In dentistry, a holistic approach is based on an understanding of how a healthy and attractive mouth looks and functions, and how it influences and is influenced by the rest of the body. This understanding was brought about through careful research of people, some in their eighties and nineties who had exceptional oral health. Besides having attractive smiles, these people exhibited little, if any tooth wear or tooth loss, and most had no or very little dental treatment needs. In other words, the research was based on the study of health, not disease. By observing and measuring these fortunate individuals, it was found that, without exception, they had qualities in common that resulted in beauty, function, comfort, and longevity. It was discovered that their teeth arrangements not only resulted in a naturally attractive appearance, but were aligned in such a manner that there was harmony between the upper and lower teeth and their relation to the jaw joints (TMJ’s). This accounted for why they never experienced jaw joint noise or pain, head and neck discomfort, tooth loss, vertigo or migraines. The components of their oral systems were all working in harmony – TMJ’s muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc. - that precluded not only the above symptoms, but these people also had little or no decay or periodontal disease. The result: A model of oral health was discovered through careful observation of hundreds of healthy oral systems.
These qualities became the Bioesthetic Guidelines, directing the holistic dentist in his diagnostic, preventive and treatment efforts. This research has incalculable value, as any person with a compromised smile, or head and neck aches from an inharmonious bite relationship can be assessed and treated towards this model of health & beauty discovered through the research of Mother Nature’s success.

Within the last decade or so, many new technologies have sprung up in dentistry, such as bonding, life-like porcelain materials used in crowns and veneers, as well as implant teeth replacements. These new technologies have given birth to the field of “Cosmetic Dentistry,” and the predominant content of most all dental journals today has to do with their application. Although these technologies offer many new and wonderful treatment options, their applications prior to a proper oral diagnosis may result in unfavorable side effects. When applied within the Bioesthetic model of health, the results can be awesome!

Also, it is crucial to use materials that are non-toxic and that are designed properly to support the health of the entire oral system. It is interesting that those black fillings are called “silver amalgam” fillings when there is almost twice as much mercury in them as there is silver. Aside from the potential mercury toxicity, there are more durable and esthetic materials available that would alone point in the direction of a mercury free dental practice. Our Hippocratic oath says "First do no harm" and this is why it is important to be under the care of a dentist who has been trained in evaluating not only the oral system (relationship of the teeth, gums, muscles, ligaments, TMJ's), but how all bodily systems affect the health, and are affected by the health of the oral system - true holistic dentistry.

Of primary importance is developing optimum periodontal (gum) health for both its oral and systemic value, as continuing research shows that the health of the mouth affects and is affected by the state of one’s general health. Patients who have gone through individualized periodontal health programs routinely show systemic health improvements as evidenced by pre and post program blood testing, i.e. lowered blood glucose and cholesterol. The practice uses the latest technology, such as phase microscopy in evaluating periodontal (gum) disease, laser cavity detection, intra-oral cameras and jaw movement tracking devices.

Dr. McBride realizes that true oral health is a result of teamwork between doctor and patient based on the development of a high level of mutual trust. Time is devoted to relationship building, prevention and developing individualized plans towards a preferred dental future. This mode offers opportunity for clients to understand their dental problems, fostering high commitment as they become participants in their own health.

Probably the most important word for a holistic dentist is diagnosis. Not only for the dentist to learn the individual nature of the patient’s oral and general health status, but in so doing, he can then teach his patient the cause(s) of their problems and offer them solutions directed towards the healthy model.

Dr. McBride has been in private practice in Long Beach, California for over 30 years. He is one of only 171 dentists worldwide who have been accredited in all four training levels in Orognathic Bioesthetics. He is a published author and has been a featured speaker locally and nationwide. For more information: www.rpmdentistry.com 562-421-3747

Holistic Dentistry-My View

Dr. Robert P. McBride, DDS, MAGD