ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
CAREGIVING
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gas Cooking Might Up Your Cancer Risk
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Go To Work But Skip The Car
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
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Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?

Treat symptoms (results of disease) or diagnose systems (causes of disease)?

One of the biggest joys I have in life is working with a patient who wants to become healthier by co-learning with me about the status of their oral health, and going through a process of diagnosis, prevention and treatment that can be life changing!

I have spent countless hours throughout the last 35 years studying far above the norm to become the best dentist I can be. This learning adventure has been joyful, insightful, laborious and satisfying – but I will never be completely satisfied as long as there is more to learn. I have had mentors along the way that have taught me how a healthy mouth appears and functions as a system and how an unhealthy one can definitely change the state of one’s systemic health. I believe that patient education is vitally important…..the word DOCTOR means TEACHER. Therefore, I spend the necessary time in the beginning learning about and educating my patients.

I have found that most new dental patients are seeking remedies for problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, enhanced appearance and improved chewing ability. Most dentists will satisfy these needs by filling, crowning and cleaning teeth, providing teeth whitening procedures, veneers, porcelain crowns and implants to replace teeth. This is the modus operandi of 99% of practicing dentists. And I do all of the above, however in a more calculated and holistic manner. I perform a diagnosis – but not just “how many cavities or gum pockets you have,” or “how I can replace your missing teeth with implants,” or how “six or eight veneers on your front teeth can solve your appearance problems.” I perform all of these procedures, but before starting I perform a thorough diagnosis of my patients’ entire oral system. After all these years of dental practice, being a student and teaching, and having learned how a stable and attractive mouth appears and functions as a healthy system, I cannot jump in and fix problems that may be the result of a system not being in harmony without first looking into and correcting the cause(s). Why are teeth crooked or worn? Why is there jaw joint noise and pain? Could neck, head aches and migraines be the result of an oral system being out of balance? Could broken teeth be the result of their not meeting properly? Could your bleeding gums be causing you a systemic health risk? Could your systemic health be contributing to your bleeding gums?These are questions we need to consider prior to performing any treatment, excepting of course for pain and social (appearance) emergencies. This is the difference between treating symptoms and diagnosing systems.

So, you see, my background and experience offers benefits to my patients beyond continuing on a path of merely repairing and replacing the results of disease. My in-office presentations and those I do within and outside of my community represent my commitment to provide information towards an understanding of how the mouth functions as a system, and how its health can influence and be influenced by bodily health. My knowledge and training requires that I teach my patients the cause of their problems to stop the continual repair and replacement cycle, similar to a mountain climbing guide who would give you the proper knowledge and equipment to get you to the top. We can get to the top if you have as much interest in your health as I do, as teamwork is what allows it to happen. When dental services are diagnosed correctly, planned carefully and performed properly with a holistic approach that considers the entire oral system, it can be one of the best investments you will ever make as it can improve your physical and mental well-being and offer you a lifetime of oral health!

Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?

Robert P. McBride, DDS, MAGD