What is Functional Dentistry?
Dr. Jesse Myers is bringing to the Shenandoah Valley a particular way of practicing dentistry called 'Functional Dentistry'.
He was recently featured on Ask The Dentist’s podcast discussing functional medicine topics like “How the Oral microbiome Affects Gum Health”, which can be listened to here or played down below.
Functional Dentistry is a comprehensive way of practicing medicine that integrates lifestyle modifications and food as medicine into contemporary dentistry. As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
Through the study of epigenetics, the human microbiome, and nutritional science we have a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of how lifestyle and nutrition are vital to health. Most diseases of the mouth are due to poor lifestyle habits and nutrition. Incorporating this knowledge into practice has the capacity to facilitate resilient health and regenerative healing for chronic inflammatory diseases.
From Dr. Myers: "The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the interconnected human body. Through this portal, we will see that at the pinnacle of health is oral health. This is because the mouth is the perfect mirror and reflector of what is happening internally in the human body. The most prevalent chronic human diseases experienced globally are found in the mouth. Diseases like cavities and gum diseases carry major economic and serious health burdens. As a physician of the mouth, I oftentimes see the first signs of these downstream issues. Other chronic diseases are caused or exacerbated by pathogenic oral bacteria. What is healthy for your teeth is healthy for the rest of the body. One of the best decisions you can make for your life is filtering your lifestyle decisions through the lens that Complete Whole Body Health starts in the mouth."
Call today or book online to schedule a consult with Dr. Myers for functional dentistry.
Check out Dr. Jesse Myers' interview with Joel Salatin and Sina McCullough, Ph.D as they chat about one of the most overlooked aspects of health - the mouth. Research shows that imbalances in the mouth are associated with chronic and autoimmune diseases, such as: diabetes, Alzheimers, cancer, and osteoporosis. Fortunately, a new era of dentistry has arrived - functional dentistry, where the practitioner considers the whole body and can diagnose nutrient deficiencies and microbiome imbalances simply by examining the mouth and tongue!
Check out Dr. Jesse Myers' interview with Dr. John Gildea & David Roberts as they discuss a wide variety of topics including root canals, oral microbiome, fluoride, his favorite toothpaste, and how oral health impacts Alzheimer's disease.
Functional dentistry, sometimes referred to as whole-body dentistry, holistic or integrative dentistry (though at our office, we prefer "functional") is an approach to dental care that considers the relationship between oral health and overall well-being. It emphasizes a more comprehensive view of dentistry, taking into account not only the teeth and gums but also their connection to the entire body. Here are some key aspects of functional dentistry:
Dr. Myers adheres to a patient-centered approach in dental care, emphasizing practices that are rooted in current scientific literature and have been demonstrated as safe and effective for both oral health and whole-body health. These evidence-based practices are selected based on their established track record and alignment with comprehensive well-being. While functional dentistry may encompass a wide range of approaches, Dr. Myers prioritizes those that are supported by robust scientific evidence, ensuring that patients receive care that is founded on sound research and safety principles.
What are the Potential Health Benefits of Pursuing Functional Dentistry?
While it's important to acknowledge that individual experiences can differ, and no definitive guarantees are made regarding the impact of functional dentistry on one's health, it's widely recognized that many individuals can potentially derive numerous benefits from this approach that extend beyond traditional dental care. Here are some potential health advantages associated with embracing functional dentistry:
Do Functional Dentists use Different Materials for Dental Restorations, and why?
Functional dentists often prioritize the use of alternative materials for dental restorations rather than traditional dental amalgam (silver fillings). This preference is based on several reasons, and it reflects the whole-body approach of functional dentistry to promote both oral and overall health. Let's delve into the key reasons why functional dentists typically avoid amalgam fillings:
It's important to note that the safety of dental amalgam has been a subject of ongoing debate within the dental and medical communities. While many dental authorities, including the American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), maintain that dental amalgam is safe for most patients, the potential risks associated with mercury exposure have led some dentists and patients to seek alternative materials. Functional dentists can offer a range of restorative materials, such as composite resin, porcelain, and ceramics, to address patients' dental needs while considering their health preferences and concerns.
Functional dentistry addresses the connection between oral health and systemic health by recognizing that the mouth is not isolated from the rest of the body; it is an integral part of the body's overall health and well-being. This approach emphasizes the interplay between oral health and various systemic conditions, and it leverages the understanding of this connection to provide more whole-body and patient-centered care. The oral microbiome plays a crucial role in this relationship. Here's how functional dentistry addresses these aspects:
Functional dentistry's focus on the oral-systemic connection and the role of the microbiome reflects a broader shift in healthcare toward a more whole-body and patient-centered approach. By addressing oral health in the context of overall health, functional dentistry aims to improve not only smiles but also the quality of life and systemic health of patients.
How can Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices Impact my Oral Health?
Nutrition and lifestyle choices have a profound impact on oral health, and their influence extends to the delicate balance of the oral microbiome. Here's how nutrition and lifestyle can affect both oral health and the oral microbiome:
In summary, nutrition and lifestyle choices significantly impact oral health by influencing the composition and balance of the oral microbiome. A balanced oral microbiome is essential for preventing oral health problems and supporting overall well-being. Functional dentistry often provides guidance on making choices that optimize both oral and systemic health.
Is Functional Dentistry Suitable for Children and Teenagers, or is it Primarily for Adults?
Functional dentistry is suitable for individuals of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults. This whole-body approach to dental care is not limited by age but is rather focused on providing comprehensive and patient-centered oral healthcare to people throughout their lives. Here's how functional dentistry can benefit different age groups:
In summary, functional dentistry is inclusive and adaptable to individuals of all ages. It offers age-specific guidance and treatments to address oral health issues while considering their potential impact on overall well-being. The whole-body and patient-centered approach of functional dentistry makes it a suitable choice for anyone looking to prioritize their oral and systemic health.
Is Functional Dentistry Right for You?
Ready to take the first step in achieving whole-body health? Dr. Myers is happy to assist you in evaluating your oral microbiome and engaging in a conversation about your health objectives. Contact Dr. Jesse Myers & Dr. Alan J. White's office at 540-886-1979 in Staunton, VA, and our dedicated team will assist you promptly. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form at the bottom of this page at your convenience.
"After years of traumatic dentist encounters, which led me to avoiding the dentist for many years... I am so happy I found this practice. I am very holistic in my lifestyle, and felt very supported in my choices by Dr. Myers and the staff. Dr. Myers is kind and knowledgeable and McKenna and Megan were also very gentle and compassionate. I am finally back on track with my dental health and will be back on a regular schedule of cleanings and visits. Also, the office itself is very nicely done with lots of windows, which makes it pleasant. Would highly recommend this practice." - Susan