Holistic dentistry

How Can Holistic Dentistry Help Me?

holistic dentistry boulder colorado dentist In philosophy, when thinking about something in a holistic way, you take the whole as a sum of its parts. Essentially, in this philosophy, you recognize that each part, no matter how small, has an effect on the whole system and that each should be recognized to understand their significance upon the whole. In medicine, the holistic philosophy is one that characterizes the whole body beyond just the physical symptoms, including mental factors and outside influence, to diagnose and treat ailments.

At Adler Advanced Dentistry in Boulder, Dr. Michael Adler is a holistic dentist who believes that to truly treat your oral health issues a comprehensive approach is needed to understand exactly what the cause of your dental problem may be. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Adler doesn’t just treat your dental issue; he considers all of the systemic causes that may be a factor and thinks about the ways to not only diagnose and treat but to prevent the issue as well.

When examining your dental problems, Dr. Adler looks at your whole health, as well as your lifestyle, to understand the cause of any oral health issue. It’s been shown that our oral health is directly connected to our overall health, as untreated dental issues can lead to problems in other areas of the body. The converse is also true in that our lifestyle, diets, and overall health are factors in our oral health. A few examples of this interconnection can be seen in the following examples:

  • Gum disease: Instead of just treating your gum disease, Dr. Adler will look at your lifestyle and health to see if there are factors outside of your oral health contributing to the issue. For example, if you have poor dental hygiene practices, regularly smoke, or suffer from a health condition such as diabetes, he’ll recommend preventative measures and treatments to effectively help your gum disease that take these factors into consideration.
  • Tooth decay: Depending on the rate and level of your tooth decay, Dr. Adler will evaluate whether there are lifestyle factors such as poor diet and dental hygiene, or an abundance of bacteria that is causing the decay. If you have an excess of bacteria in your mouth he may recommend laser dentistry to aid in reducing the bacteria. During your exam and cleaning, Dr. Adler will discuss options to help you prevent further decay and preserve your oral health.
  • Headaches: If you suffer from chronic headaches there may be a dental connection causing the issue. Headaches can result if any of the muscles and joints in your face, jaw, or neck are strained or misaligned. As an experienced neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Adler will evaluate all of these joints and muscles to determine if they are the cause and provide a treatment plan to help correct any issues.

Not only does Dr. Adler take a holistic approach to diagnosing the dental problem but he uses the same philosophy in his treatments as well. These treatments not only address the issue at hand but also take account of their effect on other parts of the body so as not to cause harm to your overall health. Examples of a few of these treatments include:

  • Using mercury-free restorations
  • Using oral probiotics specifically formulated for your mouth
  • Offering a number of holistic products for your dental hygiene

If you’re interested in learning more about our holistic dentist and how these practices can help your oral and overall health, contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve those who live in Boulder, as well as all nearby communities on the Front Range in Colorado.

Supplements for Dental Health

FullSizeRender (9) Supplements are a great tool when trying to detoxify and enhance our immune systems. Our immune system plays a huge roll in the health of our mouths. It’s often said that the mouth is a window into our overall health. If we can keep our mouths healthy, we can positively affect our overall health.  In order to keep our mouths healthy, we need to support our immune system.

This week we spent over 24 hours of continued education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies learning about advanced hygiene techniques such as using light, sound, and supplements to enhance our patients oral health. We have been using ligh (laser) in our office for quite some time to eradicate bacteria during cleanings. Stay tuned for another blog post to learn more about this holistic approach and how the laser works to increase your overall health!

Having your teeth cleaned in our office is a great start, but if you ever have bleeding in your tissues, we know that this is a sign of infection and you may want to consider bumping up your immune system as a tool to help. Using our tissue therapy and your customized home care routine we are creating an environment in your mouth for your immune system to heal. That being said, we need to support your immune function so you can heal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Below is a short list of supplements to ensure you have in your daily arsenal to support your immune system and keep your mouth healthy!

Coenzyme Q10

COQ10 is a compound that occurs naturally in the cells within the human body. It serves as a power generator in all the cells. Studies show that as little as 100 MG of COQ10 daily decreases the amount of bacteria under the gum tissue. Studies also show that diseased (bleeding) gum tissue contains NO COQ10. The goal is for the COQ10 to strengthen the body so it can fight off bacteria more successfully. This supplement is even more necessary if you take a Statin- as this depletes COQ10 from the body. The COQ10 will also counteract some of the muscle weakness and pain that commonly happens when taking a cholesterol lowering medication.

We recommend a form of COQ10 called Ubiquinol at 150 mg per day.

*This supplement is not recommended if you are taking Wafrarin/Cumadin

Vitamin C

30% of the population is deficient in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the safest, most effective supplements you can take. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and connective tissue formation. It is also used to manufacture glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C supports immune function and will help your mouth heal from any bleeding tissues. We recommend 500 mg per day of ascorbic acid. An increased dosage can be used if you are healing from an injury or fighting an illness.

Oral Probiotics

Oral probiotics are yet another way to support the tissues in your mouth. Just like our guts, our mouths can be overrun with bad odor causing bacteria. Dental probiotics are specific to the mouth bacteria and different from the gut probiotics that you may already be taking. Probiomax DDS is a chewable probiotic designed to activate in the oral cavity for support of healthy teeth and gums. As you chew the peppermint-flavored tablet, it releases a strain of bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius—a beneficial bacterium that normally occurs in a healthy oral cavity. This bacteria then attaches to cells in the oral cavity and colonizes, positively affecting the bacterial population therein and naturally improving the health of the teeth and gums.

Remember, it is always a good idea to speak to your doctor prior to adding any new supplements to your home care routine. We carry all of these supplements in office for your convenience, at a discounted rate for our guests.

Heather Carpenter


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