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Why patients in Mesa, AZ would consider seeing a fluoride free dentist

03/20/17

Fluoride Free Dentistry from Dr. Edward Fritz, New Health Dental

At New Health Dental, we are committed to helping patients in the Mesa, AZ community achieve optimal oral health. As a holistic dental provider, we believe strongly in educating patients on the oral systemic connection, and the importance of using only safe materials and products for dental procedures. Many patients the dentist about fluoride, so we’d like to take this opportunity to address why we are a fluoride free practice.

The basics about fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in the earth’s crust. You may have heard of fluoride in terms of preventing tooth decay. Back in the 1930s, studies showed that people who drank naturally fluoridated water had dramatically fewer cavities than those who didn’t. As a result, fluoride is often added to a community’s water supply.

The fluoride problem

The issue with fluoride isn’t necessarily the element itself, but rather the amount consumed over a lifetime. Because fluoride can be found in so many substances (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, drinking water, and fluoride treatments), people end up consuming more than the body needs. That may lead to health problems.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has studied the effects of fluoride for nearly two decades. They find no obvious connection to an increase in oral health from adding fluoride to water supplies.

Additionally, excessive consumption of fluoride may lead to:

  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Thyroid deficiency
  • Decreased glucose tolerance
  • Increased blood lead levels (in children)
  • Dental fluorosis

Choosing a fluoride-free dentist is a personal decision, but one we believe will benefit you in the long term. At New Health Dental, we are committed to providing exceptional dental services that do not expose your body to harmful elements.

To learn more about fluoride-free dental care and the benefits of visiting a biocompatible practice, call 877-943-3703 to schedule an appointment.

Laser treatment in Mesa can address gum disease comfortably and effectively

10/28/16

Dr Fritz Doing - Laser treatment Gum disease is a chronic condition that will cause irreparable damage if left untreated. It not only affects oral health, but also increases the risk of other medical conditions. When gum disease develops, it requires intervention from a skilled dentist. Our team in Mesa offers laser treatment for gum disease.

In the past, traditional treatment of gum disease was a procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist cleans out the bacteria and plaque build-up even on the tooth root. The root is then smoothed. When scaling and root planing was unsuccessful, patients would often require oral surgery.

Luckily, there is an alternative to scaling and root planing: laser treatments. Laser gum therapy can remove unhealthy, diseased gum tissue along with plaque, bacteria, and tartar build up while leaving the healthy gum tissue untouched. The laser device is used to break up and eliminate plaque and tartar build up without pain. The dentist will then go over the area one more time with the laser to sterilize it and eliminate any remnants of disease. After laser gum treatment, the gum tissue will heal back to the tooth.

Laser gum therapy has the following advantages:

  • Quicker healing – no cutting or stitching necessary
  • Reduces need for oral surgery
  • Requires less dental visits
  • Reduces root sensitivity
  • Reduces risk of recession

Laser gum therapy is great option for the following patients:

  • Those dealing with bone resorption
  • Those dealing with shifting teeth
  • Those who have had repeat infections
  • Those who have sensitive gums

At New Health Dental, we believe that quality, holistic dental care is extremely effective. We provide minimally invasive options that give patients real results and restore oral health. If you are in the Mesa area, call us today to learn more about this gentle approach to eliminating gum disease.

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