Are Holistic Dentists Quacks?

I recently read an artilce that said holistic dentists were quacks. Is that true?

Laura T. – New Hampshire

Laura,

Just as in every profession there are those who are legitimate and those who aren’t. The same is true of  holistic dentist.  While some   will try to push expensive and unnecessary homeopathics, that is not the case with most.

Generally, a holistic dentist is one who will avoid putting anything that contains toxic material into your body. Not a bad idea, if you ask me.

A holistic dentist will generally  only do mercury free fillings. They’ll also offer sanitary amalgam removal.  Those are both legitimate and good things.  I hope this helps.

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Can you drink coffee with invisalign?

I’ve been unhappy with my teeth and am thinking about gettine invisalign. My sister said you can’t drink coffee with it, so it wouldn’t work for me. I’m a monster without coffee. Is she right or is she just being a not so know it all again?

Olivia- Montana

Olivia,

You’re sister is right and wrong. You can drink coffee while doing invisalign treatment. You can’t drink coffee while your aligners are in.

The heat will warp the aligners. Plus, the coffee will pool inside the aligners while you’re drinking. The acidity plus the sugar will eat away at your tooth enamel, leaving you susceptible to decay and infection.

Fortunately, you take out your aligners three times a day for meals. That’s the perfect time to drink some coffee.

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I hate my CPAP

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given a cpap machine. Outside of sounding like Darth Vader, I cannot sleep with this machine on my face. Please tell me there is an alternative????!

Mark A. – Little Rock, AR

Mark,

Lucky for you there is. Sleep apnea is treatable and there are several types of treatments available.  Dr. Bader prefers to start with the most conservative treatment available.

Most people prefer a mandibular advancement appliance to a CPAP machine. Talk to your dentist and see if that gives you the help you need. If not, there are other treatments available as well. But, it’s always best to start with the most simple and least invasive.

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