Welcome to the best Holistic Dental Practice in West Lafayette!
Dr. Dagmara Ventresca and her team at West Lafayette Dental Studio have a unique approach to dental treatment that is probably a little different than what you have been used to in a “drill and fill” dental practice.
We know that people notice your smile first — and believe that is your key feature to expressing happiness. Our mission therefore, is to provide access to the best holistic oral care, to help you smile confidently and live your fullest life, so that you will spread joy and positivity to the people with whom you interact.
Our Commitment to Excellence
Our commitment to excellence starts with a holistic approach to dentistry, which takes into account the impact that your oral health has upon your entire well-being. It is this commitment that continually drives us to be lifelong learners. The services we provide must meet the highest standard and prioritize the well-being of our patients. We learn from dental leaders from around the world, often learning about the same topic from various perspectives and philosophies.
What is Holistic Dentistry?
If you wonder, “What exactly is holistic dentistry?” we are happy to provide the answers!
Essentially, holistic dentistry, integrative, or whole body dentistry is about respecting and optimizing nature and doing more with less. We are able to protect and preserve your teeth, your health, and yes, improve your appearance while helping you avoid unnecessary procedures and potentially toxic materials such as amalgam.
For this reason, from your very first visit, we take a more holistic, cautious, and measured approach that ensures the health of your teeth in the long run, making use of minimally invasive treatments and biocompatible materials, and recommending natural remedies wherever possible.
If you are ready to experience everything that holistic dentistry has to offer, contact us today. Come in and see Dr. Ventresca, who will make sure you are as healthy as possible!
Why Holistic Dentistry?
We’re sure you’ve heard the adage “You are what you eat” — an unquestionable truth. But that is not the entire story. You are also, in fact, the state of your dental health!
Did you know that proper oral care and regular dentist visits affect more than just the number of cavities you get? Research shows that having a healthy smile will increase your likelihood of having a healthy body as well.
Our holistic, or whole body approach to dentistry takes into account the impact that your oral health has upon your entire wellbeing. Recognizing that every part of the body is interconnected and that each person’s needs are different, we hold to the principle that your natural teeth are a priceless possession.
Therefore, we strive to preserve them for as long as possible, with minimally invasive, and best of breed care. As you can see, we are serious about your health concerns, and also work closely with complementary health practitioners.
THE ORAL SYSTEMIC LINK
Your oral health is more important than you might realize. Here, we give you some facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can affect your general health, and vice versa.
Your gums are more prone to infections when bacteria builds up on your teeth. When your immune system senses the infection it moves in to attack, which in turn, causes your gums to become inflamed. Long-term inflammation and the chemicals it releases can eat away at your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place. This is called periodontitis.
If you have diabetes, your body struggles to process sugar due to a lack of insulin. Periodontal disease complicates the issue by further impairing your body’s ability to use insulin. To make matters worse, high blood sugar contributes to ideal conditions for infections to grow, and a vicious cycle sets.
Research indicates that up to 91% of patients with heart disease suffer from periodontitis, whereas only 66% of people without heart disease have periodontitis. Experts theorize that inflammation in the mouth also causes inflammation of the blood vessels. This increases the risk for heart attacks by allowing less blood to travel between the heart and the rest of the body, increasing blood pressure and the risk of fatty plaque breaking off of blood vessels walls, and traveling to the heart.
Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
Studies show that gum disease is a contributing factor to premature labor. Infections and inflammation, in general, interfere with fetal development. Hormonal changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can also increase the risk of periodontal disease. It is always a good idea to have a comprehensive periodontal exam if you’re pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, so that you can catch any trouble before it arises.
Periodontitis has been shown to progress more rapidly in the presence of higher body fat.
Bone loss. One huge thing Periodontitis and Osteoporosis have in common. While some experts point out that osteoporosis affects the long bones in arms and legs — and is more common in women — it’s also true that periodontitis affects the jaw bone, and more common among men. Studies have concluded that women with osteoporosis are more likely to have gum disease than those who don’t. Research shows that inflammation caused by periodontitis could weaken bones in other parts of the body.
Incredible evidence has emerged demonstrating that treating periodontal disease can reduce the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA)! The same studies show that patients with RA are at higher risk for periodontal disease. A number of similarities have been found in the joint and oral tissues, and the way they become inflamed.
Increased bacteria in the lungs from periodontal disease worsens pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
HIV/AIDS often first show up through dental symptoms. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
Bulimia, an eating disorder that involves induced vomiting, can wear away tooth enamel.
Between 1990 and 2006 scientists reviewed more than two-dozen studies to determine whether negative life events and psychological factors might contribute to an increased susceptibility to periodontal disease. They found that 57 percent of studies reviewed found a link between stress, distress, anxiety, depression and loneliness and periodontal disease.
Studies now show that people with mild, moderate or severe gum disease were all found to have a higher rate of stroke than individuals without gum disease, but those with severe periodontal disease had more than 4 times higher stroke risk than people without periodontal disease or with an only mild periodontal disease.
Poor health practices such as smoking or using tobacco products can lead to oral and throat cancers, but other types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease.
New studies show that the bacteria that cause Alzheimer’s plaques to accumulate in the brain are coming from inflamed gums.
Although the impact of oral health on the rest of the body is a relatively new area of study, mouth-body connections are constantly being discovered. From just this short list, it’s safe to say that having a healthy smile will definitely increase your overall health and general wellbeing!
Our Holistic Dental Services and Process
While your eyes may be the window to your soul, we know your teeth and mouth is the mirror that reflects your overall health. For this reason, we structure our holistic services in such a way as to ensure complete, integrative care of the whole person.
love your smile!