Functional dentistry applies the principles of functional medicine to dentistry. It focuses on preventive care and identifying the cause of oral health concerns. At the office of Susan Dennis, DDS in Kalamazoo, we recognize that dental disease and your total well-being are related. In addition to dental treatment, we look for ways to address the causes of dental disease to promote your long-term oral health.
How Do We Practice Functional Dentistry?
Dr. Dennis and her team look beyond your mouth because what happens to your teeth and gums can contribute to various diseases or conditions. For example, body inflammation or infection often affects oral tissue and can cause swollen tonsils or adenoids or gum disease. Untreated gum disease can spread or become difficult to control if you smoke or have diabetes.
Our approach for your dental care includes:
- Preventing oral disease
- Using biocompatible materials for treatment
- Identifying the cause of oral diseases
- Recommending a whole-body approach to protecting your health
We collaborate with your medical doctor to identify Interrelated oral and medical concerns, including:
- Autoimmune disease
- Chronic headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Food sensitivities
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory diseases
- Occlusal dysfunction (the way upper and lower teeth come together)
After an examination, x-rays, or other diagnostics, one of our dentists may recommend medical tests to identify health conditions related to oral disease.
The functional approach to preventive dental care involves more than flossing, brushing, and regular check-up visits. After reviewing your medical and dental histories, our team will discuss how these factors can help you prevent tooth decay and oral disease:
- Dental hygiene techniques
- Jaw and bite alignment
- Lifestyle habits
- Overall health
- Vitamins and supplements
Request an Appointment
If you are ready to experience the benefits of functional dentistry, call us to schedule an appointment or complete our appointment request form.