Can dentistry really affect my health? Believe it or not, it certainly can.
A healthy mouth is the gift we give to ourselves and to our family, so always get the best quality dentistry you can afford. With health care costs soaring, it is important to realize that prevention is always the best strategy. And preventive dentistry is always the best approach to your dental health. As with any investment, include your budget for dentistry within your financial planning.
Your dental health is also an important investment in the beauty of your smile, in how you look and feel about yourself. Technical advances available in bonded dentistry today make it possible for all your dental work to be durable and bio-compatible, and to look and feel natural. Besides contributing to your dental health, any dentistry you have done such as dental crowns and bridges should be considered cosmetic in nature as well.
The dentist you like and trust will always be an asset to your health support team. Find a dentist who inspires your confidence. Trust is only possible when the dentist takes time to explain all the different aspects of the patient’s oral health. Just as important is finding a dentist who listens to what you have to say. That way all your concerns can be resolved and your desires included in the final result.
Over the years, Dr. O’Rielly has seen that the outcome of treatment is always most positive and successful when the patient understands the process and is involved in their treatment.. When you have found a dentist you are happy with, make the commitment to your dental health and stay current with your ongoing care. Regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings are always advisable; in the long run this is a much easier path than deferred treatment.
Do any work you might require so that your smile stays healthy and beautiful. The emphasis is on prevention, because preventive maintenance is invariably preferable to fixing problems that have worsened over time. For instance, it’s better to take care of fillings and decay long before the teeth are in need of dental crowns and bridges; so be sure to incorporate dental health into your healthy living lifestyle.
Carey O’Rielly DDS has been a practicing dentist for 35 years. He went to USC Dental School and Duke University for his undergraduate degree. He grew up in Laguna Beach and now lives in La Costa with his wife Victoria, who runs his office.
He began his career by owning and operating a network of six offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presently he owns a private holistic practice in North County San Diego’s Encinitas.
Dr. O started looking for solutions to his health challenges that resulted from the stress and environmental toxicity that built up over a ten year period running his dental network. He has dedicated himself to learning about oral systemic problems and how dentistry can affect your health. He has applied what he has learned over the last twenty years to ensure he, his staff and his patients are protected from the chemicals and toxic materials found in most dental offices. He has produced an environmentally friendly office that is also peaceful and calm.
He is an expert on dental materials having looked at hundreds of biocompatibility lab tests over the years. He has identified the most bio-friendly materials to use in his practice and which dental materials can be used to replace metal fillings and crowns, including BPA free and fluoride free ‘white’ fillings. He also uses metal-free Zirconia or ceramic implants and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) grafting materials which come from the patient’s own blood.
Dr. O’Rielly teaches C.E. courses on the systemic effects of gum disease. He is an expert in using phase contrast microscopy for analyzing dental infections, where he shows patients what kind of microbes, i.e. bacteria, amoeba, and yeasts like candida are populating the mouth and affecting the body as a whole.
He has an educational blog and is writing a book on dental health called ‘Hidden Dental Infections: Healing Root Canals and Infected Teeth with the Erbium Laser’ where he discusses dental nutrition, toxic dental materials and the effects of old root canals on inflammation and overall health.