Here is part 2 of some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) that may be on your mind, if you are thinking about or planning to see the dentist:
FAQ 5: I am nervous about dentistry, what can I do?
The first thing you will want to know is whether your dentist is gentle and understanding. Providing a calm and peaceful office environment goes a long way to helping an anxious patient to stay relaxed and confident. There are different means of ensuring that you have a relaxing experience, like stereo headphones for listening to music and aromatherapy oils that are soothing and can be powerful tools for reassurance, grounding and calm. There are also homeopathic remedies and specific protocols and medications that can help to relax even the most nervous and anxious of us all.
FAQ 6: How can I whiten my teeth?
There are two main methods of whitening teeth; at-home bleaching or in-office bleaching. In-office bleaching uses gels very similar to the at home bleaching techniques, but is faster because intense light from an argon laser is used.
The at-home bleaching technique uses a custom made tray that fits exactly to your teeth and holds a very viscous gel which whitens the teeth.
This technique will get your teeth just as white as the more expensive in office bleaching, but it will take longer to achieve the desired result. Most patients notice a change within one day but final results usually take about ten days to two weeks. For home bleaching we use only the best whitening gels that contain no ingredients like fluoride or glycerin that can dry out your gums and cause sensitivity.
Additionally we have found that pearl powder may be successful in removing certain types of stain from teeth when use in brushing.
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.
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