Functional Dental Care

Dental issues can be a signal for other health issues. With functional dental treatment, we at Popp Dentistry take a holistic approach to your dental care.

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Preventive Dental Hygiene, Aylmer Dentist

Oral Health & Chronic Disease

By taking care of our oral health, we can prevent chronic diseases from developing in our oral cavity and throughout the body. 

While dental problems may start in the mouth, left untreated they can easily lead to other health challenges such as head and neck pain, fatigue, digestive issues, anxiety and depression. 

Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory infections are also linked to poor oral health. Even our brains can be impacted, potentially resulting in dementia.

Two of the best tools we have to help avoid these long-term health risks include functional dental care and education about preventive oral health to foster whole-body well-being.

Ask our Aylmer dentists how we can help address any symptoms you may be experiencing and work with you to build a foundation for better lifelong health.

Solutions for Whole-Body Health 

Our dentists understand that oral and overall health challenges can feel daunting. From developing a personalized plan to address emerging dental health issues to discussing nutrition and lifestyle, we offer actionable solutions for whole-body health and well-being.  

What is functional dental care?

Even when we work hard to care for our oral health, problems can arise. Functional dental care aims to identify the root causes of diseases and lifestyle issues that can contribute to negative oral and overall health. 

By taking a functional approach to dental care, we focus on preventing and healing these issues rather than merely treating related symptoms. 

We take a full-body approach to identify the underlying cause of oral health issues ranging from cavities to snoring and jaw pain. 

Emerging dental health issues can be addressed early with tools such as non-metal fillings, orthodontic interventions, and oral appliances, while discussions regarding nutrition and lifestyle practices aim to prevent future issues from arising.

Functional Dental Care FAQs

If you'd like to learn more about the functional approach to dental care, please take a few minutes to browse through the answers to these frequently asked questions.

  • What makes functional dental services different?

    The guiding philosophy of functional medicine is that the body works as a whole and each body part's health is interconnected with the health of all the other parts.

    When looking at oral health under the lens of the functional medicine philosophy, it is believed that many oral health concerns could stem from other issues within the body such as poor diet, stress, and inflammation and that addressing these wider health concerns can help to improve oral health.

    A dentist taking a functional medicine approach to dental care believes in looking to full-body health markers such as blood pressure, medical history, diet, and lifestyle choices as clues to the possible underlying causes of oral health issues.

  • What oral health issues can functional dental care address?

    The whole body approach advocated by functional medicine principles can be applied to almost any oral health condition.

    Some specific concerns that can often be treated using functional dental services include TMJ disorders, teeth grinding, tooth health, bad breath, and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring.

  • Are root canals a part of functional dental care?

    Root canals can be an effective way to relieve the pain of an infected tooth and restore a tooth's structure.

    That said, we believe that avoiding the need for a root canal is always best. 

    A functional dental care approach to dealing with dental health problems that may require root canal treatment typically involves a discussion about the possible underlying causes of the damage to your tooth, why a root canal may be necessary, alternative treatment options, and what actions you can take to help you avoid the need for this procedure in the future.

  • Are fluoride treatments part of functional dental care?

    Fluoride treatments are not typically part of a functional approach to dental care.

    A functional approach to protecting the strength of teeth is based on addressing dietary choices, nutrition and oral hygiene. At Popp Dentistry, we use alternative remineralizing agents in place of fluoride. 

  • Do you offer non-metal fillings?

    Yes. Fillings can be an effective way to treat an existing cavity, and we opt to use ceramic, composite or gold rather than silver amalgam fillings as part of our functional dental services. 

    Your dentist will also take the time to consider why you may have developed a cavity, and work with you to develop a plan to help you prevent future cavities.

  • Is functional dental care appropriate for children?

    Our Aylmer dentists believe that the very best time to begin thinking about preventing oral health issues is right from the arrival of a child's first tooth.

    Looking at dental care for children under the lens of functional medicine means considering how diet and lifestyle affect a child's developing smile.

    Functional medicine services may be used to help address childhood oral health concerns including tooth decay and misaligned or crowded teeth, or to help children who are tongue-tied. 

New Patients Always Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Aylmer? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today.

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Hours

  • Monday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday:Closed
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:Closed

(519) 773-2231