Wellness dentistry is an approach to dental care that focuses on treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating just a single dental symptom or problem. Ongoing research shows that poor oral health is linked to certain health conditions. By diagnosing and treating dental conditions with total health in mind, holistically-oriented dentists like Dr. Michael LeBlanc, Jr. are able to help patients live happier, healthier lives.
For multiple decades, Dr. LeBlanc’s predecessor and mentor, Dr. Mike Robichaux, has employed the principles of wellness dentistry in his daily practice… and Dr. LeBlanc is committed to continuing that approach. They help patients make good decisions in their quest to become healthy, based on their goals and values. Utilizing the safest dental techniques and biocompatible materials, Dr. LeBlanc works with each individual patient to improve overall wellbeing through sound oral health.
What Is the Connection Between Oral Health & Overall Body Health?
The oral-systemic connection, also known as the mouth-body connection, is the connection between oral health and overall health. Currently, research on the oral systemic connection is partly focused on the bacteria responsible for periodontal (gum) disease. If left untreated, these bacteria may lead to inflammation throughout the body and increase the risk of several systemic diseases, including hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and other diseases. Periodontal disease has also been linked to other health problems, including certain pregnancy complications. Research shows that general health also affects the mouth. For instance, high blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of periodontal disease.
Several studies have found that other dental conditions, including sleep apnea, TMD disorders and dental decay, are also linked to an increased risk of systemic diseases. Given the potential relationship between oral health and overall health, biological dentists that understand this connections play an important role in total health and wellness.
Why Choose Wellness Dentistry?
Dentists who practice a wellness dentistry approach go above and beyond what is considered standard care. Dentists like Dr. LeBlanc view the mouth as the gateway to the body’s health. As such, they work diligently to make sure the mouth is not contributing to the decline of one’s overall health but rather enhancing it. In doing so, they attempt to find biocompatible materials and techniques that do not adversely affect the body. They also offer DNA testing for the most offending bacteria that are many times refractory to traditional methods of disease control. And they work with other medical professionals when appropriate in an effort to promote overall health.
Dr. LeBlanc stays abreast of the latest technologies and practices that safely and effectively treat dental issues without compromising overall health. In addition to providing safe and biological dentistry treatments and care, Dr. LeBlanc and his team strive to educate patients in an effort to promote both dental wellness and a healthier lifestyle. This includes providing valuable information on proper oral hygiene, nutrition and the effects of certain lifestyle habits on dental and general health.
At our practice, Dr. LeBlanc believes that wellness is a shared experience. We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a lifetime of good oral health. Our hope is that in doing so we will enhance your wellbeing and quality of life.
To learn more about wellness dentistry or discuss your dental concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. LeBlanc by contacting our Slidell office today.