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Feb
28

Alternative Medicine in Dentistry

Alternative medication and medical practices aren’t just for overall health conditions. Some may also be useful and effective in the relief or oral ailments or conditions as well. Homeopathic remedies that involve supplements, meditation and other mind-body practices such as those used in Eastern medicines can reduce stress, discomfort, anxiety and muscle pain in dental patients.

Acupuncture, accupressure and relaxation exercises such as yoga can be effective in the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ symptoms may often be addressed through yoga rather than invasive surgical procedures, as the patient learns to relax and decrease stress of the key muscles in the joint area. Chiropractic therapy as well as massage can also improve comfort. Non-invasive therapy for TMJ disorders is recommended for patients that have joint related problems long before more advanced surgical remedies are suggested.

Herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, or vitamins C & E are useful in treating inflammation associated with gingivitis and gum disease. Essential oils used on the toothbrush or mixed with water for a mouth rinse may also help improve oral inflammation, gum infections and bad breath. These act quickly and just two or three drops applied with a toothbrush are very effective in destroying harmful bacteria in the mouth. Some essential oils that are commonly used include almond, mints, eucalyptus and grape seed oil.

Oral supplements such as CoQ10 can be a comprehensive part of periodontal disease therapy. Patients that take the supplement may have an improved healing response along the diseased gum tissue, improving the results of their professional care.

Always let your dentist know what dietary supplements or herbal remedies you are taking, as some commonly used items interact with medications used in dentistry or may cause some procedures to be contraindicated.

Posted on the behalf of Greencastle Dental

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