NATIONAL SMILE MONTH – ICDS OFFERS A HALF-PRICE SMILE (FULL ORAL HEALTH CHECK) CONSULTATION IN APRIL AND MAY 2018
ICDS supports National Smile Month
Having run over the last four decades, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health. This year’s campaign runs from 14th May to 14th June, and its aims are to raise awareness of important health issues and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions. So, the campaign is not just about education – it stresses the importance of a healthy mouth.
Healthy mouth, healthy body
As the saying goes, ‘the mouth is the window to the body’ – and when we are talking about taking care of the gums and teeth, this could not be truer; new findings support something that dental professionals have suspected for a long time – infections in the mouth can cause problems in other parts of the body:
- Heart disease
- Giving birth to a premature or low-birth baby
- Respiratory (lung) disease
Because of these risks, we at ICDS believe that regular dental check-ups as well as scrupulous twice-daily cleaning using inter-dental brushes or floss are absolutely vital. Our dentists are experts in early detection procedures and, as an holistic practice, we also take a whole body and mind view in determining the specifics of individual treatment planning. In addition, everything we use, including materials, must be of the lowest risk to oral and overall health.
Implants for a healthy mouth – ICDS uses fully ceramic implants
In conventional dentistry, titanium dental implants are used often because of properties that allow them to bond with living bone tissue, a process known as osseointegration. Although prevalent, however, titanium dental implants are not the only option in reconstructive dentistry. Many patients have concerns – and rightfully so – of introducing foreign metals into their body; as holistic practitioners, we are also very concerned to avoid this as far as possible.
As noted above, the oral cavity is the gateway to the human body and all parts are interconnected. Thus, a titanium implant in the mouth can have serious consequences throughout the body, particularly if the patient suffers from an allergy or sensitivity to metals. Titanium implants are called ‘alloys’ because they are comprised of various metals, including iron, nickel, lead, zinc and copper. Patients who have had a reaction to any of these materials in the past should avoid titanium alloys at all costs. In summary, the potential health side effects of titanium dental implants include the following:
- Autoimmune disease aggravation or initiation
- Galvanic toxicity – metal taste, sensation of electric charge when encountering other metals, chronic insomnia
- Implant rejection
- Free radical damage
- Bone loss
At ICDS we now offer ceramic implants, which are virtually metal-free and biocompatible. These implants deliver a similar fusing (to titanium) for longevity and comfort, plus they eliminate any risk of corrosion (which can be the case with titanium implants). They are non-conductive, which means our patients are safe from electrical charges that could negatively disrupt the body’s natural processes. Finally, our ceramic implants are designed to minimise the potential for bacterial growth and infection and give the nearest aesthetic appearance to a natural tooth.