Enclave Dental Blog

The Meridian Tooth Chart: Connecting Your Oral and Overall Health

June 5, 2024

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Colorful illustration of meridians in the human body

It is well-established that oral health and overall health are strongly connected. Very often, gum disease is used as an example to show that what happens in the mouth can have a profound effect on the rest of the body. But did you know that the mouth-body connection is even more intricate? Many holistic dentists rely on the Meridian Tooth Chart to understand how the health of the teeth can affect various bodily systems. This blog post explains what that chart is and the basics of how it works.


Why Visit a Holistic Dentist for Oral Health Emergencies?

May 15, 2024

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Patient with toothache talking to dental team member

A dental emergency can happen at any time. Whether you come down with a sudden toothache or accidentally chip a tooth when you are playing sports, it is important that you receive professional care as soon as possible. But should you visit a conventional dentist or a holistic dentist? The decision is up to you. However, you can expect to experience some definite benefits when you partner with a holistic practitioner.


Achoo! The Surprising Way Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health

May 1, 2024

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Woman sitting outside, blowing her nose

Spring is full of colorful flowers and bright sunshine — it is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately, though, this season is not all good. Many people find themselves the victim of nasal congestion, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms. Seasonal allergies can be miserable! Plus, they can do more than just make you feel under the weather. They could endanger your oral health! How is that the case, and what can you do to protect your smile? This blog post explains.


Beware the Dangers of Dental Inflammation!

April 17, 2024

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Woman pulling on her lower lip to reveal inflamed gums

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is extremely common. In fact, some experts estimate that it afflicts around half of adults in the U.S.! Sadly, the seriousness of gum disease is often underestimated. In fact, it can spark an inflammatory reaction that affects your head-to-toe health. What exactly are the dangers of dental inflammation? This blog post explains what you should know.


Dry Mouth While Sleeping: Causes and Prevention

April 3, 2024

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Woman lying in bed, yawning

Do you frequently wake up with a dry mouth? Not only is this issue uncomfortable, but it can also put your oral health in danger. Without enough saliva, you are at a greater risk of cavities and gum disease! What might cause your mouth to dry out while you are asleep, and how can you prevent this troublesome issue? Continue reading below to find out.


Addressing Sleep Disordered Breathing with Palatal Expanders

March 20, 2024

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Young girl sleeping with mouth open

High-quality sleep is one of the pillars of good health. Unfortunately, many people, including children, suffer from sleep disordered breathing (SDB), which interferes with the quality of their rest and can leave them feeling exhausted day after day. If your child has been struggling to feel well-rested lately, Dr. Thomas and the Enclave Dental team may be able to help with the remarkable ALF appliance, which is a step above traditional palatal expanders.


Mindful Practices to Make Your Dental Checkups More Relaxing

February 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 1:48 am
Smiling woman in dental treatment chair

Millions of people feel nervous at the thought of visiting the dentist. They might even postpone basic care, such as cleanings and checkups, because they struggle with stress and anxiety whenever they are in a dental office. Some patients request sedation to help them relax, but if you are reluctant to be sedated, what can you do? These mindful practices may help to make your dental checkups more relaxing:


6 Holistic Dental Hygiene Tips for a Healthier Mouth

February 7, 2024

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Happy woman biting into an apple

In discussions about dental hygiene, you probably hear the same advice over and over again: You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Certainly, those are excellent practices that you should incorporate into your daily routine. However, there might be even more you can do. Here are six holistic dental hygiene tips to help you enjoy a cleaner, healthier mouth:


Does Tongue Positioning Affect Breathing?

January 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 2:47 pm
Woman sticking her tongue out and smiling

When people think about breathing problems, they call to mind things like asthma, respiratory infections, and other illnesses. But there are many other factors that can also have a bearing on how well you breathe, including the positioning of your tongue. What role does your tongue play in your ability to breathe easily, and if your tongue is not in the correct position, what can you do to make improvements? This blog post explains.


7 Factors that Could Be Worsening Your Sleep Apnea

January 3, 2024

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Person stepping on scale

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you are likely looking for ways to manage your condition. There are a number of factors that could be affecting the severity of your symptoms, and many of them are within your power to control. Would you like to know what some of those factors are? This blog post explains.


What Are Biocompatible Dental Fillings?

December 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 3:10 am
Mirror showing biocompatible dental filling in patient’s mouth

According to one estimate, more than 90% of people will develop a dental cavity at some point in their life. This extremely common oral health issue used to be treated with silver amalgam fillings. Although such fillings are moderately effective, they have some serious drawbacks — such as the fact that they contain toxic mercury. Today, though, better alternatives are available. Here at Enclave Dental, Dr. Thomas always uses biocompatible dental fillings. Would you like to learn more about this restorative treatment? Read on below.


The Link Between Oral Hygiene and Overall Health

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 1:18 am
Dental hygienist polishing patient’s teeth

After you visit the dentist for a professional cleaning, you may feel fresh and invigorated. However, that good feeling is just one minor benefit you get from your routine dental visits. In fact, your excellent habits could have major benefits for your overall wellness. What exactly is the link between oral hygiene and overall health? This blog post explains.


Toothache vs. Tooth Sensitivity: How to Tell the Difference

November 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 2:09 am
Woman with toothache, touching her face and wearing pained expression

The terms “toothache” and “tooth sensitivity” get used a lot in discussions about various dental problems. Have you ever wondered about the exact definitions of those two terms? Knowing what they are can help you understand your oral health and seek appropriate care when you suspect that your smile is no longer in prime condition.


How Ozone Therapy Supports Dental Implant Outcomes

June 19, 2024

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Man’s smile with dental implant in the upper arch

If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Thomas might suggest that you get dental implants to recomplete your smile. Implants come with a long list of advantages, but they do require that you undergo a surgical procedure. Dr. Thomas wants to support you through your recovery process, so she might recommend that you receive ozone therapy at your surgical sites. What is ozone therapy, and how can it contribute to positive outcomes for dental implant treatment? This blog post explains.


Ozone: A Game-Changer for Oral Infection Control

March 6, 2024

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Diagram showing ozone molecule

When it comes to oral health, infection control is a major issue. If bacterial invaders are allowed to run rampant, they can seriously damage the teeth and gums. Plus, they can cause systemic illness as well. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Thomas is fully aware of such issues. That is why she regularly uses ozone therapy in our practice. What exactly is ozone therapy, and why is it a game-changer for oral infection control? This blog post explains.

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