Dr. Chad Morris provides dental services to support patients’ oral systemic health in Zachary, Louisiana. He wants his patients to understand the importance of oral systemic health, which is the connection between oral health and overall health. Dr. Morris promotes quality dental care and nutrition, using a holistic approach to address his patient’s overall health. A healthy diet free from additives as well as a good oral hygiene routine can go far. On this page, you can learn about the specific treatments that Dr. Morris offers for patients to improve their oral systemic health.
Treatments to Support Oral Systemic Health
Dental treatments that help maintain patient’s oral health and overall oral health include:
Mercury-Free Dental Fillings
Dr. Morris does not use amalgam dental fillings in his office. These types of fillings contain silver, tin, copper, and liquid mercury, which is a neurotoxin. Mercury vapor and accumulation in the body can lead to negative effects, including headaches, mood swings, and even kidney damage. Dr. Morris can remove metal dental fillings using the Safe Metal Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). This technique protects patients from further mercury inhalation or exposure.
Fluoride-Free Dental Care
An excess of fluoride can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Bone weakness
- Dental fluorosis
- Iodine deficiency
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Cognitive deficits
Because of this, Dr. Morris does not provide treatments that contain fluoride. Dr. Morris and his team look at the overall effects of dental treatments, including fluoride treatments, and use research to determine their benefits. Patients can also fight off tooth decay and cavities without fluoride. Brushing and flossing twice a day, eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, and making biannual dental appointments are simple yet effective treatments against decay.
A frenectomy is an oral surgery procedure that cuts an abnormal lingual frenulum, a band of tissue that creates a tongue or lip-tie. Dr. Morris also provides myofunctional therapy before and after the frenectomy procedure. This therapy exercises the muscles in the mouth to prevent reattachment and make it easier for patients to comfortably eat and speak.
Oral Appliances and the Airway
Oral appliances are similar to mouthguards that help improve the function of the bite. These appliances can be used to open up the airways. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have trouble breathing at night. Dr. Morris provides oral appliances for sleep apnea to keep the airway open for a comfortable and restful sleep. Compared to CPAP machines, oral appliances are easier to use and more portable.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Support your dental and physical health by calling Morris Family Dentistry at 225.725.7565. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Morris online.