Our teeth make a huge difference in how we look and feel. That’s why the denistry segment is my favorite on those make over shows – because nice teeth make a dramatic difference. Being in the beauty biz, naturally, oral health is something that I take seriously for both vanity and well-being. This is why this year, I asked Ben to give me the gift of dentistry (I’ll pass on another pair of earrings). I don’t need any more “stuff” and thought I could use a pre-holiday smile prep.
But like with all of the health professionals I see, my dentist is a wonderful holistically-minded, homeopathic practitioner: Dr. Gary Fortinsky. I really appreciate that he doesn’t use tooth and mouth products which contain sodium laurel sulphate, sugar or chemical preservatives (mmm…no fluorescent sparkles in my toothpaste!). Dr. Fortinsky also has a very gentle, long-term view of dentistry. A while ago was I toying with whitening and hoped he knew of a safer way to do so, and he simply told me that he didn’t think I needed to conform to society’s over-zealous standards, and that my teeth looked great without a harsh whitening procedure. No bleach up-sell? No product push? No taking advantage of my insecurities? This was so unlike the other dentists I’ve seen, and it feels really nice going to someone who really seems to have your best interests at heart.
And every time I go to his office, I feel like I learn a little more about my own health. Last time I saw him, he educated me about the effect our mouth positions on my overall posture. I was prescribed a night guard not only to keep me from grinding my teeth down (and they are being whittled away), but Dr. Fortinsky also explained that it may help with my shoulder and back pain. This is due to our body’s alignment, and when we grind our teeth creating a slight overbite, our bodies lean forward, making other muscles compensate for this shift.
When Ben and I went to our appointments yesterday, I was reminded of the fact I’m an unrelenting mouth clencher, and was told that the pressure is pushing out my front teeth and causing a tiny hairline gap between them. This along with the over-developed bones in my bottom jaw from the constant impact my clenching causes. Dr Fortinsky compared it to the high impact exercise recommended to patients with osteoporosis – well, I guess I won’t be getting osteoporosis in my jaw bones. Yep, I’m a stress clencher, just another place that stress rears its ugly head and another example of how our body responds to imbalance…I really need to start wearing my night guard consistently, but man, its so unglamorous.
So, if you are like me and want to see a dentist who prizes alternative health, I’d recommend Dr. Fortinsky (http://www.complementarydentistry.com). I like how he takes the time to teach me more about my body and health as well as promotes organic, wild-crafted oral products. Remember, we eat the stuff everyday, so its very important to know what we are putting in our mouths. Today I have a pristine, healthy smile. But these happy teeth are more than good looking, they’re feeling great that they’re being treated holistically.