Dr. Gene Sambataro, DDS, FAGD, has been a leader in the field of dentistry for more than thirty-five years. Dr. Sambataro’s holistic approach to dentistry is rooted in an understanding of the interconnectedness of oral and whole-body health. As director and clinician of his practice, the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, Dr. Sambataro focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit, with an emphasis on treating sleep-disordered breathing issues, like sleep apnea.
Dr. Sambataro’s philosophical shift to biologically centered holistic dentistry comes from a place of sincere belief in the need for change. Too many of his patients were misinformed about their oral health, and too many were prevented from improving their health because of traditional dental and health care practices. Adding to his approach is a discovery of the dangers of conventional dental remedies like mercury amalgam fillings, fluoride, and root canals. Dr. Sambataro believes we are at the beginning of a fundamental shift in the practice of dentistry—a transformation that will shift the focus of dental practices away from the emergency treatment of symptoms toward compassionate, comprehensive, and preventative biological care that truly embraces the philosophy of Hippocrates: “First do no harm.”
Holistic dentistry addresses oral and dental health through the principles of holistic medicine, which looks at the entire person and their overall health rather than their specific, isolated oral complaints or symptoms.
There is always more to the story than inflamed gums or a cavity, and oral health isn’t a simple byproduct of good oral hygiene. It certainly helps, but there are factors like nutrition, stress, environment, psychoemotional health, and countless other biological nuances that if ignored will certainly keep a traditional dentist in business but will do little for the long-term oral health of their patient. Holistic dentistry approaches oral health first and foremost from careful consideration of all possible contributing factors in the hope of finding a permanent solution. The goal of holistic dentistry is to achieve whole-body health by changing the way the industry thinks about oral health.
The advantage of the holistic approach is that it is rooted in a concept of biological harmony and a balance of mind, body, and spirit. Understanding how difficult it can be to overcome entrenched belief systems and conventional “wisdom,” the Julian Center is prepared to help their patients on their healing journey, with an on-site holistic healing therapist. Overcoming emotional and psychological roadblocks and embracing the healing process is essential to holistic dentistry.
If you have stains that you cannot get out of your teeth or they have an odd shape, such as being curved or having pointy canines, then dental bonding is a good option for improving the appearance of the teeth. One of our dentists at the Julian Center will apply a composite resin material to mold to your teeth to repair them so that they look better.
Using a composite resin, which is available in liquid form, works quickly. The enamel on your teeth doesn’t need to come off, nor are the teeth altered permanently to fit a prosthetic. Instead, the material is applied to the teeth, and our dentist in Ellicott City will mold it onto your tooth, use a blue UV light to harden it, and then polish it so that it appears natural.
Not only is the process for changing your the appearance of your teeth easy and pain-free, but you don’t need to do anything special to take care of your new teeth. Good oral care habits are all you need to care for bonded teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive fluoride-free toothpaste or gel. Floss once a day, and then use mouthwash once or twice each day.
By taking good care of your teeth, the bonding can last for three to ten years. Then, when the material starts wearing off, you can have our dentist near you at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry redo the bonding, or you can have it removed and apply veneers, use crowns, or leave your teeth natural. One of our dentists can discuss your options with you
Applying a sealant to the chewing surfaces of teeth is a great way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Our dentists at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry use them to cover the surfaces of chewing teeth, which are the premolars and molars. These teeth do the majority of chewing, so they are the most susceptible to tooth decay.
These teeth also have many crevices in which food particles can stick. For people who don’t brush thoroughly, especially young children who don’t have the coordination to clean their teeth thoroughly, they seal out food particles and drink residue from sticking in and between teeth.
The CDC, which is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that studies show that sealants can stay in place for nine years. They are still at least 50 percent effective after four years, so it’s important that they stay in place. If the sealant shows signs of wear or has tears in it, one of our dentists at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry can easily repair it.
Our dentists in Ellicott City only need to recover the surface of your teeth with the sealant. Once the sealant back in place, you can use your teeth as you usually do. After it’s dry, you don’t need to do anything else but eat your favorite foods and care for your teeth as you would otherwise protect them from tooth decay. We also check for biocompatibility with every individual.