Dr. Reid L. Winick, D.D.S. is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry. He has extensive experience in general dentistry, the Oral Systemic Link, as well as in TMJ and craniofacial disorders. Dr. Winick is the founder and president of Dentistry for Health New York, a green and sustainable dental practice designed as a haven for overall wellness. He is committed to the environment and to the health and wellness of his patients’ mind, body, and spirit.
Being a national lecturer to medical doctors and other health care providers, patients from all over the US, seek out Dr. Winick’s personalized treatment systems for a second opinion regarding additional options in their treatment on how to save their teeth without painful gum surgery and extractions. Patients report that Dr. Winicks’ sustainable wellness programs have virtually elliminated the need for them to have periodontal surgery or the need for dental implants.
Dr. Winick is past co-founder and director of the Facial Pain/TMJ Clinic at NY Eye & Ear Infirmary. In addition, Dr. Winick is the co-founder of Herbal Difference organic products for treatment of periodontal wellness. He has completed numerous continuing education courses with an emphasis on TMJ & cervical dysfunction, neural therapy and biological dentistry. Dr. Winick also lectures, writes, and teaches on green dentistry, TMJ, head, neck & facial pain.
Laser Gum Therapy
Taking a plaque sample and looking under a microscope and salivary analysis for periodontal pathogens and your genetics, is critical to evaluating the patient’s status prior to treatment, and to monitor ongoing systemic and local treatment. Often, a patient’s mouth might look healthy with traditional dental analysis, while a microscope slide reveals an invasion of bacteria, white blood cells, amoeba, and other opportunistic organisms. An alarming 75% of American adults have some level of gum disease, and many don’t even suspect that they have it!
Unfortunately, most dentists do not use a microscope or salivary diagnostics and instead rely on traditional methods of assessing the periodontal health of the patient. This involves probing and measuring pocket depth. Anything greater than 3 millimeters of depth is usually an indication of a problem.
Another indication that most dentists consider as proof of periodontal disease is bleeding that appears when probing. But what this is really indicating, is capillary fragility. Although bleeding gums may be an indication of periodontal disease, it may also be present for other reasons, such as low levels of vitamin C, mercury fillings, hormonal imbalances, diet, or birth control pills and other prescription drugs.
Amalgam fillings are very wrong because they are made up of 50% mercury— the most toxic non-radioactive material known to man. Evidence is mounting that they cause memory loss, mood swings and other serious health problems. Mercury amalgam fillings are not only toxic to the body, but also to the environment and have been banned in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.
Finally, more dentists are now providing alternatives to amalgam fillings and removing and replacing the old ones. However, while every dentist is trained in dental school to remove amalgam fillings, only a very few use safety devices such as a rubber dam, special suction equipment, and negative ion generators to remove the toxic vapor as it’s released into the atmosphere.
At Dentistry for Health NY, we are among the pioneers who started the mercury-free filling trend rather than following it. We provide the safest mercury removal procedures and the most biocompatible materials for filling cavities, crowns and dental aesthetics.
In pediatric dentistry, as in general medicine, the dentist’s mission is not only to cure existing disease but also to prevent it from occurring. For many years Dr. Lucia Birkenfeld, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, has been involved in research projects that explore prevention of1 tooth decay and gum disease in children.
In Dentistry for Health New York, we educate children and parents to promote healthy oral hygiene, diets, and lifestyles. We consider these aspects of pediatric dentistry as important as the actual preventative and procedural measures we perform. In our office, we explore the most advanced information pertaining to oral health in children. We implement this knowledge and provide personalized treatment to each child based upon his or her specific needs.
We are pleased to offer pediatric dentistry to our family of holistic patients. We are proud to welcome Doctor Lucia Birkenfeld to our practice. She is a graduate of Hebrew University’s Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, and has over 28 years of experience in dentistry. Dr. Birkenfeld specializes in Pediatric Dentistry, and will be accepting patients beginning in January 2007.
Dr. Birkenfeld has been practicing pediatric dentistry for over two decades, both in private practice and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at both New York University’s College of Dentistry and Hadassah School of Dental Medicine. She has held positions throughout the world, including Germany and Israel.
Diabetic Dental Care
At Dentistry for Health NY, the cornerstone of our practice is the oral systemic link, meaning that your teeth and gum health are linked to your overall body health and vice versa.
This is especially important for people with diabetes. Diabetes can affect the quality of your gums and teeth, and the reverse is also true— that poor gum and teeth care can affect the worsening of your diabetes control, and as a result affect the health of your entire body. Numerous studies have linked diabetes to periodontal disease, tooth loss and bone loss, mouth ulcers, and cavities. Most importantly, the studies have shown that poorly controlled diabetics respond differently to bacterial plaque at the gum line than well-controlled diabetics and non-diabetics.
Gum infections can impair a diabetic’s ability to process and/or use insulin, which may cause the diabetes to be more difficult to control and the periodontal infection to be more severe, resulting in a greater loss of bone and connective tissue.
There is a very close connection between your dental care and the worsening or improvement of your ability to successfully control your blood sugar levels. And while blood sugar control may be the single most important step in managing diabetes and preventing gum disease among diabetics, serum triglycerides are also important risk factors.