What is Wellness Dentistry?

There’s dentistry and there’s wellness dentistry. While dentistry focuses solely on oral health, wellness dentistry is more comprehensive, pairing dentists and physicians together to collaborate for the benefit of your overall health.

At Stonebriar Smile Design, our Smile with Heart program allows us to have collaborating physicians. They bring you into their offices and give us the opportunity to work closely with them, and you, to create individualized plans to keep you as healthy as possible.

Smile with Heart is a specialized program where we seek out dental infections such as periodontal disease—a type of bacterial and gum disease that lives around your teeth—or other infections that may be undetected, undiagnosed, nor causing you any pain or discomfort, and treat them effectively.


Wellness Dentistry and Functional Medicine

Dr. Kathy Wood, whose private practice in Frisco, Texas, Wonderfully Made Functional Medicine, is just one of the physicians we’ve worked with at Stonebriar Smile Design. Dr. Wood has been practicing functional medicine for three years, and thrives on creating “long-term relationships with her patients” while striving to find the “root causes for their health concerns…ranging from ovulation disorders to cardiovascular disease detection and prevention.”

One of her core beliefs, as is ours, is the importance of getting regular dental checkups and dental cleanings due to the proven relationship between bacteria in the mouth and heart disease. Bacteria found in the mouth can become seeded into the plaque within the heart through the bloodstream—something that could be happening every time you bite or chew. 

Finding and treating pathogenic bacteria in the mouth is something we’ll do at Stonebriar Smile Design, spearheaded by Dr. Jill Wade—who works closely with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Military Wellness Initiative. We can also perform oral DNA testing to locate pathogenic bacteria, if any, and keep it under control, all of which will benefit not just your oral health but your overall well-being.

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