Holistic Dentistry

Dr. Kundel's Holistic Dentistry Vision

We are constantly bombarded with information on how to keep ourselves and our children healthy. The task is a daunting one, given that before it was not even a topic.
The more developed we become as a nation, the sicker, it seems, we become. Abundance of information is confused with wisdom. Common sense is replaced with the next best thing.

To avoid confusion, we need to start with the basics of development. We can survive days without food or water, but only minutes without breathing; thus, breathing is a single most important function.

While breathing is self explanatory, what we don’t realize is how we deform our bodies without a thought to breathe without interruption. A newborn that cannot breathe, suck and swallow all at the same time, simply stops eating. Breathing without compensatory movements of tongue, cheeks, neck, shoulders and hips, and many other muscles is what insures proper neurological development. Suboptimal breathing affects proper jaw and face development, which, in turn, could cause life-long complications – stress on both psychological (attention deficit disorders, anxiety, depression etc) and physiological systems (susceptibility to illness, disease, sleep disordered breathing, and sleep apnea). Well-developed structure is not only essential for our health, it is also more desirable in the eyes of others. Well-developed individuals are usually perceived as more attractive (though good looks are just a consequence of good health).

As a holistic dentist, my goal is to find what creates the greatest impact for my patients’ wellness. I have found that healthy airway is a single most significant and essential component that must be addressed.

My area of special interest is in assessing and treating growth and developmental issues not usually addressed by traditional dentistry. I have extensive training and collaborative working relationships with local ENTs, sleep specialists, pediatricians, lactation consultants, osteopaths and other practitioners to best help my patients. My purpose is to help heal and educate, so that the patients know how to take care of themselves and not require my intervention for life. The mission is to help the parents to learn the basics of not only proper hygiene, but body function (breathing and swallowing) and to teach their children.

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