TMJ Dentistry: A Holistic Approach

TMJ Dentistry The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge that connects each side of the jawbone to the skull. When temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are present, this joint’s movement can cause TMJ pain, tenderness, difficulty chewing, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Dr. Shauna Palmer believes that …

Are mercury fillings a danger to my health? 

Are you anxious about your mercury fillings? Have you read that they are harmful to your health?   For over a hundred years, dentists have been using amalgam to fill teeth after cavities have been removed.  Almost half of that dental amalgam filling was liquid mercury and the rest included powdered …

Treating periodontal disease with Perio Protect

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The harsh reality is that over 75% of adults show signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Left ignored the symptoms of gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. Gum disease can lead to: Painful inflammation of gum tissue Loss of teeth Dangerous infections Loss of  healthy tooth structure Damage to the underlying …

What is Holistic Dentistry?

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When it comes to holistic dentistry, we understand that the language may be confusing. A normal trip to the dentist for most of us often includes the usual routine. But what if we told you a trip to the dentist could also include advice and guidance for many different aspects of …

How Stress & TMJ Cause Headaches

Recent social events have understandably left a strong impact on communities world-wide. Stress and anxiety levels for many have accelerated to a great extent as response to the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, chronic stress and anxiety can have detrimental effects on our health. It can trigger an array …

The Connection between Stress & TMJ Disorder

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Many people battle with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder – or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) – without knowing the cause. Often, this is caused by stress and anxiety and leads to sleep bruxism. People who suffer from bruxism tend to grind and clench their teeth unknowingly. Your stress levels may have gone …

How a Safe Mercury Removal Approach Can Help Improve Your Overall Health

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In the past, one of the primary options for filling a tooth was a silver (amalgam) filling. Unfortunately, many people didn’t realize at the time that these fillings contain materials, such as mercury, that can lead to health complications.   Thankfully, Dr. Palmer is a dentist who can safely remove these …

The Holistic Approach Benefit: How Ozone Therapy Helps with Tooth Sensitivity

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A holistic dental approach office utilizes several forms of preventative care and treatment, including traditional dentistry techniques and ozone therapy.  Ozone therapy can significantly reduce bacteria, promote healing, and help prevent more invasive dental procedures, such as root canals. Used in conjunction with traditional dentistry, ozone therapy can help improve …

How Natural is Botox in Kelowna? Is It Really Safe?

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Are you undecided about investing in Botox in Kelowna? You’re not alone. Many people like the results others are getting with Botox, but they still wonder if it’s a safe product.  Today, you’ll learn how Botox is used by West Kelowna dentist, Dr. Shauna Palmer, and why it’s totally safe …

Prevent Heart Disease: A Holistic Dentist Approach to Oral Health

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Visiting your dentist can feel scary, but would you want to go more if you knew that your dentist could help prevent heart disease? You read that right.  Oral health possesses strong connections to the health of the body as a whole, and a recent study has even identified oral …

Do You Have Difficulty Swallowing? It May Be Related to TMJ Disorder

Do you ever have a hard time swallowing?  Difficulty swallowing can be caused by a number of issues, one of which is TMJ disorder.  Many of the patients who visit Dr. Palmer’s office complain not only of jaw pain and headaches but also the inability to swallow with ease, also …