In conversation with Dr Prue King from Lotus Dental
We spoke to Dr Prue King from Lotus Dental about how her industry has changed over time and why Holistic Dentistry is so important. Lotus Dental is the culmination of a passionate vision she held for many years: a practice dedicated to integrative dentistry in the context of holistic health, extending beyond the normal “square box” of dentistry.
When was Lotus Dental founded and by who?
Lotus Dental was founded by myself in 2006.
What was the initial vision for Lotus Dental and has that changed over time?
I wanted to work in Dentistry with the whole body in mind. It was my vision to bring to life a state-of-the-art dental practice with a holistic approach to health. This vision hasn’t changed and I’ve found great value and sustainability in practising this way.
What is holistic Dentistry?
Holistic Dentistry takes into account the interactions of the whole body with oral health and the effects of our treatment on the rest of the body. For example, using bio-compatible dental materials and looking at the role of the teeth, dental arches and oral muscles in contributing to disturbed sleep and breathing.
Why is Lotus Dental different to other dental practices?
Our primary concern is that each patient is treated as an individual and all their needs are taken into account whether that is biochemical, structural and/or emotional. We try to make each visit as stress free as possible. Whilst we provide a high standard and full range of conventional dental treatments with state-of-the-art equipment, we also use a holistic approach which includes using;
- Bio-compatible materials.
- Natural approaches to periodontal (gum) treatment and tooth remineralisation using lasers.
- Nutritional evaluation, supplements and oral care products.
- Sleep medicine and it’s connection to the airway, teeth and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
- Myofunctional therapy (retaining oral muscles to function optimally)
- Diagnosis and treatment of tongue-ties
- Full-face orthodontics and early treatment to allow for non-extraction orthodontics and recognising the importance of the craniofacial complex and its contribution to overall health.
What healthy dental habits do you encourage?
I always recommend an optimal diet for each individual, which is low in sugar and healthy fats, thorough tooth brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It’s important to breathe through your nose and use the correct tongue posture for optimal facial development and a good night’s sleep. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a check and oral hygiene treatment to prevent major problems developing.
What are some common dental problems people experience?
Many people suffer from various dental problems, however the most common include tooth decay, broken teeth, infected teeth and gums, painful or sensitive teeth, narrow dental arches, tooth grinding and jaw joint dysfunction which can cause muscle pain and oral cancers.
What’s next for Lotus Dental?
We are constantly learning and updating our skills as clinicians, embracing the latest scientific research and techniques for the benefit of our patients. We love to share our knowledge and experience of others in the hope that more people can benefit from this approach and experience great oral and overall health. We have a dedicated team of staff who are integral to helping us to deliver a high standard of treatment in a comfortable environment.
For more, visit; lotusdental.com.au
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