Can I make an appointment to see you in your office?
I practice in Bluffton, South Carolina’s Bluffton Center for Dentistry. You can make an appointment for a consultation by calling the office below.
Bluffton Center for Dentistry
29 Plantation Park Drive #303
Bluffton, SC 29910
Do you have any recipes on your site?
Yes! I continuously post all of “My Favorite Paleo Recipes” in my “Paleo Recipes” section located on the Navigation Bar at the top of the webpage. When new recipes are posted, I also post them in my Blog.
How can you know what I need if you never have seen me or met me?
To prepare for your telephone or Skype consultation with me, you will fill out a detailed questionnaire and a 3-day food journal– both to be submitted to me online or by regular mail – so that I can get to know you. After I receive your responses that you submit to me, I will contact you at the time you requested. You and I will have a detailed conversation about your concerns, and I will make recommendations to you based on our discussion.
How can you know my dental condition if you never examined my mouth?
In the detailed questionnaire you will fill out and submit to me before your consultation, there are specific questions concerning your dental health and concerns. During our phone consultation, you will be able to ask specific questions, and I will be able to interview you further on specific issues.
Why should I have a consultation with you? Can’t I just see my personal dentist or periodontist?
Of course you can see anyone you choose. My emphasis will probably be different than most other dentists and periodontists. I emphasize getting to the bottom causes rather than just treating the result of these causes over and over again. Nutrient-dense real foods, good gut bacteria, and a healthy lifestyle are the most important basic facts that influence health. These must be addressed and optimized before real success with treatment can occur over the long-term.
Specifically, you will:
• Get answers to your questions
• Learn simple nutritional and lifestyle changes
• Receive a personalized plan
• Have my 40-plus years of experience as a periodontist
How do you treat patients in your office?
In my offices in South Carolina, I see patients who have periodontal disease as well as patients who have nutritional concerns about their dental health. I perform a thorough periodontal exam and review their dental and medical histories. I provide every patient I see with the nutritional information that I present in this Website and about which we will discuss in your consultation. If required, I have patients complete a 3-Day Food Journal to help me understand their dietary problems.
To repair the damage done in these patients’ mouths from periodontal infection, I use a specific laser (PerioLase® Laser) and the LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) protocol. This protocol is very patient-friendly and does not require cutting with a scalpel and does not require sutures. It destroys the bad bacteria, evens out the biting forces on the teeth, and stimulates new bone to grow. Patients have minimal discomfort and can function relatively normally the next day. Healing and bone growth are much better compared to traditional periodontal surgery.
Do you sell any products?
I emphasize real food to get the proper fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients into your body. I do not sell any supplements or other products. However, I do discuss the products I personally use and the books I am currently reading and recommend.
Are foods the only important part to getting my mouth healthy?
No. Good oral hygiene is important, which will remove the bacterial film that forms at the base of the gums around the teeth. Also, the damage done to the mouth from dental and periodontal breakdown must be repaired to provide normal function.
There are four elements to sustain overall health as well as dental health:
• Nutrient-dense foods along with healthy gut bacteria
• Efficient exercise
• Restorative sleep
• Stress reduction
Have you written any books on this subject?
I have written articles that have been published, and I have been interviewed on these subjects. The articles and links to the interviews are noted in the Resources tab at the top of the webpage.
In July 2017, Elektra Press will publish my new book, Crazy-Good Living!: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life – feeding your body from cradle to grave.
How can I contact you?
In the tab “Contact”, you can type your general questions and submit them. I will try to answer these as time allows. I cannot answer specific questions about your health. For specific questions about your nutrition and periodontal concerns, please schedule an Initial Consultation and complete the online Questionnaire and 3-Day Food Journal.
How much experience do you have treating gum disease?
I received my specialty license in 1974. That year, I began seeing patients for the treatment of gum disease. So, I have been a practicing periodontist for 40+ years.
What is different from your diet compared to other healthy diets?
I am not advocating a diet. I am not advocating counting calories. I am advocating food choices that are nutrient-dense and real. I am not advocating processed foods or supplements. If you ate the foods that have sustained our ancestors who evolved over the past 2.5 million years, you will be eating foods that will maintain and sustain your health.
What is Functional Medicine?
The standard model of healthcare today is (1) to diagnose a disease and match that disease with a corresponding drug or surgical intervention or (2) to repair a damaged or broken structure in the body. This model of care works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies. However, this model of care does not work well for chronic diseases. Chronic diseases develop over the course of many years and have various outcomes, some of which are life threatening.
Functional Medicine treats chronic diseases more effectively because it looks for the root causes or mechanisms involved with loss of function while using the latest scientific understanding about how our genetics, environment, and lifestyle interact as a whole system – without treating the disease specifically. Functional Medicine practitioners may order lab tests usually not performed by most medical facilities in order to learn more about the function of various body systems. Functional Medicine treats the person who has the disease, not the disease the person has.
How does Functional Medicine relate to treating gum disease?
Gum disease is a manifestation of inflammation around the gum margin, but treatment of this disease does not end with just eliminating the bacteria from around the teeth. This inflammation has a much more complicated beginning that involves the nutrients an individual takes in, the health of his or her gut bacteria, as well as the individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Functional Medicine gets to the underlying causes that will treat the overall person – not just the disease – and help prevent disease in the future.
What is the difference between Holistic Medicine and Functional Medicine?
Holistic Medicine, which attempts to treat the patient as a whole person, is a general term used to describe many different therapies, some of which are science-based and some of which are anecdotal.
Functional Medicine is a specific approach of Holistic Medicine that is science-based and attempts to find the underlying causes of disease to regain function on a cellular level.
What are the differences between Paleo Nutrition, Ancestral Nutrition, Primal Nutrition, and Evolutionary Nutrition?
Paleo Nutrition, Ancestral Nutrition, Primal Nutrition, and Evolutionary Nutrition often are used interchangeably to refer to the naturally occurring foods that the human species has eaten to survive and thrive through the course of 2.5 million years of evolution. All are basically the same with minor differences.