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placeholder August 11, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Senior Living & Resources

Dentist links sleep, oral care to health

Whole-body health consists of many ingredients, including dental care and good sleep, says Dr. Terecita Dean, an Alameda dentist.

"Body health is directly connected to the mouth, brain and oral environment," Dean said. "My philosophy to healing as a whole-body dentist strives to facilitate this body's dynamo for my patients, a harmony with naturopathy and holistic dental care."

Dean graduated with her dentistry degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has been licensed to practice in California since 1989. Her philosophy of comprehensive care involves the whole body, mind and spirit to foster a healthy foundation upon which a patient builds his or her life.

Sleep is needed to regenerate the human body, learning, metabolism, moodiness, cardiovascular health and general health and wellness, she said. Low quality sleep damages our bodies, Dean said.

"People age 65 years and older are 1½ times more likely to battle insomnia. Most individuals resort to taking prescription drugs, sedative hypnotics or other sleeping pills to sleep. In reality prescription sleeping pills actually rob you of sleep because it interferes with the sleep mechanism and the circadian cycle hence, no restful sleep which is essential to homeostasis and whole-body health," Dean said.

"Poor oral hygiene not only affects the bacterial load on the teeth but it causes a harmful, immune reaction," Dean said.

Dean's office is at 2017 Central Ave., Alameda. Reach her at www.terecitadean.info or 510-522-0878.

 
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