Dental Health Care For Vegetarians

Written by Dan Abril.


There are many reasons to go vegetarian. Some do it for health reasons, some for the environment, and some simply out of compassion for animals. A diet that is centred on grains, fruits, legumes, and vegetables is considered by many researchers to be healthier than the normal€ diet based largely on meat and very little veggies.

Of course there are studies that state otherwise but some critics have pointed out that those studies are significantly lopsided. However, nothing is perfect and a vegetarian (and its derivatives: veganism, raw food, and etc.) has its drawbacks -€“ particularly among vegetarians who lack a basic education on proper nutrition and a proper vegetarian diet. (Note: French fries and sodas may be vegan, but they are not healthy.)

Why Vegetarians Need To Take Extra Care

A vegetarian diet is indeed healthy but this dietary choice can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. The reason is, vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists consume more fruits and nuts.

Fruits are great since they are packed with much needed nutrients but it is also loaded with acid and sugar. Processed sugar is definitely worst for your teeth but over time, natural sugar and acid can take a toll on a tooth'™s enamel, leading to cavities. Nuts in the meantime can get stuck in those crevices and cause damage.

For many dentists though, the main culprit is the lack of calcium and Vitamin D. While the body can are naturally produced by merely basking in early morning sun, calcium must be sourced from food. Going back to your elementary health and nutrition subject, calcium is needed for stronger bones and teeth. That poses a problem for vegetarians who refrain from any form of animal product.

So if you are vegetarian, how do you take care of your teeth ?

Dental Health Tips for Vegetarians

1. Eat a balanced diet. No, we are not suggesting that you go back to consuming animal products. What we advise is to vary your food choices. Consume calcium fortified products. There'€™s more to life than tofu or seitan. (Carnivores out there should not be so smug, it would do you a world of wonders if you eat a balanced diet as well.)

2. Take multivitamins. Note that if you already have a balanced diet, you no longer need to take multivitamins. You can only reap the benefits offered by multivitamins if you do not have the time or the inclination to evaluate your diet.

3. Find the time to brush and floss. Vegetarians should ensure that every gap between teeth is taken care of. Since tooth brushing can be limited in terms of reach, supplement it with flossing.

These are practical tips, really; but knowing them and taking them to heart can lead to happy years of munching on carrots and corn. Treat your teeth well and they will serve you well.

For further advice on dental health care, don'€™t hesitate to set up an appointment with us. Call us at (+632) 723-5167 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Dentures or Implants, That Is The Question

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Losing a tooth is never a pleasant experience. Losing more than one can be demoralizing. Missing teeth will not only have immediate effects on your gastronomic pleasures but it will also show on your facial structure. Sooner or later, your cheeks will sink and you will look tired and old for your age. That's definitely bad news if you wish to keep your youthful good looks. Fortunately, there are a couple of solutions available to the patient if you don'€™t want to appear like an extra on The Walking Dead.



Dentures are the main choice for many. These are removable appliances crafted to replace missing teeth. Today, dentists can choose from a wide array of materials that can blend -€“ almost -€“ seamlessly with your natural teeth and gums. However, dentures have its drawbacks: from eating and speaking difficulties to regular maintenance. What sets it back though is that it can never fully mimic natural gums. Made from hard acrylic, one glance and people can easily tell the difference. Still, dentures are popular since they are affordable, less invasive, and are easier to adjust.


Gaining ground are implants. With implants, your dentists will replace a missing tooth with a titanium or zirconium implant. The process requires surgery and multiple visits. The whole course of treatment can be daunting, particularly if you are squeamish about surgeries. Also, compared to dentures, implants are pricey and your pre-need health insurance does not cover the expense.

The good news is that implants are natural looking and in the long term help stimulate gums to prevent further tooth loss. Chewing and speaking don'€™t pose any problems as well and the patient can go back to enjoying good food.

So which of the options is good for you? Well, aside from costs, the dentist needs to evaluate the overall condition of your teeth and gums. If you are generally healthy, implants are the best choice. They may be expensive than dentures but in the long run they are more cost-effective as they lead to better oral health and one can go back to appreciating life's simple pleasures.

If you wish, we at Total Body Dentistry would like to help you evaluate the options. Call us at (+632) 723.5167 to schedule an appointment.

For Oral Health!

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In all honesty, how can you enjoy life without the pleasure of eating? Generally, we Filipinos love food and every occasion or celebration won’t be complete without a hefty serving of flavourful dishes from the spicy to savoury and to the mind numbingly sweet. We Filipinos can't have festive occasions without sugary staples.

We would like to stress however that we are not finger pointing and blaming sugar for all of mankind'€™s ailments. We are not in the business of demonizing food. After all, we need a balance of nutrients to live a healthy and enjoyable life and sugar or sweeteners, in its least unprocessed form, such as honey or maple syrup provides minerals such as manganese and zinc. The trouble starts when there is an overconsumption of sugar and without proper exercise or regular physical or dental check-ups.

Thus today, as we welcome 2016 with a bang, Total Body Dentistry would like to encourage you to include dental health in New Year resolutions. We spend so much time in the gym, taking vitamins and supplements but not really bothering to consider or look into the benefits of healthy teeth and gums. Remember that there is such a thing as a mouth and body connection and good oral health is the gateway to overall health. So if you wish to continue celebrating life and enjoying good food this year, we have compiled a

1. Pick up that phone and set-up a dental appointment. Call us at (+632)7235167 and our friendly staff will be happy to set up your dental check-up.

2. Commit to regular check-ups or staggered dental treatments. Total Body Dentistry will also be happy to assist you in scheduling needed treatments. May it be implants, restoration, or amalgam removal,  our staff and Dr Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen, will be pleased to explain procedures and its benefits.

3. Floss. Floss. Floss. We can’t emphasize this enough.  Tooth brushing has its limits and for those hard to reach areas and spaces in between teeth, flossing is the answer.

4.Quit smoking. There are numerous benefits to quitting this nasty habit. Not only will it be beneficial to your teeth and gums, but your overall health as well.

5. Eat more nutritious food and drink more water. Try minimizing in-take of processed sugar. Drop sodas and carbonated drinks and instead go for water.

Keep these in mind and we wish you a wonderful year ahead!

Dental Implants: Zirconia vs Titanium

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(Image: Ceraroot.)

Missing tooth? Despair not. Your friendly dentist has the treatment dental implants. These marvels of technology may look like a treatment taken from the space age but archaeology taught otherwise.

As we know today, dental implants are those metal screw-like contraptions that are implanted into bones to replace missing tooth. However, archaeology has yielded evidence that humans have been replacing lost tooth as far back as 4000 BCE. Then, dental implants were made from materials such as bamboo, shells, precious metals, and ivory. By the mid-20th century, dental research found titanium to be the best metal for such forms of surgery as it effectively ossintegrates into bone and tissues.

Titanium vs Zirconia

Metals“ - which titanium is - was chosen since it gave implants the strength it needed to withstand the demands of grinding and chewing. Although titanium is indeed reliable, it also comes with setbacks. As a metal, titanium corrodes. When introduced into the human body, a titanium dental implant is exposed to an environment that is hostile to metals. Overtime, titanium will corrode and its structural integrity will be affected.

Also, when metal corrodes, it releases particles. In the case of titanium dental implants, these particles become ions that bind to proteins. This is a recipe for failure as these particles cause itching and inflammation. Currently, there is still research on titanium allergy but figures attest that there's a connection between titanium dental implants and the growing number of allergies.

Zirconia on the other hand, is an all ceramic dental implant and offers a variety of advantages. One of course, is that it does not corrode nor does it cause allergies. Zirconia is also durable and has proven that it can withstand monstrous pressure and strain and still show no signs of deformity.

For patients veering away from metals, zirconia is heaven sent.

For further inquiries on the beauty that is zirconia, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRoot® ceramic dental implants -€“ the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.

Dental Implants

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It may seem vain but dental implants serve a purpose. According to the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), bones need constant stimulation to keep its form and density. In the case of jaw bones, teeth provide that necessary stimulation. Thus, when a tooth is lost€“ due to decay or for what other reason jaw bone density will gradually decrease leading to that sunken look and even eating difficulties. Dental implants however provide and preserve that all important bone structure.

What are implants?

Thanks largely to technological and medical advancements, missing tooth can be replaced by implants. Made up of three components: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown; a dental implant is inserted into the gum cavity and through a process known as ossointegration, the implant fuses with the bone.

Advantages of implants

While many people get dental implants for aesthetic reasons, this treatment offers a range of benefits.

For many, implants boost confidence. With a solid facial bone structure, patients look healthier, younger, and radiant. Also, in contrast to dentures, implants behave like natural teeth thus allowing patients to relish their favourite meals without worrying about ill-fitting dentures slipping. And, while implants function like tooth, it differs in the sense that implants are not vulnerable to decay.

Success rate

Web MD states that 98 % of dental implants are successful but as with any treatments or medical/dental procedure, a dentist must consider the overall health history and condition of the patient. Cases such as diabetes, heart problems, or advanced bone loss would have to be evaluated.

Once placed, the patient must be committed to strict oral hygiene and refrain from heavy smoking to ensure its success. In fact, if proper oral hygiene is observed, implants can last a lifetime.

If you think you are a candidate for implants, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRoot® ceramic dental implants €“ the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.





Toward Mercury-Free Dentistry: A Manual

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The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Mercury Policy Project released this month a manual/guide to successfully implement a phase-down of dental amalgam fillings. Click here to view and download the material, for further info, please consult the reference materials outlined in the manual.