Age with Style ISBN: 971946633590, Forbes Media, LLC by Namrata Patel, DDS.
Dr. Patel has set forth and explained the newest approach to dentistry that is identical to that of Holistic Medicine. Simply stated, it stresses the requirement of considering and treating the entire individual as one complete entity, each of whose individual parts are influential in maintenance of that individual as a healthy person. After a Forward, Acknowledgements and Introduction, the book contains thirteen chapters with a concluding Closing Thoughts. Each chapter offers pertinent facts with regard to: 1 – Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body: Symptoms and What They Mean; 2 – The Inflammatory Response explanation; 3 – The Truth about Amalgam Fillings; 4 – Hormones and Your Health; 5 – The Power of a Smile; 6 – Dental Anxiety; 7 – Our Teeth as We Age; 8 – Staving Off the Aging Process; 9 – The Importance of a Healthy Bite; 10 – But Why Does Treatment Have to Cost so Much; 11 – Dental Materials and Technology; 12 – Creating a Healthy Oral Environment; 13 – Sleep Apnea in Adults and Children.
Discussion: With a greater understanding of the delicate interaction of all of the body’s parts, some of the more enlightened Medical and Dental Educators for many years have been attempting to move Dentistry from the reactionary ‘fill ‘em or pull ‘em’ mentality that has been so thoroughly entrenched in most peoples’ minds. And other than this relatively small minority, the professions themselves have not been particularly helpful. In fact, the dental profession’s as well as much of medicines’ non-academically inclined members, rigidity and often almost stultifying reaction to change even occasionally has been remarkably astonishing even to small innovations. Parenthetically, Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s dual degree Dean attempted to initiate the first such academic changes in the early 1940’s with a program that quickly aborted and it is only within the last several years they, and now others as demonstrated by the author, gradually seem to be making headway. With respect to this author’s contribution however, she has set forth the basics of the much needed holistic approach to dentistry that is so necessary to lead a healthy life, an approach that gradually is taking hold in medicine as well in an age where practitioners all too often are forced simply to treat symptoms instead of searching for the basic cause of a patient’s physical problems. Medicine and dentistry have become slaves of a world too frequently served by organizations where an actual knowledge of the professions and the patients they treat is minimal so that the number treated is more important than how they are treated. The reason, of course is the ‘bottom line’ established by individuals to whom a saying coined following WW II might seemingly apply – “Individuals who know the cost of everything, and the value of nothing.”
5* Simply explained answers to many questions about dentistry. Recommended.