What is Complete Health Dentistry?

Complete Health Dentistry (CHD) and Wellness require four pillars which include excellent diet, adequate aerobic exercise, restorative sleep with an open airway, and a positive mental attitude.

Optimal health and wellness can be achieved by lowering inflammation; getting ideal nutrients and supplements into our bodies, while ridding our systems of infections and toxins.

CHD includes oral systemics and AirwayCentric® Dentistry, which is implemented by the entire team.

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How do we practice Complete Health Dentistry?

Complete Health Dentistry starts with the Complete Health Baseline, which identifies patient symptoms integrated with the medical history. Oral pathogen and home sleep tests are ordered when appropriate. According to Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, no cardiovascular preventive program can be successful without an oral systemic and airway component.

Bredesen also states that to alleviate and prevent cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s, we must address:

  1. Inflammation: Restorative sleep and an open airway are vital to reduce inflammation. Of course, diet and exercise are essential as well.
  2. Trophic Factors: Thyroid, Estrogen, Testosterone
  3. Infections and Toxins:
    1. High-risk oral pathogens have been discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Bredensen identifies 3 in particular, including P. Gingivitis and Treponema.
    2. Only in REM sleep is the brain able to rid itself of toxins. The blood brain barrier becomes more porous with Sleep Apnea, allowing toxins and infections into the brain.
    3. Lastly, heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic contribute to the decline of the brain. It is important to get your heavy metals tested by your dentist or functional medicine practitioner.

The dental team plays a key role in opening the airway and eliminating high-risk pathogens. There is a strong correlation between certain anaerobic oral pathogens and cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia. The dental hygienist, along with our other team members, will help our patients to create a clean environment that supports good bacteria and neutralizes the bad actors.

Dentists are now able to assist in opening the airway day and night through appliances and devices like our ACG™ System.

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Dr. Michael Gelb

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.

The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.

Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.

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Gelb Center NYC Location

635 Madison Avenue
19th Floor
B/W: 59th & 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
P: (212) 752-1662
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Gelb Center White Plains Location

12 Old Mamaroneck Road
Suite 1C
White Plains, NY 10605
P: (914) 686-4528
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American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP)
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