Oral/Systemic Wellness Program

Are you aware that the health of your mouth reflects the health of your body and mind? Have you heard that preventing heart disease, dementia and diabetes start in the mouth?

That’s correct. The mouth is the entry point not only for food but also for bacteria that end up in your gut, and both small and large intestines. Ancient healers from India and China, and now from Germany look at the tongue as an indicator of stomach, kidney, lung and spleen health.

We are able to identify through a simple salivary test whether patients are harboring bad bacteria or bugs which have been implicated to cause cardiovascular disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

We are looking to transform the lives of patients who believe in getting to the root cause of the problem and who understand the work of both Bale and Doneen and Dale Bredesen.

One of the main challenges is eliminating the bad pathogens while improving or maintaining the healthy bugs. These are defined as microbiomes, which we have in our gut, mouth and brain.

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All microbiomes influence each other.

The microbiome in our gut is connected in the production of serotonin which effects everything from mood to pain to sleep. It governs our immune system. I know from personal experience that my day is dependent on the well-being of my gut. Happy gut – happy body, happy mind.

At the core of our oral/systemic wellness program is inflammation. Inflammation drives dementia and cardiovascular disease and two of the main contributors to inflammation are the airway/sleep disorders and a dirty mouth.

How do we fit into the equation?

We are committed to opening your airway, increasing oxygenation, allowing deep sleep and getting rid of the harmful microorganisms found in the mouth.

It is not by coincidence that the bad bugs in our mouths are anaerobic, meaning they thrive in low oxygen environments. When we open the airway and increase systemic oxygen, it helps to reduce these bad bugs from the inside out, lowering inflammation and reversing chronic disease.

These bacteria cause periodontal issues, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, birth complications and diabetes. In order to get rid of high risk oral pathogens we will create a personalized treatment plan, which will include treatment of periodontal disease.

After the patient is free of these bacteria, they will go on a customized oral hygiene program to help disrupt the colonization of the high-risk pathogens that threaten oral systemic health.

By working with our colleagues who monitor blood markers for inflammation, we are able to keep track of how well we are doing to bring systemic inflammation down to ideal levels.

What does this all mean?

Although it may seem trivial and completely unrelated, your oral health has a significant impact on your general and overall well-being. The term “oral” encompasses oral pathogens, the gums, tongue, cheeks, tonsils and adenoids, soft palate and throat as well as the nose and sinuses. In order to achieve this, an open airway is required from the nose down past the soft palate and tongue. Also involved is the cervical spine or neck which is the back wall of the airway.

To make matters more interesting, when our noses are congested due to a cold, allergies or a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates, our tongue becomes more susceptible to collapsing the airway. This creates negative pressure which can pull acid out of the stomach exacerbating a variety of problems due to reflux.

The system needs to stay in balance. The dental team and ENT play a huge role in maintaining this balance.

In order to ensure that patients are moving in the right direction to maintain oral/systemic wellness, we do follow up testing every 3-4 months through sleep tests, blood and saliva testing. CIMT (Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test) is also utilized to measure carotid artery health.

We work with cardiovascular and dementia prevention practitioners as well as nutritionists and health coaches.  We also work with an array of other health professionals who share this same philosophy.

At The Gelb Center our entire team is trained in AirwayCentric® Dentistry, Oral/Systemic Wellness and Anti-Inflammatory Dentistry. We strive for uncompromising excellence by ensuring the best possible patient outcome.

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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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Dr. Gelb's Professional Memberships
NYU College of Dentistry
New York State Dental Association
New York County Dental Society
American Dental Association
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP)
Airway Health
AAPMD Airway Health Professional Association
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Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS Ratings
Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS Testimonials
  • … I am so thankful for this man for renewing the lease on my life! You are without a doubt one of Gods Angels on earth.

    Melissa Dawn
    Melissa Dawn
  • Class Act. Cured my TMJ. Wish I could give a higher review. Delivers on his promises.

    Erin B
    Erin B, New York, NY
  • Excellent – very professional and efficient practice. Very nice staff and fabulous doctor.

    Caroline B.
    Caroline B.
  • Best hands down… They care about your total well-being! Highly recommend the Gelb Center if you are suffering from TMJ or sleep apnea!

    Maria Cuozzo-Wetzel
    Maria Cuozzo-Wetzel
  • From the moment I walk into the time I leave, Dr. Gelb and his staff are compassionate, helpful and genuinely interested in making my jaw, and life, better.

    Connie S. New York, NY
    Connie S. New York, NY
  • I intend to continue my treatment with the Dr and would recommend other migraine/TMJ sufferers to see Dr. Gelb, as finding a good practice is hard to come by.

    Brian M
    Bryan M. New York, NY
  • I stopped snoring like a bear and rarely get migraines like I used to quite frequently … This man is amazing … I love you Dr.Gelb and forever thankful to you.

    Melissa D. Queens, NY
    Melissa D. Queens, NY
  • I cannot say enough positive good things about Dr. Gelb and his staff. I came to him and he turned my life around for the better almost immediately.

    Mary T
    Mary T. Putnam Valley, NY
  • He gave me jaw appliances one for the day and one for the night and they seriously help. He really knows what he is doing and I couldn’t be more happy to have found the best jaw doc in NYC.

    Ariel L. New York, NY
    Ariel L. New York, NY
  • His reputation as a leading specialist in this area is well-deserved. I highly recommend his services for these treatments.

    Steven S. Manhattan, NY
    Steven S. Manhattan, NY
  • He makes you feel so comfortable and confident in your health. I would recommend Dr. Gelb to anyone who has had any TMJ/jaw pain issues. He is simply the best.

    Katherine D. Cranford, NJ
    Katherine D. Cranford, NJ
  • Thankyou Dr. Gelb. Wait – let me say it one more time: Thank you Dr. Gelb … thankfully the tri-state area has the Gelb Center.

    Brian R. Manhattan, NY
    Brian R. Manhattan, NY
  • Dr. Michael Gelb is world-renowned and extremely knowledgeable in disorders of the TMJ. He is also well-versed in Sleep Medicine.

    Nick M. Manhattan, NY
    Nick M. Manhattan, NY
  • I love Dr. Gelb’s energy, efficiency, and ability to make me laugh. His staff is great, very professional and always kind.

    Henri V. Los Gatos, CA
  • By far the best doctor in NYC. I highly recommend people see him because TMJ can be solved and linked to so many daily problems!

    Erica M. Brooklyn, NY
  • I had a perfect experience with Dr. Gelb. He was patient, listened carefully to my issues and then fit me for a new appliance.

    David F. Los Angeles, CA