Featured story by : Nick Kasmik


In today’s world, people are always looking for ways to live longer and healthier lives. Eating healthy foods, taking in the proper nutrients and exercising regularly have become essential elements of a healthy lifestyle, and more and more people are making them their habit. After all, we all want to live as long as possible, right?

According to Dr. Sandra Garcia Martin, maybe we could—but only if we realize that well-being is so much more than just eating and exercising. She points out that many people probably know that good oral health plays a crucial role in living a long and healthy life but explains that this goes beyond regular brushing and checkups.

“It’s no secret that you should practise good oral-hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet that’s low in sugar, visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and avoiding tobacco products,” she says. “But there are a lot more factors that impact oral health. One of them is the old materials used to fix teeth that were once deemed safe.”

Dr. Sandra Garcia Martin has dedicated her career to helping patients achieve optimal oral health to enjoy the benefits of having strong teeth and gums that last a lifetime. She gained her dental degree at the University of Barcelona in 2007 and a master’s degree in periodontology and dental implants at New York University (NYU). She also got an additional master’s in aesthetic dentistry at NYU under the guidance of renowned pioneers of modern dentistry, Dr. Larry Rosenthal and Mike Apa.

With her extensive background in dentistry and aesthetic dentistry, Martin is constantly developing innovative techniques to help keep her patients’ mouths clean and free from disease-causing bacteria. On top of that, she is one of the very few dentists who practise the Digital Smile Design (DSD) concept approach.

According to Martin, besides providing patients with the most modern aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry approaches when creating beautiful, unique and natural-looking smiles, she also enjoys educating communities about proper oral health.

When asked why proper oral hygiene is crucial, Martin explains: “Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are important for preventing cavities, gum diseases and bad breath. However, if we are talking about overall health, having the latest biocompatible materials inside your mouth is also crucial.”

She goes on to explain that most adults who fixed their teeth in any way during the past 30 to 40 years probably still have silver amalgam fillings or had restorations involving porcelain fused to metal. While metals used in dentistry have long been seen as an effective and reliable way of restoring a patient’s teeth, they have also been shown to be potentially toxic to the body.

These toxins can cause damage to organs, tissues and cells in the body if they accumulate in large enough amounts. Furthermore, they can also interfere with the body’s natural systems and processes, potentially leading to serious health issues.

Martin’s recommendation? All people who have old metal fillings or restorations should consider replacing them with newer materials, such as zirconia, glass-ceramic and composite resin, that are biocompatible and safe for the body.

“Toxins can cause everything from inflammation and cancer to depression. Yes, there are massive links between the materials that you’ve probably been chewing into for decades and depression and other brain issues,” she says.

Martin turns everything she says into action at her London-based dental practice. By ensuring that her patients stay true to excellent oral-hygiene habits and replacing old materials with the latest biocompatible technologies, she ensures that they can have a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. With her experience, expertise and dedication to excellence, Martin shows that she is truly a leader in dental care.

As she puts it, it’s essential to understand how our oral health affects our overall well-being so we can make informed decisions when it comes to restoring our teeth and keeping them healthy. By understanding the latest materials and techniques available, we can make sure that we are making informed decisions when it comes to our health and ensure that our mouths are free from toxins and diseases, which in turn gives us a healthy, beautiful smile that we can wear throughout our longer and better lives.



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