Over the years, I visited a few memorable dentists in the UK. One used to regale me with boring golfing tales – which at least distracted me from his dental exploits.
Never did he – or any other dentist – mention the relationship between oral health and the rest of my body. The Peralta Silverstone Dental Clinic in Palma is different – offering not only conventional dentistry (using the latest techniques), but also neurofocal dentistry. The latter is based on the relationship between our oral cavity and the rest of our body’s organs through the nervous system. Holistic dentistry, in other words.
When I visited Peralta Silverstone Dental Clinic, it felt like a place of calm. Soft contemporary jazzy sounds replaced Palma’s relentless bustle. First, I completed the clinic’s detailed patient record form (on an iPad). In the pleasant waiting room, I noticed that the pile of magazines on the table didn’t include dog-eared old copies of Reader’s Digest.
The clinic’s medical director, Dr Daniel Peralta Silverstone, came to greet me. He led me to his treatment room which, like the rest of the clinic, he designed not to smell like a dentist’s. Smell can be a powerful memory trigger and nobody wants to be reminded of scary childhood visits to the dentist. (This clinic offers unscary paediatric dentistry too).
Daniel is bilingual in Spanish and English. Born in Mallorca, he studied dentistry in Madrid. After further studies in Barcelona, he qualified with a Masters in Periodontics, Oral Implantology, Neural Therapy, and Neurofocal Dentistry. His empathy and charm are doubtless innate.
“Teeth are organs too,” he told me, as I settled into the dental chair. He showed me a mouth ‘map’ chart showing each tooth and the organs to which it relates. Did I have any ongoing health issues? I mentioned occasional reflux problems and recent aching in my jaw. It was time to open wide.
Daniel told me my ‘bite’ was fine (they do treat jaw alignment issues here); the ache probably resulted from tension. One of his team would give me some treatment after we’d finished.
Having had regular dental check-ups, nothing obvious appeared to be wrong. But past treatments had left me with three gold crowns, some small amalgam fillings, and two gaps in my upper jaw where molars used to be. The latter, according to Daniel’s chart, could result in problems in my digestive system.
He explained that any removal of metal fillings follows a strict protocol. This includes putting the patient on a two-week detox programme beforehand. He also explained options for filling the gaps resulting from extractions.
There was no pressure. “I would not do anything to a patient that I wouldn’t do to a loved one or have done to myself,” he said.
If I do decide to proceed with any further treatment, I can expect Daniel to treat me in a holistic way. His arsenal includes essential oils, calming Bach Rescue Remedy, and Yarrow Environmental Solution. The latter is a herbal preparation against toxic environmental influences, which he uses after X-rays. He also applies Bioluminis Filters to increase the feeling of wellbeing during treatments. This approach to oral care felt as refreshing as a minty mouthwash.
Peralta Silverstone Dental Clinic’s team of well-qualified health practitioners includes Patricia Yang – born in Madrid to a Spanish mother and Chinese father. Her treatments include acupuncture, kinesiology, and the Japanese facial massage known as Kobido. Kobido is now a popular aesthetic ‘lifting’ treatment, but is also used to treat jaw tension.
In her spa-like treatment room, stretched out on a couch, Patricia gave me my first Kobido massage. The delicious scent of the organic Pranarôm massage oils and her expert touch soon sent me to sleep. When I woke up, the dreaded jaw ache had melted away – although Patricia recommended a short course of weekly treatments for the most benefit.
When I wafted out of Peralta Silverstone Dental Clinic, I was so relaxed that I had to remind myself I had just been to the dentist…without having to listen to a single golfing story.
It’s helpful if you know approximately when you had any major dental treatments (eg, extractions, crowns, implants). Making a note of any operations, traumas, or problematic issues, such as ongoing pain, will also be useful. Allow half an hour for the initial consultation.
Good to know
The clinic has a convenient location just off the Avenidas and Ctra Manacor. Underground public car parks are nearby and, if you travel by public transport, it’s an easy walk from Plaza de España to C/ Foners.
Peralta Silverstone Dental Clinic
C/ Foners, 6 2B
Tel +34 971 465 161
Written by Jan Edwards
About the author
Jan is an English freelance writer, blogger, and radio broadcaster, who moved from Oxfordshire to Mallorca in 2004. She and her husband – aka The Boss – have since lived in rural tranquillity in a solar-electricity-powered finca near Manacor. They share their property with eight cats – only one of which moved to the island with them.
A former BBC local radio presenter, Jan hosts a weekly show on the English-language station Mallorca Sunshine Radio.
Jan has had numerous Mallorca-related articles published in print and online. She also blogs about her country life on www.livinginruralmallorca.com and two favourite subjects – gastronomy and hospitality – on www.eatdrinksleepmallorca.com. She has had several short stories published and is currently writing a novel.