It’s not often that biologic wellness and overall medical practices are connected to dentistry. For most of us, going to the dentist is a routine chore to simply check up on our oral health. Dr. Gerry Curatola, a renowned biologic restorative dentist based in East Hampton, is on a mission to change that.
“There are things we can do to deal in a way that identifies the root causes and helps you avoid the need for dependency on so many medications, that I believe are unnecessary for many people,” he said.
His new office, Rejuvenation Health, is located in East Hampton.
“Rejuvenation Health could be a mecca for all of the healthcare practitioners in our village to interact and treat the patient in a more holistic fashion. A healthy mouth, and a healthy body, is an important part of healthy skin and healthy beauty.”
I had previously spoken with Dr. Curatola in 2012 at a Ross School benefit at which he was an honoree. Years have passed and yet he’s still the welcoming smile, open arms, all-around community guy he has always been. If he were my dentist growing up, I might have actually flossed like I was supposed to. He’s relatable, a born and bred Long Island guy who went to Chaminade High School in Mineola before attending Colgate University and going onto NYU College of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1983. He and his wife, Georgia, raised their family on the East End.
“I didn’t want to be a drill ‘em, fill ‘em, bill ‘em,” he said. So he aimed to be a physician of the mouth and understand the connection of oral health to the rest of the body. “My design is for a natural reunification of a coordinated, personalized system of healthcare.”
Rejuvenation Health will offer overall biological medicine, also known as functional medicine, which connects medicine and dentistry, as most toxicity comes from the mouth. In addition to, thus far, being the only place that offers EMsculpt on the East End, the practice will uniquely offer Reviv Genetics testing, allowing patients to obtain a personalized book on their genetics and understand the health risks or benefits based on them.
Dr. Gerry aims to deviate from a traditional medicine approach that is, he says, “heavily supported by big pharmaceuticals” and look at the mental and emotional stressors. “There have been studies from Harvard Medical School, showing that just a daily meditation can lower your blood pressure,” he said, for example.
This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper here.