What is Holistic Dentistry?
Recently we posted an article about our techniques for biocompatible dentistry, and we realized further explanation might be helpful to those who are curious about holistic dentistry. So what exactly is holistic dentistry? Although there is no designation of holistic dentistry as a specialty, many dental professionals are starting to incorporate a holistic approach to treating their parents. The word “holistic” refers to the “whole” so holistic dentistry is looking at dental practices and how they are connected to, and can impact your overall health.
Traditional dentistry treats the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempts to prevent such problems from reoccurring. However some traditional dental treatments may not be the best in the long term and could cause adverse effects down the road. For example, mercury used in traditional fillings is a toxin and even small amounts are too great a risk to the body. Dentists who practice a holistic approach will try to treat the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health. This is becoming a popular subject of interest for a lot of patients, we found many articles on the background of Holistic Dentistry that are quite informative. You can also learn more by visiting the Holistic Dental Association website.
Whatever goes into your mouth will have an effect on your body. That’s why we offer amalgam free composite fillings and perform biocompatibility testing of the materials we use for our patients.
We think it is important to educate our patients as to how their oral care is connected to their overall health. We also recognize that many factors can contribute to oral health issues such as tooth decay or periodontal diseases, and that is why we work with patients on an individual basis and address issues like allergies, sensitivities, or dietary/nutritional factors that could be impacting their oral health. We often work with alternative health care professionals to attain the least invasive results for oral concerns.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our natural approach to dental treatment! Contact us to set up an appointment (250) 542-1404