Looking for a dentist that is holistic.

I try to keep things as natural and holistic as possible. I realize that goes against the grain with Western medicine and dentistry but I believe it best to eat organically, buy natural materials, beauty products, etc. So why would I compromise my belief when it comes to dentistry. I have heard terrible things about mercury-containing fillings. Did you know that they can leak into your body. Anyway, I want to find a dentist that embraces my holistic lifestyle.

– Jade in Tennessee

Jade,

You are not alone in your holistic dentist preferences. There are thousands of individuals that feel strongly about natural products and materials. And today more than ever, it appears all facets of modern medicine are practiced traditionally and alternatively. Dentistry is no different.

Holistic dentistry is the alternative practice to dentistry that promotes health and wellness, not just treatment of disease. Also coined biological or natural dentistry, this approach focuses on natural healing and believes oral health is connected to their entire physical, emotional, and even spiritual health. Essentially the belief is that dental health and the health of the whole body are interrelated. The basic principles for holistic dental practices are as follows:

  • Proper nutrition for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease
  • Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials
  • Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems=physical imbalance)
  • Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis

The treatment you receive in the holistic dentist’s office is different from the typical dentistry you may be used to. Natural dentists have strong opposition to the use of amalgams which contain mercury and other potentially toxic materials in dental fillings and are typically mercury-free dentists. Meaning, not only do they not use them, they will always suggest removing them from your mouth. They believe a root canal treatment poses a danger to systematic health by the spread of trapped dental bacteria through the body. They also tend to use non-surgical approaches to gum disease. They focus strongly on home care, immune system support through proper nutrition and environment.

All holistic dentists complete the same professional training that conventional dentists go to earn their degrees. Many of them may have practiced conventional dentistry at one time or another, before completing additional training in what they find to be a more productive method. Though board certified, they practice alternative methods not traditionally endorsed by their local state dental board.

There are a lot of skeptics and critics of this type of dentistry, and alternative medicine in general. However, to the holistic-minded patient like you, this is just another step on their journey to achieve optimal health the natural way.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

 

Does Invisalign make you sound funny?

I’m trying to find out the pros and cons of Invisalign? I read somewhere (maybe online) that they make you talk funny. Is that true? How long does that last? Do you know if they hurt when you get them at first? Are they annoying for eating and drinking?

– Thanks, Jena in Florida

Jena,

Most patients love Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign actually has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in the entire field of dentistry. Although, they are not for everyone. In some cases, teens they aren’t ideal candidates unless their teeth have fully erupted. Also, teenagers sometimes have problems following the dentist’s instructions.

The Invisalign aligners may feel snug at first and then over the course of the two weeks before the next set is ready, they loosen. Invisalign should not be painful. But the clear plastic aligners do need to apply pressure to the teeth to move them into their correct position.

As for talking or sounding funny, that is pretty rare. But if you have any issues, just discuss them with your dentist.

As for the benefits, there are many things that patients rave about. For example, the `1alginers are invisible so no one will know you are wearing them. They are simple to remove to eat and drink and Invisalign straightens teeth much faster than conventional braces.

If your dentist determines that you are a good Invisalign candidate, just be sure to follow the instructions to a tee. You will love how your smile looks after your teeth are straight.

Cosmetic dentists have a more artistically-inclined perspective, so Invisalign from an experience cosmetic dentist is a good idea. It would be good to start off with a consultation from a well-respected dentist that has done this many times instead of believing something you found online.

Best of luck!

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.