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
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.