There’s a business that moved into my area that advertises as a holistic dentist. Is that the same as a dentist that went to dental school or are they just one of these natural docs that consider themselves medical professionals but aren’t? It would be nice to have a dentist close, but I want to make sure he’s legit first.
Hannah L. – North Dakota
Only actual dentists, who’ve graduated from dental school, are allowed to call themselves dentists. As long as the dentist has a DMD or DDS on their diploma they’re a dentist.
The only difference between a holistic dentist and any other dentist is their philosophy of treatment. A holistic dentist considers the whole body, not just your mouth and teeth.
They’ll be much more aware of any substances that are used in your medical care. For instance, they wouldn’t give you an amalgam filling, because of the mercury content. They’ll give you a composite filling instead, because they’re mercury free.
So, go ahead and try out that new dentist. You might be thrilled.
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