Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Person Approach to Dental Care
More and more, medical professionals are realizing that patients are not a grouping of independent systems, like teeth, lungs, digestion, and more. Instead, people are a whole being, and each of these systems works together to create a high quality of life.
Holistic dentistry approaches the science and practice of dentistry with the entire person in mind. It’s a form of alternative medicine that can be used in conjunction with traditional treatment.
The focus is looking at how your oral health impacts your entire body and how your body affects your oral health. Holistic professionals treat your dental needs by focusing on all aspects of your well-being.
What is a holistic approach?
A holistic approach will go beyond brushing and flossing. Your dentist will also look at your nutrition, your emotional and spiritual health, and natural treatments. Holistic dentists also avoid specific treatment options, especially mercury fillings. Instead, they use other options, like ozone therapy and composite fillings.
Science has shown that those with gum disease are at a higher risk of heart disease and other health complications. This is true precisely because your oral health impacts your entire body. The key is to treat oral health by addressing the whole body, not just the mouth, face, teeth, and jaw.
Holistic dentists also focus on bringing in treatment options the reduce the body’s exposure to chemicals and toxins. Far from being against technology, these professionals promote the use of technology to improve safety.
Some of these options include:
- 3D low-dose x-rays
- Laser treatment for gum disease
- Same-day crowns
- Digital impression scans
- Ceramic dental implants.
If you’re interested in alternative therapies, natural treatments, and biocompatible materials, you may be interested in holistic dentistry. We’d love to talk with you more about this comprehensive approach. Contact us today for an appointment.