You Asked, We Answered: What is a Holistic Dentist?
Holistic dentistry, biological dentistry, alternative dentistry, natural dentistry. If you’ve heard of any of these terms, you may be wondering what the benefits are. If you’re concerned about the health of you and your family, and you believe in natural products and services, holistic dentistry may be the right option for you.
What is Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic dentistry isn’t new. The Holistic Dental Association was formed nearly forty years ago by a group of concerned, dedicated dentists. These dental pioneers were interested in providing a different approach to traditional dentistry and had a goal of developing and sharing health-promoting treatment options.
Most dental issues can be corrected and improved while working in harmony with the body, and not just by targeting the visually obvious. The connection between the health of the mouth and that of the entire body is one that is widely known. Therefore, if one focuses on the health of their entire body, all their external and internal organs will benefit, including their teeth and gums. Amazing how the human body works, right?
Why Should You Consider Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic Dentists Treats Systems, Not Symptoms
While traditional dentistry provides a “drill and fill” approach by treating the obvious symptoms, holistic dentistry goes beyond external symptoms. Holistic dentistry focuses on the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth by attempting to both eliminate current issues and preventing symptoms from reoccurring. This ensures that your dental care does not have any adverse effects on your body’s health and wellbeing.
Looking for an example? Say your five-year-old child has decay on their front teeth. A traditional dentist may recommend better home dental care, limit sugar intake, and fillings and/or caps on the front teeth. While a holistic dentistry practitioner may make the same recommendations, they will also consider other factors. This could include examining whether your child has a restrictive lip tie, is a mouth breather, is lacking Vitamin D3, or by conducting an analysis of their airway or sleeping position.
Holistic Dentists Provide High-Tech and Minimally-Invasive Treatments
Choosing a holistic dentist does not mean sacrificing high-tech treatments. Just the opposite, in fact! Holistic dentistry is focused on modern, minimally invasive technologies that will optimize your health. Minimally invasive treatment also means prevention, using the latest technology to detect disease and tooth decay as early as possible.
Examples include digital x-rays with low dose radiation, using BPA-free and safe biocompatible materials to fill cavities and sealants in the case of young children, cranial nerve assessments, white fillings, saliva analysis, and nutritional counselling. These are only a few of the alternative ways that holistic dentistry can provide a safe, natural, and modern high tech treatment for you and your family.
Holistic Dentists Blend Modern Dentistry and Natural Healing Methods
Holistic dentistry is a comprehensive health care alternative. To give patients the best possible outcome, I believe in using a collaborative approach. I combine the expertise of not only my dental team, but osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, and physiotherapists to develop an overall lifestyle plan.
Pregnant people may find the benefits of combining both modern dentistry and natural healing methods useful, especially when it comes to treating gums while pregnant. For example, holistic dentistry practitioners will analyze a pregnant person’s saliva to rule out harmful bacteria in the mouth that could harm the unborn baby. Their diet, hormonal changes, and Vitamin D3 levels may all be discussed, as well as a sleep disorder breathing assessment.
How Do I Book An Appointment?
You can book a complimentary appointment through Well.ca Services. We’ll go through your questions and discuss the strong correlation between your overall health and your dental health.
Whole-body wellness begins with the mouth. Holistic dentistry includes treating underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, while ensuring that work done on the mouth does not have an adverse effect on overall health.