How Does Holistic Dentistry Differ From Traditional Dentistry?
Let’s start with a definition:
“Holistic Dentistry” – A specific, organic approach to dental care that views oral health as merely one part of the patient’s overall well-being.
Here’s the bottom line: a Holistic Dental Practitioner combines modern dental techniques with proven, long-established traditions of natural healing.
Dentists who have chosen the holistic approach have the same degrees and training as traditional dentists. But they don’t stop there.
Holistic practitioners focus on long-term preventive care and prefer to use non-invasive procedures whenever possible. For example, experienced holistic practitioners stress the importance of strengthening the immune system to help fight infection – including oral and periodontal infections.
We believe that the body can maintain itself in a constant state of health if given the right tools, which include nutrition and biochemistry.
A holistic practitioner’s realm encompasses everything associated with your overall health — including the oral health area on which traditional dentists concentrate. By focusing on the whole patient, and not just specific symptoms, some real differences emerge in how a Holistic Dentist approaches diagnosis, treatment, and practice.
- Holistic practitioners stress the importance of preserving teeth–even those a traditional dentist might have suggested removing!
- Holistic dentists use fewer surgical procedures. Instead, they strive to prevent future cavities and gum disease.
- A holistic dentist will suggest certain foods to eat or to avoid to improve tooth and gum health. By taking the time to talk with you about your individual lifestyle and diet, they’re able to recommend any specific changes that might bring oral health benefits.
- With a strong concern about patient safety, most holistic dentists use digital, low-radiation x-rays, which require only minimal exposure.
- A holistic dentist will carefully screen all dental materials used to make sure they suit each patient’s unique immune system.
- In a holistic dental office, you may find filtered, purified water and special air cleaners. Some practitioners even go so far as to design their treatment areas to protect patients who may have allergies, and to extensively utilize the therapeutic benefits of sunlight.
- Finally, most holistic dentists want to help their patients relax and experience none of the unpleasant elements that have made so many people dread visiting a dentist. We strive to create a supportive and welcoming environment – a place where you can feel safe in the knowledge that your total health is our primary concern.
Actually, choosing a holistic dentist is part of assembling a skilled, experienced team to provide the kind of treatment that you have selected, whether it’s amalgam removal or general dental services. Since you’re choosing this path for your health care, you should consider other holistic practitioners such as a nutritionist, specially trained MD, DO or Chiropractor; and a lymphatic massage therapist.