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Holistic Dental Care

There’s more to your oral health than just your teeth. A holistic approach to dental care considers outside influences as it relates to your smile. Everything from stress, diet, medications, anatomy, and medical conditions can affect the health of your teeth. To fully address the needs of the patient, holistic dentistry offers many benefits.

You’re a person…not a set of teeth! A recent death in the family or loss in a job can cause problems like teeth clenching, grinding, TMJ problems or even headaches. Let your dentist know if you’re under more stress than normal. Temporarily using a bite splint can prevent broken restorations and worn teeth. It’s also important to update your health history as well as any medications that you’re taking. For instance, if you’re being treated for acid reflux, you’re at a high risk to develop enamel erosion due to acid exposures in your mouth. Your dentist can take steps to help prevent the impact of erosion, such as applying a fluoride varnish or giving you a prescription strength toothpaste.

No matter what concerns you have about your smile or your health, discussing them with your dentist can improve the quality of comprehensive holistic care that they are able to provide. It’s the goal of your dental care team to provide preventive, therapeutic services that minimize the number of dental treatments that you need in the future. Non-invasive therapies that address potential problems that could arise will not only make your dental care more enjoyable, they will also keep your cost of care down in the long run.

You know your body best. If you’ve noticed your oral health declining due to other health issues, let your dentist know. Regular preventive care will give you holistic dental treatment that you depend on.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



What is Holistic Dentistry?

You may notice that some dentists advertise that they practice natural or holistic dentistry. But what does this mean to you, the consumer? What exactly is holistic dentistry?

As its name implies, holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that takes the patient’s entire health, not just their dental health, into account. This includes not just their entire physical health, but their emotional and maybe even their spiritual health.  This philosophy is adopted by most holistic dentists. Beyond that, they may take positions on the following subject areas:

Amalgam Fillings: While traditional dentists routinely use amalgam to fill their patients’ teeth, holistic dentists believe the mercury contained in fillings, no matter how slight the amount, is toxic and is harmful to the overall health of the patient.

Root Canals: Holistic dentists believe that root canals should not be done because the process traps harmful bacteria in the canal, leading to possibly harmful consequences such as cancer. Some holistic dentists also believe that the chemicals used to sterilize the root canal, including formaldehyde, are harmful.  The natural remedy to root canal is extraction. After all, why save a tooth if it is that badly decayed?

Fluoride: Some holistic dentists oppose the use of ingested fluoride in the prevention of tooth decay, arguing that it has been linked to cancer and bone problems, not to mention fluorosis, a browning of the teeth caused by too much fluoride. Some holistic dentists even oppose topical application of fluoride.

No matter if you seek a holistic dentist or a more traditional one, it is always important to ask questions before settling with one over another. After all, this is the best way to assure a good fit between patient and doctor.

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