Posted by Dr. William Yoo
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive approach to your oral and overall health, you might want to consider switching to a holistic dental practice.
Holistic dentists are dental specialists that focus on treating your entire body, starting with the mouth. The mouth is one of the main gateways for food, bacteria, and dust to enter the body. When a person exhibits poor oral care, the rest of their body faces increased health risks. Holistic dentists are licensed dentists that offer environmentally safe and natural alternatives to the methods used by many medical professionals today.
People are often nervous when they hear about holistic medical professionals. But a holistic dentist will draw on the same knowledge used in mainstream dentistry. Holistic dentists conduct similar procedures as regular dentists, including cleaning teeth and filling cavities. However, a holistic dentist adds an extra layer to their treatment by considering the ways that each procedure will affect the health of your whole body. Holistic dentists also take into consideration your emotional and mental health, diet, and lifestyle.
In short, holistic dentists believe that dentistry extends beyond basic oral health. Your lifestyle, diet, and behaviour all affect the health of your teeth and gums. If all dentists asked about these aspects of your life, they’d be able to give better medical advice regarding your oral health.
In addition to providing a more comprehensive approach to dental care, holistic dentistry comes with some added benefits, including:
It’s true that the American Dental Association believes that fluoride is safe, and many mainstream dentists use it as a regular part of their practice. But holistic dentists will not use fluoride on their patients. In acute doses, fluoride has been proven to be more toxic than lead.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s union of scientist stated in 2001 that they believed adding fluoride to water posed an unreasonable risk. Some studies have drawn troubling line comparisons between fluoride in water and bone disease. These studies have raised enough reasonable doubt for the FDA to place poison warnings on all fluoride toothpaste and other dental products containing fluoride.
Holistic dentists believe that there are still too many unanswered questions and troubling statistics to justify the use of fluoride in their practices.
All-Natural Pain Remedies
Holistic dentists avoid prescribing synthetic or chemical-based painkillers. This is because synthetic medicine can contain materials that are not compatible with your body – exposure to potentially toxic chemicals can harm your body.
Instead of prescribing mainstream painkiller medication, dentists will use natural remedies to take away the pain from dentistry procedures. At times they will use physically assisting treatments such as giving massages, or they may also use herbal and naturally grown remedies. This keeps your body free of mercury, lead, fluoride, and any other harmful chemical.
Holistic dentists shy away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach. When you go to a mainstream dentist, they will typically ask you basic questions about the number of times you brush your teeth and the amount of sugar you eat. Then they will remind you about basic dental care such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. That’s about as far as the obligation of a mainstream dentist goes.
Holistic dentists are different. They believe that your unique lifestyle and diet have a much larger impact on your overall oral health than mainstream dentists acknowledge. A holistic dentist will ask questions about your diet and analyze your oral health. Then they will advise you on your unique circumstances. They will break down what you should and shouldn’t be eating based on your current oral health, and they will explain how to protect yourself should you choose to eat foods which negatively impact your oral health.
Choosing Holistic Dentists
Consider what “holistic” means. It’s not a reflection of the techniques or practices that the dentist uses. Instead, it describes the philosophy that the dentist’s care abides by; dentists should use practices that benefit the entire body rather than just the teeth and gums. For a dentist to be truly holistic, they must be committed to the education of their patients, as well as their overall health.
Roots on Whyte Dental is an environmentally friendly dental office which offers a wide range of holistic dental services. They’re devoted to providing their clients with positive experiences and the continued education on oral health. They use amalgam-free fillings and limit their fluoride use. Each patient receives a comprehensive treatment plan to meet their optimal oral health standards.
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