Alternative medicines are seeing a rise in popularity as more and more evidence reveals the importance of holistic health. The parts of our bodies are connected, and if one part is unhealthy, it affects the rest. This is where a holistic dentist differs from a traditional dentist.
Holistic dentists are often referred to as natural dentists. A huge part of their treatment philosophy is educating patients on their overall health and how oral healthcare contributes to it.
Many dental patients are seeking safe, non-toxic solutions to their oral health problems. If this is you, continue reading to learn why holistic dentistry could be exactly what you’ve been searching for!
How Holistic Dentists are Different
Several issues separate a holistic dentist from a traditional one. While some dentists may refer to themselves as “holistic” or “natural” it’s important to make sure those dentists are being honest about the care they provide.
A holistic dentist is mostly concerned about these issues:
1. Silver amalgam fillings
While the ADA and FDA have approved mercury fillings as safe, holistic dentists recognize that even a tiny amount of mercury is too great a risk for their patients. Additionally, there have been no studies to conclude that the small amount of mercury released by these fillings doesn’t have long-term health effects.
Holistic dentists offer composite resin fillings as a safe alternative to silver amalgam fillings. As an added bonus, composite fillings match the color of teeth! Other safe alternative materials include glass ionomer, porcelain, and gold.
2. Root canal therapy
Root canals are recommended by traditional dentists when the inside of a tooth has been suffered severe tooth decay. It is a means to keep the natural tooth structure, which holistic dentists do support. However, there is plenty of research to support that root canals are not safe.
Unless the canal is completely sterilized (which doesn’t usually happen), patients will likely experience overall health issues in the future. These include heart disease, breast cancer, arthritis, and more.
Holistic dangers protect their patients from these negative effects by completely removing the diseased tooth and offering a safe option for replacing it.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. Most cities now put fluoride in their water to improve the oral health of those who drink it.
While a holistic dentist may use fluoride in his dental practice, holistic dentists are mostly concerned with ingested fluoride because of its links to health problems like cancer and bone problems. Other research shows that teeth don’t even benefit from ingested fluoride.
Additionally, too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which leads to intrinsic tooth discoloration and sometimes even physical damage.
A holistic dentist can provide safe alternatives to keeping your mouth healthy without the use of fluoride.
Not everyone’s body responds the same to certain materials. However, holistic dentists use biocompatible materials that don’t produce a toxic or allergic response to the patient’s body. Some holistic dentists may also have biocompatible testing equipment in their office to test how your body will react to a material before placing it in your mouth.
This is all a part of keeping you and your mouth healthy.
Find A Holistic Dentist Today
To learn more about how a holistic dentist can help you achieve better oral and overall health, find one near you today! Those in the Bentonville, AR area have access to one of the best natural dentists around, Dr. Derrick Johnson. Call our office today at (479) 250-4473 to schedule an initial consultation.