What is holistic dentistry?

Holistic dentistry is a type of dental care that emphasizes a treatment approach that considers your oral health in the context of your overall physical health and well-being. It is also known as biological dentistry, biocompatible dentistry or alternative dentistry, and involves the use of non-toxic restoration materials. This type of dentistry recognizes and promotes the connection between oral health and an individual’s nutrition, immune system and nervous system. Holistic treatments are designed to be biocompatible and minimally invasive, working with your body to produce the best results and promote your general health.

What kind of treatments does holistic dentistry include?

Holistic dentistry may include a wide range of treatments. In general, holistic dentistry is understood to include any metal- or mercury-free treatment. It may also involve use of the latest techniques in bio-energetic medicine, such as neural therapy, oral acupuncture, cold laser therapy, homeopathy, mouth balancing and nutrition. Dentists who practice holistic dentistry also pay close attention to the type of materials they use and are careful to use BPA-free composites.

What is the difference between “mercury-free” and “mercury-safe”?

“Mercury-free” means that a dentist does not place new mercury (amalgam) fillings in a patient’s mouth. However, mercury-free dental practices also have to handle silver fillings when they need to be removed or replaced, which is where “mercury-safe” treatments become available. There are strict protocols employed to minimize exposure to mercury vapor and particulate and prevent mercury from polluting the environment so that everyone can remain safe and healthy.

What are cavitations?

Cavitations are infections of the jawbone. Holistic dentists often take steps to ensure that the socket lining in the areas of extracted teeth is free from bacteria and toxins so that it can heal properly and avoid causing infection and continuing strain on the patient’s immune system.

Why are holistic dentists concerned with nutrition?

Your diet and nutrition have a large impact on your dental and overall health. Holistic dentists may provide nutritional counseling and recommendations to promote better oral and overall health and improve your quality of life.

I have an ongoing dental problem. Could holistic dentistry help more than traditional treatments?

Possibly. It depends on the type of problem. Holistic dentists look at a number of factors that affect your overall health and well-being, and often try to diagnose the underlying cause of the issue. For example, if you have a severe TMJ disorder, a holistic dentist may look at biochemistry, diet and lifestyle, emotional or spiritual issues, and stress to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Holistic dentists may also collaborate with other dental or medical professionals to provide treatment.