Holistic dentistry is a practice that uses safe, non toxic methods of caring for your oral health. It covers the same areas as traditional dentistry but works with the entire body in order to ensure optimal health. Read on to find out more.
Holistic dentistry relates your general health to your oral health. It takes into account how the body responds to dentistry. This form of dentistry uses modern, bio-compatible, non-toxic materials and techniques as well as using both complementary and conventional techniques in dental treatments.
A central concern of holistic dentistry is an understanding of the impact that infections in the gums, teeth or jawbone have on the health in general. It is important to note that the body is connected – nothing works in isolation. The mouth has a rich nerve and blood supply, harbours bacteria, and is where all food and water enters the body. It stands to reason then, that the mouth needs to be healthy. The aim is to create optimal health. For optimal health to be achieved, the six defects must be addressed.
Following are some services that may be provided by holistic dentists:
The six defects are defects that are common to every degenerative disease. The defects have symptoms that will be present in the mouth to varying degrees. The defects are:
Homoeopathy is an important part of holistic dentistry. It can be used in three scenarios of ill health. First aid homoeopathy is used post operatively in dental procedures. Acute homoeopathy is for conditions that will eventually get better on their own. Constitutional homoeopathy will treat the whole person in order to trigger a profound healing response. It is very helpful for long term and chronic problems, such as recurring periodontal disease.
Homoeopathic remedies can help to minimise and reduce inflammation and speed healing times. As well, they can reduce anxiety and pain, as well as help with the treatment of many different dental diseases. They are safe to take with other medications. While homoeopathic remedies are safe, it is important that you consult with your holistic dentist before taking any.
Amalgam fillings are not used at all in holistic dentistry as they contain mercury – a highly toxic substance that is released into the mouth and body over time. When mercury is used as part of a filling, any remainder must be disposed of as toxic waste, by law. If it must be disposed of so carefully, it cannot be safe in the body.
Holistic dentistry uses non toxic, biocompatible materials for fillings. Biocompatible materials, as the name implies, do not interfere with any of the body’s functions.