Do you know what holistic dentistry is? Even though holistic dentistry has become much more popular and readily available during the past decade, lots of people still don’t know what it is. The answer is simple: Holistic dentistry is based on the idea that your entire body is composed of interconnected systems, and that when one part of your body is treated – like your teeth or gums – that treatment can potentially affect other parts of your body as well. That’s why holistic dentistry is often referred to as “biologic” dentistry – because the approaches and techniques used by a holistic dentist takes the whole body – and all the biologic processes and systems it includes – into account.
Holistic Dental Techniques
One of the best-known holistic dental techniques involves the use of non-metal fillings in treating cavities. Traditional dentistry uses metal amalgams that contain mercury and other metals. Over time, small amounts of these metals can be released through constant chewing and biting. The metal that’s released can be absorbed through your tissues or even enter your bloodstream through tiny cuts or abrasions in your gums. And that means that over time, your entire body can be exposed to potentially harmful effects from mercury and other metals included in the fillings. Holistic dental techniques use non-metal fillings to eliminate that potential risk while still protecting your teeth from decay.
Likewise, while traditional dentistry supports the use of invasive approaches for the treatment of advanced gum disease, these approaches can allow harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream, increasing the risk of widespread infection in other tissues and organs, including the heart. A holistic dentist prefers non-surgical techniques to avoid these potential risks.
Customized for Your Needs
Beyond specific treatment techniques, a holistic dentist also looks at your entire lifestyle to provide you with custom recommendations aimed at helping you improve your oral health and your overall health as well. For instance, while traditional dentistry supports the use of fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel, holistic dentists tend to avoid the use of fluoride, which can be harmful to your overall health, instead focusing on techniques you can implement that protect tooth enamel without having an impact on the rest of your body.
Holistic dentistry is great for all ages and all types of oral health issues. To learn more about the Holistic dental techniques we practice, call Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics & Implants today, 609-924-1414.