There have been a lot of advances in dentistry during the past few decades, including the emergence and growing popularity of holistic dental techniques. But although more patients are becoming aware of the existence of holistic dentistry, there’s still plenty of confusion over what it is – and how it differs from traditional dentistry. Here’s what you should know.
What is holistic dentistry?
The main thing to know about holistic dentistry is that it’s focused not just on improving your oral health, but your overall health as well. That may sound a little strange since we’re indoctrinated from a young age to think of dentists as solely being concerned with our mouths.
But remember: The body is an interconnected collection of systems, and when something “goes wrong” with one system, it can have a significant effect on the way other systems are functioning as well. A holistic dentist understands these interrelationships and takes steps to ensure the care they provide supports whole health in addition to supporting specific oral health needs.
The Clifford Test
One of the best ways a holistic dentist can ensure your health is protected is with the Clifford Test, a simple blood test designed to determine your unique sensitivities to materials used in dentistry. The results of the test help guide treatment and ensure the most biocompatible materials are used throughout your care, visit after visit.
Plus, holistic dentists avoid the use of metal amalgam fillings, which are very common in traditional dentistry. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, and as they wear over time, the risk of exposure through aspiration and swallowing can increase substantially. A holistic dentist opts for metal-free restorations made of inert and biocompatible materials, including composite resins, to eliminate the risk of contamination. And they also focus on treatment techniques that limit the use of potentially harmful chemicals and focus on other approaches, like the use of ozonated water to reduce the risks of infection and inflammation.
The Bottom Line
No matter where we are in life, we all share a common goal: To enjoy the best possible health. When you see a holistic dentist, you can feel confident your oral care will be fine-tuned for your overall wellness needs so you can enjoy optimal health at every age and every stage of life. To learn more about the holistic dentistry techniques we use, call
Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics and Implants at 609-924-1414.