Traditional Dentist vs Holistic Dentist
If it’s not broke don’t fix it, right?! Why is Holistic Dentistry any better than traditional?
Both types of dentists maintain the standards of care outlined by American Dental Association. Both types of dentists do their best to ensure a fairly pain-free visit and treatments. Yet, there are important differences.
Both will fix your teeth, but only one will focus on your entire body and it’s health when doing every dental procedure.
Learn about why the differences extend way beyond just your mouth and why it matters to your overall health.
Traditional and Holistic Dentist Definitions:
The definition of a traditional dentist according to Merriam Webster dictionary:
One who is skilled in and licensed to practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth.
A holistic dentist upholds the standards of quality and care of the traditional dentistry profession. In addition, they uphold another set of standards and care as defined below.
Holistic Dentist definition from Encyclopedia.com:
Holistic dentistry, also referred to as biologic dentistry, is an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work, and emphasizes the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and dental infections may have on a person's overall health. www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3435100391.html
Yes, traditional dentistry has been alleviating teeth, gums, mouth issues for a long time. Unless someone is in pain from a poorly done dental procedure, you won’t find many people complaining about their traditional dentist. In some ways, it isn’t broke. The cavities are filled and the broken teeth fixed.
But, who wants just the minimum standard of care? As holistic dentists, we offer a premium level of care, generally for the same cost as the basic care given by traditional dentists.
What happens in the mouth doesn’t stay in the mouth! It affects the whole body.
What is in the mouth will affect the health of the whole body. All dentists understand this when a cavity is present. Everyone agrees the bacteria and germs collected in the rotting tooth will cause potentially major health problems. Somehow this logic stops when it comes to the products used for treatments of dental issues.
You will find people with mercury silver amalgam fillings and dental materials, that are not biocompatible to their bodies, complaining of autoimmune disorders, memory loss and a host of other health problems that might seem, on the surface, unrelated to the materials used in a traditional dentist office.
The skilled Holistic Dentist understands that the materials used in dental procedures essentially become part of the body. If this new material is creating a build-up of toxicity or being rejected by the body because of incompatibility, then the patient's overall health will deteriorate.
The main reason a Holistic Dentist is different than a Traditional Dentist is the view on overall health as related to the mouth.
The traditional dentist only focuses on fixing problems in the mouth and doesn’t address any problems that might arise in overall health from problematic dental materials.
The holistic dentist sees the mouth and the materials in the mouth as an integral part of a patient’s whole body health. A skilled holistic dentist will make every known effort to have the patient leave the office in a state of continuingly greater health.
In other words if our bodies were cars, you could just get an oil change every time you go to the mechanic, using the same oil for every type of car or truck and no regard for the functioning of any other part of the car. Or you could get an oil change with oil specifically chosen for your unique car and have the whole car’s functioning seen as necessary to run smoothly together.
We look forward to helping you achieve greater health through our skilled Holistic Dentistry.
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