The reasons why holistic dental care
can benefit you and your family range from the advantages of advanced holistic techniques have in cosmetic
dentistry and the careful removal of metal fillings to dental materials testing and environmental
Use of Bio-Compatible Dental
Materials: Let's face it, we live
in a toxic world; so, you don't want to add to your toxic load or create more stress for your immune system
through your dentistry. Studies indicate that at some point at least twenty per cent of dental patients
develop sensitivity to dental material. Your holistic dentist will have different forms of testing available
to ascertain which materials are suitable for you.
Non-Painful and Natural Treatment of Gum
Diseases: In dentistry, the only
condition that can strictly speaking be called a disease is periodontal (gum) disease. The media has drawn a lot
of attention recently to research showing that bacteria causing gum disease is not only found in the mouth. The
same bacteria can be found in the blood stream when a patient has gum disease and may also be present in
instances of heart disease. The mouth is the gateway to the body and a sound oral environment is a necessary
support for a strong heart in a healthy body. Your gums are the foundation for any dental treatment. A holistic
dentist will always try to implement a balanced and progressive program for preserving your gums before
recommending a more aggressive approach to your periodontal care.
Safe Removal of Metal Fillings: It is vital that a strict protocol be followed whenever
metal fillings need to be replaced. This includes tooth isolation so that no metal particles find themselves in
your mouth or, worse yet, are swallowed. Clean air and oxygen should be provided for you to breathe, along with
any special filtration and a custom high speed vacuum unit.
Ideally your holistic dentist will also
have a filter that will prevent the metal that has been removed from getting into the public water system. In
our oceans, fourteen per cent of the pollution is caused by dental metals.
Prevention and Effective Treatment of Bite Problems and TMJ
Problems: Your holistic dentist knows
that your mouth is the gateway to your body, not just internally but structurally as well. The patient's bite
alignment must always be factored into the total picture of dental treatment, along with specific concerns like
problems with the jaw joint (TMJ). Bite assessment is important for treatment, not just for the head and jaw but
for the structure of the body as a whole.
Measures to take for bite correction
include use of splints designed with state-of-the-art materials, as well as muscular adjustments within the
mouth. Sometimes your holistic dentist may coordinate treatment directly with a chiropractor in order to give
you the most positive results.
Your bite must be at its best for the successful outcome to
your dental treatment: a relaxed and
Adjunctive Support: Traditionally, dentists have always stressed the importance
of regular brushing and flossing, particularly after eating sweets, for the maintenance of dental health. Your
holistic dentist may put even more emphasis on the importance of good dietary habits.
For example, an alkaline, sugar-free
diet is an important adjunct to preventive oral health. It is well known that sugar contributes to tooth decay.
This is because the bacteria that cause decay easily feed and grow on intake of sugar. An alkaline diet is also
helpful in that the stresses of our world tend to cause acidity of the saliva, which affects the health of both
teeth and gums. An alkaline diet keeps the ph of saliva at the proper balance so that the digestive processes
beginning with the mouth will function optimally. Following some simple dietary guidelines can minimize and
actually eliminate sugar cravings.
Your holistic dentist may also use aids
like homeopathic, which are a powerful support to oral health and dental treatment. Homeopathic pellets of
Aconitum Napellus can be administered to calm anxiety before treatment. Homeopathic gels can be used topically
after procedures to dissipate the effects of anaesthetics. Others, such as Arnica and Traumeel, can be applied
topically to sore gum tissue.
Cosmetic Bonding for Preservation of Tooth
Structure: Metal fillings that are
15-20 years old can create cracks in your teeth that eventually grow to become fractures. It is not uncommon to
have old fillings stay intact while the tooth structure crumbles around it. In addition to metal fillings
weakening tooth structure, they stain the underlying tooth black. It is best to remove old fillings before the
tooth breaks, risking root canals or crowns and caps.
Through bonding techniques caps or
crowns are sometimes unnecessary, since bonding helps to hold the tooth together rather than wedge it apart.
This strengthening through bonding allows us to be more conservative and remove less tooth structure. There are
many durable tooth-coloured filling materials available today that support the tooth and look natural and
Products and Education for Eliminating Toxicity from Your
Dental Treatment, Dental Products, Your Home and Your Environment: Today limiting the damage caused by toxicity is a hidden
determinant to good health. Limiting toxicity may present as big a challenge as getting proper nutrition. Your
body has the wisdom to convert whatever you feed it into nutrients it can use, but over time the immune system
and organs of the body may respond to cumulative toxicity by breaking down.
It is important for patients to know
about the ingredients to avoid in toothpaste and mouthwash. There is more and more availability of organic,
effective, good-tasting alternatives for home dental care. Your holistic dentist can educate you in the many
ways that toxic ingredients can be found in personal care and cleaning products and even food and
Learning which ingredients are best
avoided and taking the time to read labels are two ways that we can empower ourselves and our families to strive
for good oral health and overall well-being. Educating and influencing patients to have a more balanced
lifestyle is another of the reasons why your holistic dentist provides important service to your