A holistic dentist treats oral health concerns the same as a general dentist would, although the treatment options are more natural, and only non-toxic materials are typically used. The primary benefit of a holistic dentist is that they attend to whole health with a focus on oral care, rather than only dealing with oral health…
Can Holistic Dental Services Help Improve Your Oral Health?
Holistic dental services are becoming increasingly popular as more people look for natural dental healthcare. Holistic dental services address the mouth as part of the body and consider how each component affects the other.
Benefits of getting holistic dental services
Here are a few reasons that patients should consider a holistic approach to dentistry.
1. Balancing oral health
Millions of bacteria live in the mouth, and most of them are not harmful when properly balanced. Simple things like good oral hygiene help control bacteria populations in the mouth. Dental hygiene also protects the teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. These issues are caused by plaque and tartar created by bacteria in the mouth. Plaque buildup in the mouth is linked to plaque buildup in other parts of the body, like the arteries.
Balancing the bacteria in the mouth protects against periodontal disease, which according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. According to the New York Times, gum disease is also linked to health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Taking good care of the mouth goes past protecting the teeth and gums. It also helps to keep the rest of the body healthy. Failing to practice good oral hygiene allows oral bacteria to reach dangerous levels.
2. Helping to remove toxic restorations
Holistic dentistry also involves considering each patient’s well-being. Holistic dentists help get rid of toxic restorations, like silver amalgam fillings, and replace them with biocompatible materials, like composite resin, that can restore damaged teeth and enhance the patient’s smile. About 28 countries have currently banned silver amalgam fillings until their effects on the body are better understood.
3. Doing fluoride-free treatments
Holistic dentistry avoids using products that contain fluoride because there are a few concerns about the substance. Instead, a holistic dentist might opt for alternatives like topical ozone therapy, which provides many of the benefits that fluoride gives teeth.
4. Having less invasive treatments
Holistic dentists prioritize non-invasive treatments that cause little to no side effects. For example, instead of using metal tools to clean a patient’s teeth roots, a holistic dentist might use laser tools. This causes less irritation to the patient’s gum tissues.
5. Improving sleep quality
Holistic dental treatments can help address sleep disorders like sleep apnea, sleep-disordered breathing, and snoring. Poor sleep quality can lead to serious issues like high blood pressure, memory loss, heart attacks, sudden death, and impaired awareness.
A holistic dentist can help improve sleep quality by providing customized oral appliances that promote proper breathing during sleep. Oral appliances are effective at treating treat mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Give holistic dentistry a try
Holistic dental services provide less-invasive dental treatments that do not include using toxic materials. Give us a call or stop by our Hackensack clinic to set up an appointment.
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