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…
Is Holistic Dentistry a Dental Specialty?
Holistic dentistry is a type of dental care that focuses on the whole person, rather than simply treating the symptoms of an oral health concern. It focuses on the prevention of oral health issues with the understanding that certain oral health conditions can have a larger impact on the body as a whole.
Reviewing the role of holistic dentistry
Holistic dentists are fully licensed dentists who choose to focus on holistic care services in addition to services that are considered more traditional for dental care. The following is a closer look at the role of holistic dentistry and why so many more people are starting to choose holistic dentists over general dentists.
What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is a proven alternative to traditional dentistry. Some of the treatments are the same (or similar), but the approach is different. The primary difference between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is that holistic dentistry focuses on whole health and the prevention of oral health concerns as well as minimizing the risk or severity of general health conditions.
Is holistic dentistry considered a type of dental specialty?
Holistic dentistry is not considered a dental specialty. However, this is not a cause for concern for those who are considering treatment. To give a more relatable example, cosmetic dentistry is not considered a dental specialty either. Instead, cosmetic dentists are essentially general dentists who focus their services on improving the appearance of their patients' smiles. The same concept applies to holistic dentists. Holistic dentists are licensed dentists who focus on holistic health with the understanding that oral health is connected to general health overall.
What might a holistic dentistry treatment plan look like?
A holistic dentistry treatment plan is fully personalized for the individual patient. Treatment plans primarily focus on the prevention of oral health concerns such as gum disease through healthy lifestyle and diet changes, consistent oral care practices, and more.
Some holistic dentists may also recommend or provide alternative medical services such as acupuncture and massage therapy. Another highly notable aspect of holistic dentistry is that it goes to extra measures to ensure toxic materials, which may be commonly used in general dentistry, are not used. For example, many holistic dentists do not use mercury fillings.
Who should consider holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is ideal for anyone who wants a more complete treatment plan that includes their overall health and well-being alongside their oral care needs. It is also recommended for patients who may have concerns with some of the materials or techniques that are used in traditional dental practices.
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If you are interested in holistic dentistry and want to find out more about how a treatment plan can benefit your long-term oral health and general health, then call our practice today. Our holistic dentist and staff take great pride in helping our patients achieve ideal health both with their oral care needs and with their overall health and well-being.
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