What is holistic dentistry?
If you ask ten holistic dentists, “What is holistic dentistry?” you will likely get ten very different answers. In addition, terms like “biological dentistry,” and “biocompatible dentistry,” are often used interchangeably with “holistic dentistry.” We understand this can be very confusing! These are the main guiding principles that are important to us at Legacy Dentistry:
- First and foremost, we look at your overall health and wellbeing as the ruler by which we measure your oral health. We take into consideration your physical, mental, and spiritual health before deciding how to treat your mouth.
- While medicine and dentistry have been separate for over a century, your body and your mouth have always been connected! Our patients are taught how their oral conditions are affecting their systemic health, and how their systemic conditions affect their mouth.
- We focus on prevention, rather than treatment. Our goal is to get your mouth healthy, and we’ll teach you how to maintain that health to prevent disease.
- Our techniques and materials are as natural and as safe as possible. Each year, we discover safer, more effective ways to get and keep you healthy!
There are some definite hot-button issues that are important to those seeking a holistic dentist. Our views on fluoride and amalgam fillings are discussed on the following pages, and are based both on current research, clinical judgment, and instinct. Most importantly, your specific dental treatment is based on YOU. There is no cookie-cutter approach. Our goal is to inform you, and empower you to be an active participant in your own health, regardless of views that may or may not be conflicting.