Often referred to as “biologic” or “biocompatible” dentistry, “Whole-istic” dentistry describes practicing dentistry in a way that serves each patient as a whole. Since this is a philosophy and way of life for the dentist his or herself, this can manifest itself very differently in each dental practice that claims to be holistic. However, these guiding principles should be what your dentist uses to help determine the best course of action for each patient:
- Focus on the Whole. First and foremost, they should look at your overall health and wellbeing as the ruler by which they measure your oral health. They should take into consideration your physical, mental, and spiritual health before deciding how to treat your mouth.
- Oral-Systemic Connection. While medicine and dentistry have been separate for over a century, your body and your mouth have always been connected! Patients should be taught how their oral conditions are affecting their systemic health, and how their systemic conditions affect their mouth.
- Focus on Prevention. Your dentist should focus on prevention, rather than treatment, whenever possible. The goal is to get your mouth healthy, and they should teach you how to maintain that health to prevent disease. You will find that, even if their fees are slightly higher, you will save a significant amount of money (not to mention time and trouble) in treatment you can avoid.
- Safer techniques and materials. Some techniques should include safe amalgam removal, and fluoride free cleanings. And they should keep an open mind to all alternative therapies. They should use metal-free and BPA-free filling materials. They should also coach you on how to incorporate more natural products into your routine at home. Each year, this list should expand as dentists discover safer, more effective ways to get and keep you healthy!
If you or someone you love would like a more holistic approach to dental care, call us at 972-723-1148, or request an appointment online. Mention where you saw this article for a complimentary consultation. But don’t delay; we have reserved time for only 10 of these consultations through the end of September.