November 1, 2023
Both conventional and holistic dentists receive the same basic education in dental school, and both are required to keep up with continuing education requirements. Both have good intentions and want their patients to enjoy sound oral health. Because of all that, you might wonder if it really matters which type of dentist you visit. What exactly does a holistic dentist do differently? This blog post explains some important points.
Focus on Biocompatible Materials
There are a range of materials that can be used to repair teeth. Some of them work better within the human body than others. For example, holistic dentists never use silver amalgam fillings because they contain a lot of mercury. They also favor the use of non-metal crowns, bridges, and dental implants over metal options. Avoiding the use of metals in the mouth can greatly reduce the risk of adverse reactions and other problems.
Holistic dentists work from the principle that the human body is a complex network of interconnected systems. What happens in your mouth can have consequences for your whole-body wellness. That is why they always consider how any particular treatment might affect their patients in the long run.
Conventional dentists may give you some advice on nutrition and lifestyle, but holistic dentists have an even heavier focus on empowering their patients to make wise choices on a daily basis. They may take a bit of extra time to give you tips on what to eat, which oral hygiene products are best for your overall health, and other important topics.
Conservative, Minimally Invasive Treatments
Whenever possible, holistic dentists choose conservative and minimally invasive treatment options. For example, while many dentists are still using traditional scalpels to perform surgical procedures, most holistic dentists have switched to soft tissue lasers because they can reduce bleeding, enhance patient comfort, and provide many other benefits.
As another example, holistic dentists often try to reverse dental decay when they find it in its early stages. Conventional dentists often lean toward a “drill and fill” approach.
Safe Amalgam Removal
If you have old amalgam fillings that you wish to have removed, it would be wise to visit a holistic dentist who has undergone extensive training in safe mercury removal. Their strict adherence to safety protocols can minimize your exposure to mercury vapors and therefore reduce your risk of toxicity.
Are you looking for a new dentist? A holistic practitioner may be the right person to help you enjoy a healthy smile and a healthy body.
Meet Dr. Thomas
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a highly trained holistic dentist who combines her extensive knowledge with the latest technology to help patients improve their oral and overall health. To find out more about her and her holistic values, get in touch with Enclave Dental at 817-912-1218.
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