Dentistry is not a new field of medicine. In fact there is evidence to suggest it was practiced at least 5,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptian skulls have been located with small holes in the jaw by the root of the teeth. These would have been made to drain abscesses.
Modern dentist cover a much larger scope. It can be summed up as ‘repair, replace and providing advice.” Effectively if there is any issue with your teeth from smile to toothache, they should be able to help you fix it.
So How Does Holistic Dentistry Fit In?
Holistic dentistry does more than just look at tour teeth. The belief is that by looking at your overall health they can prescribe the best course of treatment or action to deal with any tooth related issue. N addition holistic dentists will treat you with natural remedies, not modern medicine.
Why Natural Medicine?
Holistic dentistry is actually experiencing rapid growth. There are several reasons why people are shifting from traditional dentists, you might consider it after reading this.
It is worth noting that holistic dentists give the same services, fillings, clean, bridges and implants. But, they focus on the whole body to maximize your general health:
- Amalgam Fillings
Traditional fillings often use a substance known as amalgam. This is a mixture of tin, metals and liquid mercury. Mercury is harmful to your health but it was believed that the mercury was contained in your fillings.
However, recent research shows this is not the case. Mercury is released when you chew, if you grind and when you consume hot drinks.
The mercury can then sit in your body; it is hard for it to be removed. This is then likely to cause thyroid issues and reduce the capabilities of your liver and kidneys. It can even disrupt your immune system, making you more prone to infection as well as susceptible to nervous system disorders.
A holistic dentist will remove the mercury filling in the right way to ensure you do not inhale or digest the mercury.
The signs of excess mercury in your body are:
- Memory loss
Diet & Lifestyle
Your holistic dentist will look at all your health issues and your current lifestyle. This is because your teeth are art of your body and the foods you eat can make a difference to your teeth.
For instance you are probably already aware that too much sugar can cause obesity and make your teeth rot. But did you know that a diet low in calcium will weaken your teeth? This is why it is important to look at your lifestyle in order to make your teeth stronger and last longer.
Services Offered By Holistic Dentist
There are many different services offered, these include:
- Not giving amalgam fillings.
- No fluoride treatments.
- They rarely, if ever, give crowns.
- Sealants are never offered.
- X-rays are used as little as possible.
- Filling materials are tested before being used to ensure they are the best possible.
If you choose to go holistic then you should ensure that you are comfortable with your dentist and what they offer.