Holistic vs Conventional Dentistry. What is the difference?
holistic: the word comes from “wholistic” which means whole
Dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants all train at the same schools and states require us to get a certain number of continuing education hours each year to maintain our licenses. Dental professionals who wish to study alternative continue our education down this path. Many education meetings are held throughout the year to learn how to practice holistic. I have even taken a step further and found mentors that can guide me in the right direction with the correct knowledge. Most conventional dentist will focus on the oral cavity and treat disease in this region of the body.
A holistic approach is to treat the oral cavity and the body as a whole. A holistic practitioner goes beyond education and advising and educates patients on the many ways that dentistry can influence or be influenced by their overall health. The holistic dental practitioner will educate on physical, nutritional and environmental elements that influence your life.
We also treat so that we preserve as much of the tooth as possible. When treating a tooth with a cavity, a holistic dentist will try to use non-toxic filling material as well as crown material. We biologically test the material to see which is suitable and compatible with your body.
Holistic dentists perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums, providing education and using products that are no toxic. For example, did you know that the paste that dental professionals use has gluten in it?
Fluoride vs No Fluoride
Fluoride in holistic dentistry is considered toxic to the body. Traditional dentists argue that fluoridating water supplies and recommending fluoride products have benefits to keeping the enamel strong and healthy. Holistic dentists, on the other hand, argue against any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems. They also argue that fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication of the general public.
Summarizing the Differences in Holistic vs. Conventional Dentistry
The above is just a summary of philosophical difference between traditional and holistic dentists. Conventional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth and attempting to eliminate those problems while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on the overall health of the patient.
Here at Dental Alternative Services we offer both holistic and conventional dentistry and treat the body as a whole. If a patient wants us to use all holistic products and recommend all holistic material, we can do that as well as work with your physician or naturopathic doctor. There is simply too much evidence and studies that have been published that our oral health has a huge impact on our overall health!