What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is an attitude towards dentistry which takes into account the patient as a whole. Holistic dentists observe the links between the mouth and other body systems.
Links with other diseases
Evidence shows correlation between dental diseases and other illnesses. For example, the association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease(1) or cognitive decline(2) and respiratory problems(3) is well documented. Click here to know more about periodontal care.
Safe mercury amalgam removal
The IAOMT has outlined a procedure which ensures safe mercury removal from patients’ mouths, while minimising possible harm to the patient, dentist, dental assistant, and environment. We follow their protocol, which involves the patient, dentist, and assistant wearing specialised personal protection; we also use specific types of suction, filtration, and a mercury separator, which are adapted specifically for this job.
What do holistic dentists do?
Holistic dentists are focused on the patient, choosing the least toxic, most compatible and biological treatment options for them as individuals, their lifestyle, age, and health status. Many dentists bring some holistic options into their practice, some chose to focus mostly on the holistic approach.
What happens during a holistic dental visit?
Your initial consultation may be longer than a regular dental check. It is an appointment where we really get to know about your lifestyle and past medical and dental history. The structures of the head and neck related to the mouth will also be assessed before examination of the mouth itself. Low radiation digital radiographs (x-rays) will be taken and other special tests may requested where necessary. Once you have been assessed we will present you with a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
- (1) Unraveling the Link Between Periodontitis and Cardiovascular Disease Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD and Jacqueline R. Starr, Journal of the American Heart Association Published online 2013 Dec 19
- (2) Tooth loss and periodontal disease predict poor cognitive function in older men Kaye EK, Valencia A, Baba N, Spiro A 3rd, Dietrich T, Garcia RI. J Am Geriatr Soc. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2013 May 09
- (3) Chronic periodontitis and reduced respiratory function. Winning L, Patterson CC, Cullen KM, Kee F, Linden GJ J Clin Periodontol 2019 Mar;46