Maine dentist explains holistic dentistry
Many people wonder, “What is the difference between a biological/holistic dentist and a traditional dentist?” To answer that question, one of the first things we need to address is what the word “holistic” means. When we refer to a dental practice as holistic, we aren’t necessarily referring to their services or techniques, but rather their philosophy of oral care. Biological/holistic dentistry focuses on whole-body health, beginning with the mouth.
The role of dentistry in overall health
Every dentist understands that the mouth plays a role in overall wellness. There have been many studies citing the connection between gum disease and conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes. The difference is that many traditional dentists don’t necessarily focus on the long-term effects of dentistry on the body.
The focus of holistic dentistry
Biological/holistic dentists provide dentistry services that are best for the body as well as the mouth. Many dentists will call themselves holistic simply because they do not use amalgam fillings. At Maine Center for Dental Medicine, we focus on a biological approach to dentistry which includes:
Mercury safe – Mercury is a known toxin that is risky even in the smallest amount. We do not place fillings that contain mercury and follow safety guidelines of the IAOMT when removing them.
Root canals – This is a controversial procedure. Many traditional dentists recommend root canals as a way to save infected teeth, while holistic practitioners believe that they can only be effective if the entire canal can be cleaned of bacteria, including the dental tubules. The use of ozone therapy in water and gas form can assist in eradicating bacteria to improve the effectiveness of root canals.
Biocompatible materials – What goes into your mouth can impact your entire body. Biological/holistic dentists use biocompatible materials including composite resin.
If you live in or around Skowhegan, Maine and would like to learn more about biological/holistic dentistry and if it’s right for you, please call us at (207) 808-7355.