Holistic dentists work with other doctors in Maine to achieve the best health for patients
An internet search of “holistic medicine” returns millions of results. As more people become interested in what Drs. Imam and Khan and their team have known for decades, there is also the potential for misinformation online. References to “holistic” as it relates to health and wellness are tied to consideration of the whole person including body, spirit, mind, and emotions. A cornerstone of the holistic practitioner is to offer approaches that achieve proper balance among these components. Should there be an imbalance in any aspect of life, the patient will not be able to achieve his or her best health.
The American Holistic Health Association boasts providers spanning a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychiatrists, surgeons, and optometrists. While areas of expertise may differ, holistic practitioners are linked, in part, by the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as Chinese or Oriental medicine, massage, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine. Reportedly, about 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children in this county use CAM.
Holistic practices also focus on healing as a partnership between the patient and the doctor, and any other medical providers that might share responsibility for the patient’s health. The disease does not define the patient, and each approach is focused on identifying and treating the cause, as opposed to just relieving symptoms.
Also known as biological dentistry, holistic dentistry takes into account all of the approaches mentioned above and applies them to oral medicine, specifically. Like other types of holistic doctors in Maine, Dr. Imam and Dr. Khan concentrate on the health of the whole body, recognizing its connection with oral health. Researchers the world over have linked the effects of periodontal infections to systemic inflammation and heart health. Holistic dentists also consider the effects of materials and procedures on whole-body health. Dr. Imam and Khan are constantly refining techniques and are sensitive to dental advances to assure that work done improves health and does no harm to the patient.
To optimize oral health and quality of your life, the dental team only uses non-metal, amalgam-free materials. The team is knowledgeable about how to safely remove conventional amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Some dentists don’t use amalgam, but they are not properly trained to minimize the effects of vapors released during the process of removing old fillings, in order to replace them with beautiful and safe tooth-colored restorations.
The Maine Center for Dental Medicine’s on-staff nutritionist offers counseling to keep your teeth, gums, and body healthy. By getting to know you as a person, and not merely your teeth, a personalized program may be created to optimize oral and systemic wellness. Other dental interventions may be recommended as well, including preventive appliances like customized mouth guards and alternatives to fluoride, such as xylitol.
Discover a holistic approach to dental care. Schedule an appointment by calling (207) 474-9503.