Holistic dentistry (biologic or biocompatible dentistry) is unconventional and alternative dentistry that focuses on the patients overall physical, emotional and spiritual health in relation to their dental issues.
Holistic dentistry is most often defined as:
“An approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease”.
Approaches and practices of Holistic Dentistry
The holistic dental practice is not uniform and varies amongst practitioners. Few common approaches and practices include:
- Not in favor of amalgams for dental fillings containing toxic materials like mercury
- Managing gum related issues without any surgery
- Consider root canal to affect the systemic health and that’s why against it, considering that the bacteria trapped in the teeth at that location can enter the body through the procedure and have harmful affects
Principles of Holistic Dentistry
Holistic Dentistry uses both the information from modern sciences as well as traditional and natural healing practices.
Holistic dentist believe that the tooth isn’t isolated and has to be treated by keeping in view the entire picture.. including the body, mind and spirit of the patient.
Principles of holistic dentistry laid down by most Holistic dental networks include:
- Prevention / reversal of (dental) degenerative diseases through proper nutrition
- Avoid using toxins in dental implants and materials and try to eliminate them
- Preventing and treating the dental malocclusion
- Prevent and treat the gum related issues and diseases by going to their biological basis and managing them
Criticism on Holistic Dentistry
The techniques and procedures performed in holistic dentistry are not standard and vary a lot among various holistic dentistry practitioners, therefore it makes it non standardized and prone to individual mistakes as they try to solve the issues as per their own liking without being expert.
Holistic dentistry as a whole has also been criticized for adding and accepting various alternative health practices including homeopathy, herbal, craniosacral therapies and acupuncture, as mostly they don’t have enough scientific support and need proper studies and researches to demonstrate their effectiveness.
Holistic dentistry can’t be discarded just because of individual’s mistakes and potentially unprofessional actions; as such cases arise in conventional dentistry as well. However it’s important that holistic dentist groups should standardize as many procedures, techniques and approaches as possible, especially the most commonly performed ones, so that any potentially harmful or unnecessary practices can be removed, and new/better approaches might be added (via proper research), improving the holistic dentistry model and enhancing its efficacy.
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