Holistic dentistry is an alternative approach that focuses on how your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. Highlights include using non-toxic restorative materials, eliminating infections, and promoting the best structural relationship possible. Holistic dentists generally work with a variety of healthcare professionals to maintain integrated and complementary care. The main objective of holistic dentistry is to identify areas of oral disease or structural dysfunction, and then use the least invasive, least traumatic, and least toxic means of diagnosis and treatment.
High-Tech, Minimally Invasive Treatments
Holistic does not always just mean “natural” and you do not always have to sacrifice high-tech treatments if holistic is the way you want to go. In fact, holistic dentistry tends to lean more towards less invasive treatments, and modern technology creates new ways every day to learn about the human body and treat patients. Prevention is key in holistic dentistry and we offer many way to prevent treatment.
Biocompatible and Non-Toxic Materials
Parents are often concerned with the items and situations that they expose their children to, making sure they are as healthy and safe as possible. Traditional dentistry often uses mercury fillings and other less desirable materials when treating dental issues. On the other hand, holistic dentists always use non-toxic and biocompatible materials to make sure treatment never has an adverse effect on the rest of your body. We offer an allergen-free office with digital radiography and fluoride alternatives when desired.
Whole Person Treatment
Partnering with your dentist to create a treatment plan that looks at your whole-body health to figure out your specific needs is always going to be your best option. Many traditional dentists do not take the time to get to know their patents beyond their mouth, so they can never give out individualized care. Holistic dentistry focuses on treating the whole person and looking at their health from all angles, taking a preventative approach, and attempting to look beyond the symptoms to find the root causes of any dental issue.
Oral Health is Connected to Overall Health
You may be shocked at how much your oral health is connected to your physical health. The oral cavity is an entry point where infectious materials and bacteria can be introduced in the bloodstream. This can lead to chronic diseases and other health-related issues, including cardiovascular disease, increased heart attack and stroke risk, low birth weight and/or premature birth in pregnant women, and difficulty controlling diabetes.
Conversely, your teeth and mouth can provide your dentist with important clues to your overall physical health. Many conditions and diseases can affect dental health and many are closely linked with oral health.
Importance of Holistic Dentistry for Children
The focus that holistic dentistry places on overall health is the main reason why it is so beneficial for children. Their developing bodies are especially vulnerable to potentially harmful chemicals that can be used in dental practices. By focusing on conservative and minimally invasive treatment options, holistic dentists can keep the physical and emotional health of your child at the forefront of their minds.
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If you are looking into holistic dentistry for you or your children, contact us at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental today! Call one of our four offices; Massapequa Park (516) 798-1111, Nesconset (631) 360-7337, West Islip (631) 661-7337, Huntington Station (631) 760-7606 or make an appointment today! We look forward to helping you with all your dental needs.