Now, more than ever before, people are actively seeking out natural and organic alternatives for their health care. This revolution in thinking can be seen across the board. People make healthier food choices and look for more beneficial products and services for home, life, and medical care. This trend has also crossed over into the dental industry. Biological or holistic dentistry seeks to enhance your teeth and gums to improve the overall health of your entire body because everything is connected. Keep reading if you would like to learn more about the benefits of choosing holistic dental care!
What does “holistic” mean?
The word holistic comes from the Greek term ‘holos,’ which in English means whole. In short, holistic means that a system is analyzed as a “whole” and NOT as separate components.
This term can be applied in different disciplines, education, psychology, biology, and more, but we will be exploring holistic dentistry.
What is Holistic Dentistry?
“Holistic dentistry” is commonly referred to as biological dentistry, alternative dentistry, and integrative dentistry. All are focused on helping you to achieve complete wellness.
While holistic dentistry promotes best practices in oral healthcare such as: brushing your teeth, flossing, and regular cleaning, this is where the similarities between traditional and holistic dentistry end.
For years, conventional dentistry has used mercury, causing “heavy metal toxicity,” which has been linked to headaches, nausea, fatigue, and long-term damage to the nervous system. On the other hand, a holistic dentist never uses mercury. Instead, we use only biocompatible materials that will not interfere with your natural energy flow.
If a patient has mercury amalgams, a holistic dentist will recommend removal and take all necessary precautions to remove them safely, following Huggins’ and IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Technology) protocols.
How is holistic dentistry applied in safe amalgam removal?
At our clinic, we follow Dr. Huggins’ protocol, including the following steps to ensure our patient’s safety:
- We will provide you with chewable activated charcoal tablets to prevent amalgam from sticking to soft tissues (gums, cheeks).
- The dental team and patients wear personal protection equipment so that no amalgam particles adhere to their clothing or skin.
- We use superficial nasal cannulas (small, flexible tubes containing two open prongs intended to sit inside your nostrils) to ensure you do not inhale toxins and have enough oxygen levels during your procedure.
- You will receive intravenous vitamin C to help your immune system with detoxification.
- We use ionizers (air purifiers) in each room to remove potentially dangerous particles from the air.
- We provide you with oral suction to remove toxic air particles resulting from the amalgam removal.
- A vacuum is used (we call it “elephant’s trunk”) 3-4 inches from your mouth to catch any flying amalgam particles.
- The amalgam is then removed in chunks.
- The water used on the unit and drill is ozonated to eliminate local pathogens.
- In the end, we will provide you with another chewable charcoal tablet to bind to and remove any remaining metal from the mouth.
Once we have safely removed amalgams from the patient’s teeth, we turn the patient over to our general practitioner to recommend a chelation detox program to eliminate heavy metals from the body intravenously through the bloodstream.
To further customize amalgam removal and composite replacement, we can also request a biocompatibility lab test to determine the most biocompatible materials for you. Based on these results, we will tailor a personalized dental holistic treatment for you. You can coordinate with our wellness at least two weeks before your scheduled dental appointment to ensure that your tests are concluded on time.
What is the difference between conventional dentists and holistic dentists?
Both dentists must first obtain a degree in general dentistry; however, the holistic dentist must receive further training as procedures and goals are different!
- Traditional treatments: A standard dentist will only focus on fixing the problems inside of your mouth regardless of the rest of your body.
- Traditional materials: conventional dentistry will use conventional materials. Those can be non-biocompatible, such as mercury and silver can be used.
- Holistic treatments: We see you as a whole by looking at the big picture. We are not in the masking-problems industry; we will take the time to fully understand your needs and goals, making sure to take care of ALL of you. We believe that each of your teeth is connected to an organ of your body.
- Biocompatible Materials: In holistic dentistry, we use biocompatible materials in all of our procedures.
As a holistic dentistry clinic, at American BioDental Center, we offer first-rate minimally invasive treatments and technologies:
Our Holistic clinic offers:
- 3D X-rays
- An on-site laboratory fully dedicated to non-toxic and biocompatible materials.
- CAD/CAM technology allows us to offer more accurate and efficient solutions thanks to high-quality live images of your mouth.
When you choose to visit our holistic team, you can expect individual, professional, and caring holistic dental treatments.
Remember, it is not just about your teeth; it is about ALL OF YOU!
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