What Is Holistic Dentistry?

March, 2018

As people become more aware of the need to treat the body as a whole instead of treating each part separately, they are constantly searching for new ways to improve their overall health.

One of the best paths to achieving a comprehensive approach to health is to be treated by a holistic dentist. A holistic dentist does not just look at a patient’s teeth or gums. Instead, they look at how oral health relates to the health of the rest of the body. For instance, some studies have shown a correlation of gum disease to heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Because these links exist, holistic dentists prefer to treat the mouth as a means of increasing entire body health.

This search for complete wellness is the reason holistic dentistry, like that offered at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center, is so sought after in the Fairfield, CT and New England areas.

The Holistic Dentistry Approach

The mouth, and the dental procedures performed therein, can have either a positive or a negative effect on one’s health. Amalgam (mercury) fillings, root canals, cavitations, periodontal disease, occlusion (bite), tooth decay, and hidden infections in the mouth can all have detrimental consequences on one’s health. Both the types of procedures and how they are performed, such as not using amalgam fillings, are things your holistic dentist will take into consideration.

In addition to looking at the mouth, a holistic approach to dentistry considers the entire body. Each tooth sits on an acupuncture meridian and energetically relates to various organs, tissues, muscles and vertebrae. This connection is what leads holistic dentists to view treating oral health as a means of treating the entire body.

Advantages of Holistic Dentistry

By taking a whole body approach and addressing the various problems associated with one’s mouth and how they relate to the rest of the body, patients usually experience an increase in good health and decrease in many of their symptoms. As an example, this approach has led to improvement in energy, headaches, clarity of thought, chronic fatigue syndrome, vertigo and lightheadedness, neck problems, neurological problems, sleep breathing disorders (such as sleep apnea) and much, much more.

An important aspect of holistic dentistry is providing the patient with the knowledge to make a truly informed treatment decision. For example, not just telling the patient that a root canal will allow them to keep the tooth in their mouth, but to also inform them as to the possible detrimental systemic effects of this procedure.

Working in this paradigm, as opposed to the traditional dental approach, is the difference you will experience at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center in Fairfield, CT.