We are living in an age where science and technology offer us unprecedented access to information. Our human curiosity has led us to delve into the science of the human body in search of the most advanced methods to preserve our health. Over time it has been discovered that a healthy diet and exercise is a tried and true method toward overall good health. However, what exactly is a ‘healthy diet’?
There are diets that propose they are the ‘answer’ to all health problems that are diametrically opposite each other. There’s the high-protein diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Paleo Diet, the fat diet. There are vegetarians and vegans and bone broth enthusiasts, there are those who restrict their flesh eating to fish and call themselves pescatarians. And there are those who only breathe and feel that they get all the nourishment necessary from the air that they breathe. See what I mean? A “healthy diet” means different things to different people.
As a Holistic Dentist, I may suggest a change of diet that you may or may not choose to follow. But of this I can assure you that whatever goes into your mouth can affect your entire body. In fact, in my dental practice we employ and follow the BaleDoneen Method to incorporate the study and prevention of the link between heart disease, strokes and gum disease. Many silent underlying diseases of the mouth like old failing root canals have been proven to contribute to elevated chances of having a severe stroke or heart disease. Cardio vascular incidents are preventable with proper care and attention to these underlying culprits.
Holistic Dentistry is nothing more than providing the proper conditions for the body to help heal itself better and faster. Holistic dentistry’s focus includes not introducing unnecessary chemicals or substances into the body that may harm tissues, organs or our own ability to heal.
The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse effect on your overall health.
Modern Medical Advances Support Holistic Approach To Health
Modern medical advances have given us the ability to test saliva and conduct DNA analysis to evaluate the connection between periodontal disease, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Both of these conditions have been proven to be quite sickening to the body. If we can identify these conditions early, they can be treated and probably reversed with proper care. Holistic dentists work in cohesion many times with other practitioners. For example, we work closely with MDs like functional medicine providers. We also work very closely with Pulmonologists, ENTs and cardiologists.
The ability of the body to heal itself more naturally is what holistic dentistry is about. We provide dental care considering the entire body and how it is a balanced part of the entirety of the human body. We work with our patients’ cardiovascular and other medical teams as well. If you’ve been looking for a holistic approach to dentistry, give us a call.