What is a holistic dentist? And what are the benefits of seeing a holistic dentist? These are the most common questions we are asked as Brisbane’s leading Holistic Dentist.
Dentistry is traditionally focused on maintaining a healthy oral cavity. This includes a regular check ups, oral cancer screening and ensuring that gum health is maintained. In addition, restoring teeth or replacing teeth that have been affected by tooth decay or trauma.
In holistic dentistry, oral care goes beyond the teeth and gums. It focuses more on your entire body and its role in dental health. Holistic dentistry doesn’t use mercury fillings and fluoride, unlike traditional dental care.
As a holistic dentist, we focus on providing you with a healthy mouth.
So, what are the benefits of visiting a holistic dentist for your dental care? How does a holistic dentist differ to your more traditional dentist? Dr Rachel Hall of Evolve Dental Kenmore explains.
In recent years, holistic care has become a bit of a buzzword in the healthcare industry. But this term is much more than simply a trendy new saying; it’s a commitment that healthcare professionals make to helping you achieve lifelong wellness and health so you can live a long healthy life.
If you are currently looking for a new dentist, you might have heard about holistic dentists and holistic dental care. If you’re wondering if there are any benefits to choosing a holistic dentist over a traditional dentist, read on to find out more about how a holistic approach will help you maintain dental health for longer and achieve the healthy, stunning smile that you deserve.
To get a better understanding of what a holistic dentist is and what is meant by a holistic approach, it’s important to understand the difference between holistic and traditional dental care.
Traditional dentistry tends to have more of a ‘drill and fill’ approach and treats any negative symptoms affecting your dental health with the aim of preventing reoccurrence.
On the other hand, holistic dentists and holistic dentistry focuses on treating the systems rather than only the symptoms. A holisitc dentist works to eliminate any problems and symptoms from occurring in the first place by focusing on the underlying problems that are causing any negative symptoms in your mouth.
It provides dental care that aims to avoid any adverse effects on your overall health and wellbeing by using materials and treatments that are most in line with your body and your health.
So, what are the benefits of holistic dental care?
A holistic dentist is often the best opinion for nervous or anxious patients. While it is just as focused on modern and high-tech treatments as is traditional dental care, a holistic dentist aims for an approach that is as minimally invasive as possible and considers your entire wellbeing rather than only focusing on what’s going on inside your mouth.
Evolve Dental Healing Kenmore is a holistic dentist based in Brisbane, we are focused on helping you avoid any unnecessary long or painful procedures that might damage your overall wellbeing or cause you psychological distress. We use state-of-the-art treatment options including advanced x-rays, high-tech dental implants, safe amalgam removal protocols and more.
For more information from Evolve Dental on whether holistic dentistry is worth exploring, follow the link to check out the services we offer.
Traditional dentistry typically uses amalgam (mercury) filling materials and other potentially toxic substances such as fluoride when treating dental issues that can have a negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
On the other hand, the holistic approach to dentistry will always use materials that are biocompatible and non-toxic to ensure that the treatment does not have any potentially dangerous effects on the rest of your body.
Unlike traditional dentistry which tends to focus quite heavily on only the symptoms that are going on inside your mouth, a holistic dentist will treat you as a whole person and focus on the root cause with the aim of preventing symptoms from reoccurring in the future.
Unfortunately, many traditional dentists don’t get to know their patients beyond only their dental health and therefore fail to provide a more individual level of care. By looking at your health from all angles, holistic dentistry can take a more preventative approach and prioritise looking beyond the symptoms to find the underlying cause.
Whether you are concerned about improving your dental health or fixing cosmetic issues, holistic dentistry provides a balanced approach to both the form and function of your mouth and considers both these factors carefully when developing an individualised plan for your dental care.
Our focus is what do we need to achieve to make this mouth healthy, how can we prevent issues in the mouth affecting your health and vice versa, how can we provide a comfortable and functional mouth and ensure you have a great looking smile too.
Crooked, damaged or missing teeth can affect your quality of life and knock your self-esteem but achieving teeth that look perfect won’t help if they are not functioning correctly or you have untreated dental disease.
Holistic dentistry allows you to achieve the best cosmetic results by helping you take control of both your dental health and overall wellbeing.
Not everybody is going to respond the same to different filling materials and other dental treatments, but traditional dental care doesn’t always take this into account and instead uses the same materials for everybody.
On the other hand, holistic dentistry does not overlook the effect that a certain material might react with your body before they go ahead with a procedure.
Before you undergo a filling, you can be rest assured that our holistic dentist figures out the best choice of material for your filling and will make sure the materials they choose to use have been tested for biocompatibility to ensure your body is less likely to react and have an issues into the future.
Most people will have existing amalgam or silver fillings that were fitted during a previous treatment conducted by a traditional dentist.
However, now that there is more understanding around the harm that mercury can do to the overall health and wellbeing of your body, a holistic dentist will be able to correct these treatments.
Most holistic dentists recommend that you have any old amalgam mercury fillings removed and replaced with safer, non-toxic filling materials that are a much lower risk to your health.
Our holistic dentist is SMART certified to ensure you get safe amalgam removal whilst minimising any exposure to mercury during the process.
X-rays are common practice in traditional dentistry and although they can be helpful, they can also leave the patient exposed to potentially harmful radiation.
Holistic dentists focus on your overall health and wellbeing, therefore the use of x-rays tends to be limited in order to limit your exposure. When x-rays are absolutely necessary, a holistic dentist will typically opt for a digital x-ray which is around 80% lower in radiation.
Digital x-rays offer great benefits and advantages in holistic dentistry as we are now able to better diagnose infection and dental disease before it gets too advanced.
If you are looking for a more natural approach to managing infections or post-operative discomfort after a dental procedure, a holistic dentist can help you to achieve this.
A holistic dentist will avoid turning straight to a prescription pad after each procedure and will instead take a whole health approach, which may include finding more natural remedies and treatments to help you manage pain after a dental procedure.
While painkillers tend to be increasingly prominent in the dental profession, the holistic approach allows you to explore alternative options.
Whether you are a nervous patient looking for a dentist with a greater support and understanding of your concerns, or you simply want a more natural holistic approach to your dental care, or want a dentist who focuses on preventing rather than only treating your symptoms, holistic dentistry and holistic dental care has many benefits.
After all you deserve a healthy smile, great looking smile for life.
Evolve Dental Kenmore dentist offers an innovative approach to holistic dental health care of the mouth where we focus on the treatment of dental disease and understanding its underlying causes to support you to have a healthy mouth and a healthy life.
Dr Rachel Hall, Brisbane Holistic Dentist, is a dental expert with 30 years experience. She has extensive experience in providing holistic dentistry, safe amalgam removal, and cosmetic dental services.
Call us today 07 3720 1811 to find out how holistic dentistry can benefit you.