Holistic dentistry encompasses a comprehensive view of dental care and considers the overall wellness of the body in addition to oral health concerns. Traditional dentists, in comparison, may or may not have such a global view.
In addition to concentrating on the interplay between oral health and systemic well-being, a holistic dentist will also assess a variety of factors that can impact your smile either positively or negatively, such as nutrition and toxins.
Mercury is probably the main toxin that comes to mind when people think about dental interventions. A holistic dentist will not use mercury in his or her practice, and many patients find their way to this specialty because they want to get mercury-free fillings or have old metal fillings safely removed. Some patients do so because they’re concerned about mercury’s potential effects, while others merely don’t like the unsightly dark fillings.
Removing amalgam fillings, whether out of health concerns or for cosmetic reasons, must be done carefully. Holistic dentists are experienced in using the techniques and equipment needed for safe amalgam removal. The dentist must use care to avoid breaking the original filling into pieces, which can expose the patient to the mercury contained in the filling.
Many patients may feel that a holistic practice primarily centers on mercury free dentistry, but holistic dentists have a broad range of interests. They often provide many of the same treatments as traditional dentists, but in some cases they may favor more limited interventions than traditional dentists do.
Both holistic dentists and general dentists are concerned with helping their patients maintain optimum oral health. To learn more about holistic dentistry and its many benefits, we encourage you to contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow. Call 972-458-2464 today to schedule your informative consultation.