12 Dec How Do Holistic Dentists Treat Cavities?
Often known as tooth decay, cavities are areas in the hard surface of the teeth that have become damaged. Common cavity causes include sugary snacks and drinks, bacteria build-up, or poor brushing and flossing habits.
Cavities are a common dental problem, especially among children and teenagers. And if the decayed tooth isn’t treated, it can become larger. Untreated cavities cause toothaches, infections, and in some cases, even tooth loss.
At Kozlow and Rowell, we treat cavities with a holistic approach. Here’s how holistic dentistry can help patients who suffer from cavities.
Overall Body Health
Holistic dentistry involves methods and practices that consider the overall well-being of patients. It’s about oral health care that works in tandem with the body’s other systems and functions. So, when a cavity is present, a holistic dentist will look further than the tooth itself to find ideal, health-conscious solutions.
Holistic dentists will assess the patient’s whole body to determine the root cause of the cavity. This allows the dentist to eliminate signs of infectious bacteria, which can enter the bloodstream through the cavity if not checked and treated.
Less Invasive Treatment
A holistic dentist will still need to use advanced technology during treatment for cavities. However, minimal invasive practices are used instead to support the patient’s physical and mental well-being.
For example, holistic dentistry avoids drilling because the goal is to save as much of the tooth as possible before applying a filling. Tooth removal is also the last resort in holistic therapies. This means traditional procedures, like root canals, are rarely performed unless urgently needed and don’t interfere with the patient’s overall health.
Ozone therapy is a treatment used when tooth decay is minimal. This natural treatment effectively eliminates harmful bacteria without negatively impacting the patient. In addition, this safe method avoids the invasive treatment of drills and needles. Even better, ozone therapy prevents the decay in the cavities from returning.
One of the principal ways that holistic dentists treat cavities is by using non-toxic materials. Instead of the traditional filling materials containing toxic mercury, holistic dentists use bio-compatible materials, avoiding any harmful metals, chemicals, and substances.
The non-toxic materials are also tested in advance to ensure the safety of the oral health patient and to confirm that the material is compatible before undergoing any treatment.
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To learn more about the holistic practices of Kozlow and Rowell and how we treat cavities, big and small, get in touch today to book an appointment and see how we can help you.