A holistic dentist practices a type of dental specialty that treats patients without exposing them to potentially toxic substances, such as mercury. This type of specialist views dental care from a comprehensive perspective, considering the interplay between the mouth and the body and how both affect a patient’s overall health. There are a number of benefits to this approach.
An increasing number of patients are choosing mercury free dental care, whether it’s out of concerns related to potential toxin exposure or wishing to avoid marring the smile’s appearance with metal fillings.
A new patient may come to this type of dentist in order to take advantage of mercury free treatments for any cavities that may arise in the future.
Some other patients may choose to come to a holistic dentist to have old amalgam (silver) fillings removed and replaced with more aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored ones. A specialist in holistic dentistry will have knowledge of the safest methods for removing the metal fillings to minimize the patient’s exposure to mercury fumes in the removal process.
In providing follow-up preventive care, as well as other dental interventions, a holistic dentist will carefully consider interactions between the mouth and the body and how treatments provided for dental issues can have an impact on the rest of the systems.
For example, holistic dentists will be keenly aware of the similar effects that bacteria may have in the oral cavity as well as elsewhere in the body. Research has suggested a correlation between gum disease and broader issues like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Additionally, a specialist in holistic dentistry may also look at other factors, such as diet and nutrition, and how they influence oral health.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of holistic dentistry, contact the office of Dr. Nevein Amer to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff. Schedule a consultation to learn if this specialty may be a good fit for you.