The Nature of Holistic Dentistry
Many of us have heard the term, but less so the meaning behind it. It’s become somewhat vogue to toss the phrase about without a close look at what it entails. Which isn’t too surprising, considering how broad of a concept it is. At its core, holistic dentistry is about seeing oral health as being part of the larger picture that is overall body health. There is also a focus on using non-toxic restorative materials in place of some traditional materials. Whether holistic or not, though, all dentists recommend that you go in twice a year for a Tulsa teeth cleaning.
A Broader Perspective
The rise of holistic dentistry as a movement coincided with the push to stop using mercury-based fillings. It has served more as a philosophy than a specialized practice, or field, of dentistry. Those who take on practicing as a holistic dentist will often work to connect their patients with integrated, or multi-disciplinary, care. This ensures that you are getting the entirety of your health examined and treated, instead of just an arguably arbitrarily isolated component of it. This means when you get your Tulsa teeth cleaning, the dentist is going to care about more than just your teeth.
Of Many Names
Holistic dentistry is often called Biological Dentistry or Biocompatible Dentistry. The three terms are interchangeable, but all imply certain nuanced differences. Each of them refers to the focus on full-body care and the importance of non-toxic, preferably natural, materials. The term holistic refers to ‘an entirety’, while biological is in reference to the full-body approach, and biocompatible name harkens to the philosophical focus upon using non-toxic and natural materials.
A Nuanced Philosophy
Some view holistic dentistry as the bridge between traditional western dentistry and homeopathic dental practices. While there is some validity to this, just as there is to some homeopathic treatments, it is more accurate to view holistic dentistry, like any philosophy, as being represented differently in different adherents. It is a broadening of the dental perspective, but to what degree and in what manner depends on the individual dentist. Some may simultaneously adhere to the philosophy and retain most aspects of traditional western dentistry, while others may veer far into the realm of homeopathic remedies and all-natural approaches. When looked at thoughtfully, holistic dentistry becomes a broad and remarkably malleable category.
What we can take away from this is that, in the extreme, a practitioner of holistic dentistry is a dentist with higher standards of material and an expanded diagnostic perspective, who provides integrated care. At a more practical level, a practitioner of holistic dentistry is one who employs this philosophy in their practice. For dentists, it becomes a matter of balance, so that many implement the philosophy of holistic dentistry to varying degrees.
In the end, all dentists are focused on the same thing. Making sure their patients receive the best care and maintain the best oral health possible. Whether your preference is a dentist who leans into the realm of holistic philosophy or one who stays far away, all experts agree that you need to see a dentist twice a year for that Tulsa teeth cleaning. Just as they all agree that we need to be brushing our teeth twice a day.
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