Holistic dentists provide an alternative to the traditional conventional methods of dentistry. Oftentimes, both dentists are trained at the same schools and have the same license to maintain per state regulations.
The holistic approach emphasizes how dental care is not only beneficial to your mouth but to the rest of your body as well. Oral health conditions can contribute to respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, as well as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Holistic dentistry adheres to the standards set forth by the American Dental Association, despite its differences from the conventional approach.
Holistic dental care providers approach oral health in a way that is connected to one’s overall health. Many providers opt to specialize in taking preventative and proactive approaches to issues such as periodontal disease and cavities. Instead of going straight towards traditional medicines and procedures, a holistic dentist will use their knowledge and expertise in natural treatments to provide care. When necessary, traditional techniques can still be used.
The holistic approach encourages personal oral hygiene responsibility, including flossing, brushing, nutrition, and even homeopathy. Similarly to conventional dentists, holistic providers provide education about oral health and how to best care for your teeth at home between appointments. Oftentimes, holistic dentists differ from traditional methods when it comes to fluoride treatment and amalgam fillings and implants.
When screening potential dental providers, these are some basic questions that can open communication and provide the patient with insight into the holistic approach.
Whether you’ve been a patient of conventional dentistry all your life and are seeking information on the holistic approach or you are seeking a comprehensive holistic dental provider, All About Smiles welcomes patients of all ages. Dr. Lewis Yu and Dr. Grace Liu are committed to complete health and wellness, placing specialized attention on how oral health contributes to the whole body.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!