Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dentistry: The Whole Body approach

Source: Holistic Dental


Medical research has established the crucial link between dental health and complete physical well being. Holistic dentistry addresses just this.
Medical research has established the crucial link between dental health andcomplete physical well being. Holistic dentistry addresses just this.
WHILE UNDERSTANDING THE
importance of being a highly skilled and technically profi cient dentist, our Holisitic or Whole Body Dentist takes the broad view of the dental profession with a philosophy that recognizes that the work done in the mouth has effects on the entire body with either positive or negative results. He is aware of these relationships and minimizes the invasive quality of these procedures. He also recognizes that disorders in the body can be refl ected in the mouth.

MERCURY AND OTHER METALS.
Mercury, the second most toxic element, is used in fi llings where it can produce an unpleasant metallic taste and also be released into the body causing or aggravating health problems. Whilst other metals are not as toxic as mercury they nevertheless represent an unnecessary potential hazard to health and are therefore rarely used in holistic dentistry.

BIO-COMPATIBLE DENTAL MATERIALS.
It is vital that any materials introduced during dentistry are biocompatible; that is they should not present a health azard. Holistic dentists will only use materials and methods that do not cause adverse functioning of the body systems. Sometimes,patients need to be tested for compatibility of materials.

FLUORIDE:
The use of fl uoride is considered benefi cial as it strengthens tooth enamel but holistic dentists no longer recommend it because  of the potentially toxic nature of fl uoride. Tooth decay can be controlled by sensible diary habits.

DRUGS
Drugs invariably cause some imbalance in the working of the body. For this reason they are not frequently used in holistic dentistry. The holistic dentist will use homeopathic remedies, clinical nutrition, fl ower essences and other natural remedies. For example homeopathic remedies are administered prior to treatment in order to alleviate anxiety and after treatment to aid speedy recovery.

JAW JOINT:
The position of the jaw joints can affects the patient’s well-being. Any mal-position can result in sore muscles, ear  roblems such as tinnitus and clicking of the joint. Holistic dentists take into account when providing treatment and can  elp the condition by appropriate treatment.

Dr. Paul Soon began Holistic Dental 30 years ago, and is now treating 3rd generation patients. His commitment to his patients health is reflected throughout each one of the dental practices.


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