What is Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is a full-spectrum approach to oral heath that avoids mercury amalgams and concentrates on finding the root cause of health issues which may only just be manifesting as dental problems. Our modern health care system is filled with knowledge silos; dentists work separately from doctors, chiropractors, and mental health therapists. But a patient’s health condition might involve aspects of all three practices. Some aspect of a patient’s health may be concerning to one specialist, but be ignored by another and this is how illness manifests. Holistic dentistry tries to bridge those gaps.
Holistic dentists are general dentists (meaning non-specialized or regular dentists) sometimes called family dentists who take a whole-body approach to dental treatment.
Holistic dentists want their patients to live healthy lives, free of toxins in their system. One way they help patients accomplish this is by using biocompatible tooth filling materials like porcelain rather than toxic metal materials. In particular, Holistic dentists avoid mercury amalgam. Mercury in the human body causes an effect known as ‘metal toxicity’, and it has many recognizable symptoms.
Can I practice Holistic Dentistry at home?
Yes. Holistic dentistry begins at home with a focus on proper oral health and by adopting good habits for cleaning teeth. Regular dental checkups and hygiene treatments are essential, along with all the routine dental care practices with which most patients are already familiar, such as brushing, flossing, and oral rinses. Holistic dentistry centers patients’ entire physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Archer Dental integrates a holistic approach to dentistry in our focus on patient-centered care. Holistic dentistry is also called alternative dentistry. Our team aims to promote health and wellness and help prevent oral diseases before they start. We believe that proper nutrition helps prevent and may even reverse some degenerative dental diseases.
Importance of Overall Oral Health
Oral health is very important to one’s appearance and general sense of well being, but it is very important to our overall health.
Poor oral health can be linked with poor self-esteem, sleeping complications, and behavioural and developmental problems in children. It can affect your ability to chew and how you digest our food properly. This means proper nutrition is extremely important as it will help you build strong teeth and gums, promote healing and combat certain diseases.
It is very important to remember that if you smoke you increase your risk of developing oral cancer and other dental diseases. This is because the tobacco smoke is extremely harmful to the gums and tissues of the mouth.
Toronto’s Holistic Dentist of Choice
We make sure the patient is looked after, we will listen to everyone of your questions. We want to completely make sure we understand everything about your particular situation, and then we will apply our expert knowledge and skills to bring you the best dental care that you expect when you are a patient at Archer Dental. That’s what makes us the best holistic dentist in Toronto.
Everyone including you and your family is special and unique, and we will individualize your family’s needs. We offer you “extra mile” service by answering your questions, explaining the treatment plan, and then helping you decide on the best course of treatment for your family and you. We really care about our patients.
The Dental Diet is a well referenced book in the holistic dentist’s library
Dr. Steven Lin’s book has helped Canadians shift their ideas regarding oral health and become more willing to recognize issues that challenge bodily health and getting to the root cause of disease which might first manifest as dental issues. No longer will we see our teeth and oral health as merely comprising a warning system for issues with the rest of the body. Instead we will recognize that our teeth and oral health are functional and essential contributors to our overall wellness. The Dental Diet is the first and best guide to helping us understand the mechanisms of oral diseases such as tooth decay, gum disease, and crooked teeth and their effect on our overall health.