Holistic Dentistry Los Angeles
The Holistic Dental Network defines holistic dentistry as “an approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions on natural healing… Holistic dentistry acknowledges the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her teeth.”
There are four basic principles that guide holistic dentistry:
1) Proper nutrition for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease.
2) Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials.
3) Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems = physical imbalance).
4) Prevention and treatment of gum disease at it’s biological basis.
Holistic dentistry is based on the belief that there is a connection between every tooth to a specific part of the body. Therefore, any decay or disease in a tooth can lead to harm in a respective body part.
Another ideology that is constant within holistic dentistry is the avoidance of using mercury (silver) fillings. Mercury fillings are referred to as amalgam fillings because they are an amalgam of different metals, mercury being one of these metals. Mercury is considered a toxin and can cause harm.