What is Holistic Dentistry and How Can It Benefit You?

DrFoleyAndPatient talking about holistic dentistryHolistic dentistry, which encompasses Alternative dentistry, takes into consideration the cause-and-effect relationship between a patient’s oral health and the health of the rest of the patient’s body. For example, the well-documented link between periodontal and heart disease. The guiding philosophy of alternative dentistry is that the health of the mouth and the body are one in the same. For more information, check out our interactive Meridian Tooth Chart. It illustrates the relationships between the central nervous system’s energy pathways that connect each of your teeth with the major organs of your body.

By seeking out and working to understand and treat the root cause illness, we help you achieve health stability and wellness and reduce your need for treatment throughout life. The principles of alternative dentistry can be applied to every phase of your treatment plan.

Metal-Free Dentistry

Metal-Free Dentistry utilizes the safest methods for the removal of “old-style” amalgam restorations (or “silver fillings”). We replace them with state-of-the-art, metal-free, bonded composite resins (“white fillings”). We can also replace them with all-porcelain crowns, bridges, or veneers.

Mercury Free Dentistry

Mercury Free Dentistry is the use of specifically developed protocols to minimize your risk of exposure during the removal and replacement of mercury-amalgam restorations (or old-style metal fillings).

White Fillings

White Fillings, also called composite resin fillings, employ high-tech dental materials that look like a natural tooth, help strengthen and seal the adjoining “real” tooth, and do not have the health issues associated with traditional amalgam fillings (i.e., mercury toxicity).

Holistic Dentistry: It’s good for ALL of you!

holistic dentistryThere is a new paradigm emerging in health care. It is one that focuses on the process of health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. You may have heard the terms alternative or holistic dentistry, but what do these actually mean?

Holism (from “holos”, a Greek word meaning all, entire, or total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, according to Wikipedia.org, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave. If one part of the system isn’t working properly, it affects the performance of the others.

Alternative dentistry, is defined by Answers.com as an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work. It emphasizes the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and dental infections may have on a person’s overall health. This is also referred to as biological dentistry.

While traditional dentistry focuses only on the areas above the neck, alternative dentistry looks at the patient as a whole system. It correlates a healthy mouth with a healthy body.  Holistic dentists, like Dr. Jones, believe that the general health of the mouth is not separate from the general health of the person.

Want to find out more about holistic dentistry? Ask Dr. Jones! He’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.