What is Holistic Dentistry?

At the Smilehaven Dental Center, we are proud practitioners of holistic dentistry. We feel it’s a treatment philosophy that offers the most benefit to patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles as well as a balanced life overall. But what exactly is holistic dentistry? And how is it different from plain old dentistry? It turns out, there are a number of key differences between holistic dentistry and regular dentistry.

Looking for Systemic Issues, Not Just Symptomatic Solutions

Traditionally, dentists are most concerned with one thing: treating dental and gum disease. Dental decay is the second most common disease behind the common cold, and periodontal disease is incredibly common among adults – so treating these things is important. This is why dentists focus so much on cleaning teeth, using fillings to repair cavities, and teaching patients proper oral hygiene techniques to prevent more dental disease. But holistic dentistry takes this a step further.

In holistic dentistry, we don’t just focus on treating dental disease – we focus on total, whole-body health and well-being. At our practice, we strive not only to help you achieve healthy teeth, but also a healthy body and life. That’s why instead of just finding and treating decay, we always ask our patients a few important questions:

  • First, what might some of the underlying reasons be for your personal history of dental decay and disease?
  • How can we repair your teeth and mouth without adding toxins to the body?
  • Are there solutions we should avoid, as they may impair your overall health even if they fix the dental disease?

These questions help us focus on creating a solution for the entire body, instead of just treating decay in the mouth. This philosophy extends into all of our dental work, and it’s why we use things like mercury free fillings and biocompatible materialsin all of our procedures. At Smilehaven Dental Center, we don’t want to just keep your smile healthy – we want to keep you healthy!

Contact Your La Mesa, CA Holistic Dentist

We hope you’ve found this blog post informative, but if you still have questions about the finer points of holistic dentistry, we’re always happy to help. Feel free to give us a call at (619) 464-2801 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions. Or, if you’d like to see the power of holistic dentistry in action, just use our easy online form to request an appointment at our La Mesa, CA office. We can’t wait to hear from you!