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Jonny Bow­den un­earths the straight facts be­hind medic­i­nal mush­rooms, plus find out whether holis­tic den­tistry is right for you.

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Holis­tic den­tistry, also known as bi­o­log­i­cal or al­ter­na­tive den­tistry, is den­tistry with an ex­panded vi­sion. In­stead of fo­cus­ing ex­clu­sively on the mouth of the pa­tient, holis­tic den­tists also con­sider over­all health. They’re even in­ter­ested in your at­ti­tudes and feel­ings, which holis­tic den­tistry con­sid­ers a huge part of over­all health. Holis­tic den­tists will use con­ven­tional tech­niques, pro­ce­dures and medicines as needed, but they have a wider range of op­tions to choose from, in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion and herbal medicine. Un­like main­stream den­tists, bi­o­log­i­cal den­tists are likely to be sym­pa­thetic to con­cerns about mer­cury fill­ings. Tra­di­tion­ally, den­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions have claimed that mer­cury amal­gams are safe, but holis­tic den­tistry was born from ques­tion­ing that kind of con­ven­tional wis­dom. One could think of holis­tic den­tistry as natur­o­pathic medicine for the mouth.

The con­nec­tion be­tween the mouth and the rest of your health has been known to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als for decades, but the word is only be­gin­ning to get out to the gen­eral pub­lic. In­ter­est­ingly, there have been some out­stand­ing den­tist-nu­tri­tion­ists, in­clud­ing Harold Kristal, DDS, who was very in­flu­en­tial in the field of meta­bolic typ­ing, a sys­tem where peo­ple are clas­si­fied as ei­ther “fast me­tab­o­liz­ers” or “slow me­tab­o­liz­ers.” And one of the sem­i­nal works of modern nu­tri­tion, Nu­tri­tion and Phys­i­cal De­gen­er­a­tion, was writ­ten by We­ston Price, DDS, who did pi­o­neer­ing work in the con­nec­tion be­tween the mouth and hu­man health in indige­nous so­ci­eties and for whom The We­ston A. Price Foun­da­tion is named.

When the Holis­tic Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion was first formed in 1978, its mis­sion was “to share their com­mon in­ter­est in treat­ment modal­i­ties that were not in­cluded in den­tal school cur­ricu­lum.” The Holis­tic Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion is still go­ing strong, and its web­site, holis­tic­den­tal.org, is an ex­cel­lent re­source for find­ing a holis­tic den­tist.

Ex­actly what is a “holis­tic” den­tist, and why do I need one?

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