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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.
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