October 9th, 2016
You might think that your oral health only affects your teeth and gums, but did you know that it also has a huge impact on your overall wellness? That's why many dentists practice holistic dentistry, which links the health of the mouth to the well-being of the rest of your body.
Many people think that the only difference between traditional dentists and holistic dentists is the use of mercury fillings. However, there are many other issues and differences as well.
Some main differences between traditional and holistic dentistry include:
1. Mercury Fillings
While traditional dentists use mercury fillings because they are easier to apply and are approved by the ADA and FDA, holistic dentists don't. They know that mercury, even in small amounts, is toxic and that these kinds of fillings weaken the tooth.
2. Root Canal Therapy
Holistic dentists don't recommend root canal therapy, because research has shown that it isn't effective except when the canal is completely sterilized and rid of bacteria (which is nearly impossible to do). They also point out that the sterilization process often involves toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and that the remaining bacteria could increase the risk for breast cancer or heart disease.
Even though fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, holistic dentists reject ingested fluoride because there has been research linking ingested fluoride to cancer, bone issues, and fluorosis.
4. Biocompatibility Testing
While traditional dentists don't provide choices for cavity fillings or test materials they put on the body for reactions, holistic dentists may test biocompatibility and have a wide selection of composite filling materials.
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.