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Everyone has a not-so-good feeling when it comes to the dentist, and that’s a real shame for the dentists themselves –who likely go home day after day with visions of screaming children and tearing adults to take with them.
Yes, it isn’t easy being a dentist, well-intentioned or otherwise. And perhaps that is one of the drives behind going holistic in the first place.
The Dawn of the Holistic Dentist
Some time ago holistic dentistry began to attract attention (and reputability) among consumers and the dental industry as a whole. After generations of looking for alternatives to mercury-soaked dental fillings, IQ lowering fluoride, and the BPA laced sealants and other chemicals which we permanently place into our mouths at the dentist, many consumers began voicing their demand for dentists which did not use these harmful substances.
As demand grew, a sub-sector of dentists stood up to answer the call, and now today we call them holistic dentists.
What to Look For in a Holistic Dentist
A holistic dentist Brisbane isn’t going to cleanse the evil spirits away as you enter the room like Rafiki from the Lion King (and if they try to, run!) or put crystal gems on your brow chakra before they begin their search for cavities –no, no. To be a “holistic dentist” simply means that these dentists comprehend that their work is about more than just your mouth, but your body as a whole.
They realise that while some of the methods used by dentistry since the industrial revolution work for teeth, they might not work so good for the rest of the body; case and point being mercury or BPA in our fillings which cause cancer and a number of hormone related permanent problems. (BPA is also in bottled water, so you might want to put down that bottle of Nestle).
With this in mind, here is what to look for in a holistic dentist:
- They don’t use mercury fillings; instead they opt for alternative materials which will not leech harmful chemicals or heavy metals into your bloodstream over time.
- They don’t do root canals; nope, nada, zilch. Root canals can’t be done in a way that 100% sterilises the canal in “root canal” meaning root canals can cause health problems later on. Root canals are done to save teeth which have fallen victim to decay and are in essence left “dead” after the root canal. Holistic dentists say “no” to zombie teeth. Instead, they opt for dental implants, Brisbane.
- They don’t suggest ingested fluoride; alright, this one is a little tricky. Ingesting fluoride comes with all sorts of research which mentions a whole host of negative health consequences –but the truth is, it can still be good for teeth when used topically –as in not ingested and put into your blood stream. The debate of the use of fluoride rages on in holistic dentist circles, as some still find its topical use reasonable for a balanced, holistic approach to dentistry and some do not.
Holistic dentistry is a growing field that is becoming more and more competitive –and many regular dentists are switching over to join the movement. Holistic dentists are likely to be just as knowledgeable as their “regular” counterparts, but be sure to check their certifications anyway.
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