Have you ever experienced a headache because your body lacked water or a stomach ache from emotional stress? If so, you know that aspects of your body, health, and wellbeing are connected. Holistic dentistry abides by a similar principle: that your dental health is connected to your overall health, not just your teeth and gums.
Our experts at Supertooth, in Bethesda, Gaithersburg, and Germantown, Maryland, are pleased to provide holistic dentistry that enhances your oral health and beyond. Read on to learn what this type of dental care includes and how you might benefit.
How holistic dentistry is different
Holistic dentistry is similar to general dentistry in some ways, such as addressing any issues affecting your oral hygiene like tooth decay and gum disease. During your visits, you may have cleanings, imaging tests, and exams. At the same time, natural, minimally invasive treatments may be offered.
A big focus within holistic dentistry that you may not experience elsewhere, is the focus on prevention through healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. We also provide education to help you form positive habits that guard against common problems, from cavities and periodontitis to oral health-related health conditions, such as diabetes, heart attack, and heart disease.
The materials we use for holistic dentistry may also differ from what you’re accustomed to. We avoid potentially risky materials, such as mercury, for example. Exposure to mercury, which some dental fillings contain, is linked with problems with the brain and kidneys.
Holistic dentistry treatments
In addition to preventative care, holistic dentistry can diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions. Common treatments include:
- Acupuncture or massage
- Alternative treatments for head, neck, and jaw pain
- Composite fillings for cavities
- Dental checkups and cleanings
- Education in oral health techniques, such as brushing and flossing
- Oral cancer screenings
- Ozone therapy
- Whole health evaluation, which may include screenings such as blood pressure or cholesterol tests
Good candidates for holistic dentistry
Most anyone can benefit from holistic dentistry. You may be an especially good candidate if you are interested in alternative medicine or wish to avoid more invasive treatments, such as surgery. Holistic dental care may also be a smart option if you haven’t had positive or sufficient outcomes from traditional treatments.
To learn more about holistic dentistry or get the care you need, call the Supertooth location nearest to you or schedule an appointment using our online booking feature. We would love to help you improve your oral and overall health now and into the future.