I’m starting to get more into natural medicine. I’ve just gotten tired of doctors who only treat the symptoms and never go into why something is happening. I’ve heard there are Holistic Dentists as well, but can’t see them listed on my insurance so now I’m wondering if they’re legitimately dentists.
The American Dental Association only recognizes a small number of specialties, such as pediatric dentistry or Periodontics. Holistic dentists aren’t a recognized specialty. You’ll notice neither is cosmetic dentistry. So, any general dentist can call themselves a holistic dentist or a cosmetic dentist. It’s just a matter of whether they either perform cosmetic procedures or have a holistic philosophy of treatment.
While you can’t locate them by the specialty list on your insurance. You can do an internet search for a holistic dentist in your area or you can just call around at some of the general dentists listed with your insurance.
What Exactly Is a Holistic Dentist?
A holistic dentist is someone who recognizes that your whole body is impacted by your oral health care. For instance, they will only place white, composite fillings in your teeth. Not just because they look natural, but because their amalgam alternatives are comprised mainly of mercury, a known toxic substance. While the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry still considers them safe, they do release mercury vapors which can be harmful to your neurological system.
Additionally, holistic dentists also recognize the Oral Systemic Health connection. Many instances of heart disease had their start in neglected dental care.
If you’ve had systemic health problems, looking at your dental health may get you unexpectedly on the path to good health.
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