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The Complete Guide to Holistic Dentistry in The UK: What You Need to Know

The Complete Guide to Holistic Dentistry in The UK: What You Need to Know

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Have you heard the term "holistic dentistry" but weren't sure what this phrase truly means? Are you curious about what makes holistic dentistry different from conventional dentistry methods?

We're going to explain the most important information for you to know about holistic dentistry in the UK, from basic principles to common myths.

What Is Holistic Medicine?

Before we can talk in earnest about the nature of holistic dentistry, you'll need to know a bit about what holistic medicine broadly speaking is. That's because holistic dentistry falls under the umbrella of holistic medicine.

Have you ever heard that something is "greater than the sum of its parts"? That's the essential meaning of the word "holistic." This term refers to the fact that the bigger picture means more than just looking at the individual parts of something.

"Medicine," of course, refers to all the various ways in which we treat diseases, from pharmaceuticals and surgeries to simple check-ups and physicals.

"Holistic medicine," then, refers to an attitude toward health that aims to take the whole person into account, rather than focusing on the treatment of a single symptom or condition. Practitioners of holistic medicine aim to address not just the physical aspects of the person, but also the psychological, emotional, social, ethical, and spiritual aspects of being human.

What Exactly Is Holistic Dentistry?

Just as holistic medicine is about treating the entire person, holistic dentistry (also known as "biological dentistry") is about maintaining a person's oral health while also factoring in that patient's entire health and wellness. That means a holistic dentist strives to consider the connection between oral health and the health of the patient's other bodily systems and functions.

Holistic dentists don't just want their patients to enjoy better oral health. They want their patients to live longer lives as their positive mouth health improves their health in the rest of their bodies.

Basic principles of holistic dentistry include encouraging preventative healing rather than just treating conditions after the fact, using minimally invasive dental techniques and non-toxic dental materials, protecting patients from known toxins during the dental care process, and providing treatments that take advantage of the body's natural healing abilities.

Holistic dentists encourage proper nutrition for both oral and whole-body health, prevention and treatment of conditions such as gum disease at the biological level, and more.

Emphasis on Dental Materials

One of the biggest focuses of holistic dentistry is the usage of safe, non-toxic dental materials for patients seeking top-notch oral care. This means preferring biocompatible materials, porcelain, and composites, rather than resorting to the use of amalgams (aka “silver fillings,” which contain mercury and, on rare occasions, also prompt allergic reactions in certain patients).

This is why one of the most common services offered by holistic dentists is the removal of amalgam. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has established strict guidelines for the removal of amalgam. When followed by a holistic dentist, these protocols protect you from exposure to mercury in the amalgam during the removal process.

Holistic dentists also prefer dental composites that are free of bisphenol A (BPA). 

Common Holistic Dentistry Services

The right holistic dentist can offer a wide variety of services designed to meet the same standard of care you'd expect to receive at a conventional UK-based dentist.

For instance, at The Bespoke Dentist, we offer several holistic dental services designed to maximize your whole-body well-being, from ensuring a proper bite to making sure your mouth is free of infections (such as gum disease) that could affect other bodily symptoms.

Dr. Daniel Sutcliffe and his holistic dental team can remove silver amalgam fillings and replace them with composite or ceramic restorative options to give you a more natural-looking smile. He can also provide you with toxin-free, biocompatible dental crowns, functional and aesthetically appealing dental bridges, and more!

From gel-based tooth whitening to minimally invasive composite or porcelain dental veneers, The Bespoke Dentist has a tool in his bag for your greater oral and whole-person health!

Common Myths About Holistic Dentistry

Perhaps the biggest myth about holistic dentistry is that its practitioners are suspicious of all forms of modern medicine. However, this is simply not the case.

Holistic dentists simply want to use procedures, materials, and medications that are right for their patients. Remember that holistic medicine is about one's attitude toward the process of doing medicine as a whole. If modern medication is the right solution for a patient's whole-person health, then it's acceptable.

With that being said, holistic dentists want to protect their patients from toxins, chemicals, and methodologies that are sometimes taken for granted in conventional medicine. We also want to support the health of your entire body, not just your mouth.

Contact an IAOMT-Certified Dentist Today!

Are you a UK resident looking to enjoy a more patient-focused form of dental care? Contact the dental practice over at The Bespoke Dentist today and find out how improving your oral health can improve your overall health!

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