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The Rise of Holistic Dentistry

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You may never have heard of holistic dentistry even just ten years ago, but today it is definitely growing in popularity. As a society we have become more concerned with the many factors contributing to our health—or lack thereof—rather than just the medicines that can mask our symptoms. Holistic dentists don’t just treat the mouth; they consider the mouth’s relationship to the rest of the body, which allows for more comprehensive treatment.

Overall Wellbeing

While holistic dentists still handle standard procedures like routine cleanings, cavity fillings, bridges, and implants, they also root their treatments in the belief that optimal oral health can only be achieved when a person’s diet, lifestyle, and emotional health are taken into consideration as well. Holistic dentists even use technology that minimizes exposure to toxic chemicals.

In the words of one holistic dentist, Dr. David Villarreal, “Conventional Western dentistry tends to decapitate you. Most treat your mouth as an independent entity, which just doesn’t make sense to us. What’s the first thing a horse veterinarian does? They look in the horse’s mouth, which tells them a lot about the horse’s body and health.”

Removal of Mercury Silver Fillings

Holistic dentists strongly believe that silver mercury fillings pose major health threats to patients, and scientific research agrees. Mercury is a heavy metal and a neurotoxin, meaning it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems. It is also known to harm the reproductive system. So it’s no surprise that holistic dentists put a great deal of their efforts toward safely removing mercury fillings and replacing them with resin, plastic, and other materials. Removing silver mercury fillings is a serious process that requires hazmat suits, dual-valve gas masks, strong suction, and isolation containers that are picked up by EPA-licensed agents.

If you want to give yourself the gift of long-lasting health, find a local holistic dentist to care for your oral health. You’ll be astounded by the difference it can make in your overall wellness.

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