Truly holistic dentists are who educate patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. Dentists have almost always focused on how to get a non-functional tooth back to work and serve its purpose. Needless to say, we seem to have over-looked the fact that the oral health has as strong and direct influence on the over-all well-being of the body.

Holistic dentistry, also referred to as biologic dentistry, is an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work, and emphasizes the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and dental infections may have on a person’s overall health.

So how can you know whether your dentist is holistic? Is he using the right materials to do your filling? Is he suggesting you the right treatment options? Here is how you can differentiate:

    1. A holistic dentist uses the most minimal invasive approach to treat you and the your teeth. Prevention of disease, remineralization of the decalcified teeth and minimal intervention of the dentist during the treatment are the key to a holistic approach.


    1. A holistic dentist will use the most biocompatible and least toxic materials to treat the tooth. For example, amalgam fillings are never recommended by holistic dentists. These fillings contain mercury and known to be toxic for the body if present in excess.


    1. The holistic dentist makes sure to preserve as much as healthy tooth structure possible to make a small cavity to receive a filling.


    1. A holistic dentist will prefer white fillings like composite and glass ionomer cement rather than the traditional silver fillings.


    1. A holistic dentist does not recommend fluoride therapies for every patient who visits the clinic. He will know exactly the type of patients under risk of decay and will prescribe fluoride only for such patients. Moreover, he will have a detailed idea about your diet and try to modify it according to the risk assessment he has done for your teeth.


    1. A holistic dentist will have a thorough knowledge about your general health status and will plan all your dental treatment accordingly.


    1. A holistic dentist will only suggest a root canal for your teeth only as a last resort. And will always try to preserve the vitality of the tooth and will give a chance for the tooth to survive.


    1. A holistic dentist uses x rays with caution and doesn’t let you get exposed to radiation unless is extremely necessary.


    1. A holistic dentist does not recommend extraction of wisdom tooth unless they are causing you any pain. He would prefer to leave it alone unless intervention is mandatory.


    1. Holistic dentists prescribe antibiotics very sparingly. Unless you have a swelling and generalized infection causing your fever, your dentist will only prescribe you mild analgesics.


So, now you know the difference. At Dr Ehabs Dental clinic we have a great set of dentists who would give you the right options and guide you in a holistic manner considering your over-all well-being. Call us right away and remember to keep smiling!