You may have heard natural dentistry referred to as “organic dentistry”, “bio-compatible dentistry”, or “holistic dentistry”. These are all different names for the same thing: a form a dentistry that takes into consideration the entire body, not just the teeth and surrounding dental structures.
Natural dentists understand that, like nature itself, the body is an interconnected system, and should be treated as such. That means, they focus on dental treatments that have no negative impacts on the body later on.
While natural dentistry is distinguished from conventional dentistry, there are many conventional dentists who are beginning to adopt the treatments and materials used by natural dentists, as they see them as inherently better in many ways.
Here are some things you can expect from a natural dentist.
Non-amalgam Resin Fillings
These tend to contain high amounts of mercury and other toxic materials. While they are still often used in conventional dentistry, non-amalgam fillings such as resin fillings are the go-to choice for natural dentists because they are not only more safe, they’re also:
- More adhesive than amalgam fillings, which have to be forced or wedged into place. This can create microfractures. Furthermore, amalgam fillings expand and contract due to temperature changes, which can create further microfractures and damage teeth over time. Resin fillings do not.
- They are better looking than amalgam fillings. Resin fillings look and feel more like your natural teeth.
- They don’t result in tooth discoloration like amalgam fillings.
Natural dentists often use these rather than metal implants. The reason is that Zirconia implants are more bio-compatible, while also being stronger and more dense than titanium implants. No wonder many conventional dentists are beginning to utilize these implants!
Digital X-ray Technology
Digital X-rays are safer than conventional x-rays because they produce less radiation (up to 90% less!). This is safer for you, the x-ray technician, and the environment as well. Not only that, but they provide further benefits, such as:
- More comfort
- Quicker results (sometimes in less than five seconds!)
- Higher quality images
- Records that can be emailed
Gentle Gum Cleaning Techniques
Many conventional dentists use gum cleaning techniques that are too rough. Gum disease is the result of plaque building up on the gums, and plaque is comprised of acid and bacteria. The gums also bleed easily, and have a direct route to the bloodstream. Rough dental cleanings can force this bacteria and acid into the bloodstream.
Natural Dentistry Can Enhance Your Physical and Mental Well Being
Many people are afraid to see the dentist. This is perfectly understandable. After all, your teeth are some pretty sensitive parts of your body, and dental problems hurt!
Natural dentists understand that the mind is also connected to the body, and that dental services need to take into account the mental state of the patient as well. You will likely find natural dental offices to be relaxing, and you will likely regard it as a positive experience.
Natural dentistry can also help reduce:
- Back pain