Organic dentistry, often referred to as “holistic dentistry”, “natural dentistry”, or “biocompatible dentistry”, makes your overall physical and mental health its main concern, rather than limiting itself primarily to the mouth and its various dental structures. Organic dentists understand that the entire body, like everything else in nature, is interconnected. Certain dental procedures may be beneficial for your gums, but detrimental to other parts of your body, such as in certain rough gum cleaning techniques that can force bacteria and other harmful substances into the bloodstream.
Organic dentists eschew products and services that can have negative effects on the body in both the long and short term, with a focus on performing their services in a relaxing and comfortable environment that is conducive to the mental and emotional well-being of the patient.
Far from being a “fringe science”, many dentists who do not necessarily consider themselves organic dentists are beginning to adopt the attitudes and techniques of organic dentistry because they recognize their various benefits.
Here are some things you can expect when you decide to see an organic dentist for your dental services.
The problems that result from missing teeth go beyond mere aesthetics. Missing teeth can take a toll on your speaking and chewing ability. Over time, you also begin to lose bone mass in the area of missing teeth.
While most conventional dentists use titanium metal implants, an organic dentist will likely choose a more bio-compatible option, such as zirconia implants. These are made from zirconium oxide, and provide even more benefits than titanium implants. Not only are zirconia implants even stronger and denser than titanium implants, they’re more biocompatible as well.
An organic dentist will choose non-amalgam fillings for the following reasons:
- They contain no mercury or other toxic heavy metals.
- They have adhesive properties that amalgam fillings do not. Amalgam fillings must be wedged or forced into place, which can result in microfractures that weaken the tooth and create places for bacteria to thrive.
- Amalgam fillings tend to expand and contract due to temperature changes, which can result in further microfractures over time.
- Non-amalgam fillings are more aesthetically appealing, as they do not result in tooth discoloration to the extent that amalgam fillings do.
Digital X-Ray Technology
Your organic dentist will likely incorporate digital x-rays in their diagnostic process, as these are safer than conventional x-rays because they produce far less radiation. This results in a higher degree of safety for the patient, and is also better for the environment.
Digital x-rays provide:
- 90% less radiation than you would get with conventional x-rays!
- Environmental safety
- Records that can be emailed, rather than mailed
- High quality images
- A higher degree of comfort, as the rounded digital sensors are easier on the gums
- Results in as little as 5 seconds
In short, digital x-rays provide all of the same benefits as conventional x-rays, with significantly lower health-risks and higher quality images.
Over time, we are beginning to see more connections between oral health and the overall health of the body. One can negatively or positively affect the other, and vice versa.
The Effects Of Organic Dentistry On The Body And Mind
The mouth is the place where most substances enter the body. These substances range from various chemicals to microbes. They are going to affect how you feel, and therefore how you think and behave. Your overall physical health is going to be affected by the health of your mouth and its various dental structures. Over time, we are beginning to see more connections between oral health and the overall health of the body. One can negatively or positively affect the other, and vice versa.
The right dental products and services can:
- Improve your sleep patterns
- Treat migraine headaches, earaches, and backaches
- Improve mood
- Increase energy
By avoiding toxic materials or harmful procedures, organic dentists strive to maintain and improve the health of the bloodstream, which results in healthier tissues, organs, and cells. By reducing the risk of bacterial infection or gum infection, organic dentists also help reduce the risk of:
- Heart Disease
- Premature Birth
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
When you choose to see an organic dentist, you can expect natural dental materials, gentle procedures, and the incorporation of nutritional supplements and essential oils, all in an environment that is relaxing and conducive to your mental and emotional well-being.