You may have heard the term Holistic Medicine before, and already understand that it is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness through proper balance in life.
Holistic Medicine has certain principles; drawing on our own innate healing powers, healing is a team approach encompassing the patient, doctor, and all aspects of a person’s life, and fixing the cause of the condition and not just addressing the symptoms.
Similarly, Holistic Dentistry has grown in popularity as it is an alternative to traditional dental care and a complementary form of alternative medicine. You may have heard the terms Alternative Dentistry, Natural Dentistry, Integrative Dentistry, and a few others which are essentially the same has Holistic Dentistry. A Holistic Dentist is a general dentist who has embraced holistic techniques in combination with conventional methods of treatment. In 1978, the Holistic Dental Association was formed to provide a forum for the development and sharing of health promoting therapies. Good health is more than an absence of disease.
Most dentists concentrate their attention on teeth, gums, jaws and the head and neck as to how it effects the mouth. Holistic Dentistry focuses on the entire person…the whole body…as all areas of health are connected.
The concept of someone’s dental health is connected to their overall health has been proven repeatedly. Your mouth can present signs of illness and disease before other symptoms are present. Diabetes and Kidney disease are just two. People experiencing kidney disease complain of a metallic taste in their mouth. Diabetes is associated with gum disease, dry mouth, and hampered healing. Poor dental health can lead to coronary heart disease, bacterial infections in the blood stream which can affect many areas of the body.
Many of the products dentists use in treatment of their patient may have sone degree of toxicity to your body and can affect your immune system. An example, as children, our cavities were filled with silver amalgam which is 50% mercury, which was later found to be toxic to humans. For many years, dentists strongly urged the use of fluoride treatments and fluoridated toothpaste for use. While Fluoride may be effective in fighting cavities, exposure may weaken your skeleton, cause arthritis, calcify your pineal gland, negatively affect the thyroid, affects puberty and fertility and other potential issues,
It is for this reason our practice offers Metal-free dental bridges, dental crowns, inlays and onlays, Amalgam-free composite resin fillings, Biocompatibility testing for biological dentistry as well as safe amalgam removal and replacement.
We also provide natural and holistic products to be used at home which do not deposit toxins in your mouth. Holistic products are designed to benefit not just the smile, but the body’s entire biological system, using natural ingredients that are wholesome and safe for patient use. These products acknowledge the link between oral and systemic wellbeing, promoting a healthy balance that benefits the body’s complex biological systems. They do not contain preservatives or metals that put the body at risk of increased toxin levels.
If you spend the time reading labels in the supermarket; checking the health of what you ingest and apply to your body, the same concept applies to what you use in your mouth. So if you are a fan of alternative or complimentary medical practices, this is something you may want to explore.
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, graduating in 1985. As an aesthetic focused dentist, he has been dedicated almost 33 years now, to brightening thousands of smiles. He is an expert cosmetic dentist with extensive training in complete smile restoration, using the latest technology and restorative materials dentistry has to offer.
Bottom line, you are being treated by a very well-trained dentist who is very respected in the field, and additionally well versed in the whole-body wellness concept, which involves an awareness of dental care as it relates to the entire person.
Questions or concerns? Please reach out to us to let us better explain Holistic Dentistry and how it can improve your dental health and life overall.
211 Broad Street, Suite 106,
Red Bank, NJ 07701