Holistic dentistry addresses oral and dental health through the principles of holistic medicine, which looks at the entire person and their overall health rather than their specific, isolated oral complaints or symptoms.
There is always more to the story than inflamed gums or a cavity, and oral health isn’t a simple byproduct of good oral hygiene. It certainly helps, but there are factors like nutrition, stress, environment, psychoemotional health, and countless other biological nuances that if ignored will certainly keep a traditional dentist in business but will do little for the long-term oral health of their patient. Holistic dentistry approaches oral health first and foremost from careful consideration of all possible contributing factors in the hope of finding a permanent solution. The goal of holistic dentistry is to achieve whole-body health by changing the way the industry thinks about oral health.
Another critical facet of holistic dentistry as practiced by the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry is a treatment regimen that is more natural than conventional dentistry standards. Traditional remedies like mercury amalgam fillings, fluoride, and root canals have proven to be highly dangerous for patients and can sometimes present long-lasting complications. Holistic dentistry rejects these practices in favor of low-to-no risk, proven and effective, natural methods.
The advantage of the holistic approach is that it is rooted in a concept of biological harmony and a balance of mind, body, and spirit. Understanding how difficult it can be to overcome entrenched belief systems and conventional “wisdom,” the Julian Center is prepared to help their patients on their healing journey, with an on-site holistic healing therapist. Overcoming emotional and psychological roadblocks and embracing the healing process is essential to holistic dentistry.
When properly applied by an oral physician and faithfully carried out by the patient, holistic dentistry has the potential to be deeply transformative for oral and whole-body health.