Where traditional dentistry sought to heal and prevent diseases of the mouth, holistic dentistry looks at ways to treat larger problems in the body as well as healing or correcting problems in your mouth. Rather than the overly specialized treatments of traditional dentistry, we look at the various ways systems within your body work together and affect each other.
Holistic dentistry is guided by four main principles:
- Eliminating the use of toxins in dental materials by carefully selecting more biocompatible products
- Prevention and treatment of bite problems and associated negative effects
- Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis
- The prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease through proper nutrition
At Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants we use only the most biocompatible materials in our treatments. As one of Sydney’s leading holistic dentistry offices, we recognize the impact toxic materials can have on a patient’s dental and physiological health. A leading concern amongst holistic dentistry practitioners is the potential health hazards resulting from the use of dental materials containing toxic compounds. The most common source of concern has been the amount of mercury found in silver fillings. Amalgam fillings contain almost 50% mercury, one of the most toxic substances a human can ingest. As teeth succumb to the normal wear and tear from daily brushings, chewing food, and grinding teeth, the fillings can slowly release mercury vapour. This vapour is absorbed in our soft mouth tissue and slowly builds up in our bodies. Studies have traced the movement of this harmful metal from our mouths to our brains, adrenal glands, and breast milk.
The anxiety normally associated with visits to the dentist’s office can contribute not only to a patient’s overall stress levels, but can often result in delayed or skipped visits. At SDAI we have created a comforting, relaxing clinic that removes most, if not all, of the common associations with visiting the dentist. Non sterile lighting and spa-like atmosphere, warm hand towels and other detailed touches, and an attentive and patient-orientated staff all work together to put your mind at ease when faced with a visit to the dentist. When we say we treat the whole body, we even mean your feelings about visiting the dentist’s chair.