The true differences between holistic dentistry and
traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional
dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in
the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such
problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the
practice of treating the underlying problems that cause
symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those
problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from
reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth
does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.
Traditional dentists are in favor of using fluoride
in both a topical and ingested form. They argue in favor
of fluoridating water supplies and recommend fluoride
drops for infants. They point to research showing a
decrease in cavity rates in areas where the water is
fluoridated. Holistic dentists typically argue against
any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has
linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone
problems while other research has shown no benefit to
the teeth from ingested fluoride. They also argue that
too much fluoride can cause fluorosis and that
fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication
of the general public. Some holistic dentists are for
topical fluoride and some are against it.
Traditional dentistry espouses the longevity of
mercury amalgam fillings and the fact that insurance
will typically cover the cost of placement. They will
also point to the ADA and FDA’s statements that the
mercury in the fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking
only tiny amounts of mercury. They are also typically
easier for the dentist to place than composite fillings.
Holistic dentists understand that mercury is a toxin and
even small amounts are too great a risk to the body and
your overall health. While amalgam fillings last longer
than composites, they put extreme pressure on the tooth
and often cause weakening of the tooth — meaning that
the filling may outlast the tooth it was placed in.
Truly holistic dentists do not place mercury and meet or
exceed safety guidelines for removal.
Bio-Compatibility is now known to be of
utmost importance regarding dental materials
placed in the mouth.
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing
(CMRT) will reveal the patient's individual
sensitivities which aids us in selecting the
least offending dentistry materials possible.