Alternative Holistic Dentistry vs Traditional Dentistry
Alternative Holistic Dentistry. Have you heard the term “Holistic Dentistry”? Or “Alternative Dentistry”? “Biological Dentistry”? Did you say to yourself, “What the heck is that?!”
No problem! Because I have a super awesome surprise for you!
Alternative Holistic Dentistry, what is it?
Taking care of your mouth is a super important part of your overall health. But… Not all dentists are created equal. How do you know if the Dentist you’re seeing has your best interest in mind, or are they there to keep you coming back to keep those payments rolling in?
What fillings are bad for you? Are root-canals causing health problems?
I have a super special guest post for you today. I asked Dr. Michael Margolis to set the record straight!
Dr. Margolis is our family Dentist and dear friend. We love him and he loves his patients. Dr. Margolis is passionate about keeping his patients happy and healthy; and I know you’ll find this post extremely helpful.
Dr. Michael Margolis is a highly respected and sought-after holistic dentist and speaker. He has lectured nationally and internationally on integrative dental care subjects; including topics such as the connection between oral health and a patient’s overall general health. His credentials are so lengthy, that would be a whole blog post in itself. Instead, lets get right to the juicy part.
Without further ado… Dr. Michael Margolis!
Alternative Holistic Dentistry, What is it?
By: Dr. Michael Margolis
Drive down the street and you’ll probably see at least three or four dental offices on any one street. But how do you choose the dentist that’s right for you and your family? Is it the dentist in the shopping mall across the street from your house? Maybe the dentist who goes to the same church as you? Is it the one who is open on your day off?
How do you choose a dentist with so many choices before you?
Hopefully, you want a dentist who cares about your overall health – and not just one that is simply managing your symptoms, such as simply drilling a tooth and filling the cavity. Studies now show a link between your dental health and good, overall health.
Holistic dentists, sometimes called “alternative,” or “biological” dentists, first try to prevent oral health problems from occurring. That includes advising our patients of proper nutrition, brushing, flossing, regular check-ups and cleanings, as well as lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and wearing a mouth guard when engaging in potentially dangerous sports activities.
But most dentists do that anyway – what makes a holistic dentist so different?
There are several key differences, but the main ones can be boiled down to the following:
- We don’t use mercury fillings and advise taking mercury fillings out of your mouth. Sometimes called “amalgam,” or “silver” fillings, there is, in fact, mercury and other unsafe materials in those fillings that break down and can make you sick. Chewing and other activities like drinking hot beverages or even getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist will actually cause the filling to break down, releasing mercury vapors and particles into your body. You may not have any symptoms for years, or you may feel the effects immediately.
- We take precautions to avoid your exposure to toxic fumes when we remove mercury fillings. We use rubber dams in your mouth to keep you from swallowing mercury particles and provide a separate oxygen supply to keep you from breathing the vapors caused by the drilling. My staff and I wear protective clothing and cover the patient as well, including providing you with protective eye wear. We suction out the mercury particles and have a separate vapor evacuator and an ion air purifier, as well as a mercury separator on the waste water, to prevent the disposal of mercury from poisoning the city water supply. We also suggest working with a naturopathic or homeopathic physician to detox your body from mercury and other heavy metals after your fillings are removed. Failure to do so can cause your body to get extremely sick as it attempts to detoxify on its own.
- We highly suggest that you do not use any other metals in your mouth as well. Mercury is not the only metal being used in dentistry. Many dentists use gold or porcelain fused to metals, either for fillings or crowns. Many times, traditional dentists combine different metals in the mouth, with silver (mercury) amalgams, gold crowns, and titanium implants. However, combining metals in your mouth, such as mercury fillings, gold crowns and titanium implants, can create a battery in your mouth that can actually set off electrical shocks, called galvanic charges. The saliva in your mouth actually acts as a conduit for these metals to create these electrical charges. These charges are often so low you usually do not feel the electrical current. However, they can cause periodontal disease, or re-decay around existing fillings and restorations, canker sores, and even oral cancer. You may experience tooth sensitivity or have a metallic, salty, sour or bad taste in their mouth. For these reasons, we try to avoid using metals in your mouth.
- We try to avoid doing root canals, and if a patient has one, advise them of the health risks of keeping it in their mouth. When a root canal is done, blood vessels and nerves to the tooth are removed and a filling material is placed inside the canal of the tooth to seal it tight. As a consequence, no nutrition can enter the tooth and no waste or toxins can be removed in the normal way. Protein decays and decomposes within the tooth and toxins and bacteria can leak into the body. Having a root canal does not mean you WILL get sick: there are a lot of factors which affect a person’s health. However, having a root canal is simply another risk factor which may affect your overall health.
There are other differences as well…
Too many to discuss in a single blog post. Essentially, holistic dentistry focuses on common sense, preventative measures you can take for good oral health: brushing, flossing, regular check-ups, and good nutrition; but is also focuses on the impact dental toxins, hidden dental infections, improper dental materials, and improper dental procedures may have on a patient’s overall health and well-being. We believe your mouth is the “gateway” to good health.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact our office at 480-833-2232 or visit our webpage at http://mydentistaz.com/ to sign up for our newsletter. And check out Dr. Margolis’ blog healthymouthhealthyyou.com! Learn how to be proactive in choosing the dental care you receive!
Shawna’s Final Thoughts
This is such great information, and I hope you are able to use it to help you and your family have suburb oral health! Thank you Dr. Margolis for sharing this insight with us.
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