You may have heard the term biological dentistry already during research or in the news.
Someone once described it as ‘dentistry with a conscience’ and we would have to agree with that. So what is it and what does it offer you?
Biological dentistry and holistic dentistry are essentially the same thing. An approach to oral health that addresses the body and your wellbeing as a whole, not just your mouth. Those extra considerations include understanding the knock-on effects of illnesses and conditions on your mental health, immune system and whole body, the biocompatibility and safety of traditional dental materials with the body and many other areas of expertise.
We know for a fact that certain dental conditions can have far-reaching consequences for our overall health. For example, periodontal disease (gum disease), if left untreated can cause heart problems or complicate diabetes. Mercury, once used in fillings or dental amalgam currently used by some dentists can cause long term health challenges for your entire body. These are just two examples of the wider impact dental issues can have on your wellbeing.
Biological dentistry and you
There is a fine balance between biological dentistry and traditional medicine. To benefit you as a patient, any procedure we perform has to be the best possible solution to the challenge. It also has to work in harmony with your body and wherever possible encourage your natural healing processes to complete the cure.
It can also offer complementary therapies to help relaxation and recovery. Such therapies can include acupuncture to help relax and recover before or after a dental procedure.
Biological dentistry principles include:
- Performing procedures only if absolutely necessary
- Working with the body to encourage healing without interference where possible
- Always selecting minimally invasive methods of treatment
- Appreciating the toxicity of dental materials and selecting accordingly
- Offering advice and guidance on nutrition and general wellbeing
- Concentrating on prevention rather than cure
Biological dentistry and mental wellbeing
You may notice that even though we are biological dentists, Aesthetic Family Dentistry also offers cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Juviderm. How does this fit in with our natural approach?
It’s about mental wellbeing. All our cosmetic dentistry services are aimed at creating a positive self-image that benefits you as a whole. Look good, feel good. If you feel good and are happy with what you see in the mirror, it has far-reaching benefits for your entire life. It is for this that we offer cosmetic procedures as well as holistic dentistry.
Biological dentistry is not quackery. It is still based on the scientific method but looks at the wider picture rather than just your oral health. It’s an approach that is becoming more popular as the benefits become better known and more patients experience the positive effects of our approach.
If you would like to experience the difference biological dentistry offers, visit Aesthetic Family Dentistry today. Call us at 973 627 3617 to arrange a consultation.