Holistic dentistry focuses on the connections between your oral health and your overall health. The goal is to provide dental care that improves not just your smile, but your physical and mental wellbeing. We strongly believe that this is the best approach to dental care.
Principles of Holistic Dentistry
In general, holistic dentistry focuses on three main principles:
- Dental materials should be biocompatible or bio-inert
- Equipment and protocols should be safe for patients, the environment, and the dental team
- The body is interconnected, and dentistry should promote whole-body health
We believe that following these principles helps us to offer our patients the best possible care.
Avoiding Toxic Restorations
In keeping with the first principle of holistic dentistry, we strive to always choose biocompatible or bio-inert dental restorations.
That’s why we avoid the use of metal amalgam fillings. These fillings contain mercury, which is highly toxic.
Instead, we offer tooth-colored fillings, made either with BPA-free composites or advanced ceramics.
Your Interconnected Body
We know that your body is a complex, interconnected whole and can’t be treated as if it were several unconnected parts. Two important examples of this are the impact of gum disease on the body and the effect of temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMJ or TMD).
Gum disease can have a very serious impact on your body. If you have gum disease, it can increase your risk of heart disease, dementia, and even cancer. Gum disease can also cause changes to your immune system, even to the point of triggering autoimmune disorders.
TMJ may be a jaw disorder, but its symptoms can manifest as headaches, ear problems, back pain, and tingling or numbness in the fingers. Poor jaw position can even impact your athletic potential.
And, of course, we see the impact go the other way. Health conditions like diabetes can impact your oral health. Diet choices can impact your oral health as well as your overall health. Stress can worsen TMJ, and many lifestyle choices can impact your mouth and jaw health.
Holistic Dentistry in Spokane
If you are looking for a holistic dentist in Spokane, your search is over. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we adhere to the principles of holistic dentistry and can help maintain your oral and overall health.
Please call (509) 532-1111 today for an appointment.