Each dentist has to decide for themselves what underlying philosophy will drive their practice. Here at Murphy Dental Home, Dr. Gandhi and our team have chosen to take a holistic approach to caring for her patients. What exactly does that mean, and how can holistic and biologic dentistry benefit you? This page explains how we provide advanced oral care that supports whole-body wellness. After you read it, get in touch with us to learn more or book your consultation.
Conventional dentistry is often focused exclusively on a patient’s teeth and gums. It does not always consider how a particular treatment may affect an individual’s long-term overall health. Holistic dentistry, also known as biologic dentistry, is different. It considers the whole-body wellness of each patient. To that end, it is often more conservative and uses different treatments than conventional dentistry.
Holistic and biologic dentists offer many of the same treatments as conventional dentists. For example, our practice is happy to offer teeth cleanings, exams, fillings, cosmetic services, and more. However, we also offer some treatments that you are unlikely to find at conventional practices. Here are a few examples:
Some outstanding benefits of holistic dentistry include:
Holistic dentistry is suitable for virtually everyone! It is great for individuals who are looking to maintain their already-excellent oral health, as well as people who are struggling with issues like gum disease, missing teeth, and dental decay. It is beneficial for patients of all ages, including young children.
If you have specific concerns or questions that might have a bearing on whether or not holistic dentistry is right for you, please reach out to us. We are eager to speak with you!
Holistic and biologic dentists are relatively uncommon, so you may be curious about how they approach care and what you can expect as a patient. To help you in your quest to gather information, we have put together the following list of FAQs, along with succinct answers. If you do not see the answers to your specific questions, give us a call. We would love to speak with you!
Some stereotypes may want you to believe that holistic dentists are somehow “less than” conventional dentists or that they lack advanced training. The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, holistic dentists must complete an accredited program at dental school, maintain their license, and regular complete continuing education courses. Some holistic dentists have even more advanced knowledge than their conventional counterparts.
One of the primary principles behind holistic dentistry is that of patient safety. In fact, it was established on the idea that some of the methods and materials used in conventional dentistry are not ideal for patient health. Therefore, you can expect a holistic dentist to take more than the usual precautions to protect your overall wellness.
Our practice is continually examining our approach to patient health and safety so we can stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations on preventing infections and other complications.
There are a number of ways in which holistic dentists promote the whole body health of their patients:
Fluoride is a matter of some debate in the world of dentistry. Many professionals believe it is essential for remineralizing teeth and preventing cavities, while others are wary of the fact that it can accumulate in the body and lead to possible side effects.
At Murphy Dental Home, we do offer fluoride treatments. However, if a patient chooses not to use fluoride, we respect that decision. Simply let us know your preferences so we can help you to build and maintain a strong smile in a way that you feel comfortable with.