“Holistic Dentistry is sometimes referred to as the equivalent of complementary and alternative medicine for dentistry. There are various other terms too that have been used to refer to it like Biological Dentistry, Biologic Dentistry, Alternative Dentistry, Unconventional Dentistry, or Biocompatible Dentistry. The tenet that forms the basis of Holistic Dentistry is the acknowledgement that dentistry should deal with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, and not just his or her "Teeth". ”
Holistic Dentistry At Balaji Dental Centre
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Over time, the Holistic Dentistry community has grown to become quite diverse not only
geographically but even in practices and approaches. In spite of such diversity, there
are certain common threads that tie them together like strong opposition to the use of
amalgam as a material for use in dental fillings, preference for non-surgical approaches
to gum disease, and the belief that root canal treatment may endanger systemic health of
the patient through the spread of trapped dental bacteria in the body. A considerable
number of such dentists even regard Water Fluoridation in an unfavourable
According to the Holistic Dental Network, Holistic Dentistry can be defined as: "… an approach to Dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This approach to Dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions on natural healing...”
The basic principles that are unique to the field of Holistic Dentistry include the following:
- Proper nutrition is important for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental diseases
- Toxins should be avoided and, if possible, altogether eliminated from dental materials
- Focus on prevention and treatment of Dental Malocclusion, which equates bite problems with physical imbalance
- Focus on the biological basis for prevention and treatment of gum diseases
We do not use chemicals such as Mercury and BPA as research has proved them to be toxic to the body.
Amalgams, or silver fillings, are composed of as much as 50% of Mercury. Several researches indicate that the mercury is connected to many health issues like Allergies, Chronic Headaches, Dermatitis, Thyroid Disorders, Arthritis, Colitis, Digestive Problems, Spontaneous Abort, Alzheimer’s, Memory Issues, High Levels Of Triglyceride, Autism, and others. For this reason, we do not use Amalgams for dental fillings. Even during removal of Amalgams, a considerable amount of Mercury Vapours is released. That is why we follow special procedures and strict protocols for removal of Amalgams.
Being Holistic Dentists, we only use the material that is most bio-compatible and safe materials for dental fillings instead of Mercury or metal fillings. For that purpose, we regularly analyse their long-term impact in addition to their aesthetics and best quality, and update ourselves with worldwide research texts to choose most beneficial materials keeping our patients’ well-being in mind.
BDC prides itself for its use of high-end Laser equipment for a number of treatments like Whitening, wounds in mouth, Hypersensitivity, Aphthas, pain, Periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth), Herpes, Abscesses, post-surgery phases, and others. The use of Laser allows us not just pin-point precision but even allows us to maintain absolute hygiene.
It is common knowledge that X-Rays emit radiation, which has been linked to various forms of Cancer. Recent studies have shown that, statistically, there is a significant correlation between full-mouth X-rays and Salivary Gland Cancer. We have state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment, which substantially reduces our patient's exposure to radiation as it emits almost 50% lower radiation on average than the previous generation of X-Ray machines.
At the same time, it allows us to show the X-Ray images to the patient while explaining his condition to him.
BDC employs high-speed Suction Units in its operatories to suck away dust and fumes from the patient’s mouth and filter it. This has been done to prevent the patient and dental staff from breathing-in toxic chemicals and metals during any procedure.
High-speed suction hoses pull air from where the dental work is being done in the patient’s mouth. That air gets circulated through a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, and a treated carbon filter to remove Mercury, other vapours, and other particles from the air before it re-enters the room.
Our experience indicates that patients respond better to treatment when they are in a relaxed state of being. For that purpose, we have made designed our décor and built the ambience in such a manner that the patients watch a landscape and listen to relaxing music or sounds while being treated. And, their companions can select their favorite movies while waiting for the procedures to be completed.
We have special arrangements for children so that they may have a fun time during their visit. They can watch their favourite cartoons and animated movies to divert their minds during treatment.