Pediatric Holistic Dentistry

Going to the dentist has always carried the stigma of that one thing that you have to do for your child as an adult that you always end up putting off. Who can blame you? It’s a very unpleasant process – especially for a child. A total stranger is going to poke, prod, and scrap around their your mouth while trying to keep them calm?

 

No thank you.

 

Perhaps it’s time to consider Pediatric Holistic Dentistry.

 

As we rocket through the 21st Century there has been a definite rise in the use of holistic medicine. This is not without good reason. The healthcare system in the United States as a whole is generally confusing and marred with the idea that a prescription is better than complete treatment. It’s the idea of only treating the visible symptom – not the underlying problem. It’s only natural for people to look for alternative methods in order to heal themselves and to stay healthy.

 

As such, the world of Holistic Medicine and Holistic Dentistry was born.

 

What Is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic Dentistry came into being in the late 1970’s when a group of concerned dentists wanted to address what had been lacking in the dental community.

The Holistic Dental Network defines holistic dentistry 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 worlds great traditions on natural healing. It is sometimes called “Biological” dentistry or “Biocompatible” dentistry. Holistic Dentistry acknowledges and deals with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her teeth.”

 

Generally speaking, anything that is prefaced with the word Holistic aims to look at the whole picture. As such, it can be concluded that traditional dentistry aims to only treat the problem at it’s source. With Holistic Dentistry, the problem is treated at it’s source, but the cause of the problem is also determined in some cases. By looking at some of the causes of the pain, Practitioners of Holistic Dentistry aim to use the ounce of prevention and the pound of cure at the same time in order to eliminate any relapses.

 

While the practice of Pediatric Holistic Dentistry doesn’t have one set approach, there are general commonalities between practitioners of pediatric holistic dentistry.

 

Differences Between a Traditional Dentist and a Holistic Pediatric Dentist

 

Traditional Dentist Holistic Pediatric Dentist
  • Aims to treat only the symptoms
  • Aims to treat the causes of symptoms
  • Only focuses on a patient’s teeth
  • Acknowledges a patient’s entire being during treatment
  • Ignores biocompatibility and uses same materials for every patient
  • Tests if dental materials adversely affect a patient
  • Uses mercury fillings
  • Does not use mercury fillings
  • Is in favor of using ingested fluoride
  • Is against ingesting fluoride
  • Use dangerous chemicals for sterilization during root canal
  • Against using dangerous chemical of all kinds

What You Can Expect from a Practitioner of Pediatric Holistic Dentistry

Pediatric Holistic Dentistry - Deepak Chopra

The main focus of a pediatric dentist who practices Pediatric Holistic Dentistry is to identify the problem and use the method that causes the least amount of discomfort. In doing so, the pediatric holistic dentistry practitioner is working with your child’s body’s natural abilities of healing.

Rest assured, all dentists who practice Pediatric Holistic Dentistry have all of the credentials a regular dentist would have. Unfortunately, there isn’t a school of holistic dentistry which makes the terrain a little rough for you, the consumer, to traverse. In the end, when looking for a dentist who is practicing pediatric holistic dentistry, it helps to know what beliefs that they guide their practice on.

Some of the most common Pediatric holistic dentistry practices are:

  • Not using mercury fillings as well as practicing proper mercury removal
  • Consideration of the affects that metals have on the body
  • the benefits of a multi-disciplinary healthcare
  • Preventative Nutritional Therapies

Is Pediatric Holistic Dentistry Right For Your Child?

Choosing between common healthcare and alternative healthcare is never an easy decision. But when has doing anything new ever been an easy decision to make? Like it or not, your teeth need to be examined by a dental professional on a regular basis even if you have been taking impeccable care of your mouth. If you are the type of person that hates going to the dentist, holistic dentistry might be the right choice for you. Who knows, it might be the best decision you have ever made.

Dr. Saadia is an active member of World Clinical Laser Institute and World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. She is committed to providing compassionate care and pediatric holistic dentistry treatment to children in the Boca/Palm Beach County area. Her personalized, dental style is clear the moment your family enters her office and is surrounded by its relaxed environment. Dr. Saadia is careful to make your child’s dental experience pleasant and fear-free for even the youngest of children. Schedule an appointment today.