Very often people think of holistic dentistry as offering a magic
natural cure for all their oral woes, I take a different view. In
my practice, holistic dentistry means integrating all of the myriad
factors that affect oral health and addressing them in a logical
way based on existing knowledge. This includes issues of lifestyle,
oral hygiene and emotional and mental health. It also means informing
patients of the toxic and infectious burden that poor oral health
can put on their systemic well being. A distinction is made as to
how much scientific evidence exists to support the advice given.
dentistry is not well represented by use of unproven techniques
simply because they sound esoteric and "holistic" or "natural".
This approach undermines the value of the service I can provide
and infringes on the assumed trust that patients have in me. The
concept of wholeness is inseparable from quality dental care. One's
self-esteem, self-image, financial well being are only some of the
areas that are addressed with each patient.
using techniques and procedures that eliminate or minimize the toxic
burden from the oral cavity, I believe I can raise one's total wellness.
Establishing an attractive smile can improve one's self-image and
be emotionally and spiritually uplifting. Through a commitment to
excellence in dentistry, I can bring a higher level of holistic
health to my patients.