Oral Health Care
While conventional dentistry treats only the symptoms of your dental problems, holistic dentists believe that these oral ailments can have serious implications for the rest of the body. The holistic principles of dentistry support the view that infections in the mouth can spread bacteria, toxins as well as viruses – which can lead to medical diseases when they depress your immune system.
Based on well-researched studies that view the mouth as a microcosm of the entire body, holistic dentistry takes an all-encompassing approach to solving problems. Our treatments extend beyond the oral cavity, taking into account the patient’s total health. Similarly, we promote an oral hygiene program that looks after aspects of your physical, nutritional and psychological wellbeing.
Here are some important oral health tips that our holistic dentists recommend:
Brush twice a day
When it comes to cleaning your teeth, there probably isn’t much difference between holistic and conventional methods. The main difference lies in the use of ingredients and techniques.
Like any dentist, your holistic dentist would encourage you to brush your teeth at least twice a day – and preferably after every meal – and floss once a day. To avoid damaging your teeth, you should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle relative to your gum line and maintain a gentle pressure as you brush in short circular strokes. Make sure you continue this brushing action until you cover all the tooth surfaces, which should take about 2-3 minutes for each arch. Unless your dentist has recommended otherwise, use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You should replace the toothbrush every 4-6 months or when the bristles become worn – whichever occurs first.
Opt for fluoride-free toothpaste if you are allergic to fluoride or concerned about its neurotoxic content. Excessive fluoride intake can result in fluorosis that may appear as brown or white spots on your teeth. If you are not sure whether switching to fluoride-free toothpaste will benefit you, check with your holistic dentist for more information.
Holistic dentists believe that your oral health is a reflection of your overall health and emotional state of being. Of course, eating healthy foods is the bedrock of maintaining your oral and overall health.
In terms of diet, avoid foods and beverages that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Not only do they make your teeth more prone to decay – and a host of other dental issues – you can end up with excessive weight, with attendant emotional issues. Organic foods and fresh produce help to rebalance the nutritional disorder created by an unhealthy diet.
Physical activity has positive long-term effects such as improving your mental health and reducing anxiety. When you exercise regularly, your body releases endorphins that increase the body’s natural ability to ward off stress and disease.
Go for regular dental check-ups
Periodic oral examinations help to identify any dental diseases in their early stages. Using specialised diagnostic equipment, the holistic dentist will not only check your teeth and gums, but also head, neck, jaw and spine. Our oral exams take a comprehensive approach that looks after your total health and wellbeing.
No matter how often or thoroughly you brush your teeth, it can never replace professional cleaning. These cleaning sessions will significantly lower your risk of plaque-related dental problems while boosting your oral hygiene and health.