The Holistic Dental Network defines Holistic Dentistry as dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This encompasses several different factors, including diet, lifestyle, preventative treatment and the use of non-toxic materials in all forms of dental work, as well as procedures that do not harm the mouth.
Your teeth are living things. As a result, they are greatly impacted by the foods and drinks you enjoy, as well as your overall health. A balanced diet rich in calcium, potassium, and key vitamins like C and E, promote general health in the teeth and gums. Staying away from acidic foods, tobacco use and alcohol, will also go a long way towards preventing complications with gum disease and tooth decay.
If you do happen to develop an area of tooth decay, holistic dentistry opposes the use of amalgam fillings. Almost all amalgam fillings have a small amount of mercury blended with another metal. In time this mercury can leach out of the filling and into the soft interior structures of the tooth. This impacts the health of the tooth, as well as the overall health of your mind and body.
If you should happen to develop issues with periodontal disease, holistic dentistry tries to employ non-surgical methods to address the problem and improve the overall health of your gums.
If you would like to know more about Dr. Cryderman’s holistic dentistry philosophy, please call 403.229.0510 to schedule an appointment.