You may have heard of holistic dental care. Yet you may not be sure exactly what it means or how it can benefit you. In a nutshell, a holistic approach to dentistry takes into account your total body health, not just your oral health. The two are closely linked. When your mouth is healthy, you’ll feel better overall.

Holistic dentistry is also referred to as biological dentistry or biomimetic dentistry. In general, it uses a more conservative and less invasive approach to treatment. 

Some of the key differences are:

  • We Avoid Using Fluoride – Water and processed foods contain fluoride. Most of us ingest more of it than we need. It isn’t necessary to get a highly concentrated form of it applied to your teeth. The type of fluoride used in dentistry, sodium fluoride, builds up in your teeth, bones, and cartilage. 
  • We Use Fillings Without Mercury – We think there is enough research to suggest that mercury in fillings is harmful to your long-term health. So we never use amalgam (metal) fillings that contain mercury. 
  • We Avoid Root Canals Whenever Possible – Instead of performing a root canal, your dentist will try other, less drastic means of treating infection in your tooth. If a tooth is too badly damaged to be saved, your dentist will perform a biological extraction. That way, there are no worries about infection reoccurring. 

To visit our Colorado Springs, CO office for holistic dentistry, call Springs Dentist today at 719-249-5796.

In the meantime, see some reasons you can trust us with your oral and overall health:

  • Biocompatible Materials Lower Health Risks – Fillings tend to be in your mouth for decades. Over time, small amounts of mercury can leach out from metal fillings. Small bits of the filling can also flake off and get swallowed. The concern is mercury can build in your tissues and organs. In addition, amalgam fillings also contain silver, zinc, copper, and tin. Excessive exposure to any of those can be harmful. 
  • Biocompatible Materials Are Also Better for the Environment – In addition to having possibly detrimental impacts on your health, mercury isn’t good for the environment. Even with the filtration systems used for dental treatments, some mercury can get into waste water. It is also found in sludge from treatment plants. The less mercury in use, the better.
  • We Take a Conservative Approach to Care – A cornerstone of holistic care is a focus on prevention. It is easier and better to stop problems before they can start. So we emphasize good oral hygiene, a diet low in carbs and refined sugars, and maintaining healthy levels of saliva, which is a great disease fighter. This saves you money and time in the long run. We also try to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as intact as possible for restorative treatments. 
  • Your Dentist Is Certified in Biological Techniques – Unlike some dentists who claim to use biological treatments, Dr. Sommer has the credentials to back it up. He has memberships in the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. He holds the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology certification in its Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). This ensures you won’t be exposed to mercury vapors or particles if you decide to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with more biocompatible fillings. 

To experience outstanding holistic dental care, call Springs Dentist today at 719-249-5796.