Although the terms holistic dentistry and integrative dentistry have some overlap, these terms are not interchangeable. They have distinct differences that are important to keep in mind when searching for a dentist that is right for you.
To start, holistic dentistry focuses on healing the overall person, rather than just treating the symptoms of a disease or health issue. This means that instead of just drilling and filling, a holistic dentist will help you find the root of the problem, whether this means a change in nutrition or daily dental hygiene habits. Emotional well-being, exercise habits, and stress management are all factors that are critical to an individual’s health.
Holistic dentists also value healing over treatment. When a person is healed, their body is restored to its natural balance. While treating the symptoms of a condition is essential, this doesn’t target the underlying causes of the issue. Nutrition is often significant to holistic care.
Holistic dentists, like Dr. Memoli, believe in the effectiveness of natural healing strategies like acupuncture and herbology. They tend to be conservative when it comes to treatments, and some avoid procedures such as root canals, using natural alternatives when possible.
Integrative dentistry shares some of the same values as holistic dentistry but its approach is a little different. Like holistic dentists, integrative dentists have a holistic view of human health, recognizing that the body is an interconnected system, and the mouth does not exist in isolation.
Both types of dentists may offer zirconia implants and ozone therapy. However, while holistic dentists always avoid substances such as fluoride, integrative dentists combine traditional dentistry with holistic dentistry, so they might incorporate these substances into their practice. Integrative dentists may also be more willing to perform root canals and use metals in crowns or implants than holistic dentists.
The difference between these two types of dentistry is critical when choosing the dentist who is right for you and your health. Make sure to do your homework and consider what is important to you when selecting your dentist. If you’re curious about our approach to dentistry, just pick up the phone. We’ll be happy to talk with you about any questions you have.