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Understanding Holistic Dentistry

Holistic Dentistry

The term “holistic dentistry” has been around for decades, but is gaining steam due to the increased interest in healthy, natural living. Holistic dentistry is not considered a specialty of the dental profession, but a philosophy of practice. 

For those dentists who take the concept to its core, holistic dentistry includes an understanding of each patient’s total well-being, from their specific cosmetic, structural, functional, and health-related dental needs to the concerns of their total body and its wellness. Holistic dentists tend to attract very health-conscious individuals.

Some of the things holistic dentists are especially concerned about are the mercury found in traditional amalgam dental fillings, fluoride in drinking water, and the potential relationship of root canal therapy to disease in other parts of the body. 

Holistic dentists’ primary focus is on the underlying reasons why a person has dental concerns, and then help correct those issues by strategic changes in diet, hygiene and lifestyle habits. 

Natural remedies to prevent and arrest decay and periodontal (gum) disease can also be utilized. Many holistic dentists are skilled in advanced levels of nutritional physiology and use natural means of healing patients, often avoiding the more standard use of systemic antibiotics, pain control management and surgical procedures. 

About the author

Lisa Marie Samaha, D.D.S

Port Warwick Dental Arts
757.223.9270
www.pwdentalarts.com

The Art of 21st-Century Dentistry can improve your appearance, comfort, health and knowledge through a wide range of dental services using the most modern technology. Located in Newport News, Virginia, and serving patients in Wlliamsburg, Yorktown, and Hampton, as well as across the country and around the globe, Port Warwick Dental Arts utilizes a variety of remarkable technologies and treatments to enhance your dental experience and fulfill your vision for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dr. Samaha values the health of her patients and adheres to a holistic, whole body healthy lifestyle. She encourages healthy lifestyle practices, including positive nutritional choices that support teeth and gums. Having a healthy body promotes general good health, and this enhances her patients’ teeth and gums, and helps them have a beautiful smile. When making choices for her own dental protocols in her practice, she offers mercury safe dental care.