How Are Holistic Dentists Different From Traditional Dentists?

Dr. Marilyn JonesBefore we can get into depth on the differences, I think its important to look at what the word holistic really means. The word holistic is not a reflection of the practices and techniques used by the dentist, but of an overall philosophy of the role of oral care. The word itself comes from “wholistic” meaning the whole.  Truly holistic dentists will educate patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health.

All dentists to some extent see the importance of the mouth in the overall health of an individual. For instance, studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. Hence the reason the field of holistic dentistry was formed.

Truly holistic dentists are dentists who perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

There are dentists who call themselves holistic (for marketing or differentiation reasons) but the only thing holistic about them is that they don’t place mercury fillings. On the flip-side, there are conventional dentist who perform complex, comprehensive dentistry that involves more than the teeth and gums it involves the face, head, neck. the whole body hence the “wholistic” nature of what they do, yet they don’t call themselves holistic. To say that a dentist is one or the other is not always accurate.

Dr. Marilyn Jones has placed an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. But what does this mean? What are the nuts and bolts of the differences between truly holistic dental practices and more traditional dental practices? What are the topical differences? The Issues

When most people think of holistic and natural dentistry, they think of mercury fillings. But there are many more issues that divide most traditional and holistic dental practices. (Please keep in mind that many traditional dentists practice under the philosophies of the holistic side and vice-verse. This is why labels don’t work. But for simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided the issues below.)

Mercury Fillings: Traditional dentistry espouses the longevity of mercury amalgam fillings and the fact that insurance will typically cover the cost of placement. They will also point to the ADA and FDA’s statements that the mercury in the fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking only tiny amounts of mercury. They are also typically easier for the dentist to place than composite fillings.

Holistic dentists understand that mercury is a toxin and even small amounts are too great a risk to the body and your overall health. While amalgam fillings last longer than composites, they put extreme pressure on the tooth and often cause weakening of the tooth meaning that the filling may outlast the tooth it was placed in. Truly holistic dentists do not place mercury and meet or exceed safety guidelines for removal.

Root Canals (or Root Canal Therapy): Most traditional dentists will recommend root canal therapy as a means to save a tooth that has suffered severe decay and has already or will soon die completely. They argue that the procedure has been done for centuries and has been proven safe and effective as a means to keep a natural tooth.

Holistic dentists point to the research that says root canal therapy cannot be effective unless the canal is 100% sterilized and cleaned of bacteria, and the repeated studies have shown that it is 100% impossible to completely sterilize the canal. They also argue that the chemicals used for sterilization are toxic (formaldehyde is one such chemical) and that the bacteria left in the canal can lead to adverse health affects down the road, including breast cancer, heart disease, and more. Holistic dentists typically do not recommend root canals.

Fluoride: Traditional dentists are in favor of using fluoride in both a topical and ingested form. They argue in favor of fluoridating water supplies and recommend fluoride drops for infants. They point to research showing a decrease in cavity rates in areas where the water is fluoridated.

Holistic dentists typically argue against any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems while other research has shown no benefit to the teeth from ingested fluoride. They also argue that too much fluoride can cause fluorosis and that fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication of the general public. Some holistic dentists are for topical fluoride and some are against it.

Bio-compatibility of Dental Materials: Most traditional dentists don’t believe in bio-compatibility testing and will not test you to see if the materials they use will cause a reaction when placed in your body. Most traditional dentists do not explain the differences between different composite filling materials nor do they give you a choice on which materials will be used for your cavity.

Holistic dentists believe that what goes into your mouth can affect your entire body and many have on-site equipment to test for bio-compatibility of the materials they use. Most holistic dentists use a variety of different composite filling materials as well as different materials for other procedures (bridges, crowns, etc.).

Summarizing the Differences: The above is a partial, topical list of some of the philosophical differences between traditional and holistic dentists. The fact remains that many traditional dentists will fall onto the side of holistic dentists in the above instances, and vice-verse. The differences between the two aren’t necessarily topical in nature (although topical differences are easy for us to understand, and easy to pinpoint, so they make a tidy way to differentiate).

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

So How Do You Know Which to Choose? So, if the differences are philosophical how do you find a dentist that’s right for you and a dentist whose philosophies match your own? Ask good questions! Ask questions such as “How do you determine which type of filling is right for me? “ and ” If I get cavities in one area of my mouth, can you tell me why?” If you want a truly holistic dentist, their answers will revolve around your entire body and he/she will discuss the role your oral health plays in your overall health. If you want a traditional dentist, look for answers that talk more about the topical symptoms and ask questions about cost/benefit and insurance coverage.

You always have the right to ask questions and know what’s going on. You never have to implicitly trust your dentist. While most dentists are good people who want to look out for your best interests, the fact remains that no two people have the same best interests and there are alternatives out there. Its more than just your right to ask questions of your medical and dental advisers, it’s your duty. It is, after all, YOUR health we are talking about.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

About Wholistic Dental Associates

Wholistic Dental Associates is one of a kind dental practice in Houston.

As true holistic dentists we perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

Studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. We at Wholistic Dental Associates educate our patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. We put emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Teeth Whitening Tips

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Is it becoming a bigger problem as it once was with people just not taking care of their teeth like they should. Though even people that take care of their teeth have to make sure they are getting their teeth checked regularly for cavities and other harmful diseases of the teeth and gums. One thing that we all want and strive for is white teeth. If there is anything that someone wants done with their teeth, its for their teeth to be a white as possible.

Though the ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in office dental whitening treatments, there are many ways to whiten your teeth at home. The various methods of whitening teeth at home are: teeth whitening strips, whitening paints, whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

Teeth whitening strips: Lately teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity because of so many different types of strips by so many brands being available. They are usually very efficient and have to be put in at least twice a day. Though by using teeth whitening strips you may come across your teeth being sensitive afterwards.

Whitening paints: The good thing about whitening paint is it works fairly quickly, and can have your teeth whitened within a matter of minutes. The bad thing about whitening paint is that it isn’t as efficient and paint or whitening is removed off very easily at times. It is most often used for quick instances and not a permanent solution.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Though the best way, as mentioned above, is to get in house treatment these aren’t bad way to whiten your teeth if you want to do it at home. Dr. Marilyn K Jones is a profound and well established dentist in Houston who provides any sort of teeth whitening needed. If you have any questions concerning teeth whitening through in house method or at home method please feel free to give a her office a call for more information.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Importance Of Regular Dental Checkups

dental-checkupHow Important Are Regular Dental Checkups?

Living in Houston there is probably not one person you know that doesn’t own a motor vehicle. Cars are literally the only form of transportation in this big city. A person without a car is completely stranded, not being able to go about their daily activities such as: work, school, shopping, and eating. If your car were to break down one fine day, would you be upset or what? That is the exact reason people have their cars checked almost every month when they go in for an oil change, to make sure everything is fine and smooth. That is why we go in to see our family physician periodically to make sure that our bodies are functioning in the right manner. And that is the exact reason the importance of regular dental checkups in imminent.

Just like how our cars and bodies need to be checked for anything wrong or irregular, our teeth need to be checked in the same. There is no doubt that most of you take care of your teeth very competently, but there are some of you who don’t even do that. Statistics show that up to 25% of Americans have bad breath and a great percentage of that 25% actually take care of their teeth on a regular basis. But taking of your teeth yourself just doesn’t cut it. Tons of things have to be done yearly to your teeth to make sure that you are good and healthy with nothing to worry about. The regular cleaning of teeth should be done at least 1-2 times per year. This is the cleaning besides the two times a day you are supposed to brush your teeth. Simple brushing of the teeth does not have the same effect as when you professionally have your teeth cleaned to remove all the plaque that is caught up around the teeth.

Don’t fall victim to bad habits by not coming and getting your routine dental checkup. With the great staff that Dr. Marilyn K Jones has at her office you will feel right at home. Dr. Jones is one of the top dentists in the Houston area and has an immaculate track record in the health field to support her cause of making sure that you have the best and healthiest teeth possible. Regular checkups are very important for the well-being of your teeth, pick up the phone and call Dr. Jones office to know for yourself.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust (713) 785-7767

 

 

Tips For Healthy Teeth

Great Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthyhappy tooth

Ever since we were young we have been taught that we need to brush, floss, and mouthwash to make sure to keep our teeth healthy. These three basic things are so common that we tend to even forget about their existence at times. Not paying attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it will eventually lead to our teeth not looking the way they used to. The last that thing that you want from your teeth to look like are dark yellow. The last thing that you want to go the dentist office for is a cavity. And the last type of disease that you want to have is a disease in your mouth. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that should be taken seriously and not fooled around with.

Discussed here are some tips for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile:

  • Brushing: We know that we all have to brush twice a day, but whether you are brushing the appropriate way or not is what makes the difference in your teeth being healthy or not. Always take your time when brushing your teeth; rushing is just as bad as not having brushed at all. Use bristles that are comfortable for your teeth and gums. Use the proper motion of actually brushing on your teeth by going forwards and backwards while not forgetting to brush the insides of your teeth as well.
  • Flossing: This probably the most overlooked aspect of keeping teeth healthy. People tend to dismiss flossing from their teeth cleaning routine because they feel it doesn’t do much, when in reality flossing helps reach the spot in between the teeth that a toothbrush could never reach. It helps remove all the plaque in between the teeth and surrounding the gum lining. Make sure to floss daily to ensure your teeth can be as healthy as possible.
  • Mouthwash: Though not as important as the other two methods to keep a set of healthy teeth, this is a very good way to make sure that you are keeping your teeth healthy. People that regularly mouthwash are much less likely to get gingivitis and excessive plaque. On average, people should mouthwash twice a day to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their teeth healthy and bright.

Having experience in the dental field and knowing the importance of having clean, healthy teeth is what Dr. Marilyn K Jones has been about ever since she received dental degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jones has been a great student of health throughout her life, and knows what is needed to keep a person healthy and their teeth happy.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.