Holistic dental practices have become more popular in recent years, yet there is a lot of confusion about what a holistic dentist is.
The idea of a holistic dentist is a bit of a paradox, because the holistic approach is characterized by the belief that parts of something are intimately connected; in medicine that means that the whole person should be treated rather than the person’s parts. We have to account for mental and social factors rather than the symptoms of the specific illness alone.
We also have not seen a lot of scientific studies done on holistic dental practices to conclusively prove their effectiveness. And how could we have?
A holistic view is of the body as a whole working in-sync with itself and the environment to cure illnesses. Science, on the other hand, generally focuses on one specific part or practice used on the body.
So really a holistic dentist in Toronto can offer the most natural treatments possible, but they are most often treating the illness.
Nevertheless there are few tips that can be followed in order to find the most natural dentists in Toronto. These dentists strive toward a holistic approach and with the right diet and preventative practices they can help lead you to a better dental health.
No Amalgam Fillings
Holistic dentists in Toronto would not use an amalgam filling, because it contains mercury. Although scientific studies have not proven that dental amalgam fillings cause illnesses they do show that the fillings release tiny amounts of mercury vapour, especially while chewing. This vapour is dangerous because it can reach organs and cause all sorts of damage. Holistic dentists will use white fillings made of plastic and try to leave as much of your natural tooth as possible. Of course mercury can be absorbed through other means, but why take the risk having it in your mouth all the time?
In the past fluoride – a substance widely used in toothpaste – was considered to be good for your teeth and even added to drinking water for that reason.
That time seems to be passing with new research showing that fluoride is toxic and extremely bad for your health. Dr.Edward says flourides are more toxic than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic. Use of water fluoridation has been rejected or banned in several countries including Belgium, Austria, China, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Sweden, and a few others. U.S. states are also rejecting water fluoridation as they come to realize the dangers.
Some dentists in Toronto will offer infrared heat wave devices to use as an alternative to painkillers. The heat wave therapy is simple, cheap, and effective. According to the Infrared Light Therapy it can relieve all sorts of pain including nerve pain, injury pain, joint pain, and even spinal pain. Blood circulation, acne treatment, wound healing, and anti-aging are all potential benefits.
Painkillers can be taken in very extreme cases, but many holistic practitioners believe that consuming these substances are much worse for the body in the long term than simply pushing through the pain. Also painkillers simply cut off the messages that special nerve endings send to your brain to let it know about the pain they don’t actually fix the root of the issue. Most painkillers are based on two naturally occurring drugs, aspirin and opiates. They are chemically processed and the residue of these drugs collects in the body.
No Unnecessary Charges
A holistic dentist in Toronto will do everything they can to prevent surgical interference. For example they will not remove wisdom teeth if they are not causing a problem. According to a 2007 study by Friedman, he estimates that at least two-thirds of the millions of wisdom teeth extracted each year could or should have stayed in. Complications from the surgery were more likely than the potential risks wisdom teeth could cause he said.
"It is specious to contend that less than 3 days of temporary discomfort or disability is a small price to pay to avoid the future risks of root [destruction], serious infections, and cysts," he wrote in the study. "Also ignored is the risk of incidental injury such as broken jaws, fractured teeth, damage to the [mouth] joints, temporary and, especially, permanent paresthesia or dysesthesia (numbness and dysfunction of the lower lip and the tongue)."
Root canals and crowns are also not recommended by holistic dentists in Toronto. The approach is said to cause chronic bacterial outflow into the bloodstream.
X Ray Sparingly
While it is true that digital x-rays cause about 50 per cent less radiation on average than the standard film x-ray machines, radiation is still significant enough to worry holistic dentists in Toronto. Dental associations say that the x-rays are performed for numerous reasons. They determine whether there is hidden decay, dental abscess, cysts, tumors, root canal filled teeth, et cetera. So there are a lot of benefits to having them, but holistic dentists in Toronto take them sparingly.
A child should generally be at least 13 years old to receive their first x-ray. Since radiation exposure is cumulative digital x-rays do help. They take less time and are of better quality in general. Dentists like them because there is no need to wait for the film to develop and they are easily stored. The digital x-rays are also more environmentally friendly and less expensive.
Holistic dentists will tend to avoid any type of sealants for teeth, because they are made from dangerous plastics. These are usually reserved for a specific type of patient. Sealants are designed to fill the deep pits and grooves of the molars. They are uniquely susceptible, because they’re known to trap food particles in these areas of the teeth. While some schools of thought believe that the sealants are beneficial in the long-run, because they help prevent cavities, holistic dentists in Toronto may say that the BPA or BPS in the plastic that is released through chewing and general use of the teeth and mouth will release more dangerous chemicals into the body than the potential benefits the sealant may bring.
Picking a dentist shouldn't be so difficult. In fact, today it's easier than ever thanks to all of the resources that are available. What can be difficult is knowing where to start with your search and understanding what you should be looking for.
The team here at Dentistry on Queen West thinks that people looking for dentists in Toronto can benefit greatly from coming to us. To help people through the region who have different dental care needs, we want to go over a few helpful tips for picking the right dentist, prosthodontist, oral surgeon, and orthodontist in your area.
Ask Friend and Family for Recommendations
When it comes to finding a dentist you can trust, start with people close to you. Family members, friends, and co-workers may be able to recommend a dentist to you. Since this dental care professional comes with a recommendation from someone you know, that may be all you need to find someone who can help you with your smile. Since our office has been in the Queen West area for over two years and our sister location (Riverside Dental) on Queen East for over 7 years, it should'nt be too difficult to find someone whose visited one of our offices.
Looks Up Dentists in Your Area Online
If the recommendation route doesn't work, it's best to start your search online. Look up dentists in your city using common search terms, such as "dentist Queen West" and so on. Check a few pages of your your search results to gather a good list of dentists in your area. You can also note practices in the region using Google Maps.
This is a great opportunity to note the dentist's education, professional affiliations and memberships, and other qualifications that prove he or she is a dedicated dental health professional. Its noteworthy to remember that Dr. Arin Ratavosi is a proud graduate of both University of Toronto and McGill University.
Visit That Dentist's Website or Social Media Sites
As you're narrowing down your search, check if the dentist/dental practice has its own website or some kind of social media presence. The website ought to offer you a good idea of what the practice has to offer and what the office itself might be like inside. As for social media, accounts like ours on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and so forth could give you an idea of what the dentist(s) care about and what their practice is all about.
Call the Dentist and Ask Questions
If you have some strong candidates to pick from, go ahead and contact the practice to ask questions. Learn about the services they offer, if they treat patients of all ages or just specific ages, and how they might be able to help you.
Weigh Your Options Carefully
Be sure to consider all of the information you've gathered when you make your choice. Consider qualifications and patient reviews as well as the location of the practice and the impression you have of the office staff. Don't be afraid to consider the final decision carefully. The health of your smile should be taken seriously.
Schedule a Consultation at Dentistry on Queen West
For more information on choosing a good dentist for you and your entire family, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Dentistry on Queen West looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.