If you are a patient, or thinking about becoming a patient, of a holistic or biological dentist, you will find yourself being re-educated in regards to dental hygiene. Practices differ considerably when comparing traditional methods of caring for teeth and gums, and the holistic way, which encompasses more than just the mouth.
According to San Diego Dentist, Paige Woods, DDS:
“Biological dentists believe that good oral health translates into good health in general, and therefore a longer, happier life span. Their philosophy is that in keeping the teeth and gums and underlying structures (bone and jaw) will keep the rest of your body systems healthy.”
Let’s take a look at the simplest oral care there is, teeth brushing. One of the most basic rules in holistic dentistry is no fluoride. So any toothpaste or mouthwash you use should be a fluoride free product. Just because a commercial toothpaste does not contain fluoride, it still may have unwanted chemicals in it. Opt for an all natural brand and check the ingredient list. Ideally, you can make your own toothpaste and will find several different recipes on the internet. Some recipes may include bentonite clay, baking soda or coconut oil.
Oil pulling is a practice that is catching on here in the States. You simply take 1-2 teaspoons of oil, coconut or sesame is preferred, and swish it around in your mouth for about 15 minutes. While you swish, you also “push” the oil through the spaces between your teeth. This technique is said to help heal the teeth and gums and pull toxins out of the body.
Your holistic dentist will tell you that eating a well balanced, organic diet that is high in nutritional value is a huge component in achieving good oral health. As because they are concerned with the patient as a whole, this emphasis on nutrition not only promotes good dental health, but it a great resource for improving the patient’s health in general.
Flossing is also recommended by holistic dentists, just as in traditional dentistry. Flossing is a surefire way to remove debris in between the teeth. If left untouched, they can cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Make sure to be gentle when flossing, avoid rough use of floss and try not to cause any bleeding or cuts to the gums. If you notice more blood than you think you should be seeing, notify your dentist right away. This could be a sign of periodontal disease or some other disorder. When you are done flossing, you should rinse your mouth with and antibacterial, antifungal rinse to avoid infection that could possible take root in the inflamed and open gums.
Discuss other options and methods with your dentist, to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy in between dental visits. They will have solid advice backed up by years of experience in which to guide you to great health.