The major difference between holistic or biological dentistry and traditional dentistry is the philosophy behind the practice. We look at the mouth as the window to the body with a whole-body approach and take into consideration the cause-and-effect relationship between a patient’s oral health and the health of the rest of the body. In contrast, a traditional dentist tends to focus on the more mechanically oriented tasks of treating symptoms and repairing structures as problems arise, instead of looking for root causes.
There is clearly a dual relationship between the oral cavity (including the teeth, gums, tongue and jaw) and the rest of the body. There are many diseases that may first show up in the mouth as well as an unhealthy mouth may be contributing to health issues elsewhere in the body. Many health practitioners over look this connection and therefore may truly be providing a disservice to their patient. It really may be the missing link to overall optimal health. Physicians who practice Biological medicine will not begin treatment on their patients until their mouth is restored to a healthy condition which includes the removal of mercury fillings, removal of dead root canal teeth, treating cavitations and eliminating gum disease.
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