One way to grow your dental practice is by offering the latest technologies and treatment options to patients. Holistic dentistry (sometimes known as Natural Dentistry, Alternative Dentistry, Biological Dentistry, or Homeopathic Dentistry) is one such option.  It has become an increasingly popular approach to dental care as patients have become better educated about treatment options. So what does this mean for your dental practice? This quick introduction will tell you what it means to be a holistic dentist and how you can incorporate elements of holistic dentistry in your practice. 

What is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry is a branch of holistic medicine, which treats the whole person—body and mind—in order to bring all systems into balance. Holistic doctors can use a combination of both traditional and alternative methods of treatment. But what does it mean to practice holistic dentistry? Kristin Ohlson lays out the principles of holistic dental practice this way: “Dentistry should do no harm, and dentists must look at the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws as integral parts of a larger, whole-body system.”


What do Holistic Dentists do Differently?

Holistic dentists offer several alternative approaches to traditional treatments. Most offer nontoxic, amalgam-free filling material and the removal and replacement of metal fillings.  In general they prefer minimally invasive treatment methods. Many are skeptical of root canal procedures and use different approaches like aggressively treating nerves affected by decay or infection, rather than performing a root canal.  Some use herbal medicated fillings to promote healing and save the natural tooth. Holistic practitioners often use x-rays sparingly to avoid over-exposure. Some holistic dentists offer suggestions on nutrition and supplements to improve oral health and overall systemic health.


Why Should You Consider Holistic Dentistry for Your Practice?

There are several benefits of holistic dentistry for both you and your patients.

–For Patients:

Since holistic practitioners are focused on nontoxic, preventative approaches, your patients may save money on dental care in the long run. Holistic approaches may also improve their systemic health. Patients worried about traditional dental treatment approaches may get more regular care if they know they have alternative options at your practice.

–For You:

Homeopathic medicine and minimally invasive treatment approaches to medical and dental problems have become more and more popular with patients. Offering homeopathic/holistic options to patients may attract more people to your practice and grow your business. You may be able to positively influence the overall health of patients. And working with alternative treatments may even be better for the health of you and your staff, in the long run.

You are always trying to improve your dental practice. Staying up on the newest in dental treatments and technology is key. Hopefully this quick introduction to the concepts of holistic dentistry will encourage you to consider strengthening your brand and expanding your portfolio with holistic dental care. Here’s to better health!

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