Treatment Spotlight: Holistic Dentistry
Rather than focusing solely on your oral health, holistic dentistry looks at the connection
between your dental health and your overall physical and mental health.
This relatively new approach to dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, as we develop a
clearer understanding of how physical and lifestyle factors influence the health of our teeth and
If you’re curious about holistic dentistry and how it can benefit you, read on to discover more
about a whole-body approach to oral health.
What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is a form of dentistry that considers your lifestyle, habits and diet in addition to
your dental health.
These factors are then used to assess your oral health issues and develop treatment plans that
go beyond just dental work. The underlying principle of holistic dentistry is that all areas of
health in our bodies are connected.
For example, a holistic dentist will work closely with other health practitioners - such as
nutritionists, chiropractors and other medical practitioners - in order to provide an integrated
approach to care.
How does holistic dentistry differ from traditional dentistry?
In traditional dentistry, the primary focus is on dental health and is generally confined to the
areas of the teeth, gums, and jaws, as well as the head and neck when affected by the mouth.
Holistic dentistry, on the other hand, treats dental issues by focusing on the link between dental
health and the rest of your body. This may involve examining how physical and physiological
influences are causing or contributing to your oral health issues, as well as how these factors
can be modified to improve your dental health outcomes.
What kind of treatments are offered in holistic dentistry?
While traditional dentistry generally involves treatments that are focused on the mouth, holistic
dentistry may introduce other types of treatments where needed to address an oral health issue.
Here are some examples of how a holistic approach to dentistry may be used to treat your
dental health problem:
● If you have pain in your jaw, head or neck, you may be referred to a chiropractor or
physio for more targeted treatment.
● If you’re suffering from gingivitis, a holistic dentist may discuss nutritional therapies to
help alleviate your condition.
● For people experiencing cavities or gum disease, holistic dentistry might incorporate the
services of a dietitian to help develop a healthier diet that’s lower in sugar.
● Issues such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching may be addressed through lifestyle
changes, such as reducing stress and anxiety through mindfulness.
What are the benefits of holistic dentistry?
By working in conjunction with a wide range of allied health professionals, holistic dentistry
offers a more comprehensive approach to treatment and care.
As the link between our dental health and our overall physical and mental health becomes
increasingly clear, holistic dentistry allows dentists to go beyond traditional methods, exploring
new and integrated ways to help patients improve their oral health.
If you’d like to discuss how holistic dentistry can benefit you, visit your local National Dental
Care or DB Dental practice today. You can book an appointment online.