Like their naturopathic counterparts, holistic dentists (also known as “bio-compatible,” “biological” or “natural” dentists) consider the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and his or her lifestyle when recommending treatment. They understand the importance of a healthy immune system, and utilize treatment methods that will enhance overall health and wellness. Such dentists receive the same training as their conventional counterparts, and perform the same procedures. However, they minimize the use of x-rays (and/or use technology that reduces exposure by up to 90%), and use non-toxic materials such as composite resins rather than mercury amalgam to fill cavities. Likewise, they address root canals and periodontal disease in a holistic, non-toxic manner. Services may include removal of amalgam fillings and detoxification of residual mercury deposits. A holistic dentist often works in conjunction with other complementary health care professionals.
As a holistic / biological dentist Dr. Clark utilizes the latest information, techniques and technology WITHOUT accepting the tradition and “the way it has always been” philosophy prevalent in many dental practices. Just because it was considered good practice or a safe material for decades does not make it safe for you today where everyday new scientific discoveries are made. Dr. Clark recognizes that the condition of your mouth and your dental condition has a huge impact on your overall health. In the past 2 decades the research has proven that what used to be best practices are now known to cause disease and health issues.
At Amity Gentle Dental we:
- Recognize the close connection between dental health and such areas as nutrition, body structure, problems in the dental arch and the temporo-mandibular joint structure, the cranio-sacral fluid system of the body, the immune system and the central nervous system.
- Are very concerned about the materials used in dental fillings.
- Are very concerned about the safety of root canal-filled teeth, also called root canals.
- Know about cavitations, which are pockets of infection left over from old dental procedures.
- Know about natural and non-surgical methods of dealing with gum disease.