This is a term that has been applied to dental practices that take into consideration the effect that dental procedures may have on your general health, including the potential toxic effects of some dental materials. Holistic dentistry also emphasises approaches to oral health care that consider the patient‘s entire physical and emotional state, also acknowledging the role that oral health plays in overall health and wellbeing, not just the health of his or her teeth.
Holistic dentistry has a long history that dates back to the medical practices of the Ancient Egyptians such as Imhotep, 3000 BC who was the first recorded medical physician who also practised some dentistry. Imhotep was revered for nearly 3000 years as a leading light in Medicine and recognised the terrible consequences on the body of dental infections. The Ancient Greeks such as Hippocrates and Plato later taught that the overall health of the patient was affected by every part of that person.
“As you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul… For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
Dr Alannah Freer has been developing her dental practice around this concept of holistic dentistry since 1992, and as one of the first in Brisbane and continues to improve treatment techniques and services as new information and technologies become available.
In more recent times the holistic approach to dentistry has focussed on the toxicity of certain dental materials, especially dental amalgam, fluoride and BPA containing resins. The effects of chronic dental infections associated with dead teeth or failed root canal treatments are well known to also have serious effects on the health of important organs of the body such as the heart, kidneys and brain.
At Dent8 Dentist we understand that for many patients having dental treatment can often cause various emotional issues and stresses. For these people that just making an appointment can be very difficult or near impossible. At Dent8 Dental, our experienced staff members show a high level of awareness and are very skilled at putting the most nervous patients at ease. Many patients who normally need sedation develop a level of trust that enables them to have all their dental treatment performed without sedation.