What is Holistic Dental Care in West Palm Beach?
At one time, a dentist was simply a dentist, and his or her job consisted primarily of pulling teeth, and occasionally placing a filling or making a set of dentures. Over the years, the field of dentistry progressed and evolved considerably, as did our scientific knowledge of oral health. This has led to a number of dental specialties, focusing on a single aspect of dentistry. Additionally, there are many distinctive philosophies, or types of dental practice.
Understanding dental specialties
The wide variety of specialized dental care currently available is a great benefit to you, the patient. However, it can also be confusing. The first thing to understand is the difference between a recognized specialty and other designations. You might think that a dentist needs special certification to be considered “holistic” or “cosmetic,” but that is not the case.
There are very few recognized specialties, usually reserved for in-depth, narrowly focused practices. If you were to develop a rare, difficult to diagnose oral disease you might be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology specialist, who would have met specific criteria to earn that designation. However, cosmetic, holistic, family, general, and other common designations are simply descriptive terms. They refer to the beliefs, priorities, and approach of a dentist, but they do not imply specific credentials.
The heart of holism
Holistic dentistry, or any other form of holistic medical practice, is very complex, but it can be explained very simply. It means that our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients. A true holistic dentist makes every decision and recommendation based on the patient’s best interest.
Anything that is done to your body, including your mouth, has the potential to impact your overall health. Any ethical, law-abiding dentist will follow the safety requirements set forth by regulatory agencies. Holistic dentists go a step farther – actually many steps farther. Just because something is safe enough to be legal, does not mean that there is no safer way. We consider scientific research, common sense, our experience, our colleagues’ experiences, and any other data available in an effort to predict the effect any given procedure may have on your overall health. Then we choose what we consider to be the best, safest, most beneficial solution.
In our West Palm Beach office, holistic is not simply a catchy phrase. It is the heart of our practice, because everything we do revolves around your wellbeing. Our services include ozone therapy, metal-free dentistry, safe amalgam removal, and biocompatible, zirconia implants. If you are looking for a dentist who has your best interest at heart, call (561) 439-4620, and schedule an appointment with Pure Dental Care today.
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