What is Holistic Dentistry?
At The Center for Holistic Dentistry, we offer an innovative approach to the care of the mouth that integrates knowledge of natural healing with that of contemporary dental science and technology. Rather than simply treating the symptoms of dental disease, we focus on finding the cause. Our commitment is to help you understand the cause so you may be empowered to heal yourself and control your destiny.
The term Biological Dentistry is often used interchangeably with Holistic Dentistry. Both of these terms describe an approach to dental health care that “treats your mouth with the health of your body in mind”.
Biological Dentistry originated in Europe as a branch of Biological Medicine, based on an integration of principles of natural healing common to natural healing traditions from around the world. These principles allow for the reversal and healing of many chronic degenerative health conditions that do not respond to the common practices of Western Medicine.
“It falls upon the dentist and oral surgeon to study the diseased conditions of the mouth. The next great step in medical progress in the line of preventive medicine should be made by the dentists.” “The question is will they do it?” -Charles H. Mayo, MD, ( founder of the Mayo Clinic)
Common factors in all degenerative disease are nutritional deficiencies and biochemical imbalances, toxicity, inflammation, infection, genetic predispositions and various forms of stress that interfere with the body’s inherent self regulatory functions.
At the core of our approach to dental care is the recognition of the mouth as a micro-environment of the body with the potential to reflect changes in the health of the whole person. It is fundamentally important to identify dental materials, like mercury, that have been placed in your teeth that can create toxicity and chronic stress on your body.
Dental Conditions that may impact your health include:
- Allergy or toxicity related to dental materials
- Infection and inflammation of the gums
- Decaying teeth leading to infections
- Failing root-canal-treated teeth
- Residual bone Cavitations in the jaw
- Electromagnetic currents created by electro-galvanic dental metals
- Imbalance of the bite or misalignment of the jaws causing Neuromuscular,Cranial Sacral, and Myofascial tension
- Restrictions of the airway leading to Snoring or Sleep Apnea
- Discoloration or disfigurement of the teeth affecting your self image & comfort in smiling
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What is the role of Acupuncture in your whole body approach to my dental care?
Conditions in the mouth have a profound potential to reflect and influence the health of the whole person. Disruptions to the flow of energy through the mouth may affect remote regions of the body and disruptions elsewhere may manifest in the mouth. These relationships are a result of communication between the Acupuncture Meridians and the Teeth. We will treat your mouth considering the dental acupuncture relationships with your whole body.
Here is a chart of the relationships between your teeth and body organs. Click on it to see it enlarged.
Dental Acupuncture Meridian Chart
Here is a video from the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland discussing Dental Meridian Therapy
The Use of Applied Kinesiology in Holistic Dentistry
In the early 1980s, Dr. Lerner was introduced to the work of Dr. George Goodheart, the father of the clinical science of Applied Kinesiology. Applied Kinesiology is based on an understanding of the relationships between the structure and biochemistry of our body, and our emotions. As a field of study, it is a synthesis of the best Eastern and Western concepts of health and healing. This understanding is applied by means of Manual Muscle Testing, that is testing a muscle’s ability to function while attention is drawn to an area of the body.
In our practice, we use Applied Kinesiology to:
- Screen dental materials for individualized biocompatibility testing
- Evaluate for Bite stress imbalance between the Bite of your teeth and your body
- Diagnosis of Fractured Teeth
- Diagnosis of and treatment of Infections
- Screen for toxicity of failing Root Canal treated teeth
- Diagnosis and treatment of Cavitations in the jaw bone
- Nutritional Deficiencies
How does Applied Kinesiology work?
Applied Kinesiology is practiced by making use of the muscle reflex test phenomenon. In this test the ability of a muscle to maintain the position of a limb(for example the arm) is evaluated by applying a gradually increasing controlled force to the end of the limb. For instance we might test the strength of the shoulder muscle (the deltoid) by having the patient extend their arm out parallel to the floor, and applying a graduated controlled force of a few pounds to their arm in the wrist area.
If the muscle we are testing is functioning normally it will be able to resist our force and keep the arm stable. If at the same time we test a strong muscle, we also touch (therapy localizing) a reflex point (may be acupuncture or functional reflex point) on the patient’s body, we may find our previously strong muscle testing weak. This would indicate a functional disturbance in that aspect of the patient. Correction of the disturbance maybe achieved in numerous ways depending on the nature of the problem.
Why is there controversy about Root Canal Therapy?
The benefit of having root canal therapy (RCT) performed is to preserve the tooth if an infection or inflammation has compromised it. This aids in the maintenance of the structural integrity of the mouth. The technology of treatment has advanced dramatically over the past ten years and continues to advance.
However, there are concerns being raised about the potential negative influences associated with teeth that have been treated. The concerns center around the potential for teeth to become toxic, and a source of bio-chemical and energetic disturbances within the body. The dead tooth, even after root canal treatment, if infected and/or toxic will act as a focal interference. This means it interferes with the body’s automatic regulation of associated areas of the body.
Here is a video from the Paracelsus Clinic discussing the implications of toxic teeth. I have studied with Dr Rau and have great respect for his skill and judgement. We do have some difference of opinion on this subject.