Holistic dental care has existed for many years. However, this field continues to grow as more individuals want to experience a different kind of dentistry. The holistic dentist still looks for common dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and other issues. What differs in holistic practice, also called biological dentistry, is the approach taken to manage oral health or treat diseases affecting the oral cavity.
Oral health and the body
One of the common principles of holistic dental care is the effect that oral health and dental work have on the body. The mouth is where microbial infections often begin. From there, pathogens can enter the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. From numerous research reports, we know that oral health is an indicator of general health, and that poor oral health is a factor in conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, among many others. Additionally, poor oral health has an emotional impact that may negatively affect self-esteem and social interaction.
The holistic approach to dentistry
The office of Dr. John Palmer is ideal for patients interested in a whole-body approach to dental care. A focus is placed on prevention through routine care, nutrition, and even supplementation for optimal oral health. Diagnostic imaging with digital equipment minimizes exposure to radiation.
The treatments involve the least invasive methods possible and materials that work with the body rather than possibly against it. For instance, cavities are repaired with composite resin fillings or ceramic inlays, onlays or crowns when appropriate. These methods, according to research, eliminate the potential risks of mercury in dental amalgam and promote the longevity of tooth structure.
Dr. Palmer has a long history in the Greenville community. You may schedule your visit at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry by calling our toll free number (864) 332-4113.