The major difference between biological or holistic and traditional dentists is the philosophy that guides them in the practice of their profession.
A biological dentist takes into consideration the cause-and-effect relationshipbetween a patient’s oral health and the health of the rest of the body.
A traditional dentist tends to focus on the tasks of treating symptoms and repairing structures as problems arise, instead of looking for the causes.
For example; when treating dental decay, like a cavity, a traditional dentist will mechanically remove the decay and restore the tooth with a filling and consider the treatment complete. In a biological dental practice, the dentist will remove decayed material and then restore the tooth with an appropriate biocompatible material.
After restoration of the tooth, a biological practitioner will then evaluate the patient for any systemic imbalances (i.e. biochemical or hormonal imbalances) or toxicity that may be contributing to the patient’s susceptibility to tooth decay, so it can be prevented in the future.
When periodontal disease is present, the traditional practice is to remove debris from the teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction, or use surgical procedures for advanced disease. In a biological practice the removal of debris occurs, but it is not as important as improving the biological terrain and reducing the patient’s susceptibility to disease.
By improving the body’s ability to break down and eliminate the microbes through improved wellness, good hygiene practices and the use of supplements, herbs and homeopathic medicines, the patient can avoid a constant cycle of disease progression and treatment.
Traditional dental practitioners have generally approached orthodontic treatment with a focus on doing whatever was necessary to produce straight teeth, even if this meant tooth extraction and the use of headgear that can distort the cranium. Such treatment failed to consider the underlying cranial distortions that can show up as cross-bites, deep-bites and overbites.
In summary. The guiding philosophies of biological dentistry are:
1. “First do no harm” (Hippocrates)
2. The health of the mouth and the body are one and the same.
By seeking out and working to understand the root cause of illness, the biological practitioner helps the patient achieve health stability, wellness and a reduced need for avoidable, unnecessary and costly treatment.
A biological practitioner, on the other hand, begins orthodontic treatment by evaluating the patient for cranial-skeletal disorders. By correcting any underlying cranial-skeletal disorder first, the natural structure and health of the patient’s mouth are improved, the teeth can be straightened with less trauma to the patient and the teeth are more likely to hold their correct positions for a lifetime.