The natural dental care focuses on providing safe and natural treatments to patients by getting rid of toxic materials and metals traditionally used by conventional dentists. This field of dentistry also focuses on prevention rather than curing the problems. It focuses on the health of the whole person, not just his dental health. The healthier the body is, the more likely it is for the teeth to be healthy. Diet and exercise as they impact a person’s health are also given consideration.
A practitioner of natural dentistry will never use such potentially harmful treatments as mercury dental amalgams. This substance is a toxin and all dentists must handle it as hazardous waste. Since amalgams are about 50% mercury, do you really want that in your mouth? Mercury has been found to cause many complications in the body including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Fillings used in natural dentistry are coloured resins and porcelain as well as gold. Old mercury fillings are often replaced by these safer materials in order to improve a patient’s health.
Crowns used by orthodox dentists are made of materials that contain toxic metals like nickel. Metal free, porcelain and ceramic crowns are an excellent option for those concerned about what goes into their mouth.
Practitioners of natural dental care do not believe that tooth decay is caused by a lack of fluoride, but rather poor brushing techniques and an inadequate diet. In fact, excessive fluoride has been linked to loss of appetite in children, weakness of muscles and nerve damage.
So the patient is not given a fluoride treatment, but rather is shown the best brushing and flossing techniques as well is advised on the best diet which will ensure healthy teeth and gums. The dentist teaches his patients about the harmful effects of white flour, refined sugar and white rice. A diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables as well as protein from eggs, chicken and beef is also recommended.
Gum disease is addressed by the dentist by advising daily cleaning. Vitamin supplements and herbs may also be recommended. These include calcium to strengthen bone and vitamin C for healthy soft tissue. Tea tree oil in toothpaste and mouthwash is helpful in reducing the bacterial build up which can cause an infection. Diet, exercise and the state of mind of the patient are also taken into consideration. By controlling gum disease, the chances of suffering stroke, heart attack, diabetes and obesity are reduced.
Practitioners of natural dentistry hold the belief that root canal procedures can produce poor health by not thoroughly treating infections unable to be detected by x-rays. Alternative treatments such as red heat lamps, or sauna therapy are used. If these processes do not work, they will consider extracting the tooth.
Anaesthetic is available at the surgery of a natural dentistry practitioner. Acupuncture is also often made available for pain control, as well as nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
The dentist involved in natural dental care always spends time with the patient in order to gain a detailed analysis of the cause of the disease before prescribing treatment. They relate dental problems such as cavities, infections, root canals and misalignments of the teeth and jaw with far reaching effects throughout the body. Thus the practitioner of natural dentistry looks at the whole person, not just one part of him.