You may have heard the term comprehensive dentistry and wondered what it meant. Simply stated, a comprehensive approach to dentistry considers how dentistry fits into a whole health picture of you. Comprehensive dentistry also aims to use natural or bio-compatible materials when restoring the health of your teeth and gums.
How does comprehensive dentistry differ from traditional dentistry?
Traditional visits to the dentist focus on oral health and dental cleanings. Dentists treat an array of tooth, gum and jaw problems in addition to filling cavities and performing root canals.
Dental health is important, but a deeper understanding of how your teeth and gums play a role in overall health can help you make good decisions for your needs. That’s what comprehensive dentistry aims to achieve. Comprehensive dentists like Dr. Jayne treat the body as a whole, with a focus on how dental conditions impact aspect of health – body, mind, and spirit.
In treating the body as a whole, comprehensive dentists are able to make direct correlations between your oral and physical health. Untreated mouth bacteria that enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums, can cause an increased risk of a number of health conditions. Proper dental health administered by a holistic dentist can help you keep some of the most serious health conditions at bay such as:
- Heart disease
- Liver and kidney failure
- Respiratory illnesses
Comprehensive dental care treatments
All the traditional oral health problems are treated through comprehensive dentistry. The difference is that each visit begins with an in-depth conversation about you. Dr. Jayne listens to what is happening in your life, how your body is feeling, and what you have noticed about your mouth. Together, you decide on the best treatment solutions for your present needs.
In the treatment of the body as a whole, clinical treatment with comprehensive protocols differ somewhat from traditional dental practices. Comprehensive protocols include therapies and materials designed to complement whole body health, such as:
- Biocompatible materials like porcelain, ceramic, and titanium. Biocompatibility tests can be performed to make sure dental materials used in your care are compatible with your body
- Natural, homeopathic medicines, and treatments, instead of chemically saturated options in some cases
- Nutrition education and thoughts about inflammation-reducing and non-stimulating foods that are best to eat before and after dental care to support rapid recovery
If you would like to learn more about how holistic dentistry helps your overall health, contact Dr. Jayne today.