In recent years, people’s attention and awareness about overall health is developing more and more. The traditional point of view used in medicine is being contaminated by Oriental vision of life, as regarding the use of healthier foods, a slower and relaxed lifestyle, care practices like yoga, acupuncture or shiatsu massage, connections between the human body and the surrounding environment, and between the body and the mind.
A good way of life is reflected in the health of body and mind, then, the first things to consider are the food we eat, the water we drink and the pharmaceutical drugs we take, based on chemical synthesis, and antibiotics.
Moreover, many times we are forced to undergo medical treatments that use harmful devices or substances.
Dentistry is of course among the branches of medicine that are questioning about the methods of treatment, and many associations involving natural or holistic dentists are working in many countries.
There is, for examples, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), an organisation founded in 1984 by dentists, physicians, and researchers focused on biocompatibility; there is the International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine (IABDM) and the Holistic Dental Association, founded in 1978.
Nowadays, people and medical operators that don’t want to receive or provide some types of traditional dental cares can count on these networks.
Holistic dental care.
Most of all, the natural dentists, or holistic, follow the basic principles outlined by Hippocrates between the 5th and the 4th-century b.C., that consist in no harm and the use of the natural forces of healing that are inside each person.
Natural dentists try to avoid any traditional dental treatment that can be harmful to the body, because the mouth is a part of the body.
They think the first important element to consider before providing a care are eating habits and lifestyle, as these two can seriously compromise the health of the teeth, the bones and the muscles.
Natural dentists treat the patient with biocompatible materials and treatments that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal.
They don’t use mercury at all; the traditional amalgam for dental fillings are made of mercury and other metals that might be poisonous for the body. They don’t practice root canal treatments for the same use of mercury and avoid antibiotics if it is possible.
Natural dentistry makes use of numerous healing techniques, and takes care of the connections between teeth and body; it is based on the principle that prevention is better than treat.