The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Well-Being in Holistic Dentistry

The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Well-Being in Holistic Dentistry

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Holistic dentistry is based on the concept that oral health and overall well-being are closely connected. Holistic medicine in general focuses on the whole person and their overall health and wellness. This differs from the alternative, the problem and solution method of traditional medicine. While identifying the problem and providing a solution works in the short term, it does not always provide long term health. 

The Correlation Between Oral Health and Disease 

There are some specific health conditions that studies have shown to be connected with oral health, such as: 

  • Heart disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are both caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Heart disease is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Could it be the same kind of plaque? There are theories that suggest that this could be the reason that poor oral health is associated with heart disease. 
  • Diabetes. People who have diabetes seem to be at an increased risk of gum disease. This is most likely caused by a higher concentration of sugar in the saliva due to the body’s inability to regulate blood sugar levels. 
  • Lung disease. Poor oral health has been linked to an increased risk of lung disease. When tooth decay and gum disease are present there is a higher concentration of bacteria in the mouth. As the mouth and throat are directly connected to the lungs, it is no surprise that bacteria from the mouth can easily reach the lungs and cause a variety of problems. 
  • Cancer. Studies have shown that oral health is also related to many forms of cancer, not just oral cancer. The exact reason is unknown, but the research indicates a clear link. 

What is Holistic Dentistry? 

Holistic dentistry is an alternative approach to traditional dentistry that uses non-toxic restorative materials for dental procedures. It is also referred to as biologic dentistry because the materials are natural and biologically compatible with the body for optimal health benefits. Holistic dentistry also emphasizes the impact of dental toxins and dental infections on the patient’s overall health. 

Tips To Improve Oral Health and Overall Wellness 

The bottom line here is that you can improve your overall health and wellness by taking care of your teeth and mouth. Here are some tips: 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. If you brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before going to bed, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease significantly. 
  • Floss once a day. Flossing at least once a day helps to remove plaque that gathers between the teeth and in the spaces between the teeth and gums. This helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. 
  • Go to the dentist every 6 months. Twice yearly dental appointments for teeth cleaning and oral examinations are extremely important for your oral health. Professional teeth cleaning removes hardened plaque that brushing can’t remove. Oral examinations detect oral health concerns in the earliest stages for better treatment outcomes. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Holistic Dentistry 


Is holistic dentistry effective? 

Holistic dentists use natural, biocompatible materials instead of the substances used by traditional dentists. The whole-body approach to dentistry is what makes holistic dentistry just as effective and often more so than traditional dentistry. 

Am I a good candidate for holistic dentistry? 

Anyone can be a candidate for holistic dentistry. Holistic methods can work for patients of all ages, no matter the condition of your current oral health. 

Schedule Your Holistic Dental Visit Today 

Find out how holistic dentistry can improve your oral health and overall wellness today. Call 817-481-6888 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.