What we Mean by Holistic
Holistic dental care and indeed holistic health care means different things to different people and professionals. Here at Cote Royd Dental Practice we see the mouth as a gateway to the rest of the body. We know and acknowledge that dental care can significantly influence the general health of an individual, influencing biochemical, structural and emotional aspects of general health.
Holistic care was often seen as practices without substance, non-scientific, even harmful, but recently scientific research and understanding is now explaining how these once seemed ‘alternative’ treatments, practices and beliefs are now correct practices, certainly if we are concerned about the health of our patients. There is still plenty of debate about what science do you want to believe, but we are excited about and embrace the fact that holistic now seems to be the new science.
Our understanding and direction for holistic care here at Cote Royd Dental Practice is divided into three main categories.
The materials we use or avoid using in our treatments.
How we view and deal with infections in the oral cavity.
We consider the Function of the oral cavity.
To expand on each one;
We will only use materials that are appropriate for the dental care we offer.
The materials we use, we believe are the safest and most bio compatible currently known. We also look to use techniques that are safe and scientifically proven to reduce contamination when removing potentially harmful dental materials from the body.
Dental materials can be directly toxic to the body or they can create stresses to the body. This stress in the body and can lead to increase in inflammation, again, contributes to a less than optimal general health. By discussing options in materials, offering testing for materials, we try and create a most holistic approach to the materials we use.
The second aspect is infections, and it is now accepted that infections in the mouth can lead to other health effects. Whether the infections are in the gums or the roots of the teeth, or in the sinuses, we will give you choices and options on how they are treated, whether locally or on referral, and give you options on how each of them can be remedied.
Finally, function. This isn’t just how the teeth fit together and move over each other. It is how the jaw joint works and how the muscle works to get the teeth to fit together, and how inappropriate jaw joint function, known as TMJ, causes twisting of the jaws, which then may lead to whole body disfunction due to poorly fitting teeth. Of increasing significance is how the mouth, teeth, and the jaws influence how we breathe, how we swallow, how we talk, and how we sleep.
The developing science of airway dentistry, where we know that the mouth can influence the eight hours a night when we’re asleep, more importance has to be attached to the function than ever before.
Our approach is appropriate for new-born babies to adults with no teeth, with our goal of improving dental and general health with a holistic understanding.
We observe how the teeth, lips, tongue cheeks and jaw joint work. We understand how they can influence the shape of the mouth, how the teeth fit together and function and how the mouth controls many of the body’s functions such as breathing and sleeping.
How we put Holistic Dental care into our practice.
We have to work primarily as a dental care provider though we also act as a signpost to help people to get an integrative approach to their health care. We work with other holistic (scientific) health practitioners providing a team approach to an individual’s dental and general health care.
Comprehensive treatment planning
By allowing ourselves more time to get to know our patients and understand their wants and needs helps us to tailor make a course of treatment that’s perfect for you.
We will always send you off to do further research to help you feel informed in the course of treatment your having and the different routes to help you reach your dental health needs.
Wide variety of tests
We can arrange for those patients of Cote Royd Dental Practice who are concerned about materials, infections or techniques to have a variety of scientific and biological tests and/or work with alternative health practitioners to give the patients the ability to make better choices about their treatment going forwards.
Tests with relevant links:
We pride ourselves on using the very latest equipment in technology available, here are some of the technologies we use:
Mercury Free & Mercury Safe
At Cote Royd Dental Practice all of our physicians follow the IAOMT SMART protocol for removing amalgam fillings.
- When we start removing amalgam during the procedure, it is the mercury vapour that is most harmful to the patient and the dental team. Precautions and special equipment and techniques are used to ensure the safest working environment.
- Chlorella tablets are given to the patient to take before we begin amalgam removal. This ensures that any amalgam particles escaping the suction device will bind onto the tablets and pass safely through the patient’s system. We may also recommend Toxa-Prevent.
- Glasses protect from amalgam particles.
- Protective gowns and caps are worn to protect clothing and hair against transmission of amalgam particles.
- The dentist and nurse wear breathing apparatus and the patient wears a nosepiece that is supplied with medical air so nothing is inhaled.
- Gauze is placed in the mouth to absorb any traces of mercury. Ellen, Satish & Barry may also use a rubber dam.
- A specialist suction device is used to ensure all traces of mercury are removed.
- A high-pressure drill with copious amounts of cool water and special burs are used to keep the mercury projection down
- The treatment room has two air filters systems that remove any trace of mercury vapour present in the air before, during and after treatment.
To learn more about the SMART Protocol please follow this link: https://iaomt.org/resources/safe-removal-amalgam-fillings/
Team of Practitioners
Working with other practitioners such as functional medicine practitioners help us to offer further care after your dental treatment is completed to help you reach your personal health goals.