What Is the Difference
Between Regular Dentistry
and Holistic Dentistry?
B L O G | S U N R I S E D E N T I S T R Y
Why choose a holistic dentist?
Because the health of your teeth is not
just about your teeth. Taking care of
your whole body is part of taking care
of your teeth. Everything from the
materials used to repair teeth, to the
food you eat can have consequences
to your teeth as well as your overall
health. Even exercise can play a role
in the health of your teeth through
reducing the stress that often
manifests through holding tension in
the jaw or clenching and grinding
during a tense workday.
There are many medications that can
weaken teeth, particularly the class
of medications known as
biophospates (such as Bonova and
Fosamax) which are used to treat
osteoporosis. The health of the gums
can be comprised by a lack of
vitamins B and C, diabetes, smoking,
dry mouth, mouth breathing, sleep
apnea and a host of other conditions
too extensive to list here. We believe
that nearly all conditions of the body
can be treated using holistic
methods, primarily through diet and
Holistic Approach 1: Nutrition
In our office, Dr. Strietzel stresses
the diet as being the number one
thing that we can take control of in
order to improve our overall health.
The principles behind a holistic diet
include reducing or eliminating
sugar (including eating too much
fruit) which causes inflammation.
Sugary foods and beverages can start
a chain of events in your mouth,
starting with feeding the bad bacteria
in your mouth that increases acid
and begins the process of breaking
down the enamel of the teeth.
Consuming a variety of multi-colored
vegetables helps to balance the
microbiome leading to a healthier
digestive system and a more balanced
PH, which also can affect the health of
your teeth and gums. Organic foods are
recommended so as to avoid GMO
products and foods that may contain
pesticides or other harmful substances.
Raw vegetables are the better option –
the less cooked a vegetab