Published on July 31st, 2020 | by Vladimir Gashinsky0
Biological Dentistry Myths Versus Facts
by Valdimir Gashinsky
When alternatives to traditional thinking appear, they typically attract a fair deal of skepticism. Unfortunately, this can lead to people missing out on something truly great because of a few baseless myths. This issue shows up in holistic, or biological, dentistry quite often. By dispelling some common biological dentist myths, we can get a better understanding of what it is and its many benefits over traditional dentistry.
Myth: Biological dentistry is pseudo-scientific.
A common misconception about biological dentistry is that it is pseudo-scientific when compared to traditional dentistry. However, one could argue that biological dentistry takes more scientific information into account when treating a patient. Biological dentistry is the practice of considering a patient’s overall health, rather than just their oral health.
Biological dentists understand that the body functions as a system, rather than parts to be treated separately. For example, traditional dentistry used toxic fillings for years because their only concern was filling a cavity. Biological dentists use non-toxic materials for all of their dental procedures. So, in reality, it was traditional dentistry that didn’t take all the scientific information into account.
Myth: Biological dentistry is only concerned with using non-toxic materials.
Another stereotype about biological dentistry is that it is ordinary dentistry that uses non-toxic materials. Biological dentists commit themselves to their patients’ overall health and well-being. They take approaches that minimize invasive procedures and work to preserve natural teeth. Rather than looking for quick fixes and will avoid procedures that could potentially harm a patient based on their individual health and condition.
Biological dentistry even works to reduce harm when it comes to issues like anxiety about a dental procedure. When patients experience “dentist anxiety”, traditional dentists often use drugs to sedate them. Sometimes they use benzodiazepines, which are mind-altering substances with side effects that last long after a dental procedure is over. They also use nitrous oxide or even put the patient under anesthesia. In most cases, these techniques are overkill for something like anxiety about going to the dentist. Biological dentists understand this and will opt for less invasive techniques like NuCalm technology, a drug-free method of reducing anxiety during a dental procedure. The holistic approach is to use ingenuity rather quick fixes that could cause a patient further harm.
Myth: All biological dentists are the same.
One reason why biological dentistry can get a bad reputation is the fact that not all biological dentists are the same. Any dental practice can tack on the word “holistic” or “biological” to their name, but that’s not all it takes to be truly holistic. Legitimate biological dentists strictly follow the protocols outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Make sure to choose a holistic dentist that is properly accredited.
Myth: Biological dentists are very expensive.
There is a misconception about biological dentistry that it is much more expensive than traditional dentistry. This is simply untrue. There is a difference between price and value. With a traditional dentist, patients come in and have their symptoms treated before they are sent on your way. If the root cause of that issue isn’t fixed, there is nothing to stop it from occurring over and over again. Holistic dentists get to the bottom of a dental ailment, which takes more analysis to make a diagnosis. But when compared to having the same procedure done over and over again by a traditional dentist, the price difference evaporates.
Valdimir Gashinsky, DDS, is the owner of The Holistic Dental Center of New Jersey. To schedule a dental appointment in Jersey, call 973-718-5104.