Holistic dentistry represents a way of practicing medicine that considers the whole person rather than focusing only on their teeth. For holistic dentists like Dr. Brayman, that means considering how dental care impacts a person’s overall health and choosing dental treatments that are nontoxic.
Patient education is at the core of a holistic practice. Dr. Brayman takes the time to teach patients about dental health and to explain how she treats dental problems. She also helps patients understand how good dental care does more than protect teeth. For example, she talks with them about the link between gum disease and heart health. Taking it a step further, she may recommend seeing your physician for a heart checkup if you’re treated for gum disease.
Dentists who follow a holistic practice are especially concerned about mercury in dental amalgam fillings. While they’re called silver fillings, dental amalgams contain a mix of different metals, about half of which is mercury.
Dental amalgams have been the preferred filling because they’re long lasting. Unfortunately, mercury vapor is released from these fillings when pressure is placed on them. When you chew, brush your teeth, get a dental cleaning, or clench your teeth, toxic vapor may be released.
Dr. Brayman is concerned about the amount of mercury vapor you, or those around you, might inhale, so she uses alternative fillings that don’t contain mercury but last just as long. If you’re worried about your old mercury fillings and wonder if they should be replaced, contact Dr. Brayman and she’ll answer your questions.
Dr. Brayman offers several services designed to make your experience with holistic dentistry comfortable and worry-free:
Holistic dentists put extra effort into teaching patients about nutrition and wellness. They collaborate with other doctors to be sure each patient gets comprehensive holistic care. They never use materials in a patient’s mouth that might be toxic to the body. And they pay attention to patients’ emotional health and create the least stressful dental experience possible. Dr. Brayman does all of this and more for her patients. Please contact her if you have questions about holistic dental services.
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