What is Whole Body Wellness?
Whole Body Wellness, which encompasses Alternative or Holistic dentistry, takes into consideration the cause-and-effect relationship between a patient's oral health and the health of the rest of the patient's body–for example, the well-documented link between periodontal and heart disease. The guiding philosophy of alternative dentistry is that the health of the mouth and the body are one in the same. For example, check out our interactive Meridian Tooth Chart, which illustrates the relationships between the central nervous system's energy pathways that connect each of your teeth with the major organs of your body.
By seeking out and working to understand and treat the root cause illness, we help you achieve health stability and wellness and reduce your need for treatment throughout life. The principles of alternative dentistry can be applied to every phase of your treatment plan.
Metal-Free Dentistry utilizes the safest methods for the removal of "old-style" amalgam restorations (or "silver fillings"), and replacing them with state-of-the-art, metal-free, bonded composite resins ("white fillings") or, at your option, all-porcelain crowns, bridges, or veneers.
Mercury Free Dentistry
Mercury Free Dentistry is the use of specifically developed protocols to minimize your risk of exposure during the removal and replacement of mercury-amalgam restorations (or old-style metal fillings).
White Fillings, also called composite resin fillings, employ high-tech dental materials that look like a natural tooth, help strengthen and seal the adjoining "real" tooth, and do not have the health issues associated with traditional amalgam fillings (i.e., mercury toxicity).
Whole Body Wellness: It's good for ALL of you!
There is a new paradigm emerging in health care, one that focuses on the process of health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. You may have heard the terms "alternative" or "holistic" dentistry, but what do these actually mean?
Holism (from "holos", a Greek word meaning all, entire, or total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, according to Wikipedia.org, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.
Alternative dentistry, also referred to as biologic dentistry, is defined by Answers.com as an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work, and emphasizes the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and dental infections may have on a person's overall health.
While traditional dentistry focuses only on the areas above the neck, alternative dentistry looks at the patient as a whole system and how the mouth relates to the rest of the body. Holistic dentists, like Dr. Foley and Dr. Jones, believe that the general health of the mouth is not separate from the general health of the person.
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