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Holistic dentistry also called alternative dentistry, unconventional dentistry, biologic dentistry, or biocompatible dentistry emphasizes approaches to oral health which consider the patient's dental health in the context of their entire physical as well as emotional or spiritual health in some cases. It is part of the alternative health movement.


Although the holistic dental community is diverse in its practices and approaches, common threads include:

  • strong opposition to the use of amalgam which contain mercury and other toxic materials,
  • nonsurgical approaches to gum disease,
  • root canal treated teeth endanger systemic health through the spread of trapped dental bacteria to the body.

It is "an approach to Dentistry that promotes health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This approach to Dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the worlds great traditions on natural healing...Holistic Dentistry acknowledges and deals with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her "Teeth". And lays out the following basic principles:

  • Proper nutrition for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease
  • Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials
  • Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems=physical imbalance)
  • Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis


Many dentists call themselves Holistic dentists simply because they offer ALL dental services, not because they embrace "out of the box" techniques and concepts.