There are dentists who are tooth mechanics and gum gardeners, and there are also dentists who evaluate the entire body and evaluate the relationship between the teeth and the rest of the body. Some dentists understand that in order to make an impact and positive changes in a persons health, that they must be an active participant in their health care. There are dentists who really understand that it makes a difference what materials you use in a patient's mouth, and the total impact it has on their body. These holistic/ whole body dentists practice dentistry in a slightly different manner. Some of the characteristics that distinguish this type of dentistry are the following:
- The patient must be an active participant. “Doctor” means teacher; it is up to the doctor or any healing practitioner to help educate the patient, in order that the patient can make the decisions regarding their treatment. Today health is more of a consumer product. The patient and/ or the insurance company pay for a commodity, namely health repairs, which are to be supplied with very little input from the patient.
- Treatment should above all, do no harm. Much of orthodox medical/dental treatment neglects this very important tenet, either by dispensing toxic drugs on a chronic basis, or by implanting toxins in the mouth. Often more harm is done than if nothing had been undertaken. Natural therapies attempt to rid the body of toxic substances and assist the body in healing.
- The body has a natural, innate desire to be in a state of homeostasis. The chronic use of drugs suppresses symptoms and does not act curatively. Natural therapies do not work o this suppressive level, but rather gently push and assist the body towards homeostasis.
- A person is more than a physical being. He or she is more than can be measured by our inventions, which are extensions of our five senses- for example a microscope. A person is a spiritual, electro-dynamic, energetic, psychological being, who thinks and feels.
- Disease is not a name; it is also not something localized which can therefore just be cut out, i.e. a cancer of the breast. The cancer which is localized to a portion of the breast is a disease of the entire person. It is a degradation of the entire immune system, or possibly a hyper functioning of the entire immune system. It involves not just some localized tissue, but rather the entire being, especially at the “other body” level.
- Diet is what’s eaten; nutrition is what’s effective. To e effective, food must be in a form which is vibrant. It must be full of energy, and not dead.
That is the future of dentistry.
Dr Donna Williams
Dr. Williams began her career in the field of dentistry at Howard University and graduated from Baltimore College Dental Surgery/University of Maryland. She is one of a select group of general dentists who have completed a fellowship in Holistic dentistry, and is also certified to use the only FDA approved laser for periodontal surgery. She is passionate about improving the health status of people throughout the community and beyond. Contact her at: Morningside Dental Care.