If you have found this article, it is because you know just how difficult it can be to find a holistic dentist, and you are probably sick and tired of leaving a dental practice disappointed. Why are they so hard to find, and why does it seem completely impossible for most dentists to even comprehend why we would be looking for a holistic dentist in the first place? If that is you, then you have definitely come to the right place.
Although the numbers of holistic dentists has been on the rise for the last few years, that has not made the general understanding of what a holistic dentist is circulate as widely. Many people, if you asked them, would not have the faintest idea what a holistic dentist was, and would not be able to describe a single holistic procedure to you fi their life depended on it. Sadly, this ignorance has also spread to quite a few dentists, which means that some of them advertise themselves as holistic dentists without even really being aware of what that means. That can often lead to a lot of disappointment for people seeking out a holistic dentist, who eventually leave empty handed when they are offered a mercury filling, or an x-ray to check for a small amount of pain.
A true holistic dentist would never consider those acceptable treatment methods, and this is the perfect example of why it can be so hard to find a holistic dentist: because of all the extra training that they have to go through in order to become a holistic dentist. Most dentists finish their standard training and want to start immediately working with patients, which is admirable in itself, but in many cases they could learn so much more by continuing their studies, and learning about the holistic methods that are so much better for the patients that they want to care for. This means that the number of holistic dentists, although rising, is nothing compared to the number of traditionally trained dentists. When you are looking for a needle in a haystack, you can’t really complain when all you find is straw.
So what is the best way to go about looking for a holistic dentist, if you are determined to find one? Well, Dr Paige Woods, a holistic dentist in San Diego, suggests that firstly you should check to see whether or not a dentist who describes themselves as ‘holistic’ offers any mercury filling options.
That is always a brilliant red flag and demonstrates that they do not really have a clear understanding of what holistic dentistry really is. Some people know of holistic dentists but they are not in their area, and if this is you then you should go to them and ask them whether or not there are any holistic dentists in your area that they could recommend. Going straight to the horse’s mouth is often the quickest way to do it.
The important thing is that you keep looking: do not settle for a traditional dentist if you really want to be seen by a holistic dentist.