HOLISTIC DENTISRY

HOLISTIC PHILOSOPHY

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 Our Philosophy, We believe that Holistic involves an awareness of dental care as it relates to the entire person. We believe that health care practitioners and recipients should be provided with appropriate information to make informed choices that will enhance personal health and wellness. 


 Dr. Rudy Hajji is a member of the Holistic Dental Associations, American Dental Associations, Michigan Dental Association, Detroit District dental society,  Zoom 2 certified, Invisalign certified,  Faculte' for Orthodontic research and Continuing education, and American Holistic Health Association.

HOLISTIC VS TRADITIONAL

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The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health

FLUORIDE

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Traditional dentists are in favor of using fluoride in both a topical and ingested form. They argue in favor of fluoridating water supplies and recommend fluoride drops for infants. They point to research showing a decrease in cavity rates in areas where the water is fluoridated.

Holistic dentists typically argue against any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems while other research has shown no benefit to the teeth from ingested fluoride. They also argue that too much fluoride can cause fluorosis and that fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication of the general public. Some holistic dentists are for topical fluoride and some are against it.

  Dr. Rudy Hajji prefers Xylitol.

AMALGAM FILLINGS

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Traditional dentistry espouses the longevity of mercury amalgam fillings and the fact that insurance will typically cover the cost of placement. They will also point to the ADA and FDA’s statements that the mercury in the fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking only tiny amounts of mercury. They are also typically easier for the dentist to place than composite fillings.

Holistic dentists understand that mercury is a toxin and even small amounts are too great a risk to the body and your overall health. While amalgam fillings last longer than composites, they put extreme pressure on the tooth and often cause weakening of the tooth — meaning that the filling may outlast the tooth it was placed in. Truly holistic dentists do not place mercury and meet or exceed safety guidelines for removal. 


Must follow IAOMT safe removal protocol


CHOICE OF MATERIALS

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It is important to think about the dental materials used in your mouth. Repairing damaged teeth involves the use of fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures (both full and partial), as well as dental surgery and implants when necessary.  Both conventional and holistic or biologic dentists use these types of restorations and surgery to repair the damage of dental disease, but the choice of what restoration to use and when to use it may vary considerably.

Generally, conventional dentists use materials they like best.  Holistic dentists will recommend that the patient be tested for material compatibility in order to avoid materials that may cause a sensitivity or allergy.

BIOCOMPATIBLITY TESTING

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Over the last century, the number of materials available for use in dentistry has increased so significantly that few dentists are well acquainted with them all.  An increase in the number and types of chemicals used in the dental materials along with technological improvements and new applications continue to expand the choices.

Research and development in this field often emphasize good esthetics and durability over biocompatibility of the materials.  This is understandable since consumers of dental services are asking for beautiful, long lasting smiles.  The consumer assumes that the materials used in dentistry are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Two issues that affect biocompatibility are a patient’s allergic sensitivity to dental materials and the biologic toxicity of some materials.  Blood, hair, and energetic testing can be used to determine whether a particular material is suited to a particular patient.