If you wonder what it means…
Emerging during the 1950s-1970s, the concept of “holistic dentistry” is not entirely new. It refers to biological, integrative dentistry which opens a broader vision of oro-dental diseases, and places healing within the whole, eclectic and polyvalent structure of the Human Microcosm. I call it Mindful Dentistry since it takes more and more elevated levels of Mindfulness for such an approach.
Disease, patient, doctor…
The patient as human being!
It is practically impossible to have healthy teeth without feeling, knowing and owning your oral cavity… the doctor’s intervention provides only guidance and empowerment towards healing.
It is unreasonable to lay your dental problems on your dentist. The responsibility to solve them lies with each of us. What is more, ultimate healing should look towards the whole. Plato used to say: “The part can never be well unless the whole is well”.
Every organ regenerates at different rates: the skin every 28 days, the stomach lining every 1-2 days, intestinal cells every 2-3 days, liver cells every 5 months, and so on. The same is true for teeth and teeth supporting tissue. All it takes is a broader perspective of life and a sustainable change to the perception of this body part.
Teeth are luminous and living organs, not inert extensions with a mere aesthetic and mastication role, as they are often mistakenly considered. Their supporting tissues are equally alive and tuned to the whole body.
What is disease?
According to the traditional, academic medicine, disease is an error of nature, a failure of the immune system, which finally fights against the organ/body.
As such, it should be fought with all external forces: chemical substances, technology, radiation, etc.
In fact, disease is a signal given by the human body that it has fallen out-of-balance and out of harmony with its surroundings. It is a special biological program (according to Dr. Hamer’s studies) created by nature, which manifests simultaneously on 3 levels: psychological, cognitive and organic.
Oro-dental health and regeneration are possible only through a sustained effort to increase awareness of all the factors with impact on this body area. Oral care and hygiene are key pieces of the puzzle, but not sufficient in themselves.
Extensive studies conducted in early 20th century by Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Max Gerson or by the contemporaneous Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Loren Cordain certify that consideration should also be given to nutritional factors, malposition of the jaw in the global context of the body, malposition of the sacrum with further body dynamics disorders and impact at cranium level, dismicrobism and changes in the oral pH, diagnosed or assumed disorders of other organs (especially endocrine glands), active or healing biological conflicts, false values and beliefs (of the individual or from genealogical ascendance) which interfere with the maxillofacial region, etc.
In my opinion, the 21st century’s doctor no longer provides traditional medical assistance (except for emergency medicine), but has become a coach, a guide, who accompanies the patient along the challenging path towards healing. The doctor’s ultimate mission is to teach the patient how to be healthy.
However, to rise to the challenge, doctors must complete first their own awareness, liberation, transformation, healing and rebirth processes. It is not without reason that in Antiquity the philosopher doctor was resembled to God.
The success of holistic healing relies first of all on two-way Trust: from patient to doctor and from doctor to patient. Trust is initially established intuitively, on the first encounter. We should all be aware that all things happen for a reason… that such encounter, even if for medical reasons, is beyond the egotistic reasoning of the mind.
Secondly, the doctor needs as much information as possible about the general condition of the body, type of hygiene and diet, past or current medication, work environment, emotional state, teeth image, state of occlusion (static / dynamic) and last but not least, a complete X-ray of the teeth and surrounding bones.
Based on the above sets of data, the doctor establishes a case-specific therapeutic protocol, focused on:
~ interventionist dentistry, employing much milder actions and bio-compatible materials;
~ non-interventionist care, which can include, besides natural hygiene measures, free of artificial and harmful chemical substances, immunity boosters, detox programs, chiropractic, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, emotional release techniques, psychological counselling and others.