Many of the fears adults have of dentists come from their childhood. Like oil and water, dentists and children don’t mix. It could be a sensitivity issue, it could be due to poor dental health which led to numerous drillings and fillings, or it could be the fact certain children don’t like having other people put their fingers in their mouths. Regardless of the reason, parents across the globe try to find any way to get their child to the dentist. And it’s imperative that they do.
Take a look at any journal of dentistry, JICAD as an example, and you’ll see numerous articles as to why proper treatment as a child can lead to healthier adults. On the opposite side, poor dental health in childhood, possibly due to fear, leads to poorer dental and physical health in form of heart disease, root canals, gum disease, etc. What to do in these situations? Perhaps a natural dentist is a solution.
Natural, or holistic, dentistry differs in many ways from the traditional practice. Yes, proper maintenance of teeth, tongue, and gums is important in both, but that’s where the similarities stop. In natural dentistry, the physician takes care of the entire body. Not in the way of a physical checkup. Rather, they talk with the patient on how their dental health can be an overall good thing for their body.
One of the ways they do this is by avoiding any fillings or sealants made with mercury or other chemicals which give off poisonous vapors. Should they need to take care of fillings or other issues, minimal drilling is done. As to the reduction of pain or discomfort, infrared projectors and holistic remedies are utilized instead of pharmaceutical pain killers.
What about the cons to natural dentistry? There are a few, but not related to treatment. First, not every neighborhood has a natural dentist. It may take some time and research to find one which is near your home. One note, if they use mercury-based fillings or chemical sealants, then the are not natural dentists.
Second, health insurance providers may not cover these physicians due to their overhead costs or licensing. Again, research needs to be done to have your insurance company accept the dentist. Check their credentials to see where they schooled in order to prove to your insurance company that coverage is needed. If they still won’t budge and you want to utilize their services, see if there is a payment plan you can work out. In the end, the cost to work with a natural dentist for your child could be more than worth the money.