When working on patients, many dentists rely on commercial materials that are assumed to have the best physical properties to treat various conditions. Thousands of dollars are invested into the development, research, approval, and manufacturing of these dental tools but only a small amount of time is spent asking if these widespread materials are, in fact, the best choice to promote overall health. In a time when more and more people are educated and health-conscious, patients are starting to take control of their treatments by asking for holistic alternatives from their dentist in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.
Even within the industry, dental hygienists are shifting the framework of their treatments to avoid the risk factors of toxic materials. A holistic dentist in Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel like Maryam Horiyat DDS will now avoid the use of mercury-based restoration materials, fluoride rinses, and other commonly used materials that have been proven to elicit side-effects in certain patients. The focus on biocompatibility and hypoallergenic products ensures that good health extends from the teeth and gums to the rest of the body.
Holistic health does not compromise a patient’s well-being. This philosophy exists from the understanding that the body is a complex network of interconnected parts. When one part of the body is unwell, the whole system is at risk. So, why would any oral care professional ignore the potential problems that are related to toxic materials like fluoride? The answer lies in the failure of the system. Companies have pushed the narrative that fluoride is an effective way to fight tooth decay. However, they have ignored the fact that it is also a toxic waste that can cause serious biological issues. The studies that link fluoride exposure to weaker bones are not widely distributed because they are inconvenient to common practices and beliefs. Dentists are trained to accept the materials they are given for oral health without considering their biocompatibility in the long term. This means, simply, that more dentists need to be informed and more patients need to be outspoken about their concerns.
The detrimental effects of toxic materials in dentistry are not immediately apparent, which is why they are easier to ignore. For example, patients with mercury amalgams might not ever be able to identify extreme health issues related to metal exposure. However, they might also experience symptoms like night sweats, mental fogginess, sluggishness, flushing, and nervousness as a result of the toxic material. If patients develop any health problems in the distant future, it will be nearly impossible to trace back to the toxins that caused them. By the time a patient reaches the point of physical decline, they cannot reverse the effects of the toxic exposure.
A holistic dentist in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo such as Maryam Horita DDS understands that health is a marathon, not a sprint. Here are some of the health-conscious techniques that holistic dental practices use to protect and treat patients:
- Using BPA-free, metal-free composites for restorations
- Using BPA-free, fluoride-free cement for crowns
- Using Ozone/Oxygen treatment for tooth decay
- Using metal-free zirconia for dental implants
- Using and recommending fluoride-free, alcohol-free hygiene products
Dr. Maryam Horiyat is a top cosmetic, holistic, and biological dentist who has been trained for the highest level in her field to treat a myriad of dental concerns while preserving her patients’ overall health. Dr. Horiyat is a certified and accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). Together with other skilled doctors and specialists, Dr. Horiyat is thrilled to provide comprehensive family, cosmetic, preventive, restorative, laser, oral surgery, implant. orthodontics and sleep apnea/snoring for ADULTS & CHILDREN.