I’m an extremely health-conscious person, and the idea of holistic dentistry really appeals to me. I am semi-disabled and on a fixed income, however, so the associated costs may become a deciding issue for me. I don’t have dental insurance. Will the holistic dentist have much higher fees as compared to a general dentist?
It’s great that you hold your health in high regard. This will serve you well throughout your entire life. Holistic dentistry can certainly become a valuable component of this effort! Let’s answer your important question.
What Holistic Dentists Do
As you know, general dentistry typically centers on the problem at hand. Dentists focus mainly on the oral cavity and areas such as the jaws, head, and neck. A holistic dentist however will look at a patient as a “whole”; taking the health of the patient’s entire body into account and acknowledging the vital relationship between dental health and your entire body’s well-being and condition. They also tend to honor the ability of the body to heal itself. This is why some call it “biological” dentistry.
Material Costs May Be A Factor
By using materials that are non-toxic and natural, your holistic dentist seeks to avoid the introduction of toxins, such as the mercury found in amalgam fillings, to your system. Some of the biocompatible materials used instead are more expensive than their potentially harmful counterparts.
A Holistic Approach
Some holistic dentists use techniques that traditional dentists do not, which may increase the overall patient portion. Craniosacral and/or ozone therapies are both effective methodologies that assist healing, and these may incur costs that include education, training, licensure/certifications, practitioners, staff, and necessary materials.
Will It Be More Expensive?
As a whole, these added benefits may increase the possibility of higher costs to patients compared to traditional dentistry, but the truth is each dentist sets their own fees and some holistic dentists will be more and some will not. It sounds as if a holistic approach would surely align with your own values, so don’t hesitate to consult with a dentist who follows this philosophy. Your mouth, mind, and body will all thank you.
This blog is brought to you by Lexington, KY Dentist Dr. John Weaver.