My sister said she’s trained her teeth to heal themselves using holistic dental methods of nutrition. If I went to a Holistic dentist, could my teeth learn to heal themselves? I’ve been nursing a toothache for a bit. There is a cavity there. It doesn’t seem to be getting any bigger.
I’m not sure who your sister’s been seeing, but I don’t know of any holistic dentists who would subscribe to what she’s told you. There is absolutely zero clinical evidence you can cure cavities with nutrition. I’m guessing she received that information from a natural medicine website and they called it a holistic dental approach.
Nutrition can cause cavities, not cure them. Too much sugar, no matter how much you brush your teeth, will lead to decay. But, eat all the salad you want and a cavity is not going to get better on its own. There has been some recent research into stem cell cures, but that is definitely not the same thing, nor patient accessible.
What’s Different About Holistic Dentists?
So, what difference does it make if you go to a holistic dentist or not? First, the type of fillings you get. You’ll be assured to only get mercury-free white composite fillings. The reason for that is the dentist is treating your whole body, not just your teeth. They’ll be much more careful to make sure every treatment is as healthy for you as possible.
For instance, if you have any type of metal allergies, they’ll be much more willing to work their treatment plans around that. If you’ve lost a tooth, they’d find options for your dental implant to not impact your sensitivity to metal.
Whether you go to a holistic dentist or not, please don’t try to self-heal this cavity. While you may not see it growing, it could be going deeper. I don’t want you to end up with a dental emergency. What could have been a simple filling will end up needing a dental crown or worse.
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