The number of holistic dentists is growing. Holistic dentists fill cavities, clean teeth and make bridges and implants. But what makes dentists like Dr. Brad Hylan different is their belief that when treating teeth, you must consider the entire body — and that includes diet, lifestyle and even mental and emotional health.
Your body is a complex living system and there are more and more studies that show just how much your oral health affects your overall health. Did you know there’s a link between dental health and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes? Focusing on maintaining healthy teeth and gums will ultimately improve your overall health.
Approaching Dentistry the Holistic Way
Dr. Hylan focuses on providing healthy and effective dental solutions that benefit your overall system. That also includes using technology that minimizes exposure to harmful materials — for the patient, staff and doctors, as well as the environment.
As a mercury-free dentists, we use healthy alternatives to amalgam such as tooth-colored composite resin. Silver amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for hundreds of years, but what many people don’t know is that amalgam fillings are made from mostly mercury mixed with silver, tin, copper, zinc, and other metals. There are conflicting reports as to the toxicity of mercury and exactly how much mercury vapor is released during chewing and absorbed into the body.
White fillings are a health-conscience alternative, but they also offer other advantages. If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, our doctors are trained to perform safe amalgam removal in which he takes extra precautions to ensure that patients do not breathe the amalgam dust or swallow any debris.