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Getting Back to Nature with Holistic Dentistry

Going to the dentist is often an anxiety-inducing, nail-biting experience for many, but for some, it isn’t for obvious reasons. Let’s face it: man-made materials, when introduced into the body in any situation, can carry a risk of adverse health effects. And the same holds true when it comes to your dental health.

Holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry, takes the body as a whole into consideration when performing routine, preventative and restorative dental work. Dental repairs are done in a non-toxic restorative manner that serves this purpose and is good for the body at the same time.

So if the thought of your dentist using fluoride to prevent cavities or mercury amalgam to fill that pesky cavity you didn’t realize you had encourages you to consider the alternatives, holistic dentistry could be the answer.

When exploring your options with biologic dentistry, keep in mind several key elements that should be considered:

1. The holistic practitioner’s philosophy and belief system should be based on natural healing principles and treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth.

2. Practitioners should use safe dental materials that are non-toxic.

3. Safe mercury removal should be an option with a practitioner who is properly trained in its removal.

4. Practitioners should offer services that promote and support life energy and overall health.

5. Focus should be on preventative care and safe, holistic options and approaches to common procedures like root canals and tooth extraction.

Here are some dentists in the Indianapolis area that offer holistic dental care options:

Indianapolis Dentistry

Located just south of I-465 on U.S. 31, Indianapolis Dentistry offers patients an integrative dental experience that assesses both one’s teeth and gum health and how it can be affected by the condition of the body and mouth. Ted M. Reese, DDS, MAGD, NMD and his team understand that one’s dental health is critical to overall wellness.

Indianapolis Dentistry offers a wide range of holistic, whole body dentistry services, including biomimetic and minimally invasive dentistry, fluoridefree cleanings, ozone treatments, low radiation X-rays, as well as TMJ/TMD therapies, Zirconia Implants, and organic oral health products. Dr. Reese is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

Location: 7218 U.S. 31 S., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-882-0228 or visit CalmingFears.com.

Katie Orr, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

For Orr, holistic dentistry means offering dental care that is “biologically compatible, safe and life energy enhancing,” that’s determined by the needs of the individual and his overall health. As a firm believer in the impact dentistry has on a person’s energy system, Orr offers a range of services that are performed in a way that is “emotionally and spiritually harmonious for each patient.”

Orr offers a range of holistic-based preventative and restorative dental procedures that include fluoride-free cleaning, safe mercury-free fillings, lowradiation digital X-rays, as well as TMJ/ TMD therapies, organic products and sedation dentistry.

Location: 5430 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-598-8500 or visit DrKatieOrr.com.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

Katherine E. So, DDS, and her team treat patients of all ages and are committed to providing mercury-free, full-service holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to oral health. Working to understand each patient’s needs and objectives allows for comprehensive solutions to address specific dental health needs.

Recognizing that a dental emergency can strike at any time, their office offers extended hours and weekend availability, and will work to accommodate last-minute appointment requests. Dr. So is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

Location: 310 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-456-5109 or visit HolisticDentistIndianapolis.com.

Dental Care Today PC, E. Dale Behner, DDS

Located in Fishers, Dental Care Today PC offers patients a wide range of holistic dental services from preventative care to addressing other oral health concerns, such as tests to determine what specific bacteria or virus may be contributing to gum infections and chronic inflammation to compounding custom, patient-specific, on-site medications. The practice doesn’t use mercury or silver dental fillings and offers low-dose digital X-ray imaging technology.

Location: 9744 Lantern Rd., Fishers. For more information, call 317-348-3925 or visit IndianapolisDental.com.

Guba Dental, Caryn A. Guba, DDS

Guba and her staff offer patients holistic-based dental services ranging from routine, preventative and restorative care to cosmetic services and implants. According to her website, Guba Dental “stays attuned to the dynamic relationship between oral and systemic health” and is “committed to using only biocompatible materials for all our patients.”

Location: 44 Yorkshire Blvd., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-894- 4253 or visit GubaDDS.com.

Premier Dental Care, Marla K. Wilson, DDS

Wilson offers patients holistic dentistry that focuses on ensuring oral health care that is good for one’s overall health. The practice offers a range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services, including mercury-free dentistry and homeopathic medicine, as well as TMJ treatment.

Location: 6920 S. East St., Ste. A, Indianapolis. For more information, call 317- 787-6625 or visit SmilesByMarla.com.

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