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What is Holistic Dentistry?

Susquehanna Dental Arts is known for its natural and holistic practices. But what makes a dentist “holistic”? Today, we want to take a deep dive into what makes our dental practice holistic, and define the difference between traditional and holistic dentistry.

Holistic dentistry is dedicated to the education of patients in the importance of good dental health and how it directly affects overall health. Holistic dentistry makes the correlation between dental health and its effects on various general ailments, such as heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies.

Issues Tackled in Holistic Dentistry

There are several differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry, with the most widely known issue being the debate regarding mercury fillings. However, there are several other widely accepted practices that holistic dentistry addresses and actively avoids.

Mercury Fillings

We’ll start with the most widely known controversy – mercury fillings. Traditional dentistry practices recommend mercury fillings due to their longevity, lesser cost, and ease of placement over composite fillings. However, holistic dentists argue that mercury is a toxin and even small amounts can put patients at risk for many serious health conditions. A truly holistic dentist will never place mercury fillings, and all holistic dentists meet or exceed safety guidelines for mercury filling removal and replacement.


The fluoride fight is an ongoing debate between traditional and holistic dentistry. Fluoride has been a controversial subject between dentists for decades, and holistic dentists argue for the removal of the chemical in water supplies for the general public, stating that fluoride is neither beneficial to the body nor effective for cavity protection. Each side has its arguments and research to back their case, and the debate will likely continue for years to come.

Biocompatible Dental Materials

Holistic dentistry places enormous emphasis on testing for biocompatibility before placing a composite material in a patient’s mouth. Most traditional dentists do not perform any testing to see if the materials will cause a reaction – there is generally no choice for the patient regarding what material is being used for the cavity. Holistic dentists work with a wide variety of different composite fillings and other procedure materials such as bridges or crowns and determine which material will perform the best in each patient.

All in all, traditional and holistic dentistry possess very different opinions. At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we take pride in considering the overall health and well-being of every single one of our patients from the minute they step through the door. Ready to schedule your holistic dentistry appointment? Give us a call today at 717-285-7033. We look forward to serving you!