Holistic Dentistry in Thailand and Their Increasing Popularity 

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Biological dentistry or Holistic dentistry is an old alternative dental practice centered on the concept of dental and mouth health. The term “HOLISM” derives from the Greek word ‘Holos’, which means ‘complete’. Biological dentistry, unconventional dentistry, and biocompatible dentistry are alternative names for holistic dentistry. 

Holistic dentistry, which is mostly founded on a conventional understanding of physiology and pathology, differs from conventional dentistry in its interpretation of scientific principles. Under holistic dentistry, assessment and treatment commence with a comprehensive medical and dental history and status, including food, lifestyle, and personal needs, and treatment incorporates both traditional and complementary therapies. Broadly speaking, Holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that considers the patient’s oral health, overall health and well-being, as opposed to merely treating particular teeth or oral disorders.  

Therefore, a holistic dentist is a dentist who engages in holistic dentistry, they use a holistic approach to dental care, which means that they will address the patient’s total health and well-being, not only particular teeth or oral health problems. Holistic dentists frequently focus on an emphasis on preventative care and patient education , employ natural or non-toxic materials and procedures, avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials ,as well as incorporate other therapeutic methods, such as longevity medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Hypnosis, Homeopathy into the plan of dental care. In order to assist patients in maintaining excellent oral health and avoiding future problems.  

In Thailand, holistic dentistry is a relatively young field, and not all dentists practice it. However, there are a limited number of holistic dental clinic in Thailand. These clinics may utilize natural or non-toxic materials and procedures, as well as incorporate other healing techniques, such as longevity medicine, acupuncture or nutrition, preventive care and patient education within the dental care plan. In order to assist patients in maintaining excellent oral health and oral diseases prevention. It is possible that holistic dental treatments in Thailand are less expensive than in other countries; this is one of the reasons why dental tourism is increasing in Thailand. Before making a decision, it is essential to conduct extensive research on the dentist and the clinic, and to confirm that the dentist is certified and registered with the appropriate professional organizations. 

As more people become aware of the potential health dangers associated with standard dental treatments, such as the use of mercury in fillings, holistic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years. Holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that considers the patient’s complete health and well-being, as opposed to simply treating individual teeth or oral disorders. This may involve integrating other therapeutic methods, such as acupuncture or nutrition, into the plan of dental care. In order to assist individuals maintain good dental health and avoid future problems, holistic dentists frequently focus an emphasis on preventative care and patient education.  

As individuals become more aware of their health and the effect their dental care has on their overall well-being, holistic dentistry is gaining popularity. Moreover, with the rise of dental tourism, an increasing number of individuals are flying to other nations to receive comprehensive dental care at a lower cost. As more people become aware of its advantages, it is anticipated that holistic dentistry will continue to gain popularity. 

References  

Kron, J., ‘Holistic Dentistry’, Journal of Complementary Medicine: CM, Vol. 6, no. 1, 2007, pp. 42-47. 

Roohi Sami, R., Anita, Vidhyarekha, Sadhana, and Pugazendhi, ‘Holistic Dentistry: A Natural Approach To Dental& Oral Health’, European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, Vol.7, no.2, 2020, 6731-6734.