Holistic Dentistry—Modern Science Embraces Ancient Traditions

Holistic health isn’t a new idea—it is centuries old. Yet many modern health practitioners from family physicians to general dentists don’t currently use holistic practices. Indeed, if you’re relying on a “traditional” dentist to live your best life, you may be missing out. Without acknowledging how your oral health is completely woven into your total well being, you (and your dentist) are ignoring a major component of overall wellness. That’s what a good holistic dentist in Los Angeles understands.

But finding a good holistic dentist in Westwood isn’t just about your peace of mind. While embracing a holistic approach to health can indeed make people feel better about the treatments they are choosing, the overall goal is to be healthier in the long run. Indeed, holistic dentistry can often lead to better results for many individuals—which means a healthier mouth, less discomfort and embarrassment, and a reduction in the need for invasive oral treatments.

And what’s good for your mouth is good for your entire body. Total wellness is the goal of any holistic treatment and holistic dentistry is no different. That’s why Dr. Guillen is proud to be one of the best holistic dentists in Los Angeles.

And holistic health isn’t just a fad. The holistic approach to oral hygiene has been verified by multiple scientific studies. In fact, new research has repeatedly shown that in order to take care of yourself as a whole, you have to take care of your mouth.

Westwood Village Smiles is home to Dr. Guillen, a board-certified, holistic dentist in the Los Angeles area. It is our goal to support your choice to live a less-toxic life by giving you alternative treatments, materials, and therapies you can use to achieve dental health without sacrificing you total body care.

Your Oral Health is Intimately Connected to Your Total Wellness

As a holistic dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Guillen knows what a critical role oral health and hygiene play in your total wellness. Bad oral practices can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and worse. Indeed, several studies have positively linked oral health to longevity and quality of life.

Gum disease and tooth decay can cause or contribute to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Chronic swelling
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • COPD

And the longer a problem persists, the greater the risks. But simply repairing the damage isn’t the best option.

But simply repairing the damage in the quickest and simplest way possible isn’t always the best option. Sometimes traditional oral treatments can impinge on your body’s natural ability to heal itself and may leave you with potentially toxic chemicals in your mouth that can leach into your body over time.

Less Invasive Treatments = A Happier (Healthier) You

Many “traditional” dentists think it’s their job to “fix” your teeth; which involves fillings, extractions, and other invasive surgical procedures. But simply fixing problems that already exist is costly, potentially painful, and doesn’t address the root problems which caused the damage in the first place.

And many of those traditional treatments involve chemicals, heavy metals, and other potential toxins the effect of which nobody fully understands. Indeed, many studies point to the potential for these toxic materials to degrade and be absorbed by the body but many of these studies reach the conclusion that the effect of these harmful chemicals is not truly understood.

A good holistic dentist in Los Angeles will use active intervention (repair/replacement) to achieve healthy smiles. But preventing problems is always the primary goal. Indeed, prevention will eliminate the risk by preventing the problem in the first place.

Dr. Guillen encourages preventative care from the very beginning (as early as a child’s first dental exam). By teaching patients good habits, giving them the resources and information they need to make decisions, and addressing minor issues before they become problems, Dr. Guillen can achieve excellent results with minimal invasive oral procedures.

This reduces stress, swelling, strain on your immune system, and the likelihood of damaging adjacent healthy teeth and tissue.

When procedures (such as fillings) are necessary, it’s good to know that Dr. Guillen has your total wellness in mind every time.

A Mercury-Amalgam Free Holistic Dentist in Los Angeles

While the ADA maintains the position that mercury-amalgam fillings are reasonably safe, mercury is poisonous. It is a powerful neurotoxin which can cause nervous disorders, mood disorders, decay of mental faculties, and worse.

And the sad truth is that nobody can truly tell you just how much mercury might degrade and be absorbed into your system or how even those microscopic amounts might impinge upon your personal health.

That’s why Dr. Guillen maintains a mercury-free dentist office. Westwood Village Smiles always offers alternative materials that do not contain harmful heavy metals. And these alternatives are often as effective (or even more so) than traditional metal (silver) fillings. While alternative materials aren’t the sole focus of a good holistic dentist in Westwood, they are definitely an important part of the big picture.

Less Radiation Too!

X-rays are an essential part of good oral care and are often the only way to get an accurate look at what’s happening below the gum line. But, as a holistic dentist in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Guillen is committed to minimizing the amount of radiation to which his patients are exposed. That’s why he only uses digital X-Rays—effectively reducing radiation exposure by as much as 90%.

Why reduce radiation? Even small amounts of radiation can cause irreparable damage to your body. A good holistic dentist in Los Angeles will understand that and use x-ray technology only when absolutely necessary.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re looking for a new holistic dentist near Los Angeles who is as committed to your total wellness as you are, contact us directly. We offer convenient appointment times (even evening and weekend slots) as well as a variety of payment options. To learn more, call the helpful staff at Westwood Village Smiles today: (310) 254-9355.