If your search for a new dentist takes you to the yellow pages, you’ll notice listings for general dentists, family dentists, cosmetic dentists, pediatric dentists, and holistic or biocompatible dentists. Most individuals understand the first four types of dentistry, but the last one may be unfamiliar. In general, family, pediatric or cosmetic dentistry, the overriding philosophy is “traditional” even though the services and patients within the practice may differ. However, Dr. Chris Brady of Dental Health and Wellness in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a different approach. Dr. Brady works hard to keep his patient’s mouths healthy, knowing that good oral care can help keep the entire body healthy.
The biggest differences between holistic and traditional dentistry are in the way they approach dental issues. A dentist with a traditional approach tends to address the problem. For example, when a patient has a cavity, the dentist fills it, and the patient is on their way. Dr. Brady not only fixes the issue, but he also tries to uncover what is causing the problem and what implications the problem or the treatment may have on the body. Our example of a cavity means that Dr. Brady only uses safe materials in dental fillings. If cavities are recurring, he works with his patients to understand if the teeth are weak, if the patient is eating a diet high in sugary foods, or if the person simply isn’t brushing or flossing.
In addition to treating the entire patient and committing to only using safe materials, such as those free from mercury and other harmful metals, holistic dentistry also includes utilizing technology that can help patients have a better and safer dental experience. It also means that Dr. Brady will only recommend procedures that are completely necessary and will choose the least invasive treatment that will give you the best possible results.
Many years ago, most cavities were treated with metal fillings. These fillings were thought to be the most durable option. However, studies have shown that the material includes mercury, which can cause serious health issues. Not only is Dr. Brady committed to only using safe materials in his dental procedures, but he is also expertly trained on the proper procedure to remove metal cavities. Dr. Brady follows a strict process that protects the patient and the dental team from ingesting mercury as it is removed.
Dr. Brady also offers Material Testing, which helps patients understand their chances of having a reaction to materials used in dentistry. This also helps the team ensure they’re only using materials that are safe for a very high percentage of their patients.
If you’re considering a new dental team, call the Dental Health and Wellness office in Colorado Springs today at (719) 215-9292. The dental team can tell you more about our practice and what makes us unique and schedule you for an initial appointment with Dr. Brady.