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 dentists. Most individuals know, or can assume, what the first four types of dentistry are, but the last one may be unfamiliar. In general, with family, pediatric or cosmetic dentistry, the overriding philosophy is traditional, even though the services and patients within the practice may differ. However, Dr. France Chevalier has a different approach. She works hard to keep her patient's mouths healthy knowing that good oral care can help keep the entire body healthy.
What is the difference between holistic and traditional dentistry?
The biggest differences in 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. Chevalier not only fixes the issue, she tries to uncover what is causing the problem and what implications the problem or the treatment may have on the body. In our example of a cavity, that means that Dr. Chevalier only uses safe materials in dental fillings and if cavities are recurring she works with her 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 correctly.
In addition to treating the entire patient and a commitment to only using safe materials, such as those that are 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. Chevalier will only recommend procedures that are completely necessary and will choose the least invasive treatment that will give you the best possible results.
Dr. Chevalier has been helping patients from Ottawa and the surrounding areas find their best path to treatment. There is no one-size-fits-all path to wellness or to dental care. Dr. Chevalier will treat you with the respect and courtesy you deserve. If you have further questions about holistic dentistry or mercury-safe dentistry, call Dr. Chevalier's office today.
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