Kusp Pediatric Dentistry

Holistic Pediatric Dentistry

Holistic and integrative pediatric dentistry offer alternative approaches to traditional dental care, considering the whole child and emphasizing personalized, comprehensive treatment. By addressing the interconnectedness of oral health and overall well-being and all parts of the human body, holistic dentists provide a range of benefits, including minimizing toxic exposure, promoting natural healing, and prioritizing preventive care. When it comes to choosing dental care for your child, exploring holistic dentistry options can be an avenue to consider for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to their oral health journey. There are many families that choose these more non-traditional approaches to pediatric dentistry for their child.

What is the holistic approach to pediatric dentistry?

It is a practitioner’s emphasis on the connection between the mouth and it’s relationship to the entire body – including the airway, breathing, speech, as well as the child’s growth and development. There is a focus on treating the whole child, considering their physical, emotional, and environmental factors in oral health management. Integrative Pediatric Dentists prioritize conservative treatment methods, avoiding unnecessary procedures and promoting natural healing whenever possible. Holistic dentistry avoids the use of potentially harmful materials like mercury-based amalgam fillings, reducing the child’s exposure to toxins and promoting a safer dental environment. Today, even many more traditional pediatric dentists shy away from more invasive procedures and focus on minimally invasive dentistry for children.

Kid laying down

Some pediatric dentists also work with Craniosacral therapists who focus on evaluating and optimizing the alignment and mobility of the craniosacral system, which includes the cranium, spine, and sacrum. By gently applying manual techniques, they aim to release restrictions and restore balance within this system. Addressing any structural imbalances can indirectly benefit the oral health of children, as it may help improve proper jaw alignment and alleviate strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Craniosacral therapists support the body’s inherent self-healing capabilities. By working with the body’s natural rhythms and facilitating the release of restrictions, they aim to enhance the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate. This can promote overall well-being, including optimal oral health and healing following dental procedures. By providing input on any cranial or musculoskeletal factors that may impact oral health, they contribute to a more comprehensive approach to treatment.

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Oral Myofunctional therapy

Oral Myofunctional therapy can also help facilitate a holistic approach to dentistry (see our article on oral myofunctional therapy) with a combination of manual therapy and orofacial myology principles to support jaw growth and functional improvement. These therapists utilize chewing tools such as the myomunchee, sinus drainage (with ENT support), cervical and anterior fascia release, gross motor support for appropriate development of the body on which the head sits, and frenectomy/ post frenectomy management. 

Holistic pediatric dentists are a wonderful choice for families and make a true attempt at connecting the child’s overall health to their oral health and help support a lifetime of healthy habits! Please feel free to ask us any questions about how we incorporate integrative pediatric dentistry into our practices.