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.
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.