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Breaking Through Outdated Dental Practices with Natural Dental Solutions

Aug 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Supriya Shetty
Dr. Supriya Shetty

Dr. Supriya Shetty

The mouth is a window to the body. Good or bad, it can quickly paint a picture of a person’s overall health.

According to research highlighted in, there’s a strong connection between bacteria, the mouth, and the digestive and respiratory tract. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can lead to inflammation and cause illness and health issues such as endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pneumonia and complications during pregnancy.

Good oral health is about more than brushing or relying on the same outdated methods and standards of care that traditional dentists use. Invasive methods such as fillings, cavities, root canals and other surface-level treatments don’t end up fixing the underlying issues. This, in turn, can create a vicious cycle of painful or unnecessary dental work and exacerbated chronic health issues.

Simply put, most people don’t know that there’s a different and often better way to care for their oral health.

The practice of biologic dentistry is a rising star for this reason. It’s a completely different oral health journey that puts the root cause of the problem at the center. Through meaningful education, oral health preventative measures, and minimally invasive and holistic dental solutions, patients can attain better health outcomes—the natural way—for themselves and their families.

Holistic dentistry—a natural, safe and effective approach to oral and total-body health—is the right move for individuals looking for more out of their healthcare choices, including prevention and expertise that supports the mouth-body connection. Holistic dentistry offers:

  • an approach that embraces nutrition and teaches about harmful habits, gut health, toxicity levels and more;
  • a goal of treating the overall body and not just symptoms or surface-level issues;
  • conservative and outside-of-the-box treatment methods (including air abrasion, ozone therapy and laser therapy, as well as other non-surgical and minimally invasive options) that restore and protect teeth from damage; removal and replacement of risky amalgam or mercury fillings;
  • application of safe materials that are durable, non-toxic and bio-compatible, with bio-compatibility testing that helps identify which dental material best suits a patient’s body;
  • alternative treatments to root canals, noting a study published in the National Library of Medicine that shows that unless root canals are 100 percent sterilized, bacteria can leak into the bloodstream and cause serious chronic health issues over time; safer alternatives to fluoride.

Needs-based dental care that treats superficial issues is no longer the only way. The practice of holistic dentistry not only recognizes that every patient is different and has a unique set of needs, it embraces and celebrates that with cutting-edge services and solutions that outsmart traditional methods.

From safe and non-toxic treatments, to natural or minimally invasive methods, to understanding and helping patients’ health from within, holistic dentistry is a solution that can assist people of all ages and oral health stages achieve total body wellness and a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Supriya Shetty is a holistic and biologic dentist with Integrative Dental Solutions is located at N35 W23770 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-421-4389 or visit