TMJ, Orthodontics (tooth movement) and dentistry’s Dark Cosmetic Secret
I was reading an email on my Gmail account the other day and one of the corner ads got my attention. A fellow colleague was advertising as a “Holistic Dentist”. Though I had heard it before, I have never put much thought into what it really means.
I suppose that the most basic tenets of “holistic dentistry” should be to do no harm and for the dentist to look at the mouth , teeth, gums and the jaws as an integral part of a larger, whole body system. Interestingly, in most countries around the world, medical students recite an oath equivalent to “the oath of Hippocrates”, sadly though no student of our profession undertakes such oath upon graduation. I do however believe that we are implicitly bound to honor the trust placed in us as “medical professionals”.
Reprinted from MedHelp.org