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ASDA News is your resource for dental news on topics like licensure, student debt, practice management, dental student life and some fun stuff too. Grab a cup of coffee, steal a few minutes between classes and flip through the latest issue. ASDA News makes it easy and fun to stay in the know about your profession.

How holistic dentistry can and will play a role in your future career
By Gregory J. Sabino, Ph.D., Stony Brook '16, contributing editor 

W hen seeking dental care, patients exercise autonomy and are increasingly involved in their own treatment planning. The terms “holistic” and “alternative” invoke a variety of responses from health care professionals and patients. The Holistic Dental Association believes that being a healthy person goes beyond the absence of disease. They examine treatments and agents not typically taught during dental training. There is a special focus placed on a patient’s whole well-being that goes beyond the oral cavity. They seek to provide a means to foster the innate ability to heal.

The ADA groups “holistic” and “alternative” into a category called unconventional dentistry. The ADA targets dental practices and products not validated by scientific studies. The ADA recognizes the importance of developing new products and techniques of treatment if they are evidence based. While dental fads are present in the public, there are proven compounds and methods from traditional and natural sources that improve oral health. Research has shown positive outcomes, and in some cases, similar efficacy when compared with more contemporary ingredients. Keep reading… 

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