After 15 years of dentistry, our colleague Andrée Vandenborre has reoriented her practice towards natural techniques. Homeopathy, nutrotherapy, aromatherapy, so many ways to respond differently and sometimes more effectively to oral diseases.
Today, through training, experience and openness to other horizons, his practice displays the mention of holistic Serenity Smiles Dentist. It was enough for us to leave to meet this atypical universe.
In recent years, notions of alternative, holistic and alternative medicine have found their place in the panel of therapeutic specialties. In the face of environmental degradation punctuated by crises and repeated scandals lived as irreversible damage to the planet, man is seeking a well-being without side effects. This crusade, or rather this “reconquista”, driven by current awareness, tends to interest individuals in lost values or tracks that are still unexplored but borrowed from nature. This trend more than a fashion has become a goal of life for many.
Holistic therapists define their specialty through a holistic approach where the patient is considered as a whole rather than as a set of subsystems. Even more broadly, the individual (the patient) is itself integrated into larger systems such as the family, ancestral lineage, and society that influence his or her body. The interactions between different oral diseases and the body are clearly defined.
Heavy metals and mercury
Andrée Vandenborre, like all of us, took dentistry courses with her wealth of techniques and her impressive therapeutic arsenal. His interest in parallel methods begins with a personal experience. Without knowing his profession, a toxicologist shows him an allergy to mercury and heavy metals. A long-time migrant, she has two amalgams removed. Migraines disappear. It does not take more to question other cases already encountered in his office. Allergy to heavy metals and mercury is so rare but often ignored. The MELISA test makes it possible to highlight this affection. In the case of a positive mercury result, removal of dental amalgam is recommended, but with precautions: dike and aspiration. The symptoms of mercury allergy are: dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia.
“Some might think that holism is a reaction of opposition for the sole purpose of existing,” says Andrée Vandenborre. “I consider alternative therapies to be more real, but they should not supplant techniques that have been proven for years. Exclusive holistic practices are to be avoided, I constantly resort to conventional dentistry which is very efficient, I refuse nothing and I am open to all methods.
Reducing holistic dentistry to the systematic removal of dental amalgam is reductive, especially since we do not know what the future holds for modern filling products. Simply, there are other ways to solve some problems. The other effect of metals that can be harmful in the mouth is the galvanic current or the “stack effect”. Yet easy to diagnose, electric currents can be responsible for unexplained pain. These are measurable using a simple voltmeter. An amalgam generating a current greater than 120 mV is potentially harmful.