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How do I Become a Holistic Dentist?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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In order to become a holistic dentist, you will likely need to complete the same dental training as more conventional dentists followed by specialized courses in holistic healing. The primary difference between traditional and holistic dentistry is that many holistic dentists do not use mercury and other harmful substances on their patients, and some practice alternative methods for healing. To become a holistic dentist in your area, you must first attend an accredited dental school.

Before you can enter dental school, you will likely be required to attend a four-year university to obtain a bachelor's degree. You must keep your grades up during this time in order to be accepted into a quality dental school. Before you can become a holistic dentist, you will have to complete all required dentistry schooling and pass an exam given by the medical or dentistry board in your area.

After you have become a licensed dentist, you can continue on to learn holistic approaches to your work. Which therapies or holistic additions you wish to acquire is up to you. You may choose simply to substitute harsh chemical items with healthier versions, or you may wish to pursue fully holistic healing practices for pain management. These may include hypnotherapy, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and the use of homeopathic remedies.

There are various schools available that will help you become a holistic dentist. Specialized courses in homeopathy and holistic healing methods are generally offered, and you will likely have to take an exam to become licensed as a practitioner in your chosen specialty. The types of licensing and certification needed to practice holistic therapies varies based on location and field.

Sometimes a dentist will not take these extended classes but instead have a holistic practitioner in his or her practice to help with pain management and other aspects of the healing process. Homeopathic remedies may also be given, although not by the actual dentist. If you choose to go this route, you will need to look into any licensing or certification needed to hire an additional practitioner to your practice.

In most cases you cannot become a holistic dentist without taking primary dentistry courses at an accredited school or college. However, you may be able to study holistic healing therapies at a specialized training center or independently and work alongside a licensed dentist providing his patients with alternative pain remedies. This would only require that you obtain the required certification for holistic healing in your chosen specialty.

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Discussion Comments
By Animandel — On Mar 05, 2014

Speaking from experience, you could be visiting a holistic dentist and never know the difference if you didn't read the literature in the office and if no one told you. A couple of the primary differences between holistic practices and other general dental practices is the way holistic practices deal with healing after surgery and the way they deal with general pain.

By Sporkasia — On Mar 04, 2014

Holistic dentist; this is news to me. I make a point of keeping up with alternative medical practices, but somehow I have missed the holistic dentist. However, since the article says that holistic dentists go through the same training as other dentists, if I were trying to find a dentist, I would be willing to see what a holistic practice is all about.

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