The term “holistic” was defined by Aristotle as “the whole is more than the sum of the parts”. Studies show that well over 50% of the population has been engaged in some form of holistic medicine for many years now as we strive to improve our health. In holistic dentistry, we can therefore say that when we treat the patient we are not just looking at treating the mouth but the whole person. This means several things. First, the conditions in your mouth such as decay, gum disease, missing teeth, and other problems can affect your body. (In addition, the medical condition of your overall health and body can affect your mouth.) Second, the materials we place in your mouth can also affect the whole person. As a holistic general dentist the object is to restore your mouth with materials that are proven compatible with your specific body.