Holistic dentistry is all about looking at the person connected to the teeth and gums, not just the teeth and gums in isolation. Central to holistic dentistry is an understanding of the impact that infections in the gums, teeth or jawbone have on your overall health. It is also concerned with choosing filling materials that are not toxic, aesthetic, strong and biocompatible. The treatment of tension headaches, neck aches, migraines or jaw problems are also incorporated into holistic dentistry, together with nutritional, sleep, breathing, and postural advice. Holistic dentistry also works with other health practitioners to achieve optimal health for patients – signs and symptoms in the mouth, may indicate there is a problem elsewhere in the body. Holistic dentistry is about identifying these and referring on to other specialists where necessary.
5 Minutes with Dr Lewis Ehrlich, Holistic Dentist, Health Coach, PT, former professional soccer player
Dr Lewis Ehrlich
Holistic Dentist, Health Coach, PT, former professional soccer player
For those of us who don’t know, how is a holistic dentist different from a regular dentist?
What are your daily non negotiables?
Prioritising my sleep and getting to sleep early. Sleep is the most important part of the day. Many see it as an inconvenience, however, to be at your best, be energised, build a strong immune system, make healthy dietary decisions, be in a good mood and have the energy to train well, you must sleep well.
What is your health and fitness philosophy?
Prioritise your sleep, eat as naturally as possible (lots of vegetables!), exercise regularly but do so to match how you feel on that day, and try to do something fun every day.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading “A Life Less Stressed: The Five Pillars of Health and Wellness” – By Dr Ron Ehrlich who happens to be my uncle, mentor and a fellow holistic dentist. We work together at the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre. The book is coming out in January 2018 and is a must read. It is essentially a holistic guide to the stresses that wear us down and the simple changes we can make to lead happier, healthier, and more resilient lives. Keep an eye out for it!
What is the one (or two) things you tell your patients they should be doing every day for their oral health?
Eat as naturally as possible, with plenty of good fats – foods that contain Vitamins A, D, E and K are great for your teeth.. I also talk to my patients about ‘sleep hygiene’. This involves making your sleep a priority, getting to bed early, and avoiding warm fluids, electronics, caffeine and alcohol late at night.
What do you like to do in your down time?
I like getting active – this could be training outdoors, playing tennis, surfing or going to yoga.
Your favourite LYC juice?
Where can we find you?
Health information and blog posts at www.drlewis.com.au
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