Dental Practice de Liefde: Dentistry that's good for your mouth and body
Located in Amsterdam Zuid, Dental Practice de Liefde strives for good health, durability and quality with each treatment. Its aim is to help patients retain healthy and strong teeth throughout their lives.
De Liefde’s team consists of general dentists, holistic dentists, hygienists and specialists with considerable experience in dentistry. The practice is expat-friendly, as it is a multilingual practice.
What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is not about the dentists looking at different things, but about them seeing things differently. Dentistry will always have to make use of “non-self” or foreign substances. Holistic dentistry does not only consider what is best for your mouth, but also what is best for your body. Below you will find some recommendations from the practice’s holistic dentists:
Preferably no metal
Unfortunately, teeth do not grow back naturally, so there is no other choice but to use foreign substances. However, the team of Practice de Liefde tries to work as hypoallergenic as possible. In a moist environment such as your mouth, metal rusts and might be absorbed into your body. Therefore, the practice does not use metal braces, frames and implants. Luckily, ceramics are a safe alternative.
Getting rid of plasticisers
Holistic dentistry does not only consider what is best for your mouth, but also what is best for your body.
The last couple of years, there has been some commotion surrounding plasticisers in plastic. When used in large quantities, these chemical substances can cause hormonal disruptions in your body. For these reasons, a holistic dentist prefers composite fillings without plasticisers such as BPA and HEMA.
Fluoride, yes or no?
There has always been a lot of discussion about fluoride. As a holistic dental practice, de Liefde is not necessarily against the use of fluoride.
The use of fluoride is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Balance is key. When you are healthy, eat at regular intervals, and have good oral hygiene, you don’t necessarily need fluoride. However, if you don’t, it might be that your saliva is not strong enough to support the remineralisation process of your teeth.
Easy on the mouthwash
Practice de Liefde is not a huge fan of aggressive mouthwash because it upsets the balance in your mouth, which in turn can lead to oral thrush. It should be sufficient to brush your teeth twice a day and use toothpicks.
If you do wish to give your teeth a little extra help, you might consider oil pulling instead of mouthwash. Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic ritual, where you place a tablespoon of oil (coconut, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth, and you swish the oil around for 5-20 minutes. Opinions are divided on the subject, but the practice has seen great results amongst its patients who are using this method.
Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth
Breathing through your nose is how mother nature intended for you to breathe. It doesn't only filter the air you breathe, but it also gives you a healthier mouth. If you breathe through your mouth, your mucous membranes and gums will dry out. Your gums can get inflamed, which can cause tooth decay and bad breath. Therefore, Practice de Liefde advises its clients to breathe through their noses.
A wide variety of treatments
Dental Practice de Liefde offers a wide variety of treatments in general dentistry, holistic dentistry, dental hygiene, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, implantology and aesthetic dentistry. They also offer other services, including acupuncture, ESTeck body scans, and orthomolecular medicine.
Contact de Liefde
Dental Practice de Liefde understands that many people have jobs and families. This is why they offer extended opening hours, from 8am until 9.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am until 5.30pm on Tuesday and Friday and 9am until 4pm on Saturday.