Homeopathy is a medical system that enjoys a long and rich heritage of scientific literature and a worldwide reputation for safe and effective therapeutics. It can be used to enhance a traditional approach.
The use of homeopathy is growing and you may be surprised by the wide variety of treatments that are specifically useful with dental conditions.
We can give homeopathic advice, from alternatives to antibiotics, through to the alleviation of nervousness or the treatment of sore gums.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that helps the body to heal itself. A homeopathic consultation focuses on the whole person and homeopathic medicines are selected on the basis of all aspects of the patient and his or her signs and symptoms. This means that each treatment "like each person" is unique.
Homeopathy works on the principle of using like to cure like. In other words, it treats an illness with medicine made from a substance that would provoke similar symptoms in a healthy person and, in so doing, stimulates the body's own healing mechanism. As homeopathy is such a gentle therapy it has the potential to benefit all, from birth right through to old age.
Most conditions will respond to homeopathic medicines and some can be treated solely with homeopathy. A dentist trained in homeopathy will know when it is most effective to use homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine or a combination of both.
Dental conditions that often respond well to homeopathy include relief from pain, swelling, bruising, dental phobias, nausea, tooth sensitivity, jaw cramping, teething in infants, neuralgia, toothache, bleeding, infection, ulcers and cold sores. Homeopathy can be used equally well for both acute conditions and for more chronic problems when prolonged treatment may be required.
Homeopathic medicines are derived from natural substances, including plants and minerals. They are prepared in licensed laboratories under strict control and can be given in tablet, granule or liquid form. Many homeopathic medicines appropriate to simple treatments are available over the counter at a pharmacy or health food shop. A homeopathic dentist will be able to advise on the correct treatment for more complicated conditions.
This is because homeopathic medicines are made from a very small amount of the active ingredient using a process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). Two hundred years of practice, research and trials have proved the safety of this gentle system of medicine for both people and animals. Unlike some conventional drugs, homeopathic medicines are non-addictive and have no dangerous side-effects. Homeopathy is particularly safe to use for babies (and is often used to relieve the discomfort of teething), children and pregnant and breastfeeding women under the supervision of an appropriately qualified practitioner.
Although homeopathy is not currently subject to statutory regulation, the practice of homeopathy by statutorily registered healthcare professionals, such as dentists, is recognised by an Act of Parliament. All dental members of the Faculty of Homeopathy are also members of the General Dental Council and so are subject to the regulations of both the Faculty and the GDC. The British Homeopathic Association strongly recommends consulting dental surgeons accredited by the Faculty of Homeopathy.
A homeopathic practitioner seeks to treat the whole person and not just the condition. There are a number of homeopathic medicines which are effective in the more common and acute dental problems and the prescription of these medicines will be relatively straightforward. However, homeopathy can also be used to treat chronic dental complaints and, as well as asking you questions about your symptoms, the homeopathic dentist will be interested in how you are feeling emotionally and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you. Questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, sleep patterns, medical history and state of mind help the practitioner to form a complete picture of you in order to use the best homeopathic medicine for you
The British Homeopathic Association publishes a list of homeopathically qualified healthcare professionals, including dentists, practising in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, available both in printed form and via our website at www.trusthomeopathy.org. All the dentists on the list are members of both the Faculty of Homeopathy and the General Dental Council. The British Homeopathic Dental Association can also provide details of dentists interested, but not necessarily qualified, in homeopathy and recommends that, if at all possible, you consult one of the dentists who has completed Faculty training.
The most qualified homeopathic dentists have passed the Faculty of Homeopathy Diploma exam and can be identified by the letters DFHom(Dent) after their name. These dentists are competent in both acute and chronic cases and many use homeopathy as the main therapeutic approach in their practices. Other dentists are Licenced Associates of the Faculty of Homeopathy and have the letters LFHom(Dent) after their name. This means they have passed the Primary Health Care Examination and have achieved a basic level of training in homeopathy.
All staff members of Dental Clinic are licensed professionals. Our staff consists of licensed general dentists.