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Homeopathy is utilized by biological dentists as a natural approach of treatment to deal with their practice. The treatment is safe, non-addictive, and effective for adults and children. Homeopathic remedies are utilized to improve the mental or emotional conditions in patients without the sedating impacts of customary sedatives.
Homeopathy therapy has been used for over two centuries and many clinical studies have been published about the effectiveness of these remedies in the oral cavity. For decades, dentists have been confronting difficulties in overseeing dental conditions because of the failure in regression of symptoms or adverse reactions of conventional treatments. Alternative treatments are turning into the standard of care for toothaches, headaches, and facial pain (Royal, 1991).
Alternative medicine is a system that includes herbal medicines, essential oils and homeopathic remedies. The principle of homeopathy is “like cures like,” presented by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, in which a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in a healthy person will cure similar symptoms in a sick individual. Conventional medicine believes that symptoms of and illness should be suppressed with drugs, while homeopathy helps the body to fight the illness and support this process with a remedy instead of suppressing it (Little JW, 2004).
Biological dentistry recognizes that oral health and overall health are indivisible. The oral cavity and the body are connected by blood, nerves, the lymphatic system, acupuncture meridians, bone, joints and the digestive system complimenting one another. When dentists are treating a patient with an oral health condition, in most cases, the reason is found locally, like a cracked tooth from trauma or a lost filling. But in other cases, the reason comes from the body such as bruxism, tooth decay, cancer, AIDS, temporomandibular joint disorders, halitosis, and periodontal disease, among others (Royal, 1991). Understanding this fact makes us conscious that the elective treatment for our patients will have an effect on their overall health and vice versa.
Homeopathy remedies have been very useful in dentistry over the years for the management of conditions affecting orofacial structures providing rapid relief. Among some of them we have Belladonna, which is useful for toothache, early dental abscess, bruxism and dry socket. Natrum muriaticum is use for cold sores and fever blisters, angular cheilitis and cracked lips. Chamomilla is very useful for a toothache. Arsenicum album is use for bleeding gums, for diseases involving pulp and the periapical region. Borax can be given for oral candidiasis, aphthous ulcers, and oral lichen planus. Aconite can be used for panic, fright, general mental and physical restlessness or sudden violent attacks, and trigeminal neuralgia. Phosphorous is the drug of choice for conditions related to salivation as well as to control the postsurgical bleeding; Arnica for dental trauma or post-operative procedures such as dental surgeries, deep fillings, and fractures. Hypercium is very useful for nerve pain and dental trauma (Ullman, 1991).
On account of the above points, it would suffice to conclude that homeopathy remedies are beneficial as a natural approach in oral prevention and treatment. According to studies, there are many benefits that effectively help patients without toxic side effects. Homeopathy is safe for adults and children. Also, it is a biocompatible and natural alternative to improve the physical and emotional condition of patients without been invasive. The knowledge and understanding of homeopathy treatment of the oral diseases is growing fast as people become more aware of its benefits.
Little JW. Complementary and alternative medicine: Impact on dentistry. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2004;98:137–45.
Royal, F. F. (1991). Proving homoeopathic medicines. British Homeopathic Journal, 80(02), 122-124.
Ullman, D. (1991). Discovering homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st century. North Atlantic Books.