The holistic approach is a philosophy for ensuring that entire patient is being treated.
For example: when looking at the patient -- Dr. Fallah deals with infections, whether due to gum disease, mouth problems or an infected tooth.
Dr. Fallah states that he "... checks for infection and makes certain to deal with it in the best possible way - with a biological approach and an approach that is kindest to the patient."
For example: disease can be present without pain to the patient, as with gum disease - when space between gum and tooth opens and bacteria enter.
Without proper cleanings and oral hygiene, the bacterial changes become more anaerobic and the bacteria basically digest and break down the space between the tooth and gum - with no pain to the patient. These bacteria cause a lot of damage without pain and can enter the lymphatic system, the blood system and lodge in the heart, lungs or the brain. More importantly it can create low-grade chronic infections. In addition, there is an infant low birth weight associated with women with gum disease and increases in incidence of heart problems for people with gum disease.
Dr. Fallah states that, "... we want to look at the whole body because there are systemic problems that can affect the mouth as well. If someone has an autoimmune disorder such as Lupus and seeks treatment for jaw pain, the process of the treatment will go slower if the Lupus is not addressed."
Dr. Fallah works with rheumatologists and other health care professionals that deal with systemic aspects of health problems.
Another important aspect of holistic treatment is the structure of the patient.
If someone has a crooked bite, if the upper jaw is canted, or there are issues with the bite, it can cause problems with the jaw, neck and spine.
If someone has sublaxation in their spine, back problems or structural issues and that individual’s bite is prematurely fixed without dealing with spine issues, that spine imbalance will come back and make the bite unstable.
The holistic approach quite literally considers the entire patient.