Photo: Lina Garcia
Poor oral health isn't as simple as cavities and swollen gums. Infections in your mouth allow bacteria to reach other parts of your body, from your arteries to your lungs. "Teeth aren't our main concern—avoiding future health issues is," explains Garcia. To that end, holistic dentists aim to treat the sources of your periodontal problems—with natural rinses, diet counseling, even meditation—in addition to the symptoms.