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Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2017 Aug 9;52(8):473-475. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.1002-0098.2017.08.005.

[Periodontology from the perspective of holistic integrative medicine].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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Department of Periodontology, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology & National Engineering Laboratory for Digital and Material Technology of Stomatology & Beijing Key Laboratory of Digital Stomatology, Beijing 100081, China.


in English, Chinese

Medical diciplines have been gradually differentiated and specialized during its developement, and problems due to deep specialization have been increasingly apparent. Its performance is as follows: dental specialists tends to focus on a certain narrow area and ignore neither the patients as a whole existence nor the role of the environmental factors. In this article, the author tries to show the holistic integrative medicine (HIM) from the point of view of periodontal specialty. In fact, the pathogenesis, the differential diagnosis and the treatment of periodontal diseases along with the role of preventive dentistry and basic medicine for periodontology must be considered as a whole using the philosophy of HIM. The future development of periodontal specialty should absorb the achievements of other medical and dental diciplines. Periodontist should pay more attention to HIM. The author also gives some thoughts and suggestions on how to practice HIM in the field of periodontics.


Holistic integrative medicine; Periodontal diseases; Periodontics

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