In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the role oral health plays in overall well-being. More and more studies are showing how oral health is linked to gut, brain, heart, and general health. There is an increase in demand for dentists who prioritize a holistic and biological approach.
If you are looking to find a dentist who aligns with these principles, here are some tips on how to find a holistic, biological, mercury safe dentist near you.
What is a Biological Dentist?
Biological dentists are also called holistic, natural, integrative, functional, or mercury free dentists.
Here are some key principals of biological dentistry:
- The philosophy and essential practices of biological dentistry include "safe mercury removal, dental ozone, nutrition, energetic connections, homeopathy, and more."
- They aim to use non-toxic and biocompatible materials in their practice and view oral health as an integral part of overall health, focusing on preventive care and the treatment of underlying causes rather than just symptomatic relief.
- They avoid mercury, amalgam fillings, lead, and other heavy metals. Instead they use "resin, glass ionomer, porcelain, and gold, among other options."
- They don't use fluoride.
- "Mercury free" dentists do not use mercury fillings. "Mercury safe" dentists offer safe mercury removal.
- They use alternative therapies to root canals.
7 Questions to Ask Your Biological Dentist
Here are 7 questions you can ask your dentist to see if they align with a biological / holistic philosophy:
- Is your office fluoride free and promote a fluoride free toothpaste?
- Is your office mercury free (use mercury fillings) and/or mercury safe (can safely remove mercury fillings)?
- Does your office use digital xrays or film xrays? Digital xrays have less radiation.
- Does your office you provide alternatives to root canals?
- Does your office you offer ozone treatments?
- Does your office air abrasion, sandblasting, or laser treatments as an alternative to drilling?
- Does your office recomend pain and antibiotic treatment alternatives such as homeopathy, colloidal silver, essential oils, arnica, and supplements?
Biological Dentist Databases
Here are some certifications, trainings, and credentials available to biological dentists. Use their databases to search for certified dentists in your area.
In addition, you can do a google search for "biological dentists near me" or "mercury free dentists near me" for dentists that don't have these specific certifications.
Be sure to interview them with the above questions to confirm they align with a biological / holistic philosophy.
- Mercury Safe Dentist Internet Directory
- The International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine Directory
- Holistic Dentist Association Directory
- International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology Directory
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