Biological dentistry cobines the techniques and artistry of general dentistry with a focus on the implications oral health has on the entire body. Biological dentistry recognizes the link between oral health and general health. A biological dentist appreciates that the diseases and materials in your mouth can have lasting, negative affects on other systems in your body. Biological dentists also work with other like-minded health care providers to assess the compatibility of dental materials, to provide nutritional support, and, if needed, to provide detoxification from the damaging affects of oral toxins. The biological dentist keeps your whole health in mindÃ³not just the condition of your teeth and mouth.
Some simple ways you can know if your dentist has a biological approach to oral health care are as follows.
A biological dentist:
- Never uses mercury (silver amalgam) fillings
- Follows protective protocols when removing mercury fillings
- Offers biocompatibility testing for dental materials
- Does not use fluoride
- Practices biocompatible gum therapy
- Has equipment to sterilze instruments without toxic chemicals and to prevent waterline biofilms
- Uses digital x-ray technology to significantly reduce the harmful affects of radiation
- Works in conjunction with other allied health professionals (MDÃs, nauturopaths, nutritionists, etc.)
- Receives continuing education in the field of biological dentistry