Biological – Holistic – Mercury Safe Dentistry
Dentistry is the art and science of oral medicine. One would expect the practice to revolve around health, with the utmost consideration for patient safety, and the use of non-toxic materials. Unfortunately, the old-school mindset was to approach dentistry more like engineering. Dentists were tooth mechanics, and little thought was given to the effect that oral health, or dental materials, may have on the body.
The old way of thinking is beginning to evolve, with accumulating evidence of the mouth-body connection. Although industry-wide progress is painfully slow, certain holistic dentistry professionals, such as Dr. McKenzie in Atlanta, GA, are practicing the future of dentistry today. Dazzling Smiles is a biologic dental clinic, which means that we are keenly aware of the effect anything that goes in your mouth or is done to your mouth, can have on your overall health and natural quality of life. As an Atlanta holistic dentist, Dr. McKenzie will only allow materials, techniques, and technology that she believes is truly beneficial to the patient in every possible aspect, and not harmful in any way.
Mercury Safe/Mercury Free Holistic Dentistry
Mercury amalgam is one of the most common, and most controversial dental materials in use today. We do not use this known toxin in our center under any circumstances, but we do see many patients who already have metal fillings. If those fail they need to be removed and replaced. Additionally, if the patient wants them updated with cosmetic, biocompatible resin, or porcelain, the amalgam filling will need to be removed.
The traditional method of removing a metal filling is to drill it out. If you have ever been around a construction site, machine shop, or woodshop, you know that drilling creates dust and heat. When the material being drilled contains mercury, the particulate matter (dust) in the air also contains mercury. Additionally, heat and friction release mercury vapor. The IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) has developed a very specific protocol for safely removing mercury fillings, which Dr. McKenzie adheres to strictly. The multi-phase process, including physical barriers and air filtration, protects the patient as well as the staff from elevated exposure during the removal process. Dr. McKenzie is a respected member of the IAOMT as well as the DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions).
Fluoride Free Dental Solutions
Although it receives less attention than mercury, fluoride is another hotly debated topic in dentistry. It is frequently added to dental treatments used in the office and home care products. Although oral care products are not meant to be swallowed, it is virtually impossible to avoid ingesting a bit of toothpaste or mouth rinse occasionally. This only adds to the already high levels of fluoride, which many people consume via supplements and treated public water supplies.
Despite the popularity of fluoride, there is overwhelming evidence pointing to its risks. Studies suggest that accumulated fluoride may damage soft tissues, bones, and teeth. Dental fluorosis, which involves discoloration of the teeth, occurs when children suffer from overexposure to fluoride — and it is four times more common today than it was in the early 1940s, before fluoridated water was introduced. There are also dozens of studies linking “modest” fluoride exposure to low IQs in children. We use non-fluoride products in our dental practice, and we advise our patients to use non-fluoride products at home.
How are holistic treatments different?
Holistic treatments are those that take into account the whole person, not just the physical symptoms of a disease or condition. They look at all aspects of a person’s life, including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This approach is different from traditional Western medicine, which focuses primarily on the physical symptoms of a problem.
What is a holistic dentist?
A holistic dentist is a dental professional who takes a holistic approach to oral health care. This means that they focus not only on the health of the teeth and gums but also on the overall health of the body. Holistic dentists believe that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body and that oral health can have a direct impact on overall health and patient wellness. They often use natural, non-toxic materials and procedures and take a more preventative approach to holistic dental care.
“Holistic dentistry” and “biological dentistry” are terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably. While holistic dental practitioners may offer what appear to be traditional dental services, we here at Dazzling Smiles always prioritize biocompatible solutions, minimally invasive treatments and restorations, and a healthy overall systemic approach to your care.
Why should I consider a holistic dentist?
Holistic dentists take a more natural approach to dental health, and they focus on overall wellness rather than just treating individual dental or oral health problems. They often use less-invasive treatments and avoid using materials that may be harmful to your total health. If you reside in or around Atlanta and are interested in pursuing a more natural approach to dental care, you may want to consider seeing a trusted holistic specialist serving Atlanta who is committed to your optimal health and wellness and understands that your health is a lifelong journey.
Contact Us Today for an Appointment to Find Out if Biological Dental Care is Right for You
We here at Dazzling Smiles welcome you to become part of our family here in Roswell, Georgia, located just north of Atlanta. If you have any concerns or if we can serve in any way, we’re here to help you. We here at Dazzling Smiles strive to provide you with the type of dental experience and environment you would happily recommend to your closest friend. Service to our patients is what matters most. To schedule a visit, simply give us a call and one of our helpful associates will help you with your appointment.
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