Biological Dentistry Makes a Healthy Difference
Biological dentistry, sometimes referred today as holistic or biocompatible dentistry, is based on the concept that the mouth and oral structures are an integrated part of the body. It is a paradigm, or philosophy, within dentistry, and not a specialty. Biological dentists recognize that the mouth is connected to the body and that it cannot be viewed as an independent system. It is a reflection of the overall health of the body, and much can be done to impact it, both positively and negatively.
Biological dentistry supports the choice to live a healthier, more natural and less toxic life, bridging the gap between conventional clinical dentistry and natural healing modalities. All biological health care models share basic philosophical foundations. They promote health and well-being through healthful nourishment, elimination of toxins and the promotion of physical, mental and energetic balance. Some of the known mirrors of our physical condition are the skin, eyes, hair and nails. The teeth are even better mirrors, because they can reflect the condition of our inner organs. For example, the incisors have interrelations with the kidney and bladder, and the canines to the liver, gallbladder and eyes. Diseases of specific teeth can result in diseases in the related organs, and vice-versa. Healthy teeth are therefore a sign of a healthy body.
Biological dentists also make fillings, take X-rays and use anesthesia to numb teeth. However, they only use mercury-free, white restorations. More importantly, they take extra precautions when removing old “silver” amalgam fillings to minimize exposure to mercury vapor. They also use a digital, computer-generated X-ray unit that reduces exposure to radiation by as much as 70 percent. Biological dentistry does not advocate the indiscriminate use of fluoride in adults or children. These dentists do research and attend courses to find the safest and most biocompatible materials available for dental work and follow up-to-date (SMART) protocols in mercury filling removal.
Because they recognize that each individual has a different threshold of tolerance for dental materials, biological dentists suggest further testing to determine their ability to tolerate a particular restorative material over long periods of time. Overall, they treat each patient as the unique individual and customize treatments to combine the best of modern dentistry and complementary therapies.
Dr. Astrid Sand, DDS, practices at Smart Dentistry, located at 1140 SE 18th Pl., in Ocala. For appointments, call 352-620-0093. For more information, visit DentistInOcala.com.