In today’s world, many Americans are choosing more holistic approaches to their health and wellness. And while many are turning to doctors who can naturally treat the body, one area that is often overlooked is the mouth. With integrative biological dental medicine, however, patients can receive the benefits of traditional dentistry with the use of biocompatible materials that will not negatively impact the rest of the body.
What is Biological Dentistry?
At a traditional dentist, the mouth, teeth, and gums are the sole focus on the patient with little regard to how the rest of the body will be impacted. At Easy Dental, however, we believe in biological dentistry and therefore integrative dental medicine. This approach looks at the body as a whole with the goal of dental treatments having little to no impact on the rest of the body.
With biological dentistry, patients can rest assured they will not be inundated with harmful chemicals, but rather non-toxic and biocompatible materials. Biological dentistry looks at the root causes of dental issues and may suggest treatment such as a change in diet and nutrition rather than another procedure. Biological dentistry also promotes prevention through regular check-ups, a healthy lifestyle, and the well-being of body, mind, and spirit.
Integrative Dental Services
At Easy Dental, knowing the need for traditional dentist practices and believing in the benefits of biological dentistry, we choose to blend these for dental health and healing. We have taken the standard practices of exams, cleanings, fillings, gum treatments, crowns, bridges, and more and have adjusted them to fit biological dentistry approach. Below are just some of the ways we effectively treat and care for our patients, body and mouth.
Did you know that your mouth tends to be a good indicator of other issues going on in the body? Check-ups with a dentist regularly can help catch issues such as Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. So while you may think a dentist is just going to check on your teeth and gums, the health of your mouth really indicates so much more.
By seeing the dentist regularly, not only can oral issues be identified and treated, but issues within the rest of the body can be treated and dealt with as well. This connection between the mouth and body further indicates the need for holistic or biological dentistry.
Integrative Periodontal Therapy
A check-up with an integrative medicine dentist can look slightly different from a traditional dentist. While you may get photos taken of your teeth, have an exam, and cleaning, there are a few additional steps that will take place, including plaque analysis and biocompatibility testing.
One major area that sets biological or integrative dental medicine apart is a plaque analysis. As previously mentioned, looking at the condition of the mouth, teeth, and gums is a good indicator of how the rest of the body is doing. One way to tell this is through a plaque analysis, which is routinely performed during a check-up at Easy Dental.
For the plaque analysis, several samples of plaque are taken from the mouth and studied under a microscope. Not only does this screen for periodontal disease, but it is a good indicator of other diseases, such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In fact, periodontal disease is a major contributor to heart disease, some believe even more so than smoking. Additionally, Periodontal disease during pregnancy has been shown to lead to preterm births with babies at a lower birth weight.
Another major component of a visit with an integrative medicine dentist is biocompatibility testing. While in biological dental medicine we avoid harmful chemicals, there are still some safe materials that can cause a reaction in patients. These patients tend to have strong sensitivities or multiple allergies that may be affected during certain dental treatments.
To avoid disrupting the function and well-being of an individual we choose to perform biocompatibility testing. Some patients may even have a sensitivity that are not aware of. To combat using a product that may cause irritation, there are a couple of tests that can be performed. These show how a patient will react to materials for fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and even anesthetic.
The first test that is commonly performed is the Clifford Material Reactivity Test, or CMRT. Not only does this test show how a patient will react to a biomaterial, but how he or she will react to corrosion or byproducts if the material were to break down. The CMRT tests 94 different chemical groups, but reports on over 17,204 trade-named dental products.
To perform the CMRT, a blood sample is drawn and then prepared for testing. When exposed to a particular material, CMRT looks for the presence of antibodies in the patient’s serum at or above a specific threshold. If they reach that threshold, it is a good indication that the patient will have an adverse reaction to that material and it should be avoided.
A less invasive and faster way of biocompatibility testing is by EAV testing, or Electro Acupuncture according to Voll. This type of testing uses energy to provide a general assessment of one’s health, as well as, compatibility with certain materials. EAV does this by indirectly measuring meridians or “energetic systems” which are believed to be communication pathways throughout the entire body.
For this test, patients will hold a brass rod in one hand while holding a stylus in the other. Energy is sent through the body to locate the meridian points while transferring the information gathered to a computer. This process not only provides immediate results, but is painless.
Similar to an EKG
While some are still skeptical of the effects of EAV testing, it is no different from an EKG which sends an electrical flow to the heart to indicate dead tissue. Electricity will not flow through dead tissue indicating a heart problem, much like a poorly functioning organ has low ions and will affect the body’s energy meridians.
Dr. WA Tiller, a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, set out to disprove the effectiveness of EAV, but instead became an advocate. His work led to the Meridian Tooth Chart which indicates which tooth is associated with specific organs, glands, and anatomical structures on the same meridian. Infected teeth affect the energy flow of a meridian and therefore affect the correlating organs and vice versa.
At Easy Dental, we also pride ourselves in offering the latest technology in instrumentation. We employ ultrasonic therapy with ozone water irrigation to kill off any bacterial or harmful substances found on the teeth and gums. We also work to hand scale and polish each tooth to remove stains and restore shine.
We work with our patients to make sure they understand the condition of their mouth, teeth, and gums, as well as, provide an action plan employing natural products to use at home. We note sensitivities that appeared during biocompatibility testing and provide treatment plans and materials to not only encourage oral health, but the health of the entire body.
Mercury Safe Dentistry
If you have previously been to a traditional dentist that used harmful mercury fillings, you may be interested in having them removed and replaced. Mercury fillings are toxic and cause prolonged exposure to mercury vapor. Additionally, they disrupt the meridians and bioenergetic fields in the body with electrical currents that are created during contact of different metals.
At Easy Dental, we believe in treating cavities holistically and take a cautious approach to removing mercury fillings in order to protect the patient, dentist, and dental assistants during the process. We employ air filters, an oxygenated water system, oxygen masks, rubber dams, and negative ion generators during the removal. Furthermore, we provide our patients with nutritional counseling to rid their bodies of the toxicity and restore proper energy flow.
Safe Removal of Mercury Fillings
Because we are so cautious with our patient’s exposure to mercury during removal, there are several steps that we employ. These prevent both inhalation and ingestion and include:
- A rubber dam that is positioned over the teeth impacted by the removal
- A cloth that is placed under the dam to prevent saliva from leaking onto the patients face
- A low volume suction that is placed under the dam to collect saliva
- High volume suction or “clean-up tip” that surrounds the tooth during the removal
- Water sprayed continuously through a handpiece and air-water syringe to push mercury particulate to the suction line
- Charcoal powder positioned under the patient’s tongue for mercury vapor absorption
- Oxygen provided to the patient through the nasal canula
- A Negative Ion Generator and collection plate employed to collect mercury particulate released into the air
- External air suction or the “Elephant Suction” to ensure additional remove of mercury particulate or odors
- Replacements for the fillings made of materials that are biocompatible with the patient
We Offer Integrative Biological Dentistry in Dallas
If you have ever wondered, “Is there a biological dentistry near me?” Look no further than Easy Dental located in McKinney and serving all of Frisco, Plano, Dallas, Denton, Lewisville, Allen, and Highland Park.
Biological dentist, Dr. Petre, received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1999 and has continued her studies to be exceptional in her field. In addition to her doctorate, she has a board certification in Biologic Dental Medicine and is a board certified naturopathic physician.
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If you have been making a move toward more natural approaches in your home and on your body, why not change how you approach your oral health? Let our team at Easy Dental share how we can not only keep your mouth looking and feeling better, but your whole body as well. Call today to set up your appointment and feel the difference a holistic approach to oral well-being can make!