Integrative Health Blog

What is biological dentistry?

Posted by niha staff on Mon, Jun 08, 2009

By Dr.Mark McClure DDS, FAGD
1. Biological dentistry is the integration of dentistry and medicine. NIHA biological dentists, along with a growing number of eminent clinicians, believe that the mouth is an integrated part of the entire body, and should be treated accordingly. Your oral health relates to your overall health and wellness.
2. Biological dentists are conventionally trained, but have additional study and training in the systemic impacts of dental health. The difference between biological dentistry and conventional dentistry is that our dentists aim to treat a patient's dental problems while evaluating the impact on the rest of the body. They believe that the mouth, and all its structures are connected to your whole body. All dental therapies should work to enhance the body's natural ability to heal and repair itself.
3. Biological dentistry considers other health factors
The field of biological dentistry considers physical, mental, emotional, and systemic factors all to be important in achieving overall wellness. Periodontal disease, infections, toxins, and imbalances in the oral cavity and jaw may contribute to chronic illness, the development of heart disease and pain in the head, neck and other regions of the body. Biological dentistry treats not only the symptoms but gets to the root cause underlying of the problem so it can be corrected.
4. Biological dentistry offers comprehensive traditional dentistry PLUS the biological component:
• The use of bio-compatible materials that will not adversely impact a patient's immune system
• mercury free fillings
• a Mercury-Safe practice, with removal of mercury amalgam fillings to minimize any re-absorption of mercury into the body
• a complete protocol for heavy metal detoxification to rid the body of mercury and/or other toxic metals, supervised by a medical doctor
• Treatment of root canals or cavitations (disease in the jaw bone) by either surgical or non-surgical methods
• Non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease and testing of the gum tissue as part of your exam
• The importance of nutrition on your dental and overall health
• Options for anxious patients including conscious sedation or reflexology as a relaxation technique

A biological dental practice offers many options to the patient. Biological dentists work with the patient first to assure good dental health in a caring environment, and also to treat the patient holistically, respecting the wisdom of the human body.

Topics: mercury amalgams, biological dentistry