Biologic Dentistry is dental care with a focus on how the health of the oral environment affects the health of the rest of the body.
Prevention is better than a cure - especially when traditional curative methods involve the use of metal and other objects foreign to the oral environment. Such materials can have unintended and often unexpected negative consequences on the body’s health.
One way curative measures can still be implemented in a biological dentistry practice is by using Clifford Biocompatibility Testing or something similar. This way, dentists and patients are assured restoration efforts won’t have any adverse effects.
A cornerstone of biological dentistry is its recognition of how the teeth and gums are connected to the rest of the body. However, the general public is woefully unaware of this connection, despite knowing a similar relationship exists between the feet and organs.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of research on the connection between dental health and physical well-being. It’s easier than ever to pinpoint exactly how each tooth affects different parts of the body.
Equipped with an understanding of these connections, biological dentists are in a better position to make informed decisions with regards to the dental care of their patients.
Additionally, a connection between plaque on the teeth and cardiovascular health has also been made. It was found that infections caused by plaque build-up also cause bacteria (and the plaque itself) to enter the patient’s bloodstream.
Common dental procedures like the placement and/or removal of fillings, root canals and gum cleanings are also likely to force bacteria into the bloodstream.
What Are Some of the Ways Biological Dentistry Differs from Conventional Practice?
In addition to viewing dental patients as a whole rather than focusing solely on oral hygiene, biological dentistry places a greater emphasis on preventative and corrective measures.
This typically extends beyond overt dental care and incorporates advice on overall well-being. For example, biological dentists emphasize the importance of healthy eating and nutritional intake, moderation in alcohol consumption (for patients who do drink), and smoking cessation.
Additionally, many biologic dentists are opposed to the use of fluoride, including topical application in toothpaste. Some even petition against the fluoridation of public water.
It should be emphasized that this is not a universal view among biological dentists, and many continue recommending the use of toothpaste containing fluoride from a certain age. Boca Sana Dental encourages patients to ask for a personalized recommendation when visiting.
Likewise, some practitioners are against performing root canals due to the increased likelihood of bacterial infection. Moreover, the use of sterilizing chemicals are believed to cause unintended side-effects. For this reason, many biologic dentists will encourage the use of ozone as a safe, natural alternative that is fully capable of eliminating harmful pathogens in the mouth.
Similarly, biological practitioners will not use metal materials such as amalgam (upwards of 50% mercury content) or nickel for cavity fillings. Instead, they promote the use of more biocompatible materials for restorations. Removal of dental amalgam is not a simple process. We strongly recommend the use of SMART protocols created by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology for removal and replacement of these restorations.
How Adaptable is Biological Dentistry?
Biological dentistry recognizes the different factors affecting a person’s dental health and the suitability of certain treatments. While conventional dentistry may take a relatively “one size fits all” approach (notwithstanding an awareness of allergies), biological dentists reject this view.
As a result, biological dentistry is adaptable. What works for one patient might not work for another - and for a number of reasons, including:
- Stress levels
- Emotional status
- The lymphatic system
- Individual ability to detoxify
It was a greater awareness and appreciation of individuality that led, in part, to the development of bio-compatibility testing procedures. These tests screen individual patients for systematic reactions to the materials used in dental and orthopedic care.
The results of such tests better equip biologic dentists to develop and recommend a personalized procedure with your overall health in mind. However, biological dentistry is not blind to the benefits of certain conventional dental therapies and medications.
Coupled with a better understanding of the way such therapies affect the individual, bio-compatibility tests allow biologic dentists to develop an individually suitable combination of natural and conventional options.