Holistic dentistry is about more than fixing and cleaning your teeth but fixing your health. Any regular dentist will be able to perform standard fillings, but is filling your teeth with metal the best solution? Of course, it is not! Holistic dentistry emphasizes on one’s life and well-being; starting at the mouth.
The relationship of health and wellness is what your oral health needs. Luckily holistic dentistry focuses on promoting both health and wellness for patients as there are many benefits to the practice. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits!
1.The Whole Health Approach
The mouth is just a single part of the whole human body. Aside from oral health, holistic dentists factor in one’s complete health from head to toe. This allows the doctor-patient relationship to develop stronger with more focused care.
Traditional dentistry concentrates on the oral cavity, whereas holistic dentistry considers the link between the mouth and the body. Holistic dentists operate under the belief that physical health goes hand in hand with dental health. For example, poor physical health leads to poor dental health, whereas great physical health leads to great dental health. Under this regimen, a holistic dentist will not perform temporary corrections but perform thorough dental care that is both natural and healthy.
2. Forget Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury, a toxic substance. The issue with amalgam fillings is that the mercury can escape the filling and get into the body, causing diseases. To avoid the risk of Mercury, true holistic dentists take specific precautions when removing them to keep you safe from mercury exposure and believe in replacing them with bonded fillings.
3. No Fluoride Treatments
Did you know that it was once believed that fluoride can cure cavities? However, fluoride treatments are in fact not as healthy for your teeth as once believed. Fluoride can cause problems such as brain damage, arthritis, dementia, and bone cancer among many other health concerns. Holistic dentists will avoid using fluoride treatments and opt for toxin-free treatments.
4. Filling Compatibility Testing
It seems like common sense to test the body’s compatibility with filling material first, right? However, most dentists overlook how a material will react with your body before a procedure. Holistic dentists conduct a biocompatibility test to determine the best material for your filling.
5. Previous Treatment Corrections
Many people have existing silver or amalgam fillings from a prior treatment from a traditional dentist. Now that we understand the harm mercury can do to your body’s health, most holistic dentists will recommend you have old mercury fillings removed and replaced with safe filling materials.
6. Rare Use of X-Rays
Though helpful, X-rays can leave one exposed to harmful radiation. Holistic dentists will elect to use digital X-rays whenever possible, which are 50% lower in radiation. One of the things that set most holistic dentists apart from traditional dentists is their hesitation to call for X-rays.
7. Minimize the Painkillers
Painkillers continue to become more and more prominent in the health industry, and dental care is no different. However, a holistic dentist will avoid grabbing the prescription pad after each procedure. This is part of the whole health approach taken by a holistic dentist who will find natural remedies and treatments after such procedures.
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Today, we can do better dentistry, in a less toxic, more individualized, more environmentally friendly way than ever. Biological Dentistry is a thought process, an attitude, and a guide for making choices in dental practice. This article was written by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) – an organization for that group of dentists, physicians, and allied researchers who consider biocompatibility to be their first concern, and who demand scientific evidence as their key criterion. In “biological dentistry” the health of the mouth is an integral part of the health of the whole person.
Oral medicine can be conceived in several ways. One way would be dentistry for people with medical illnesses, such as palliative treatment for mucositis in people undergoing cancer chemotherapy, or preoperative screening for heart surgery or joint replacement, to rule out infections that could threaten the outcome of the procedures. Another way to conceive of oral medicine would be to concentrate on the connection between oral conditions and the health of the rest of the body. The effects of periodontal infections on markers of systemic inflammation and cardiovascular health are the best known examples.
A third way to conceive of oral medicine is to consider the effects of dental materials and dental procedures themselves on the overall health of the body. For those of us who perform our healing functions by implanting foreign or synthetic materials in people’s bodies, the constant challenge is to understand the toxicology, the immunology, the microbiology of our work, and to minimize its impact on the biological terrain of our patients.
“Do no harm,” goes the injunction. But how can we ever be certain that a negative biological response to our work, something unforeseen, will not occur, whether in the whole population or in a single individual patient? We can only be vigilant for new information we can use to refine our techniques, and sensitive to new discoveries that call into question previously accepted views. Until we can replace body parts, like teeth, with all “self” materials, the concept of biocompatibility will always represent an approximation, and a work in progress.
A general principle of biocompatible dentistry would state that everything we implant, or leave, in and around a tooth represents a systemic exposure, whose impact must be accounted for. As we pursue the main agenda of dentistry, restoring function and eliminating disease, we have two very broad challenges. The first is choosing among the synthetic materials for restorative and esthetic functions, and the second is reducing the presence of pathogens. As we shall see, there is a lot of evidence that professionally recognized restorative materials vary widely in their biological response, both in toxicology and in individual reactions. Equally, some recognized procedures in dentistry, especially in endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery, can actually allow the maintenance of populations of pathogens in internal spaces where they don’t belong.
Aren’t all recognized dental materials biocompatible? The medical device industry has come a very long way in testing for biocompatibility, beyond the traditional cytotoxicity, carcinogenicity and sensitization tests. The current guide for safety assessment is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 10993 standard, and its American version, the FDA’s “Blue Book Memorandum G95-1.” The ISO standard is a seventeen part guide for thorough, customized evaluation, including tests for systemic toxicity, chronic and sub-chronic toxicity, characterization and toxicity of breakdown products and leachables.
However, both the ISO and the FDA processes have a “Grandfather Clause.” According to the FDA’s section 510(k), a manufacturer need only demonstrate that a new device or material is “substantially equivalent” to one that was legally in interstate commerce prior to May 28, 1976. Everything we use in dentistry today, from amalgam to endosseous implants and seventh generation bonding agents, has been passed through to market under that rule. Few dental materials have been subjected to anything like the kind of scrutiny mandated by the new standards.
There are, to be sure, more specific guidelines and safety checks, but the Grandfather Clause lets the big fish – dental amalgam – get away. It’s a biocompatibility nightmare. The scientific evidence has established beyond any doubt two propositions: that amalgam releases mercury in significant quantities, creating measurable exposures in people with fillings, and that chronic exposure to mercury, in the quantity released by amalgam, causes physiological harm.
Amalgam–derived mercury distributes throughout the body. It crosses the blood-brain barrier, passes through the placenta and goes into breast milk, resulting in measurable exposure to infants, who are more susceptible to the negative effects than adults. No one has disputed this. Dentists and dental staff members themselves have been shown to be affected adversely by their occupational mercury exposure. Toxicologists have not been able to detect a minimum level of exposure at which there is no adverse physiological effect.
Very few of the experimental studies on effects of mercury have used amalgam as the mercury source., so we are left to infer that amalgam is toxic because it is a source of mercury exposure. The inference is compelling! Imagine applying to a regulatory agency now, under ISO 10993, for permission to market a new implantable material that is 50% mercury, and leaches micrograms per day! And why, in this day and age, when you can no longer buy mercurochrome, and a broken thermometer in the school nurse’s office results in a mass evacuation and a hazmat emergency, should we go on exposing people to mercury when there are so many other methods of restoring teeth? From a practical standpoint, amalgam is totally unnecessary anymore. From the biocompatibility standpoint, it is totally insupportable.
The leaders of “organized” dentistry persist in maintaining the old party line. They say amalgam is a stable material. Mercury is released in an amount too small to harm anyone. The only adverse effects are very rare allergic reactions. No scientifically valid evidence exists to demonstrate negative effects. Reports of negative effects are “junk science.” Mercury exposure from amalgam has never been proved to cause any recognized human disease.
None of these statements can be supported scientifically, and, in fact, the great preponderance of worldwide scientific evidence squarely contradicts the notion of amalgam safety. It’s all a pure red herring. No one claims that lead, for example, causes a recognized disease other than lead poisoning, but we know enough to avoid it.
It’s all in the scientific literature, although this information is rarely mentioned in dental journals, except in the form of editorial rebuttals. The evidence is instead published in many of the world’s leading medical journals, where it has remained hidden from the independent dentist and the public alike, and we are proud to present this large body of work to the dentists who read this website. Is it junk science? Read on and make up your own mind.
Wastewater authorities around the world are on to us. Dental offices have been collectively identified as the major source of mercury pollution in wastewater, and they’re not buying the excuse that amalgam is stable and doesn’t break down. Regulatory action is in place in many jurisdictions requiring dental offices to install mercury separators on their waste water lines. We’ll examine the environmental impact of dental mercury. It’s considered a hazardous material before it’s used, and a hazardous waste after it’s removed, but not when stored in people’s mouths!?
Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Dentists who engage in elective replacement of amalgam fillings have been criticized by their peers for unnecessarily exposing their patients to additional mercury, during the process of grinding the old fillings out. Yet the “mercury-free” dentists are the ones who are most critically aware of the problem. We present scientifically verified procedures for minimizing exposure to the patient and the dental office personnel, which everyone should learn and follow for their own protection.
Methods to promote excretion of mercury that has been stored in the body, both nutritional and medical, will be discussed as well.
In addition to using dental materials that are less overtly toxic, we can raise the biocompatibility quotient of our practice by recognizing the fact that individuals vary in their biochemical and immunological responses. We present a discussion of biochemical individuality, and sound methods of immunological testing to help determine the least reactive materials to use with each individual patient. The more a patient suffers from allergies, environmental sensitivity, or autoimmune diseases, the more important this service becomes.
What can we say about fluoride? Mainstream dental science has concluded that the effect of water fluoridation on children’s teeth, that we’ve long been led to believe, does not exist. The articles are bizarre, in that they start off with the assertion that fluoridation of public water supplies is among the most important public health measures ever devised, and go on to say that it doesn’t work! What are we to make of the statistics that show not only that non-fluoridated communities have experienced the same reduction in tooth decay as fluoridated ones, but that the non-fluoridated continent of Europe has, too? Something is going on with tooth decay in the developed world, but it’s not fluoride. Meanwhile, evidence of the harmful effects of of fluoride accumulation in the human body continues to mount. Any honest appraisal of the risks and benefits of water fluoridation must end with the conclusion that it must be stopped.
Tooth Extraction and Jawbone Osteonecrosis
What is a “simple extraction?” Does pulling a tooth always lead to adequate healing? Or is there more to it?
Recent work in the field of facial pain syndromes and Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (NICO) has led to the realization that the jawbones are a frequent site of Ischemic Osteonecrosis, also known as aseptic necrosis, the same as is found in the femoral head. As a result, many extraction sites that appear to have healed have actually not healed completely, and can trigger pain in other parts of the face, head and distant parts of the body. Even though most of these sites actually present with no symptoms at all, pathological examination reveals a combination of dead bone and slowly growing anaerobic pathogens, with a soup of highly toxic waste products, where we would otherwise think there has been good healing.
The incidence is alarmingly high. Researchers in the field have implicated such diverse factors as oral surgery techniques and clotting factors, both endogenous and microbial, in its pathogenesis. This is a newly emerging disease entity, although the phenomenon of “bone caries” was known and written about in the days of G. V. Black, over one hundred years ago. Diagnostic criteria and treatment methods are in the early stages of development, as are methods for preventing routine extractions from becoming osteonecrotic lesions. But it’s already clear that this is going to be a big issue in the future, and may ultimately force us to totally re-evaluate our understanding of the relationship between the tooth and the bone.
Twenty-First Century Dentistry
In the old days, when the only restorative materials were amalgam or gold, and the only esthetic material was denture teeth, our profession was hard put to fulfill its mission and be biologically discriminating at the same time. Today, we can do better dentistry, in a less toxic, more individualized, more environmentally friendly way than ever.
When you choose to put biocompatibility first, you can look forward to experience the safest treatment for your overall health.
Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS, “aka” Dr. G, has been in private practice at his Millburn, NJ office for over a decade, providing exceptional holistic and biological dentistry with surgical expertise in a friendly, home-like environment.
Dr. Gashinsky studied at the Institute for Systemic Medicine and Dentistry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Nutritional Dentistry. He is an Accredited Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, and has been seen several times on CBS and Channel 12 News.
With extensive training in homeopathy and nutrition, Dr. Gashinsky spends countless hours doing continuing education with like-minded practitioners to keep up with new medical and technical developments in his field which he is bringing to his practice to help his patients achieve a best holistic dental care possible. Read More...
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