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Holistic Dentist and Healing Cavities

I’ve read an article which said you can heal a cavity with nutrition. I must be doing something wrong. My cavity isn’t getting worse, but it’s not getting better either. Will a holistic dentist help me do it right? My regular dentist says I’m being foolish and wants to put one of those toxic fillings in it.

Regina

Dear Regina,

A woman lying down in a field of flowers

There hasn’t been any evidence from a reputable source that you can repair a cavity with nutrition. While good nutrition is certainly good for your teeth, I couldn’t in good conscience tell you it will heal a cavity.

Currently, there’s some very promising research in regrowing teeth, but that’s being done with stem cells. The data is still in the early stages. Be careful believing everything you read. It’s not just the internet where you have to use discernment anymore. News sources, print books, articles all are written by people with a bias and agenda. Even those who strive to remain neutral in their research and reporting, we’re human. We tend to get excited about data which backs up our hope or belief and ignore anything that doesn’t. These days, you have to do some research to make sure you’re getting the correct information.

A Holistic Dentist Can Help with Your Cavity

Even though a holistic dentist can’t heal your cavity with nutrition, they can help you. I know you were worried about having to put a toxic substance into your body with a filling. That’s one thing you will never have to worry about with a holistic dentist. They would never intentionally place any harmful substances into your body.

They are all mercury-free dentists. That means instead of amalgam fillings, which are loaded with mercury, they would provide you with white, composite fillings. These are mercury-free and actually help to strengthen the bond with your tooth, instead of weakening it the way their amalgam counterparts do.

Another benefit is they’re able to do a sanitary amalgam removal on any amalgam fillings you happen to have in your mouth. When amalgam fillings are removed, the patient is in danger of inhaling mercury vapors and swallowing bits of mercury. A sanitary amalgam removal uses special equipment to protect you from this, allowing you to exchange them for the safer composite fillings without any risk of ingestion.

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Can’t Find a Holistic Dentist on My Dental Insurance

I’ve just discovered I’m pregnant. I’m thrilled, but do want to go to a holistic dentist during my pregnancy. I’ve been looking through all the specialists and can’t find a holistic dentist anywhere. Are they not covered?

Serena

Dear Serena,

pregnant woman at dentist
Do Pregnant Women Need a Holistic Dentist?

Congratulations! What an exciting time. I can totally understand why you’d want to seek treatment from a holistic dentist during this time of your life. They’re extra cautious when it comes to treatment, considering not just how it affects your body but your baby’s as well.

I think the problem you’re encountering is a misunderstanding of specialties. Your insurance will list things like General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, etc. because they’re recognized specialties by the American Dental Association. But, things like Holistic Dentistry or Cosmetic Dentistry are not yet recognized as specialties.

What that means is the patient is left trying to determine which general dentists are actually skilled at cosmetic dental work and which just call themselves cosmetic dentists but actually aren’t that great at doing it beautifully.

Similarly, you’ll just have to check a dentist’s website to see if they have a holistic philosophy.

What If I Can’t Find a Holistic Dentist?

While the number of holistic dentists is growing, not every area has one. If you’re in that position, I would take two precautions when choosing who you’ll use for dental care during your pregnancy.

This is the minimum of precaution that should be taken with a pregnant woman. You don’t want a dentist who will introduce mercury into your body, especially when you’re expecting.

  • Always Consult Your Ob/Gyn

Most General dental procedures are safe and it’s actually even more important that you keep up with your oral health care during this time. Pregnancy can be rough on your teeth and a tooth infection is bad for you and your baby. That being said, every pregnancy is different and anything outside of routine care, it’s important you consult your OB to be certain it’s okay in your particular case.

You’ll find the second trimester is the most comfortable time, so try to schedule your appointment then if possible.

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Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for White Fillings?

My family has been seeing the same dentist for three generations. I feel bad even saying this but I’m thinking of switching. He just seems so set in his ways. My children are beginning to need a filling or two, though right now we’re just keeping an eye on the teeth. I told him if we did get a filling, I’d like it to be those white fillings everyone gets these days. He insists they’re not as good as the old ones and says he doesn’t place them. I’m thinking of switching dentists to get them. I keep thinking my dentist is going to retire anyway so this might be the ideal time to switch. Would I need to switch to a cosmetic dentist in order to get the white fillings?

Olivia M.

Dear Olivia,

Silver amalgam fillings in teeth Composite White Fillings

What’s obvious to most people is the difference in the appearance of the white fillings compared to their amalgam counterparts. However, there are many other benefits as well. Despite what your dentist said, the old fillings are NOT better for your teeth. In fact, it’s the opposite. However, I’m glad you’re not trying to “force his hand” to placing them. The procedure is completely different and it’s rather obvious he hasn’t bothered to learn the new bonding procedures necessary to place composite fillings.

You wouldn’t necessarily have to switch to a cosmetic dentist to have white fillings placed. Many dentists place them these days. All you’ll need to look for is a mercury-free dentist. These dentists will only place white fillings.

When You Need a Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t actually a specialty. It just means a general dentist who offers cosmetic procedures. As with any other artistic skill, their results vary from dentist to dentist. The only time that would matter significantly is if you were looking for a total smile makeover, such as with porcelain veneers. If that’s something you’re considering, then choose your dentist wisely.

In your place, I’d look for a dentist who has been recommended by the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend skilled, artistic dentists on their site. A dentist cannot purchase their way on as a means of drawing in clients. Instead, they have to demonstrate their technical knowledge and skill. It’s worth some time to invest before choosing.

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Help Me Understand Why the US is Ignoring the Mercury Treaty

I can’t figure out what’s going on. I’ve been trying to talk to dentists about the treaty that the U.S. signed agreeing to phase out mercury fillings. It seems we’re ignoring it and no one is paying attention. If they signed it does that mean they’ve finally admitted those fillings are dangerous? There aren’t holistic dentists in my area, so I’m trying to get the regular ones to understand my strong feelings about this. Why are we ignoring the treaty?

Monica L.

Dear Monica,

I believe you’re referring to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It wasn’t referring to mercury fillings, except in the case of how they’re disposed of. It focuses on mercury poisoning in the water, named in honor of the Japanese city which was devastated by mercury poisoning.

As  far as the FDA is concerned, mercury fillings are perfectly safe; though, understandably, many patients are uncomfortable packing their teeth with mercury. However, I don’t want you to feel trapped into getting amalgam fillings. They’re the ones which have the mercury content.

Even if you don’t have holistic dentists in your area, you can still get composite (white fillings). I’d call around and look for a mercury free dentist. They work exclusively with composite fillings.

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Do I Need to Go to Taiwan for a Holistic Dentist?

I have a toothache. I need to see a dentist. I talked to my aunt about it. She said any dentist in the states would give me a mercury filled filling. She wants me to wait until spring break and come see her in Taiwan. It hurts a lot so I was thinking if I could get a holistic dentist here I wouldn’t have to wait to go to Taiwan.

Wei L. – San Fransisco

Wei,

I wouldn’t wait for Taiwan, for three reasons.

  1. You are more likely for it to turn into an infection if you wait. That will not only mean a more extensive treatment, it could cost you the tooth.
  2. You’d have to fly to get to Taiwan. The air pressure will reek havoc on an already salty tooth. You’d spend the entire trip in absolute misery.
  3. All the risk and pain would be for nothing, because you can get a holistic dentist right here in the states.

Do an internet search for “holistic dentist” or “mercury free dentist“. Most dentists these days do composite fillings and will cater to patients who want to avoid mercury.

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Are Holistic Dentists Actual Dentists?

There’s a business that moved into my area that advertises as a holistic dentist. Is that the same as a dentist that went to dental school or are they just one of these natural docs that consider themselves medical professionals but aren’t? It would be nice to have a dentist close, but I want to make sure he’s legit first.

Hannah L. – North Dakota

Hannah,

Only actual dentists, who’ve graduated from dental school, are allowed to call themselves dentists. As long as the dentist has a DMD or DDS on their diploma they’re a dentist.

The only difference between a holistic dentist and any other dentist is their philosophy of treatment. A holistic dentist considers the whole body, not just your mouth and teeth.

They’ll be much more aware of any substances that are used in your medical care. For instance, they wouldn’t give you an amalgam filling, because of the mercury content. They’ll give you a composite filling instead, because they’re mercury free.

So, go ahead and try out that new dentist. You might be thrilled.

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Why does my holistic dentist used sealants with BPA?

I recently went to a clinic listed as a holistic, yet he uses sealants that have BPA. What’s up with that?

Monica R. – Palm Springs

Monica,

Each holistic dentist is different.  There isn’t a regulation for being labled holistic. Some are just mercury free. Some are mercury and BPA free.  Be careful. There are some who call themselves holistic and are perfectly willing to remove and replace your amalgam fillings, but don’t know about sanitary removal.

It’s kind of hard to tell what you’re getting. If you have strong feelings about certain types of treatment, it will be important to discuss this ahead of time. You’ll want to find the dentist who, even if he doesn’t do only holistic treatments, is willing to work within your desires and concerns. Communication is the key.

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A correlation between silver (mercury) fillings and migraines?

Migraines have always plagued me. Since my teen years they have only intensified. Me and my doctor have looked for all kinds of causes and correlations to try and get them under control. I just hide in a dark corner when they come and take as much pain medication as I can tolerate. But there has to be a reason! The latest topic I have been researching is linking migraines with old, silver amalgam fillings. When I discussed the correlation between these mercury-containing fillings and my migraines, my dentist refuted the claim. He said there is no conclusive evidence to support this finding. But I literally am at my wits end and am considering having the old silver fillings removed and replaced with white composite fillings. Do you think this is worth a try?

– Loretta in Texas

Loretta,

The safety of amalgam fillings is and has been quite controversial lately. This is because amalgam fillings contain mercury in them. It is proven that mercury is a toxic substance. That said, the American Dental Association still feels that amalgam fillings are completely safe. Although, since there have been great advances in dental technology and bonding techniques, dentists do have another option. Many dentists no longer place them at all in their practice in support of this mercury-free dentistry movement.

That said, it isn’t common place to have every old silver filling removed. Yet, there are holistic dentists out there that support your philosophy that mercury is a toxic substance and some feel that negative health effects may be correlated. So you need to look for a natural or holistic dentist that shares this sentiment. One way to find this kind of dentist is one that offer sanitary amalgam removal services. You want to make sure that the dentist will take extra precautions to keep you safe throughout the procedure so prohibit you from infesting or breathing in the harmful mercury. It is understandable that you are considering having this done. No one deserves to feel miserable and if there is a chance this could help the frequency of intensity of your migraines, it may be worth it.

Good luck!

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Can silver mercury fillings leak?

I have a friend that takes a naturalistic approach to everything in her life. From her diet and the personal products she uses, to her healthcare, and even dentistry. She was telling me that silver fillings have mercury in them that can leak over time. Is this true? Do I need to have them removed?

– Alyssa in Oregon

Alyssa,

The beauty of the day and age that we live in is that we have so many choices when it comes to the food and products we buy, as well as the dental and healthcare providers we use.

Dentists have been using silver amalgam fillings (which do contain mercury) to fill cavities for over a hundred years. With the progression of dental technology and the techniques used, there is another option available to dentists now to fill cavities. Although, it is worth noting that the American Dental Association still takes the stance that amalgam fillings are completely safe. That said, many dentists see the benefits in choosing the mercury-free filling materials.

Here are some reasons that people choose to have amalgam replaced.  Overtime the mercury that is present in these older fillings can be released into your body. This toxic substance can make you ill or have other negative affects on your health. Since mercury is such a dangerous substance many people want to avoid it or have it removed from their mouth. And that is understandable.

Many holistic dentists offer the white composite resin and don’t even do amalgam fillings anymore. Aside from them being mercury-free, there are many benefits to white composite fillings. The bonding technology used to place the white fillings actually makes the tooth stronger and there is less post-operative sensitivity. Not only are they a more holistic choice, but they look nicer too.

So your friend isn’t alone in taking a holistic approach in realizing how dental care is correlated to the overall wellness of a person. There are some other holistic dentists out there that take things a step further, beyond sanitary amalgam removal. Some of these natural dentists that share this sentiment use materials that are BPA-free, bio-compatible, and also will honor Cliffords Sensitivity Testing results.

So you probably don’t need to run out and have all your amalgam fillings replaced immediately, but moving forward it may be something to consider when choosing a filling material. Also, it would be good to know where your dentists lies in the broad spectrum of holistic dentistry methods.

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Looking for a dentist that is holistic.

I try to keep things as natural and holistic as possible. I realize that goes against the grain with Western medicine and dentistry but I believe it best to eat organically, buy natural materials, beauty products, etc. So why would I compromise my belief when it comes to dentistry. I have heard terrible things about mercury-containing fillings. Did you know that they can leak into your body. Anyway, I want to find a dentist that embraces my holistic lifestyle.

– Jade in Tennessee

Jade,

You are not alone in your holistic dentist preferences. There are thousands of individuals that feel strongly about natural products and materials. And today more than ever, it appears all facets of modern medicine are practiced traditionally and alternatively. Dentistry is no different.

Holistic dentistry is the alternative practice to dentistry that promotes health and wellness, not just treatment of disease. Also coined biological or natural dentistry, this approach focuses on natural healing and believes oral health is connected to their entire physical, emotional, and even spiritual health. Essentially the belief is that dental health and the health of the whole body are interrelated. The basic principles for holistic dental practices are as follows:

  • Proper nutrition for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease
  • Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials
  • Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems=physical imbalance)
  • Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis

The treatment you receive in the holistic dentist’s office is different from the typical dentistry you may be used to. Natural dentists have strong opposition to the use of amalgams which contain mercury and other potentially toxic materials in dental fillings and are typically mercury-free dentists. Meaning, not only do they not use them, they will always suggest removing them from your mouth. They believe a root canal treatment poses a danger to systematic health by the spread of trapped dental bacteria through the body. They also tend to use non-surgical approaches to gum disease. They focus strongly on home care, immune system support through proper nutrition and environment.

All holistic dentists complete the same professional training that conventional dentists go to earn their degrees. Many of them may have practiced conventional dentistry at one time or another, before completing additional training in what they find to be a more productive method. Though board certified, they practice alternative methods not traditionally endorsed by their local state dental board.

There are a lot of skeptics and critics of this type of dentistry, and alternative medicine in general. However, to the holistic-minded patient like you, this is just another step on their journey to achieve optimal health the natural way.

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