Category Archives: Holistic Dentist

Can a Dentist Help My Allergies and Pain

I’ve had undiagnosable medical issues for years, including serious joint pain and rashes. My doctors kept telling me it was in my head, but then I finally got a doctor to do a patch test on me.  It turns out I have some pretty bad allergies, including most metals. I’m wondering if a dentist can help me get rid of some of the metal I have in my mouth to see if I can  get some relief?

Mandy – Colorado

Mandy,

Hard to understand how a rash can be in your head. Sometimes it’s helpful to remember it’s called a medical “practice”. That means they still figuring things out, even if they’re too proud to say it.

The test you’re likely referring to is a Clifford’s Reactivity Test. It’s still considered controversial, so don’t be surprised if you run up against some opposition.

You’re more likely to get some assistance from a holistic dentist, They’re more open to treating the whole body.  It’s not a specialty, so it has more to do with the mindset of the dentist.

You’ll likely have to call around. Make sure whomever you can talk to is willing to do a sanitary amalgam removal.

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A Dentist Left a File in My Tooth

I went to a dentist who was doing a filling. Mid-appointment he decided it needed to change the filling to a crown, then decided it needed a root canal. During that procedure (or maybe the crown one, I don’t know) I heard him curse. He broke a file in my mouth.  He’s decided to leave it there. I’m really frustrated. I’ve heard holsitic dentists will handle things differently. A friend lives in your area and says you are one. How do I find one in my area?

Lupa N. – Delaware

Lupa,

You’ve had a very trying experience. Though I haven’t seen your case for myself, and cannot say for sure, I will say that sometimes decay can be worse than the dentist expected and a procedure has to be changed. And, though it isn’t normal, files do sometimes break.

You’re right that a holistic dentist will often care about the whole body function and not just the tooth. The easiest way to find on eis to do a direct search for a holistic dentist

They’ll work with you to get the file out, if that’s possible to do without causing more harm than good.

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Can you get rid of amalgam fillings?

I have some silver fillings and have just started getting serious about my health–mostly due to health problems. I’ve gone to clean eating. I exercise every day. I’m wanting to get rid of my old silver fillings because 1. they’re getting old and 2. they’re loaded with mercury. I just didn’t know if I was stuck with them or if they can be removed.

Mercedes – Louisiana

Mercedes,

Congratulations on all the incredible things you’ve done for your health. I can understand you not wanting to have any toxic substances in your system after all that hard work, especially if you’re having health problems.

You can get rid of your old silver (amalgam) fillings. In fact, if they’re very old, you will likely need to replace them so they don’t start leaking.

One caveat would be that you should go to a holistic dentist to have them removed. You want someone who can do sanitary amalgam removal.  That will protect you from inhaling any mercury vapors.  It’s possible your dentist can do sanitary removal, but make sure he or she understands about a rubber dam, Isolite, and can get an alternate breathing source to ensure that you breathe pure oxygen throughout the duration of the procedure.

If your dentist doesn’t do that, a holistic dentist will.

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Where can I go to get a filling without mercury in it?

I need my first dental filling, but my dentist just does silver fillings. I’ve done some research and I don’t want any mercury in my mouth. Where can I get a filling that doesn’t contain any?

Amelia H. – New Hampshire

Amelia,

I’m surprised your dentist only does the silver amalgam fillings.  Most dentists do both amalgam and composite fillings these days.  But, not yours I guess. Composite fillings, also known as whilte fillings, are completely mercury free.

The fastest way to find a dentist who can give you a mercury free filing is to look for a holistic dentist. They will never put in anything that contains mercury into your mouth.

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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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Natural pain remedy for dry socket

I had a tooth extracted. Now it’s two days later and I’m pretty sure I have dry socket.  I’m looking for a natural (holistic) pain solution. Will clove oil work?

Danielle P. – PA

Danielle,

Clove oil is a decent pain reliever and would be safe to use.  It would be a good holistic solution. However, I do have a concern.  I know you’re sure that the problem is dry socket, but I’d feel better if you saw a dentist and made certain that is the reason for your pain. I’d hate for there to be another underlying issue that is being overlooked. If there is, it will only get worse.

If you’d like, there are some holistic dentists around. I’m sure you can find one somewhere near you in Pennsylvania. They’ll work with you to make sure whatever treatment is required will be natural.

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Are there holistic cosmetic dentists?

I have a long shot kind of question. I’m one of those people that tends to not only wants to have her cake and eat it too, but I’d like some bling on the side.  I tend to favor holistic dentists, because I’m pretty careful what kind of substances I put in my body.  However, I want to have a smile makeover too.  All the holistic dentists I’ve seen so far are just your average family dentist who doesn’t do much cosmetic work.  Are there holistic cosmetic dentists?

Olivia W. – Minn.

Olivia,

There’s nothing wrong with cake and bling.  To answer you question, yes, there are holistic dentists that do cosmetic dentistry.  You’ll need to be aware that any general dentist can technically call themselves a cosmetic dentist, because there is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry.

You want to make sure whomever you choose has some extensive training in cosmetic procedures. Otherwise, your bling won’t look nearly as good as you’d hope.

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My dentist said white fillings aren’t good

I wanted to get a white filling, but my dentist said they’re not very good.  I’m really disappointed, because the other fillings have mercury in them and I am just not comfortable with the idea. Are the white fillings really that bad?

Dylan L. – New Orleans

Dylan,

I disagree completely with your dentist. I suspect hat the reason he is discouraging you from white fillings is that he’s not qualified to place them.  It could be he’s an older dentist. It isn’t until recently that some dentist schools started teaching how to do composite fillings. They take post graduate training to learn to place. I’m guessing he never did it.

The fact is composite (white) fillings strengthen your teeth, whearas their amalgam (silver) counterparts weaken your teeth. Don’t pressure your dentist to place it.  If he doesn’t have the training, it could end up a disaster.

The safest way to make sure you can get a well-place mercury-free filling, is to go to holistic dentist.  They only place mercury-free fillings. And, they’re trained to place them.

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Can not going to the dentist make you sick?

I’ve never really had any severe dental problems and haven’t been to the dentist in about ten years.  I haven’t felt well for the last year.  My medical doctor has run every kind of test known to man (or at least known to him).  He’s found nothing.  I was talking to my sister about how frustrated and disillusioned this process has made me.  She told me that my problem could be dental.  Even if I had been feeling any tooth aches, which I haven’t, how would that affect how my body feels in general?

Paula D. – Orlando, FL

Paula,

You’ve been going through a difficult time. I’m sorry.  Anyone who has had a prolonged medical problem understands the helplessness that comes with that.  Your sister was right.  The state of your oral health can affect your entire body.

Your general feeling of slugishness or achiness could well come from needed dental care. Your immune system could be weakened as well.   It doesn’t have to be something obvious. It could be the beginning of gingivitis or a build up of plaque.

I would see a holistic dentist.  They lean toward treating your whole body, not just your teeth.  You’ll find you’ll have a much more open mind with a dentist that sees the coorelation between dental care and total body health.

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Pediatric dentist wants to use fillings with mercury

I told my pediatric dentist I didn’t want to use the silver fillings because of the mercury content. He insists that children can’t do white fillings. I’m just not interested in mercury fillings at all. Are there any other options?

Emily D. – Nevada

Emily,

Parents want the best for their children, so I understand your not wanting to put anything containing mercury into your child’s mouth.  It’s not impossible to put white fillings in a child’s mouth, but it is difficult. They have to be still throughout the procedure.

You’ll have to decide if that is possible for your child to do that. There are sedation options if you don’t think so.  If your dentist isn’t willing, you should try a holistic dentist. They don’t place amalgam fillings, so you’ll not have to worry about the mercury. However, make sure they are not just OK treating children, but they enjoy it.

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