What are the benefits, cost, and what to expect of biological dentistry?
How strange it is that dental school is completely independent of medical school, and how dental insurance is completely independent of medical insurance is just two examples of how strange it is. Biological dentistry attempts to bridge that gap, even when insurance companies stand in the way.
Biological dentistry is a cutting-edge approach to oral health and whole-body health, which promotes prevention and conservative treatment methods. Because of its aggressive approach to oral health and whole-body health, it eschews toxic substances, invasive procedures, and overeager pharmaceuticals.
Biological dentists can help you stop diseases from developing or progressing by using lifestyle changes and non-pharmaceutical treatments. They also treat less understood systemic diseases rooted in poor oral health.
Biological dentists pay greater attention to the mouth-body connection than conventional dentists. The mouth-body connection is the idea that your oral health and overall health are inseparably linked.
How peculiar it is that dental school is entirely disconnected from medical school, and how dental insurance is totally separate from medical insurance. Biological dentistry attempts to bridle that gap, regardless of insurance policies.
What is the connection between the mouth and the body?
The connection between your oral health and your whole-body health is undeniable.
A substantial proportion of American adults suffers from gum disease, one of the most serious root causes of chronic inflammation, even if the inflammation is manageable, such as with gingivitis. These high but sporadic levels of inflammation can have a serious impact on your health. Moreover, gum disease is associated with a range of illnesses from diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s not hard to see how these connections work: the mouth controls the body, just as the foot controls the leg.
Dr. Gerry Curatola created this term – he even wrote a book on it.
Why You Should Choose a Biological Dentist Instead of a Dentist With a Dental Office
What are the top nine reasons to choose a biological dentist over a conventional dentist?
Mercury levels are now reduced to safe levels.
Biological dentists are mercury-free and/or mercury-safe. Although mercury toxicity has been linked to autoimmunity, Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorders, miscarriage, multiple sclerosis, and a lot more, that does not mean that mercury is safe.
Dentalists commonly use mercury in people’s mouths, but conventional dentists don’t.
These are known as “silver fillings” or “amalgam fillings” because they contain 50% mercury by weight. Mercury — as in the toxic heavy metal — makes up the rest.
Mercury fillings are used in the US for 150 years before switching to Mercury Mercury fillings.
At that time, only one United States dental association endorsed the view that using mercury fillings was a “malpractice” act.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has defended the harmful use of mercury fillings ever since, even though mercury exposure certainly poses harmful health risks for many people.
Mercury fillings are also referred to as:
Although biological dentists know that many individuals have adverse reactions to mercury in their mouths, especially those who grind their teeth or who are exposed to other heavy metals through their job, they still use amalgam, because these fillings are often the single largest mercury burden for those who have them.
Whether you want to keep your mercury fillings or have them removed, a biological dentist will talk to you about the pros and the cons of amalgam removal. It is important to note that mercury is most dangerous while the dental filling is being put in and removed. It may be safer to leave the fillings in in some cases.
biocompatible materials are used by biological dentists for cavity fillings.
2. It’s fluoride-free.
Biological dentists rarely use fluoride because robust research shows that fluoride is a neurotoxin when consumed.
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared fluoridation of public water as one of the ten great public health achievements of the twentieth century, both acute fluoride toxicity and chronic fluoride toxicity are becoming issues in the United States.
Several studies suggest that children whose mothers drink fluoridated water have lower IQs. Fluoride consumption in a pregnant mother may increase the risk of autism or ADHD in the child.
Fluoride poisoning symptoms include:
Biological dentists are aware that fluoridation is controversial. Though it may not result in noticeable symptoms in everyone, some people should not consume fluoridated water or utilize fluoride toothpaste because of that.
There appears to be preliminary evidence that hydroxyapatite toothpaste can remineralize teeth similar to fluoride, but without the potential negative consequences!
The only requirement for avoiding tooth decay is for you to regularly brush your teeth with an antibacterial toothpaste, and to regularly floss your teeth with a healthful, biodegradable, low-sugary floss.
Be more concerned about the health of the whole body, not just the muscles.
A biological dentist cares about how oral health affects the whole person, as well as how whole-body health affects your oral health.
There is no clear cause of dental cavities, but biological dentists know that these dental cavitations are hard to detect and are physically far from the afflicted area, so they check for cavitations when suspected.
Heart disease can, in part, be caused by gum disease, according to scientific dentistry. But beyond that, biological dentistry goes further.
Everyone should pay attention to the connection between poor oral health and every other form of illness. Many excuse it as a consequence of their dental health being of no importance to their overall health.
Biological dentists look for the direct connection between poor oral health and whole-body health.
You should pay more attention to prevention.
Biological dentists are dedicated to the prevention of oral health issues, as well as whole-body health issues.
These dentists rather identify risk factors and treat oral health issues using conservative methods before they become big troubles that require undesirable procedures.
Biological dentists believe that proper nutrition, smoking cessation, and oral health habits are all needed to prevent tooth decay. Conventional dentists usually don’t advise their patients to put fluoride on a tooth to treat a cavity, since they believe that doing so would make the decay happen quicker.
The best strategy for biological dentists is to combat disease before it spreads.
5. Most Common and Least Invasive species.
Biological dentists favor the most organic treatments and the least invasive ones.
A biocompatible dentist works only with dental materials that do not cause tooth or whole-body health problems.
Although mercury does not naturally occur in your mouth, fluoride is commonly ingested throughout the world. Many biological dentists avoid dental care products containing chemicals and toxins because of their fluoride content.
A biological dentistry emphasis on detoxification is one of the reasons why natural dietary supplements may improve oral health, and consequently the entire body.
Biological dentists aware that invasive dental procedures may be traumatic, may avoid root canals rather than perform them.
Biomedical dental procedures may utilize novel technologies such as state-of-the-art lasers and ozone therapy, which are noninvasive and non-traumatic.
You do not want to risk suffering a tooth infection.
Biological dentists tend to avoid root canals unless necessary. They prefer extracting the tooth, then implanting a metal-free, allergy-free replacement.
A tooth pulp (living part) is removed, cleaned, and then sealed using a root canal treatment (RCT).
There have been technical advances that make viable noninvasive, less traumatic, and less painful alternative root canal procedures available for 200 years.
A dentist may over-prescribe root canal “just to be safe” or because it’s covered by dental insurance.
A tooth abscess can form following a root canal, and a destroyed tooth structure can result from a tooth abscess.
biological dentists do not usually perform root canal procedures because they are invasive, traumatic, and painful, as well as damaged tooth structures.
A tooth extraction is better than a root canal procedure for removing a cavity or infection deep in the tooth.
Extracting the tooth, then replacing it with a:
Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is performed to ensure that the materials are safe to use and pose no danger to patients.
Biological dentists may perform biocompatible material testing for various dental fillings and veneers, especially Crowns and Bridges.
Patients must be informed that any new material used in dental fillings should be safe for the patient’s whole-person well-being, no matter what material is used.
A patient’s immune system may perceive a dental material as a foreign body that must be fought, potentially leading to immune dysfunction. In some cases, this is because the patient’s unique chemistry is not compatible with certain dental materials.
A dental material’s compatibility with each patient is often tested using muscle response testing, skin response testing, and blood tests. This can be tricky if the material is not tested.
emphasis on nutrition and nutritional counseling*
The importance of diet and nutritional therapy is emphasized in biological dentistry.
These dentists believe that having a well-informed patient is a healthier patient. (And) The more their patient knows about the connection between nutrition and oral health (and overall well-being) the less likely that patient will develop a dental emergency.
Our dietary habits have a significant impact on inflammation, gut health (and immune system), and our oral microbiota.
Oral health is linked to six nutrition tips:
9. ozone therapy.
The use of ozone (O3) for disinfection and repairing the immune system is permitted. In addition, more proteins and red blood cells are produced when ozone comes into contact with blood, which increases your oxygen supply.
Ozone therapy can also reduce chronic inflammation, both of which are important for a healthy immune system.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against purchasing an “ozone air purifier” because ground ozone is classified as an air pollutant.
Ozone is a safe and effective way to treat dental blemishes, according to biological dentists’ methods.
Traditional vs. Biological vs. Functional Dentistry is represented by three different words.
A biological dentist uses words such as ‘artificial’ or ‘dynamic’ to describe what he or she does. These words are used in different ways to describe the same thing.
The term biological dentistry is used interchangeably by scientists but it means slightly different things, as listed below:
Biological dentists are dentists who are 99% biocompatible. All unconventional dentists are alternative dentists. However, not all natural dentists are biological dentists. These terms are almost synonymous but can differ slightly.
Biological dentistry costs & patient insurance coverage
A biological dentist costs more on average than a conventional dental procedure. They employ the most advanced, least invasive techniques and utilize the safest materials available, but frequently more costly materials.
No, biological dentistry is not unaffordable. Working with patients’ specific circumstances, as well as on a case-by-case basis, we determine what is covered by a dental insurance plan.
Many biological dentists believe in overall health maintenance, so they will charge you per visit to come in several times a year. Others may try to treat an oral health issue with conservative methods, then send you on your way — which would probably be less costly in the long run.
Not like conventional dentists who charge upwards of $12,000 per tooth over a 10- to the 20 years, including multiple fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, and other procedures that may be performed on the same tooth over your lifetime, biological dentists are not keeping you in a cycle of tooth treatment like conventional dentists are.
As biological dentistry is not commonly listed by the ADA as a specialty in either their standard or dental policy, it is sometimes referred to as “general dentistry.”
Most dental insurance plans cover the basics, including twice-yearly dental checkups and imaging. However, some insurance plans may only cover the cost of mercury fillings, for example, when biological dentists never use mercury fillings — only biocompatible alternatives.
Biological dentists are not apt to take insurance.
So what does the AO Scan have to do with Biological Dentistry?
Solex will be unveiling a dental platform this week that will allow an in-depth view of the oral health using our same great technology. The AO Scan Dental Technology will be a significant asset and tool for any Biological Dentist, or any dentist for that manner. Need more information? If you are a dentist, we would love the opportunity to give you a demo on this non-invasive technology that has no contraindication. Contac Us.