A few weeks back, I posted on Facebook that I was having my first visit with a holistic dentist. Several people commented and were curious for more information and I promised a post!
I am still learning about holistic (or biological) dentistry, but want to share my journey with you. The timing was also right because there is a great FREE opportunity for us all to learn more. More details on that to follow.
First of all, why did I seek out a holistic dentist in the first place?
That's a great question. I haven't really had many huge dental problems. I have several fillings and one root canal/crown but since early college, my dental visits have been fairly easy…cleanings, the occasional X-ray…no big deal. I was content with the status quo.
I started to question traditional dentistry (or at least my traditional dentist) several years ago, when I asked about having my only amalgam (mercury) filling removed. I had read about the dangers of mercury and was curious what he thought. He thought it should come out and told me I would *have* to have a root canal and crown. I asked what precautions he took while removing the filling…he said none. I wasn't totally comfortable with this, so I just carried on…leaving my filling in my mouth.
During the next few years, I kept hearing more and more about removing metal fillings. I went to a meeting of my local Weston A Price chapter and a holistic dentist spoke about metals in your mouth and the effect of your oral health on your health. I was intrigued…but still did nothing.
During this time, I experienced a bout of strange neurological symptoms and I had an insane amount of testing done. Everything came back normal (thank god)…except my heavy metal count. I did have high levels of mercury and aluminum. I did a detox protocol and got those levels down. We aren't sure that the heavy metals caused the neurological issues (they can, but so can a million other things)…but all is well now (knock on wood). Even with this, I still did nothing about the metal in my mouth.
I asked my chiropractor, our nutritionist, our medical doctor (who is holisiically inclined) about removing metal fillings and all said they should be removed very carefully, following certain protocols and I should seek out a holistic dentist. And still…I did nothing.
Enter my daughter…she is 7 and unfortunately, has been going to the dentist since she was a baby. She fell when she was 15 months old and knocked out her front tooth (well she didn't really knock it *out*, she knocked it all the way back *up* and ended up having it surgically removed! A whole other long story). Needless to say, she is a pro at the dentist's office.
Besides the tooth accident, she has great oral health and I was content taking her to a traditional pediatric dentist for her cleanings and checkups. However, now that she is older, she asks a lot of questions…like “Why don't we do the fluoride that the dentist recommends?” “Why did you say no to the sealants he wants to put on my teeth?” I have answers for those questions, but she gets confused when my answer and the dentist's answer don't match.
I wanted her to see a dentist who would be open to my concern about certain dental materials, educate us both on the best way to maintain oral health and not pit her against me because I like a more natural approach. (This is the same reason why I switched to the holistically inclined MD I mentioned above).
So, I made an appointment with a holistic dentist recommended by my MD a few weeks ago. I just had a basic cleaning, but we talked quite a bit about my teeth, oral health and the immune system. I am excited to have my amalgam filling removed later this winter. He does recommend taking chlorella both before and after the procedure, uses a low speed drill to minimize mercury dust as well as other precautions.
I was intrigued to learn how metal in your mouth can sometimes cause other health problems. Your body's immune system can usually keep these in check, but once your system gets imbalanced, problems may arise. I also found it interesting to learn that even composite (white) fillings generally contain metal, often aluminum, which is why they show up on xray.
I was pretty excited about the experience. My daughter has her first appointment next week for her annual cleaning/checkup. I will be updating you all as I learn more about this interesting field and will be sure to share our experiences with you!
In the meantime…
Are you curious about holistic dentistry?
Clearly I am curious about learning more about this field as I have moved my daughter and myself to a holistic dentist (still working on the hubby!). I signed up for this summit a few weeks ago and wanted to share the opportunity with you!
Did you know:
92% of adults have active tooth decay?
90% of people over 30 have active gum disease?
1 out of 3 of us will have NO natural teeth left at the age of 65!!!
Are you curious about:
The risks of silver fillings and how to remove them?
How to detox mercury from your body?
Are root canals and crowns safe?
What materials are safe to use?
What is the truth about fluoride?
Is there a relationship between oral health and cancer, MS and heart disease?
I will keep you all updated on our experiences with our holistic dentist! More posts to follow…
What about you? Do you see a holistic or biological dentist? Have you ever thought about it?
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