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Finding a Dentist That is Both Mercury Free and Mercury Safe

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Natural Holistic SymboIf you’re looking for a dentist that is both mercury free and mercury safe, you may be at a bit of a loss as to how to find one.  The best way to find a dentist who fits both these criteria is to look at dentists who are members of professional associations that require dentists not only not use mercury, but offer amalgam filling removal that follows certain safety protocols developed to protect you from unnecessary or excessive exposure.

One of the first and most prominent of these organizations is the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD).  IAMSD members commit to:

  • Not placing mercury amalgam fillings, and
  • Following safe removal procedures.

A second organization whose members are both mercury free and mercury safe is the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.  Members of this organization strive to provide the most biocompatible materials available.  The organization is actively working to persuade the FDA to ban the use of mercury in dental procedures.

The next organization to consider is the international Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.  This organization focuses on instructing dentists and other health professionals in biological dentistry.  The organization emphasizes treatment of the patient as a whole person rather than a collection of isolated parts.

Two organizations, the Institute of Nutritional Dentistry and the Institute of Systemic Dentistry focus on similar areas..  While most of these organizations incorporate nutrition as part of the holistic practice, this organization emphasizes nutrition to promote oral health.  The organizations regularly hosts seminars on a variety of topics, including nutrition, technological advances, and biocompatible materials.

The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies is a postgraduate teaching institution dedicated to training dentistry students in the most up to date dental practices.  The majority of dentists who graduate from the institute are mercury free.  Graduates receive extensive education and training in cosmetic dentistry, including safe removal of mercury fillings and replacement with a variety of materials.

Finally, the Holistic Dental Association was founded for the purpose of promoting whole health practices.  Today, individuals are increasingly taking charge of their own health and the Association seeks to help educate those patients who wish to take a greater role in maintaining their own health.

If you’re concerned about dental mercury and looking for a dentist who is both mercury free and mercury safe, a member of any of these organizations is going to be a good choice.  As always, though, be sure to ask questions and listen to your instincts.

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Holistic Dentistry – What it is and How it works

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holistic dental patient flossing teethHolistic dentistry, sometimes referred to as biological dentistry, is a dental approach that seeks to treat the patient as a whole person, taking care to use methods that are good for the patient’s physical and emotional well-being as well as their oral health.  Holistic dentists incorporate natural techniques with conventional medicine to treat, diagnose, and prevent dental issues.

Conventional dentistry uses a variety of materials known to be toxic.  One in particular is amalgam, which consists of more than 50% mercury.  Mercury has been proven to harm the immune system and the central nervous system.  Not only is this harmful to the patient, but the waste, if improperly disposed of, gets into the air and water supply.  Amalgam fillings aren’t the only potentially harmful practice in dentistry, however.  Even routine procedures such as cleanings can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream.  Holistic dentists minimize this risk with natural antibacterials.

Holistic dentists believe that oral health both directly influences and is influenced by physical and mental health.  Research shows that patients with gum disease have more trouble keeping their blood sugar under control, and approximately 95% of diabetics have gum disease.  Poor oral health is also linked to increased symptoms of depression, increased risk of premature birth, and other conditions.

Holistic dentists don’t limit themselves to treating the teeth and gums, they may also advise their patients on healthy lifestyles, including not smoking, moderating their alcohol consumption and improving their nutrition, all of which will benefit both physical and oral health.  Other practices vary among holistic dentists.  Some oppose the use of fluoride, especially in water, feeling that the benefits are overhyped and not worth the potential risk of bone disease and certain types of cancer.  Some do not perform root canals due to the risk of trapping bacteria inside the tooth where it can make its way to the bloodstream.  Some prefer digital over conventional x-rays as they expose patients to less radiation.  Just about the only universal among holistic dentists is that they do not use amalgam in dental procedures, preferring alternatives like resin.

Don’t get too caught up in the holistic label in your search for a dentist.  Some conventional minded dentists use the label as a marketing scheme, while other dentists don’t bother with the label, despite following many holistic practices.  Be sure to ask questions of any dentist you choose to find one who closely aligns with your preferences.

More podcasts and articles on the subject at http://drvinograd.com/holistic-dentist/holistic-dentist-blog/

Are You Too Young for Botox?

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Cosmetic botox injectionWhen you hear about Botox for reducing the wrinkles, who do you picture?  If you’re like most people, your mental image is one of two kind of people, probably a woman.  First you might imagine an elderly woman, perhaps in her seventies or older.  You might imagine her looking her age, with significant wrinkles, making a dramatic transformation and looking much younger after the procedure.  Or you may think of some celebrity who has had to deal with a poor outcome.  What you may not think of is an average woman in her thirties getting Botox to help delay the effects of aging.  Many people think that a woman who does not yet have significant wrinkles is too young to be considering Botox.  But is she really?

While most people think of Botox as primarily used to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines that a person may have had for many years  What many people don’t realize is that Botox can be equally effective when used in smaller doses starting when fine lines and wrinkles just begin to show, or even before they appear.  Using Botox on an individual who already shows significant signs of aging produces dramatic change, while using Botox before fine lines set in can delay or even prevent the appearance of aging entirely if administered properly.

The most effective ways to use Botox to delay or prevent wrinkles is if the patient starts receiving treatments before wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear.  To accomplish this, the patient will need to begin receiving Botox at a much younger age than most people start to consider the treatment, but these patients make an intelligent and perceptive decision to use Botox to prevent aging rather than to wait and expect Botox to reverse the process after it is underway.  Different people age at different rates, depending on genetics and lifestyle choices such as alcohol and tobacco use and sun and wind exposure.  If someone starts noticing fine lines developing in their thirties, there’s no reason at all they should not be able to stop aging in its tracks now.  Why wait until aging has already taken its toll on your appearance?  If you’re starting to notice fine lines around your eyes or the corners of your mouth, don’t wait, talk to your doctor about whether Botox might be able to erase them and prevent new ones from forming.

Informative articles on Botox at http://dentox.com/botox-edu-news

Do You Know the Ingredients in Toothpaste?

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Homemade ToothpasteWhen we buy processed food – things like pasta sauces and cereal – we often spend a good deal of time looking at the ingredients list in the shop. We know that what a company puts into a product could actually be quite harmful to us, and that is why it pays to always be sure of what you are putting into your body. The same goes for the drinks that we consume: almost all of us have looked on the back of a drinks bottle and checked to see how much salt and sugar has been put into it. However, despite all of that care over what we decide to put into our bodies at meal times, all of that good sense seems to go out of the window when it comes to brushing our teeth.

Yes, you read that correctly: brushing your teeth. When was the last time that you read through the ingredients list of your toothpaste to discover whether or not there is something harmful in there? We would bet you probably have never looked, and in most people’s cases there is a simple reason: because they don’t know what half the chemicals are! That is where we come in.

Many of the chemicals that can be found within typical store bought toothpastes are actually really harmful – people just don’t know that. For example, triclosan is classified as a pesticide, and yet can be found in many toothpaste ingredients lists. Sodium hydroxide is an organ toxin, and that can also be found in toothpaste. The only way that you can avoid these chemicals is to do something revolutionary: make your own toothpaste at home. It is simple, with only five ingredients that are all natural and found in most people’s cupboards already, and you can brush safe in the knowledge that you aren’t doing any damage to your body.


Reference: http://besttoothpaste.net/fluoride-free/

Finding a dentist for the whole family

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by Brighton Dental San Diego

San Diego Dental SymbolWhen you move to a new area, there will be a million and one different things that you will need to sort out and organise – and sometimes some important things will slip your mind. Many people will focus more on getting their utilities sorted out, and making sure the children are settled happily in their new schools, and these are of course very important things. However, there is something else that is just important that you should definitely spend some time on because if you do not, then your entire family could suffer: and that is finding a family dentist.

The San Diego area is well known for the brilliant numbers of dentists that can be found in the area, but when you have a family to consider, then your priorities may change slightly. Before you even think about starting to talk to dentists, you should sit down and think about writing a list of the things that you need a dentist to be and provide. For example, you want a dentist that is good with children, and will put them at ease. You may want a dentist that is happy for emergency care, or a dentist that is within walking distance from your home. Whatever is important to you, you should ensure that you make it a non-negotiable. After all, you are thinking about your family’s health here.

Do not be afraid to ask the dentists that you meet some searching questions – after all, it is much better to ask questions now than regret it later! The San Diego area contains many excellent dentists and dental surgeries, but they are all different. There will almost certainly be one that stands out to you as being the best one for your family, and so you can start seeing them.


Related: www.brightondentalsd.com/procedures/restorations/cracked-chipped-tooth-restoration/