The far-reaching impact of biological dentistry in Lakewood, CO
Biological dentistry may sound alternative or new age, but it isn’t. You may think it involves questionable methods and materials, but it does not. You might have heard that it conflicts with the basic philosophies of medicine and dentistry, but that isn’t true. Biological dentistry is a return to healthy principles using progressive technologies and techniques. Biological dentistry recognizes that your mouth is not independent from the rest of your body.
“First, do no harm,” is a core precept of medicine that dates back to fifth century BC Greece. This simple phrase means the patient’s wellbeing must be the medical professional’s primary consideration in any treatment, procedure, or intervention. Over time, conventional dentistry has veered from this course in the interest of practitioner ease and profit. Biological dentistry puts patient care back into perspective.
Over time, our culture has discovered and experimented with a multitude of dental treatments, including amalgam for repair of tooth decay. Dental amalgam is comprised of about 50 percent mercury. This metal is the most toxic non-radioactive substance on earth. Exposure to mercury contributes to a wide range of neurological and other grave health conditions. Its toxicity can be absorbed by contact, ingestion, or inhalation. Since it accumulates in animals and plants, the effect escalates up the food chain.
Use of mercury in dentistry negatively affects the health of patients, staff, and doctors who are exposed to it on a daily basis. It is also adds significantly to pollution in water and soil. Unfiltered dental wastewater eventually reaches ocean ecosystems. Patients with amalgam fillings excrete mercury in feces and urine. Additional mercury enters the earth through burial and cremation. These aren’t pleasant facts to consider, but understanding them is important to grasping the overall impact of mercury in dentistry.
Biological dentistry encompasses the safest, least invasive methods to keep your mouth and body in healthy harmony. The amalgam filling controversy will no doubt continue, but with safer (and natural looking) composite resin alternatives available, it is simply not worth the risk of having mercury in your mouth. Biological dentists also utilize advanced protocols to protect patients and staff during removal of amalgam fillings, disposing of waste as harmlessly as possible.
Dr. Scott Stewart has extensive background in conventional dentistry. He has been molding his practice to provide biological solutions for South Lakewood Dental patients for more than a decade. He brings this option to Lakewood, CO because he believes that every preventive, restorative, or cosmetic treatment should “first do no harm.” Call him today at (855) 233-0023 to learn how biological dentistry can affect your life favorably.
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