Biological dentistry—also known as holistic or natural dentistry—is a philosophy of care that uses the safest, least toxic methods to treat dental problems conservatively in a way that promotes total health and wellness of the whole body, not just the teeth and gums.
Any bad bacteria or infections in the mouth can use your gums as an on-ramp to merge into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Tooth decay and oral infections can cause adverse health effects, as can allergic reactions from dental materials and metals, mercury from failing metal amalgam fillings, and most significantly, gum disease.
The focus of biological dentistry is a principle called the oral-systemic link, which is actually many links that connect oral health to overall health. Research continues to support the importance of the oral-systemic link as a barometer for full-body health.
Did you know that gum disease increases your risk for serious systemic health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s? Did you know that plaque buildup on your teeth can be a sign of and contribute to plaque buildup in your arteries?
Opinions about mercury vary greatly, but the IAOMT feels any amount of mercury taken into the body should be considered potentially hazardous. Metal amalgam fillings can expand and contract with temperature changes over time, which can lead to fissures that leak and allow infection to form in the tooth structure and may spread to the gums and even the bloodstream.