The true goal of dentistry should be ensuring the overall health of our patients. We can’t do that if we aren’t properly looking at dentistry in the context of its interactions with the rest of the body or if we’re utilizing toxic materials. Dr. Nelson Clements has long been a pioneer in holistic dentistry, and that’s why in 1996 he turned his back on toxic mercury fillings to utilize only biocompatible filling materials. Today, he continues that tradition of holistic, mercury-free and BPA-free dentistry.
Are you looking for a Valdosta, GA holistic dentist who protects not just your teeth but your health? Please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.
Holistic dentistry means using only healthy materials for restorations. For centuries, dentistry offered two types of fillings: silver and gold. But while the gold fillings were really gold, the silver fillings were actually mostly mercury with other toxic metals like tin and copper. The practice started when mercury was commonly used in many applications, such as in hat-making. That’s probably the origin of the phrase “mad as a hatter”–hatters were driven insane by exposure to mercury in the 18th and 19th centuries. But while most industries gave up on toxic mercury, many dentists continue to use it to this day.
Although the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) support the safety of mercury fillings, there are many things we do know about them that give us pause:
- Mercury is highly toxic
- Mercury doesn’t stay in the fillings–it moves throughout the body
- Organisms in the body can change inorganic mercury to toxic methylmercury
- People with mercury fillings have high levels of mercury in their blood
For these reasons, we believe that not only should dentists not place mercury fillings, but that these fillings should be removed.
Safe Removal of Mercury Fillings
Many dentists offer removal of mercury fillings, but it’s important that these fillings be removed safely. Dr. Clements is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT), and he follows all their recommendations for the safe removal of mercury fillings, including the use of:
- High suction vacuum hose
- 100% oxygen
- Rubber dam
- Full coverage
To protect our patients from exposure to mercury vapor and particles as the filling is being removed. If you are considering having your mercury fillings removed in or around Valdosta, make sure your dentist does the procedure properly. Otherwise, the procedure may do more harm than good.
It’s also important that we don’t just swap one toxin for another. Mercury is deadly, but it’s not the only toxin that’s been used as a restorative material. Some resin fillings may contain bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA can be disruptive of the body’s hormones, mimicking the function of estrogen. It may contribute to our risk of obesity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and even cancer.
At the office of holistic dentist Dr. Clements, we utilize BPA-free fillings to ensure you aren’t exposed to this compound via your restorations.
A Holistic Approach to Dentistry
Dentistry is about more than just your teeth: it’s about your health. Like any other doctor, your dentist should safeguard your overall wellbeing. And that’s our goal here at the office of Dr. Clements.
Holistic dentistry means recognizing that your oral health has a profound impact on your overall health. When we perform a checkup, we’re looking to make your mouth truly healthy–not just adequate. We want to make sure you aren’t experiencing health effects like heart disease or diabetes related to gum disease. Or experience the risk of systemic infection thanks to a poorly restored root canal therapy.
We recognize the crucial role your jaw plays in the function of your musculoskeletal system. Neuromuscular dentistry teaches us how significant are the interactions between the jaw, neck, and spine. We also know that your jaw is critical to ensuring your open airway. Being able to breathe during the day and while you sleep is a vital foundation for your health.
Our holistic approach to dentistry means that you won’t just leave our office with a brighter, healthier smile, you’ll leave every appointment as a brighter, healthier you.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of holistic dentistry in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.