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What Is A Biological Dentist?
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What Is A Biological Dentist?

A biological dentist has a particular mindset, special criteria for selecting materials used and a unique approach to methods used to care for his patients.


Dentists, as a rule are not “out-of-the-box” individuals. They, along with most health professionals, have typically been schooled in a rigorous fashion allowing little free thinking outside of their respective areas of training. Thinking “within-the-box,” helps you graduate from college in most fields. It makes your career path easier and helps you become a “professional.” A biological dentist finds it necessary on occasion to “color outside of the lines,” to explore new ideas and bump up against the boundaries

Strict adherence to the standards in a profession are necessary, bringing a sense of quality, reliability and dependability. It’s what makes professions…“professional.” On the whole, quite positive and admirable, but on occasion the strict adherence to traditions can lead to drawbacks.

Biological dentists ask “what if” questions. What aspects of current practice would we reconsider, if our goal is to treat patients as we wish to be treated? Combine this with a whole body thinking, holistic mindset and you have an excellent starting point for a biological dentist that can help you.


The materials chosen for use in treatment also distinguish a biological dentist.

As an “out-of-the-box” thinker, a biological  dentist or holistic dentist acknowledges a conundrum exists when, for example, a material traditionally recommended for regular implantation in patients is determined to be toxic. Especially a material that has wide reaching adverse effects on systems throughout the human body.

Let’s look at one such material, mercury, and how it is used in the dental profession. Mercury is a bright shiny element with very interesting properties.

Coloring Within The Lines

Your average dentist was trained to place mercury-silver fillings in dental school. He continues to use mercury containing fillings in his office exposing countless patients to the documented effects of mercury. He pays little attention to warnings of toxic materials and potential side effects mentioned by biological or holistic dentists. He may even be actively involved in chiding and demeaning the biological dentists that do not accept mercury as a safe material. It is part of the dental tradition since the mid 1800’s.

Coloring Outside the Lines

This where a biological dentist, paying attention to what is happening outside of his field of dentistry, begins to differ from a more traditional dentist. He pays attention, for example, to environmental concerns.  Drinking water safety is related to dentistry, with particular attention being drawn to mercury contamination. Why mercury? Because, the very material he learned to fill cavities with in dental school is contaminating our water supply, and individuals with mercury containing silver fillings.

Drinking Water pouring into a glass

Safe Drinking Water

How Much Mercury Is Safe In Drinking Water?

The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that mercury is very toxic. And “toxic” according to the Merriam Webster dictionary means: containing or being [a] poisonous material, especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation.

As we look at a few numbers together, I’ll show you how toxic it really is. The EPA  has established what they call a MCLG or Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for toxic mercury in drinking water. They know it is a toxic contaminant so they place a limit on how much should ever be in your drinking water.

Their limit is 0.002mg/L of water. [There is no known safe amount that we should be exposed to in drinking water, so the EPA chose a very small amount.]

The 0.002mg/L limit means the EPA will accept an amount of mercury about the volume of one drop of water, in 275,000 liters or 72,647 gallons of water.

EPA – One Filling Has Enough Mercury To Contaminate 4081 People

Let’s estimate that an average 150 pound man has a body volume of 17.8 gallons and he is mostly water. That means that one single drop of mercury would contaminate 4081 people to the EPA maximum mercury contaminant level goal for drinking water.

One drop of mercury, is the amount in a single, moderate sized, mercury silver filling. One silver mercury filling
could then potentially contaminate  4081 people. Mercury doesn’t sound safe to me.

That is why a biological dentist is not willing to use mercury based silver fillings and will used particular methods for safety when called upon to remove existing mercury filling. The safety methods used will protect your body’s internal environment as well as our shared external environment.


The methods used by biological dentists are subject to their innate curiosity. Remember, biological dentists are some of the few that don’t color completely within the lines. They are the ones who are constantly asking questions.

-Why do we do things this way?

-Is there a better way?

-Is there a safer way?

The story of a family celebration illustrates the problem of doing things without thinking, because that’s the way its always been done.

It was during the holidays that the host and hostess were preparing for a sumptuous family meal. The preparations had now stretched over three days. The house was decorated, new paintings were framed and hung on walls. Scented candles were strategically distributed among among sprigs of evergreens. Decorative lights were carefully draped just so. As you drove up to the house you knew the festivities were going to be wonderful.

In the warm kitchen, the menu included a special ham, being prepared just the way grandma used to prepare it. Ends trimmed just right, spiked with cloves and a glaze mixed to perfection.

An “out-of-the-box” thinking child asked his mother why she was cutting the ends off of a perfectly good ham and throwing them away? His mother didn’t know for sure, but explained that is what she learned from watching grandma. So she told him to ask grandma why the ends of the ham are cut off and thrown away during preparation.

Grandma laughed when asked by the child. The only reason, dear, that I cut off the ends of the ham, is that the pan I had to cook it in, when your mother was a child, was too small to hold the whole ham.

The curiosity of a biological dentist, like the child in the kitchen, is often the driver for continued learning.

Repeatedly asking the questions…

-Why do we do things this way?

-Is there a better way?

-Is there a safer way?

…characterizes a biological dentist asks.

The “out-of-the-box” thinkers are the ones responsible for research, discovery and the advances in medicine. They are the risk takers. It takes confidence and a willingness to make changes to bring about any advancement in the professions. But, unfortunately, the risk takers are often the ones battered and bruised as a result of asking questions and going against the grain.

You can find out by researching too.

Biological dentistry incorporates a natural curiosity and a spirit of inquiry.
Look for a dentist with a whole body, holistic mindset. One who recognizes that the head and the rest of the body are connected because no condition, illness, treatment or medication affects only the mouth or the rest of the body exclusively. Our oral health and our whole body health are intimately related. You can’t have one without the other.

Q. Where would I find a biological dentist near me?

A. Look at the site and search for a member dentist near you. Examine their website and call for an appointment to interview the doctor for a few minutes to see if they are a good fit for you.

No treatment is without risks and tolerating disease as well as toxic materials is not without risks. Ask a biological dentist to advise you regarding your particular concerns.