Why I Practice Holistic Dentistry

In using the term biological dentistry or holistic dentistry, we are not attempting to stake out a new specialty for dentistry but rather to describe a philosophy that can apply to all facets of dental practice and to health care in general: Always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, all the goals of modern dentistry, and do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain. A more bio compatible approach to oral health is the hallmark of biological dentistry.  

I practiced conventional dentistry for 10 years in Colombia, and at that time I didn’t know that holistic dentistry existed. I was taking Loratadine everyday for allergies, using an inhaler for Asthma, Omeprazol for gastritis, and Cascara Sagrada to treat constipation. At that time I thought I would spend the rest of my life dealing with those issues.

When I came to the United States, my husband Sean introduced me to a holistic lifestyle. He took me to see a homeopathic doctor who helped me with all of my health issues. I started eating organic food from farmers markets and got off all medication. When I was finishing my dental degree at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California, a holistic hygienist told me about the IAOMT, which isan organization that regulates Holistic Dentistry.  I began researching holistic dentistry, and became interested in integrating a holistic philosophy with my profession. Excited about the prospect, our family drove to the IAOMT  bi-annual meeting in Las Vegas and I became a member immediately. I got my training in SMART Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. In a desire to broaden my knowledge, I attended the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry (ACIMD)  where I obtained my training and certification in Biological and Naturopathic dentistry. I also received Ozone training and a certification by the American Academy of Ozone Therapy. 

It is my belief that there should be more of a focus on the overall health of the patient and how it affects his or her oral health.  We need to be cognizant of the materials we choose, the education we offer and procedures we do and there needs to be a way to take into account alternatives for sensitive/allergic patients.  After having the opportunity to practice and receive both conventional and holistic dentistry, I can say I have truly found my home in holistic medicine.