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What is Biological Dentistry?

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Biological means life and health enhancing. Biological Dentistry has one aim: to support and promote total health with a healthier teeth, gums, and mouth.

Teeth and mouth are connected to the Whole Body through bones, blood, lymph, fascia, emotions, food, water, air, and more. Biological
dentistry is concerned with:
A. The whole body effect of oral-facial structures, teeth-gums-jaw infections, dental materials, dental treatment, and non-treatment.
B. The effect of patient’s food, lifestyle, environment, and systemic health on teeth, gums, jaws, muscles, joints, and saliva and associated oral tissues and structures.
C. The effect of all health care interventions on patient’s oral and dental health

In short, biological dentists are dental physicians who subscribe to the goals of restoring and sustaining whole body health by:

  • Promoting lifestyle health and preventive dental practices
  • Relieving or reducing body burdens such as infections, inflammation, toxic materials, eletromagnetic disturbances, malocclusion and associated head-neck-jaw pain, snoring, sleep apnea, and more, with clinical dental and oral-facial care
  • Educating patients on the systemic hazards of mouth breathing, food allergies,nutritional deficiencies, postural distortion, psycho-emotional distress, and disorders
  • Educating all health professionals on oral contributions to systemic ills, and vice versa.

To promote total health through oral care, biological dental physicians have training beyond dental school in integrative and alternative modalities. Examples can include but are not limited to:

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Electrodermal Assessment
  2. Homeopathy, energy medicine, and biological terrain assessment
  3. Cranial-jaw-spinal orthopedics and orthodontics
  4. Sleep medicine
  5. Nutrition and lifestyle health on dental health
  6. Nutrition, allergies, and food sensitivities and associated mouth breathing on dental health
  7. Oral-Systemic Links on all mouth-body connections
  8. Emotional and Post-Traumatic Stress on mouth-brain connections
  9. Toxicology, Environmental Medicine, and detoxification support
  10. Muscle and Joint physiology, Trigger Point therapy
  11. Myofascial Release, and Myo-functional Therapy
  12. Neural Therapy
  13. Bone Infections and surgical as well as non-surgical treatment
  14. Biolgoically compatible implants and bone regeneration techniques
  15. Periodontal care
  16. Children’s dental-facial development

The purpose of these additional studies is to make the mouth fit to support total health, and vice versa. Examples from Biological Dental Physicians’ collective experience include:

  • Patients with jaw pain may have undiagnosed gluten sensitivity.
  • Heavy coating on the tongue may indicate digestive insufficiency.
  • Teeth grinding can suggest undiagnosed sleep breathing disorder.
  • Mis-aligned jaws, compromised airway, and gut inflammation may be cofactors in such chronic illness as Lyme disease, persistent pain and/or fatigue, and more.
  • Late eruption of adult teeth in children can mean low iodine levels that can affect growth and development of the whole person

(Every IABDM member is invited to add to this Clinical Experience Bank) IABDM’s Biological Dental Physicians contribute and share such clinical experience with each other, and with other interested health care professionals to promote mutual referrals to achieve functional otal health for patients.

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