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Choosing the Right Biological Dentist

Jul 31, 2020 07:00AM ● By Ingo Mahn Ermolaev

Just how different are biological dentists from regular dentists, and how do you go about choosing the right one?

Well, what differentiates biological dentists (also known as holistic dentists) from conventional dentists is that they have long understood how problems in the oral cavity can affect the overall health of the body. Even though the “conventional” dental community has traditionally chosen to ignore and even mock this connection, it is now starting to recognize the role of dentistry in achieving better health.

Unfortunately, today’s standard dental school education is still primarily mechanical in nature and does little to prepare dentists for the types of issues holistic dentists deal with on a daily basis. Being familiar with the needs of a patient suffering from a condition such as chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, Lyme disease, cancer or brain fog is critical if the dentist is to be a part of the healthcare team. For this reason, you have to make sure that the biological dentist you choose is properly qualified.

Here are some of the things to look for:

·       Are they a mercury-safe office? Some dentists are promoting their practices as mercury-free because they have stopped placing amalgam fillings. In reality, the greater danger is from the huge short-term mercury release during the removal of old amalgam. Proper protocols must be in place to prevent exposure to these toxic mercury vapors.

 ·       Do they perform “minimally invasive” dentistry? Modern bonding and CAD/CAM technology (such as CEREC) allow for the restoration of teeth without the use of destructive crowns. These restorations can be fabricated in one visit and restore the tooth to its original strength and beauty.

 ·       Do they use biocompatible materials? Once the old materials are removed safely, it is just as important to replace them with nontoxic materials. There are a number of manufacturers that specialize in creating biocompatible filling materials. In cases of severe sensitivities, materials can be tested either by use of a blood sample or by energetic means (such as applied kinesiology).

 ·       Do they understand the dangers of root canals? Despite some controversy on this subject, the biological dental community generally agrees that leaving a dead tooth in the body is less than ideal. Infected and toxic teeth can be quite problematic for your health, and a holistic dentist can help make a decision about whether they should be removed.

 ·       Do they have low-dose X-rays and 3D imaging equipment? Newer X-rays, which are DC generated and in conjunction with digital sensors, can reduce exposure by 90%. This technology allows the biological dentist to take the necessary X-rays while minimizing exposure. 3D imaging (also known as cone beam) is essential in evaluating failing root canals as well as the airway. Breathing issues (especially while sleeping) are now recognized to be a major contributor to health problems.

 ·       Do they offer nonmetallic tooth replacement options? Missing teeth can now be replaced using much more biocompatible options. Bridges, removable partial dentures, and even dental implants can (and should) be made from materials that contain no metals.

 ·       Do they offer ozone therapies? Ozonated oxygen is a powerful tool in fighting infections and promoting healing. It can be used in the treatment of gum disease, oral surgery, and treatment of root canals. 

The process of finding the right dentist can be simplified by looking to see if the provider is a member of either the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) or the IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine). Both offer advanced training as well as certifications for the safe removal of mercury dental amalgams. They also have a “Find a Dentist” feature on their websites that can help you find the right biological dentist for your journey to better health.


Dr. Ingo Mahn is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and earned a doctorate in Integrative Medicine from Capital University, in Georgetown, in 2004. He is the founder of Natural Dental Partners, a high-tech, health-centered practice in North Phoenix. To get a free copy of his book Your Mouth, The Missing Link to Optimal Health, call 602-775-5120 or visit to learn more.