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Questions To Ask Your Holistic Dentist

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Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 20 July, 2012

Is Your Dentist Really Holistic?

To find out if your dentist is holistic and provides safe amalgam removal its good to arm yourself with a list of question that will support you to know you are going to receive the holistic dental approach you are searching for.

Holistic Dentist and Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are composed of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other trace metals.

A growing body of evidence suggests that amalgam fillings contribute to many degenerative diseases and cancers. According to a report published by The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, there are over 1000 tons of mercury in the mouths of unsuspecting Americans alone.

Understanding the effects of amalgam fillings on your body is key to protecting and maintaining your health. Since your teeth are living entities that have direct connections to your circulatory and lymphatic systems, you want to insist that whatever dental products are inserted in your teeth are safe and non-toxic and most importantly mercury free.

This is a fact that many aware dentists are coming to understand and are thus practicing in accordance with strict amalgam removal protocols and guidelines to protect themselves, their staff and their patients from any potential toxic or harmful exposure to mercury or other chemicals.

Holistic Dentist True of False?

More worryingly though is the rise in the number of dentists who “claim” to practice mercury free dentistry but their procedures are a far cry from it. Asking questions about their dental practices once you are sitting in the dental chair, is not the most prudent way to protect your health. Be prepared and ask questions ahead of time.

At Evolve Dental Healing holistic dentist Brisbane, we are happy to answer your questions over the phone or via e-mail and have endeavoured to provide current and prospective patients with as much information as possible through our website and other resources so they get to know as much about our procedures and treatment philosophies way before they first set foot into the surgery.


Questions To Discover If Your Dentist Is Holistic

If you are unsure about the practice that you are considering to use for your dentistry or amalgam removal needs here are a few sample questions to ask your dentist to see if he or she understands the importance of practising holistic dentistry:

  1. What is your position on the mercury issue? How much knowledge do you possess about mercury? 
    If a dentist is knowledgeable about the mercury issue and understands mercury biochemistry, it is likely they will take the removal process seriously. Be concerned if you hear, “I don’t think the mercury in fillings is a big deal, but I’ll take it out if you like. This is probably a dentist that isn’t very concerned about removal protocols
  2. Do you use a rubber dam when removing amalgam?
    The rubber sheet greatly reduces the amount of particulates that go down the throat.
  3. Is your suction system powerful and efficient? Do you use a special tip (such as “Clean Up,” available from IAOMT) or its equivalent?
    Utilizing an efficient suction system in the oral cavity with a specialized adaptor or its equivalent is necessary to contain the mercury vapour and amalgam particles.
  4. Do you apply copious amounts of water to the filling upon removal?
    Large amounts of water help contain the mercury vapour and fine particulate matter, as well as, cool the filling.
  5. Do you remove the mercury/amalgam filling in large sections?
    By using a very thin bur and reducing the amount of drilling, the amount of mercury and fine particulates is minimized.
  6. Do you utilise alternative air sources and/or equipment to reduce mercury inhalation? 
    The dentist should employ one or more methods to prevent the patient from inhaling the mercury vapour and fine particulate matter.
  7. Do you belong to a professional organisation that supports biological or   mercury-free dentistry? What kind of training have you had and when?

The answers to these questions will give you an idea of their background, level of understanding about mercury and its health impacts, their training and what protocols they adhere to. This will enable you to be better informed to decide whether you feel you will be in safe and knowledgeable hands.

Whether you want to simply maintain your health or you are on a healing journey, asking the right questions about the dental procedures that may potentially affect your health is very critical.


Holistic Dentist Brisbane – Mercury Safe Dentist

Dr Rachel Hall and her team at Evolve Dental Brisbane are certified as a SMART holistic dental practice offer safe amalgam removal and holistic dental care for all you dental and overall health needs.

Make the SMART choice and call us today to book your holistic dental check or amalgam removal consultation 07 3720 1811

  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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