Biological dentist

What is a Biological Dentist and Do You Need One?

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While both dentists and biological dentists are trained professionals who focus on oral health, there are some key differences. Traditional dentists primarily focus on the condition of your teeth and gums whereas biological dentists take a more holistic approach to your health. A key part of this holistic dentistry style is the link between bacterial strains in the oral microbiome and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, brain disorders, and gut.  In fact 90% of systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. 
Biological dentistry goes even further it also considers physiological factors such as our bite, nasal canal and particularly our tongue and it's placement.
To address both dental and physiological conditions a biological dentist will start with a thorough evaluation of the gums and teeth, diet and supplementation, sleep habits, nasal canal, saliva, bite and tongue positioning. 

How do you know if you need a biological dentist? 

This decision involves considering several factors related to your dental health and overall well-being. Here are some signs that may indicate it could be beneficial:

  1. Desire for Whole-Body Health Approach: If you're interested in addressing dental issues in the context of your overall health and well-being, a biological dentist may be the way to go. They'll swab your mouth and tell you if there is any bacteria in your oral biome that could be a potential issue for other areas of your body. 

  2. History of Chronic Health Conditions: If you have a history of chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, or gastrointestinal issues, you may benefit from the holistic approach. They can help keep and eye on your oral biome and identify and address any potential issues.

  3. Concerns About Traditional Dental Treatments: Biological dentists typically prefer minimally invasive procedures, biocompatible materials, and natural therapies to promote dental health and support the body's natural healing processes. If you're concerned about traditional dental treatments, such as the use of certain materials, chemicals or procedures, this may be an option that align more closely with your values.

  4. Symptoms of Oral Health Issues: If you're experiencing symptoms of oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or chronic bad breath, a biological dentist can provide personalized treatment options that focus on addressing the underlying causes of these issues.

  5. Seeking Collaboration with Other Health Practitioners: If you prefer a collaborative approach to your health care and want your dental care to integrate with other modalities such as naturopathic medicine or functional medicine, a biological dentist will often work with other health practitioners to address your needs comprehensively. 

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