What is a Holistic/Biologic Dentist exactly?
This is an important question to ask. There isn’t a governing body regulating Holistic Dentists in the same way the American Dental Association, A.D.A, is guiding general dentists.
Holistic dentists have to maintain the regulations and standards of practice set out by the Board of Dentistry in each state, as do all dentists. Holistic dentists often go above the State Board’s standard practices of care and get additional certifications and memberships.
In other words, most all holistic dentists would meet the criteria of "above" the standard of care because they need to always meet the A.D.A regulations, and then they go above the standard by adding to it.
Standard of care within Holistic Dentistry
When looking for a holistic dentist, you want to make sure they are accredited and certified by the top associations. This way you can know they are practicing evidence based, high quality care.
Many dentists will say they are holistic, when in fact they have a widely varied scope of practice. For example, there are several dental offices that label themselves as holistic when all they do is provide white composite fillings instead of mercury fillings, with no concern for removing them safely when they need to be removed.
Training, credentialing and certifications
All of our dentists are members of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) leaders in science based biological/holistic dentistry. They are all certified with SMART certification for safe mercury amalgam removal. We have also obtained basic and advanced medical ozone certification.
Make sure any holistic dentist is at least certified with the IAOMT and SMART certified. This means that if they ever take out a mercury filling in somebody's mouth, they are aware of a protocol that keeps the patient safe from being exposed to unhealthy amounts of mercury vapor during the procedure. Being SMART certified means they have proven they have the correct equipment and understand the protocols.
Studio Z Dental also has memberships in the HDA (Holistic Dental Association), IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine). In addition to these highly respected association credentials, Dr. Tom Zyvoloski, our lead dentist, is a Board Certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) and Accredited but he IAOMT.
Ozone- an important aspect to holistic dentistry
We believe a vital ingredient to top quality holistic dentistry is ozone. Look for a dentist who has advanced training in ozone protocols, which have become the gold standard of treating the mouth. If ozone isn’t used, infections can linger in the mouth, causing problems down the road.
Some holistic dentists use medical grade ozone in their office to enhance just about every procedure that they do to increase outcomes. For example, using ozone on a tooth with a deep cavity before filling it will increase the bond strength of the filling, decrease post-op sensitivity and dramatically lower the risk of that tooth ending up dying down the road. Also, using ozone when an infected root canal tooth needs to be removed, so the body will heal with more thoroughly.
Please call our office so we can answer your questions about holistic/biologic dentistry and to set up an appointment to begin your care. Contact us.