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How To Find A Holistic Dentist

on July 8 | in Healthy Teeth | by | with 47 Comments

An Embarrassing Confession

So . . . I have been carrying a tube of fluoride in my diaper bag for three months now. Yep, I’m talking about the industrial waste product that prior to 1938 was used exclusively as rat poison. Despite what the well-meaning dentist said when he pushed it into my hand I KNOW it’s toxic. But what am I gonna do . . . show up at a hazardous waste dropoff site and hand them a bottle of fluoride? How do I get rid of this thing?

Oy vey. It was a moment of weakness in the moments before Micah’s surgery. I wanted the doc’s mind focused on my son instead of his crunchy, controversy-prone mama. You get it, right? Come to think of it, I’ll bet you reaaally get it. How many of us have locked horns with healthcare providers over vaccinations, fevers, and fillings? It’s not an easy thing when we believe fundamentally different things.

How To Find A Dentist That Won’t Fight You Tooth & Nail (Or At Least Tooth)

Good news, mama! Dentists which specialize in the use of biocompatible materials are becoming more common. Often called holistic dentists, biological dentists or mercury-free dentists, these providers recognize the need to protect our little ones from unnecessary exposure to x-ray radiation, silver (mercury) fillings, and other assaults on the immune system. Here’s how to find one, plus some tips on selecting a traditional provider if there isn’t a holistic one in your area.

“Pen” style laser for cavity detection

Go Digital

Digital radiographs emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-ray films and provide better diagnostic information. No need to pull out all the stops to keep your little ones still while waiting on results, either. They’re available instantly!

Even better, a new technology that uses “pen” lasers is ideal for creating a non-threatening, painless experience. The laser detects demineralized areas of tooth structure using harmless, high-intensity, fluorescent light and a numerical reading is displayed on the LED screen. (The number represents the amount of decay. )

“When I refer to the caries detector as my “magic tooth wand,” the pediatric patient transforms into a willing subject, awaiting each magic beep,” says Winifred J. Booker, DDS. Yep, that was our experience!!

Ask About Their Policies

Especially whether you’ll be allowed to stay with your child at all times. People with masks and a shiny tray of tools that look like knives can be scary to little kids. ‘Nuff said. :)

Another thing I’d ask about is their stance on fluoride. Despite the fact that studies have linked it to lowered IQ, weakened bones, thyroid suppression, lowered metabolic function, Alzheimer’s and Down’s Syndrome, most dentists still recommend it!¹ Pass, thankyouverymuch.

To Find A Biological Dentist In Your Area . . .

Check out the Mercury-Safe Dentist Directory, Biosafe Dentist Directory International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine Database, or the Holistic Dental Association.

Do you have a question or tip for finding holistic healthcare providers? Tell us below!

 

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47 Responses to How To Find A Holistic Dentist

  1. Anybody have a tip for finding holistic healthcare providers that I didn’t mention?

  2. Meaghan Karthauser via FB says:

    If fluoride is that bad could you recommend an effective fluoride free toothpaste?

  3. Or maybe a question about finding a midwife, chiropractor, herbalist or whatnot? Let me know and I’ll try to help!

  4. Great article AND I just found a Holistic Dentist in Kansas after following your links! Thank you!

    • sofia says:

      hi where did u find that holistic dentist that will work with children? and r u happy with him/her?
      I am in wichita, cant find anyone…

      Thanks
      Sofia

      • Heather says:

        Hi Sofia! I tried to contact Azure just in case she didn’t see your question but have been unable to. I hope you find someone!

        • reese says:

          my search on one of the biodentistry links you posted found one guy in Horton KS. Fetzik is the only one I’ve found yet in Wichita, and I haven’t met him yet.

          • Cat Livingston says:

            Where is Horton, ks? I have looked up this guy, too and talked with them. Did you ever consider Dr. Boyton in Wichita? I think he is mostly holistic in approach, but still does root canals.

  5. @Meaghan – In general tooth “pastes” tend to coat the teeth and prevent minerals from our food from getting in and strengthening them, so we use a liquid toothsoap or tooth powder to clean. I’m hoping to post some easy homemade recipes in the next few weeks but if you want to make the switch today check out toothsoap.com. Does that help?

  6. @Azure – Ahhh that is wonderful! So glad you found one!

  7. Thank you for this very informative article. I didn’t even know there WAS Holistic Dentists out there. I used to go to an oriental dentist who did Accupressure instead of freezing and that was amazing but he’s in Canada and too far for me now :( Thanks again for the great info!

  8. Alexis Dunigan via FB says:

    Do you belong to the Holistic Moms Network? Thought about joining but not sure if it’s worth it or not.

  9. @Alexis – I have been to a few meeting but am not a member. There’s no shortage of holistic moms around here so I haven’t really had the need. :)

  10. This reminds me of my orthodontist days… I now have a retainer for the rest of my life! Yay!

  11. Brynna says:

    Great info! I soooo wish we had a holistic dentist in our area (or even just one CLOSE to holistic!). There are none. The 2 closest to us is are 8-12 hours away. I LOVE living in a rural area of the US, but this is one of those times it would be beneficial to be elsewhere (since the cost of traveling to those locations is definitely not in the budget!).

    • Heather says:

      I can just imagine the conversation, Brynna. “A laser caries detector. No it’s not a decoder ring. Oh nevermind” Rural sounds nice though!

  12. Mae says:

    One, thought you’d be interested in knowing Eamon and I figured out how to make listerine out of essential oils ;]
    Two, what about finding a dentist that takes Medicaid or helps families with financial need? These holistic dentists don’t come cheap :\

    • Heather says:

      I want that recipe! And on the subject of Medicaid, I’d say that varies too much between docs to come up with a hard and fast rule. The holistic dentist we just went to did offer payment plan options. AND there’s always bartering! My mom had a home-based business growing up and that’s how she got out teeth cleaned, etc.

  13. shannon says:

    thanks! and how do you find more natural general practitioners/family doctors? I would love to find one who is an MD but will also give natural advice. :) any suggestions? -but dentists and doctors that take not so good insurance would be great! :)

    • Heather says:

      Are you going to an M.D. for a checkup or because you have specific concerns. I’m not asking you to list any concerns, just trying to figure out what you might need. :)

  14. my katie’s allergic to fish and dairy but i stopped waffling and just got her fclo in today (and the emulsified fclo/bo cinnamin tingle for me; yum!) to trial. down with cavities!!! good job mama! thanks for sharing. it helps. :)

  15. @ 20 Something – Excellent name choice! Hope the fclo works out. I know sometimes people that have dairy allergies can have ghee, so maybe it will work out :) We like the cinnamon tingle too but it’s not GAPS approved. Boo

  16. Heather Knickerbocker says:

    Dr. Stacy Cole in west Ft. Worth is great! oh and i use dessert essence tooth paste, i like it a lot!

  17. Thanks for the name kudos! It doesn’t beat yours though. :) Ghee didn’t work for her last time we trialed it, but we’re about 3 months into GAPS and she’s made some improvements already. Here’s to hoping! Cinnamon tingle isn’t GAPS legal? Oops. I’ll just pretend I didn’t hear that. lol What’s the illegal in it?

  18. jada says:

    Perfect timing for this info! Thanks!

  19. Nicole Roth via FB says:

    You ready my mind!! I was going to email you about this very thing to get a recommendation. Thanks very much!

  20. i’ve been doing a little research on making my own toothsoap and before doing such i wondered if you know if the naturally occurring glycerin in dr. bronner’s castile soap coats your teeth the same way that the glycerin in toothpaste does? i want to make sure before spending money on the essential oils.

  21. Jamie says:

    We, by chance, ended up with a “holistic” dentist. His nurse or assistant definitely isn’t, so I was ready for a fight when I met him. He was so great he didn’t make me get x-rays (although, they are digital) he even said he likes the “wait and see” approach to cavities rather than filling them with the non-mercury fillings. When my wisdom tooth started to come in and I was so upset I’d need to get surgery he said he doesn’t believe in pulling them out unless they cause pain and that is the way it should be. Whew!…but we just moved an hour away from him. I think we may still make the big truck out to see him I love him so much!

  22. @Meghan – The Cure Tooth Decay book didn’t mention anything along those lines, but sometimes formulations change so maybe it wasn’t an issue when it was published. I’m compiling a list of tooth powders, soaps, etc. and will definitely look into this more before I publish. Personally, I think the toothsoap I buy leaves my mouth feeling just a **little** bit cleaner than Dr. Bronners, but that could just be because it doesn’t taste as fresh

  23. This is a great article. I’m so thankful for the one you posted today & the chance to check out all your previous dental posts. I’m going to see what I kind find in the way of a holistic dentist in our area… didn’t even know they existed. My kids did their homeschool science project on fluoride toothpastes vs. natural tooth cleansers (http://thebasicsoflife-elvisgirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/academy-of-gospel-2011-science-fair.html). I didn’t write too much in detail on the project, but one of the keys I didn’t write was how beneficial xylitol was for teeth & how those natural toothpastes cleaned better. I sacrificed myself, and my daughter’s friend (who regularly uses fluoride toothpaste) volunteered to use the poison to clean our teeth. I figured that I used to eat the stuff as a kid, a little more won’t kill me too much faster…? I haven’t used fluoride since I was pregnant with my son, 9+ years ago; and the kids have never used the stuff. I was still using the flouride free “baby” toothpaste on my daughter. I wish I would have known all you know about restoring teeth, because my kids had a lot of dental work done when they were younger. Sorry this is so long! Awesome info! Thanks again!

  24. [...] here are some tips for finding a holistic dentist in your area (some are considered holistic simply because they use biocompatible materials, others have more [...]

  25. Kathryn says:

    Just found this website, as I’m also looking for a holistic dentist in Dallas as I need to have some silver fillings removed. Can anyone suggest someone a good one?

  26. Thanks, Heather. I’m looking to find a mercury & fluoride free dentist in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area and it’s not easy! Thankfully, traditional dentists are becoming aware of these harmful habits. I actually did an infographic not too long ago on the dangers of fluoride – that might interest you! Check it out… http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/02/21/the-truth-about-fluoride-infographic/ scroll all the way down and click twice on the graphic ; ) Thanks for the info!

    • Monica says:

      Did you ever find a mercury free dentist in green bay wi? I am presently doing that. The only true mercury free/mercury safe one is in weyauwega….dr twohig. The only other one is in green bay and is dr. Quandt. Have you been to either one of these dentists?….or did you find someone else? Anything you could tell me would be awesome, seeing as we are both here in green bay! Thanks for your help!

    • amy says:

      I know this question was asked quite a while ago but I thought I would add some info. I have seen Dr.Quandt . Him and his staff are very friendly but he was not able to work on my daughter and referred her elsewhere. We were not at all happy with his suggestion so I contacted Dr. Twohig whose office staff was amazing but sadly they were not taking new patients. They did however recommend Dr. Olson in Sturgeon Bay. She was taking new patients, is very reasonably priced, and is fantastic with my girls who are 3 and 8 years old. We are so glad to have found her! She does not believe in using fluoride or metal fillings, has information about diet, vitamin D and other health related material in her office, and has young children herself. I really can’t say how happy we are to have found her!!

  27. Reese says:

    Do you know of a holistic children’s dentist in Dallas? Thanks!

  28. Cait says:

    Hello,
    I am a natural minded mother of three, and tonight (to my surprise and horror) I discovered that my little 4 year old boy has an abscessed tooth!!! After showing his mouth to a friend of ours (who is a pediatric dentist) she determined that the tooth would have to be extracted!!!
    I am beside myself how did this happen!?!?!?. We brush regularly, no candy, low grain diet, floss, etc. I am panicked and so incredibly overwhelmed by the thought of my little boy needing to have a tooth removed at the tender age of 4. I was scouring the web for any type of “alternative” to the extraction. I have not been able to come up with anything conclusive. My hope is that you can shed some natural light on this for me. Moving forward, I will be focusing on the oral health of the entire family in a very different way… Thanks in advance.

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