Cherry Hills Dental Group, Rodney Lofton DDS, 16976 Manchester Rd., Wildwood, MO 21204

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Biologic and Holistic Dentistry

Fluoride

Amalgam Removal Material Sensitivities


Fluoride

At Cherry Hills Dental Group we do not advocate the use of fluoride as a tool to fight tooth decay. We feel that although the American Dental Association promotes the use of fluoride in many different forms, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that the use of fluoride is 100% safe.

We feel strongly that fluoride should not be consumed on a continual basis in your drinking water. If you live in a community that fluoridates its water supply, we suggest that you either install a reverse osmosis water filtration system or find an alternative water supply.

If there is any anti-cavity benefit to the use of fluoride, it is strictly from a topical application. This means that your teeth may absorb the fluoride from the toothpaste that you are using, but the fluoride that you swallow in drinking water is not allowed to sit on your teeth for a long enough period of time to be beneficial and the potential detrimental effects that the fluoride may be having to your body as a whole are substantial enough to warrant concern. We do not recommend in office fluoride treatments for our patients.

As an alternative to fluoride we do recommend Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in birch and beach trees. It has been proven in scientific studies to inhibit the bacteria that can cause tooth decay, by preventing them from attaching to the surface of the tooth. We sell toothpastes, gum, and mouthwashes that contain Xylitol.


Amalgam Removal

Our mercury amalgam removal program is designed to remove toxic dental material including mercury amalgam and /or other fillings, crowns, or bridges that appear to be biologically incompatible with the patient, while keeping the patient comfortable and safe from the toxic by-products generated during the removal process.

  1. Biocompatibility testing (link to Compatibility Testing) of dental materials can be performed well in advance of the restorative visit to determine which dental materials are safest or least offensive to the patient's immune system. There are several ways this testing can be done. Please see biocompatibility testing for more information.
  2. Supplementation in the form of channel clearing supplements and/or homeopathics to support heavy metal removal may be recommended prior to amalgam removal. Testing of the patients physiological needs is encouraged and can be performed by our referred physician.
  3. DO NOT TAKE ANY ORAL VITAMIN C on the day of the dental visit if you will be receiving local anesthetic. Vitamin C has the ability to drastically reduce the effectiveness of the anesthetic making it necessary to use an extra amount of anesthetic, or to wait extra time before the anesthetic becomes effective. If desired, please do bring vitamin C to the dental visit because if it is taken after the dental visit is completed, it will help dissipate the anesthetic, and allow it to wear off faster.
  4. Special consideration can be given to the Huggins protocal to scheduling amalgam removal.
  5. Mercury Amalgam removal appointments will consist of:
    1. Answering any questions concerning the procedure and signing of the informed consent for treatment.
    2. Administering Local Anesthetic to completely numb the area.
    3. Administration of oxygen into the nose via a nasal mask.
    4. Activation of an external "Negative Ion Generator" and collection plate to safely trap any mercury particulate in the air.
    5. Activation of high volume external air suction, the "Elephant Suction", to further insure removal of any mercury particulate or odorous vapors from the building.
    6. Placement and activation of low volume suction tip to collect saliva.
    7. Activation of high volume suction, "clean-up tip", to surround the tooth during the mercury amalgam removal process and placement of a non-latex dental dam when possible.
    8. Constant external water spray by doctor's reduced-speed handpiece, and assistant's air-water syringe, to flush mercury particulate into the suction line.
    9. Removal of the amalgam fillings and/or other fillings, crowns, or bridges that appear to be biologically incompatible with the patient. All restorations will be replaced with the most biocompatible replacement materials available.
    10. Adjustment and polishing of the restored teeth will be completed in a comprehensive and precise fashion to help insure immediate adaptation and acceptance within the patient's existing occlusion (bite).
  6. It is recommended that the patient remember to drink copious amounts of water, take appropriate supplements, and eat a diet high in fiber to aid in maintaining open detoxification pathways before and after the dental appointment.

Material Sensitivites

We can determine a person's sensitivity to a dental material through a blood-serum analysis. This test is specific to the materials commonly used in dentistry. Just as a person may be sensitive to certain types of jewelry (i.e. earrings), a person may experience a similar sensitivity/allergy to frequently used dental materials. We will thoroughly discuss the results with our patients to ensure we use the least offensive dental materials for any future dental work.
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