What is Biological Dentistry?
Biological dentistry is an innovative approach to dental care that acknowledges the critical impact that oral health has on one’s overall well-being. The mouth is connected to the whole body through an elegant network of muscles, bones, blood, lymphatic fluid, nerves, and much more. A bio-dentist approach views oral health through the lens of the entire person, including body, mind, and spirit. Biological dentistry empowers patients to make informed treatment decisions that enhance their long-term dental & physical health, function, and longevity.
“Dr Sharon Dickerson and her entire staff is absolutely amazing! I had been looking for a biological dentist for over a year when I came across her website. The whole office is so warm, kind and caring. They truly want to help you in any way they can. Ive had nothing short of a positive experience here!
The office space is so welcoming with state of the art equipment. I sought out a biological dentist to investigate the possibility of having infected cavitations following getting my wisdom teeth removed 10 years ago. I was having gut issues, fatigue, brain fog, skin rashes. Dr Sharon listened to my concerns and validated what I was going through. No one tried to up sell me on any procedure and helped me to get the answers I needed. I worked with Nicole and she was fantastic so knowledge and also assisted with my surgery! Carly is absolutely wonderful, she is so caring and can answer all your questions as well as putting your fears to rest.
I would highly recommend this office to anyone looking for answers, trust me your health is worth it! I can’t thank Dr. Sharon and her team enough, I feel like I have my life back!”
– Christin Hinzman
Holistic vs Biological Dentistry
The term holistic dentistry dates back to the 1970s when it was made popular by the Holistic Dental Association, which was developed in order to collaborate on methods of care that incorporated whole-body health27. Since then, the field of holistic dentistry has continued to evolve as more understanding is gained about the role of nutrition, environmental toxins, sleep, bite or TMJ disorders, and the potential toxicity that some dental materials can have in certain individuals.
In more recent years, holistic dentistry has been referred to as biological dentistry. Some practitioners feel that this differentiation highlights the addition of greater surgical expertise within the field21. Yet, although each individual dentist may resonate with one title over another, both terms are generally accepted as comparable.
Traditional vs Biological Dentistry
Both traditional and biological dentists attend dental school and uphold standards of care set by recognized governing bodies. The main difference between philosophies occurs within their approach to patient care. It is generally believed that traditional dentists diagnose and treat dental disease, often with an emphasis on prevention.
Biological dentists approach patient care with a more holistic view; seeking to understand the root cause of oral disharmony, treat the problem with modalities that do not adversely affect the health of the patient, and collaborate with the patient and their health care providers to achieve and maintain the most optimal oral & systemic health outcomes.
A Biological Dentist takes into consideration:
- Root Canal Therapy/Alternatives
- Toxic Dental Materials Including:
- Metals (often related to amalgam/mercury dental application and dental implants)
- Cavitations or FDOJ (Fatty Degenerative Osteolysis of the Jawbone)
- Health Supportive Factors
- Mercury safe protocols16
- Ozone Therapies
- Platelet-Rich Fibrin
- IV Supplementation
- Ceramic or Zerconia Implants
- Minimally Invasive Techniques
Is Biological Dentistry Right For Me?
Dr. Sharon Dickerson has been practicing biological dental care for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she has worked diligently to remain educated on the innovative developments within the field. She has also invested ample time in creating a patient experience that is supportive, comprehensive, and transformative. Dr. Dickerson has played an integral part in helping healthy patients maintain their wellbeing. She has also supported health-compromised patients (most notably those suffering from Lyme disease, mold toxicity, and autoimmune diseases) in making positive strides towards vitality by consulting with their medical and alternative health care providers. With this collaborative approach, dental treatment plans can be staged for optimal long-term outcomes for her patients.