Well, it wasn’t the nearly $600 million Powerball ticket that I won, but it, nonetheless, felt a bit like securing a treasured Wonka Bar Golden Ticket that would afford me a glimpse inside another world. This unexpected, shimmering victory ensued from the random toss of my business card into some fish bowl contest. Little did I know from my heedless action that my spice colored card would be plucked for a free consultation from the NutraDentist.
So completely charged at the possibility of winning ANYTHING, I faintly, ever so distantly comprehended what this prize would actually entail; it was something about either a nutrition evaluation or a dental exam. I swatted these details away from my thoughts as I purblindly selected the alimentary assessment, the seemingly more intriguing of the two prospects. With a mind open to the serendipitous, I trekked over to Pittsburgh to see what this nutritionist-dentist guy had to say. I soon discovered that perhaps I did channel the luck of the Powerball after all. In the spirit of paying it forward, I wanted to share my findings, so that you, too, learn about another way to protect your health.
What is a nutradentist?
NutraDentist is actually the business moniker for Mark Buzzatto DDS, CCWFN, the practitioner who offered me a bounty of nutritional dentistry information. However, these practitioners are more commonly termed NATURAL, HOLISTIC, BIOLOGICAL, or NON TOXIC dentists (*Holistic in this sense refers to the dentists’ overall philosophy of oral health rather than specific modalities of practice).
Even though holistic dentistry has been recognized and respected since its inception in 1978, the profession still appears to linger in the fringes like other integrative practices due to the U.S. propensity toward the medical model. While traditional dentists do consider the overall health of their patients, they approach treatment with the alleviation of symptoms. Holistic dentists, on the other hand, address the causes. Furthermore, holistic dentists strive to educate their patients about the possible deleterious effects of what they put into their mouths (e.g. food and fillings).
What do holistic dentists offer?
Research in the field of dentistry indicates that the commonly used silver and amalgam fillings contain over 50% mercury that accumulates over time in the body with possible detrimental health effects (e.g. Alzheimers, MS, ALS, etc.). Because holistic dentists engage in practices that support the health of teeeth and gums as well as the body, they proceed to skillfully and safely remove the mercury fillings. Additionally these practitioners seek alternatives to root canals or treating gum disease.
By applying observation, conversation, and evaluation to ascertain where the person is misaligned, holistic dentists work to determine what is creating the degenerative dental health. These practitioners then proffer additional courses of action to remedy the malady(s), which could include taking whole food supplements, engaging in recommended purification programs, incorporating other holistic disciplines, or investigating resources provided by the practitioner.
Where can I find a holistic dentist?
The directories listed in this section are gleaned from prominent organizations representing the field of holistic dentistry. However, these directories are not exhaustive. If you are unable to find a practitioner on the lists, peruse your yellow pages using the professional terms denoted above. Then apply the questions included in the next section to ensure your holistic dentist is legit.
What questions should I ask to ensure the holistic dentist is qualified?
Please note that the following questions were provided by Whole Body Dentistry. These questions are a strong place to start on your quest for a holistic dentist.
- Do you place amalgam fillings?
- Do you have amalgam fillings in your mouth?
- How long have you been mercury-free?
- What types of precautions can I expect if having my fillings removed?
- Do you recommend dental material compatibility testing?
- What types of “alternative therapies” have you studied?
- Are you aware of the energetic relationship between teeth and organs?
- How do you feel about fluoride?
After spending an afternoon with Dr. Buzzato for my free nutritional consultation, I not only left with a new understanding for dental and holistic health, I also amassed more and more resources to probe. Similar to other practitioners of his ilk, Dr. Buzzato showed me a way to health but then encouraged me to explore and question until I found the right answers for myself. From this golden ticket opportunity, I discovered that health can sometimes have a “mouthy solution”.
*Yin/Yang Tooth image from Center for Holistic Dentistry
*Apple and mouth image from Dr. Gary Sigfoos LaJolla Periodontics, modified by The Word Magician
*Tooth with Asian motif from Richard Wilkinson Holistic Dentist, modified by The Word Magician