At DeFelice Dentistry, we’re happy to provide all your family’s dental needs under one roof. Dr. DeFelice and our team are dedicated to continuing education to stay current with the latest advancements and treatment methods. We invest in only the most advanced technology that allows us to provide safer, faster, more comfortable care with more natural-looking results and better oral health than ever before. Whether your little one needs a cavity filled, Dad needs a new crown, or you’d like to improve your smile with cosmetics, our team is here to help you achieve your goals naturally with a holistic approach to dental care.
With more folks seeking natural alternatives when it comes to their food, household products, and healthcare, it’s no wonder the dental industry is following suit. Holistic dentistry sees the mouth as an integrated part of the body and considers oral health problems as they relate to total body health.
The mouth does not exist in a vacuum. The mouth is a microenvironment that mimics the health of your total body. Did you know that plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth can be an indicator of and increase your risk for plaque and tartar buildup in your arteries? Did you know the same bacteria associated with gum disease have been found in the hearts of patients with heart disease, and in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s?
Holistic dentistry goes much deeper than just cleaning and fixing teeth. As part of our holistic philosophy, we provide safe removal of metal fillings, we don’t advocate the indiscriminate use of fluoride as it is a known neurotoxin, and we use only materials that are biologically compatible with your unique body chemistry. We are on a mission for total health and wellness, and we help our patients through education, prevention, and compassionate, personalized care.
Most folks don’t know that old metal fillings contain anywhere from trace amounts up to 50% mercury. Where we lacked scientific evidence in the past, we now know that mercury is very toxic to the human body and should never be used inside the mouth or anywhere else in the body.
Mercury is a known neurotoxin that can cause muscle weakness, poor coordination, numbness in the hands and feet, skin rashes, anxiety, memory problems, and trouble with speech, hearing, and eyesight. Mercury is more toxic than lead or arsenic. Mercury vaporizes easily, and inhaled mercury vapor is readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Metal fillings contribute more mercury to the human body than all other mercury sources combined.
Dr. DeFelice and our talented team have been providing safe mercury filling removal for over 25 years. We follow strict guidelines and practices to reduce mercury vapor exposure during removal. We use the “cut and chunk” technique while keeping the filling cool under a constant spray of water to reduce vapor exposure. High Volume Evacuation (HVE), a charcoal filter, and mercury scavenger are used at all times to eliminate vapor, and patients are protected with a rubber dam and oxygen mask to prevent inhalation. Positive ion generators are used in the operatory and a window is left open for maximum ventilation. We follow the Huggins protocol and the recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
We provide nutritional recommendations that we’ve used to help patients remove mercury from the body for decades. We can also work with your Naturopath or Physician for detox treatments.
Whether you are merely concerned with mercury filling toxicity, or you’ve had chronic health problems for years and have been unable to reach a diagnosis from doctors, safe mercury filling removal can improve your health and your quality of life, not to mention ridding your mouth of unsightly metal for a more natural, seamless smile.
If you have any questions about holistic dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your Spokane holistic dentist, Dr. DeFelice at DeFelice Dentistry, give us a call today or request an appointment online! We are happy to provide quality dental care for our patients from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Country Homes, Fairwood, Geiger, and beyond.