Holistic Dentistry – We Care for More than Just Your Teeth

Holistic Dentistry in Metrotown

We support holistic dental practices by using biocompatible materials to ensure our treatments are safe for your teeth and your entire body. We strive to educate our patients about holistic dental options, so you can make informed decisions about your oral health, and overall lifestyle.

We Are Mercury Free

Mercury is toxic to the body and mercury fillings are potentially unsafe. Mercury is released during filling placement, removal and eating functions. We use alternative filling materials which include composite fillings, porcelain ceramic fillings and gold fillings to restore teeth. These materials are safe for your body, last longer than mercury, and can be matched to the colour of your teeth.

Fluoride

Fluoride is used to strengthen the teeth and reduce cavities. Fluoride ions make dental enamel less soluble, this protects against decay. Fluoride treatment is a holistic way to strengthen the teeth naturally in an effort to reduce cavities. We believe that fluoride should primarily be applied topically at the dentist.

Why Is Fluoride Important in Holistic Dentistry?

Fluoride ions reduce cavities by making dental enamel less soluble. It hardens tooth enamel which helps protect against dental plaque and acids that cause decay. When used effectively, fluoride compounds are a powerful preventive agent.

Sources of Fluorides

Fluoride can come in many forms of treatment but it is often found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, supplements, and fluoride gels, which are applied during a visit to the dental office. Recent evidence indicates that fluoride that is applied topically is more effective for cavity reduction.

Can Fluoride be Harmful?

Yes. Dental fluorosis, a white mottling or flecking on children’s teeth, is related to excessive exposure to fluoride. Parents should educate children to use only a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste on their toothbrush to reduce possible side effects.

The Bottom Line on Fluoride

The Canadian Dental Association recommends fluoride drops be given only to children aged 3 and over. We believe that fluoride should primarily be applied topically as in toothpaste or at the dentist. Fluoride is a holistic, safe supplement in moderation.

Radiographs

We use digital x-rays to take photos of your teeth, which use 90% less radiation than standard film x-rays. Radiographs are also better for the environment as there are no chemicals needed for film and x-ray processing. They also produce digital images that are easily stored and transferred.

Digital also provides several additional advantages:

  •  No risks to our environment. Digital completely eliminates the need for the typical chemicals required for regular film and x ray processing.
  • The detailed image is almost instantaneously translated onto our computer screen, carrying with it all the advantages of other digitized images – it can be magnified, adjusted for contrast, and used for diagnostic evaluation of cavities, gum disease and bone loss, as well as cysts, infections etc.
  • The image is stored easily and efficiently in our computer files, eliminating paper files as well as damage or loss of the film.

For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, VCCID can easily reproduce our digital x-ray files and transfer them electronically.

Dental Unit Waterlines

Water that’s More Pure than Bottled

We ensure the water coming out of our water lines meets the highest health and safety standards. Each water line is flushed nightly with a disinfectant and lines are tested regularly to ensure there is no biofilm growth.

Nutrition

Cavities can be prevented by reducing refined sugar intake. Holistic dental care takes your nutrition and eating habits into account when considering your oral health as they are connected. Cavities are often the result of poor nutrition, a bad diet, and improper brushing and flossing.

Controlling Cavities

Cavities are often the result of poor nutrition, a bad diet and improper brushing and flossing. We suggest eating regular, wholesome meals while limiting sweets. Less sugar will help reduce acidity in your mouth and you will be less prone to cavities. Brush and floss your teeth after a sugary snack or beverage.

Chelation

Chelation is a safe way to flush mercury from your body. It uses Naturopathic methods to cleanse the body and remove mercury deposits. We offer mercury filling removal which is a large part of this process. Once your fillings are safely removed, you can proceed with chelation. Dr. Balogh and the VCCID team perform safe, effective removal of mercury fillings. We can also refer you to a trained naturopath for chelation/mercury removal.

Visit VCCID in Burnaby, BC

If you think that you may have any questions, contact VCCID for a consultation.

Dr. Balogh and his team are equipped and have over 35 years of experience to help you. The VCCID team would be happy to provide you with additional information. Please call us today at 604-434-0248 or visit our clinic in Burnaby, Metrotown.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening

 

We are “OPEN”

 

UPDATE May 22 2020

 

Dear patients:

 

The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 

 

The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.

 

Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.

 

For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 

 

Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.

 

We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.

 

Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 

 

The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 

 

Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID