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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.