Healthy Mouth – Healthy Body – Healthy Life: Biological Dentistry in St. Louis, MO
My story begins back in 1994, when I was first introduced to the term “biological dentistry.” Sometimes I think it was either a divine intervention for me or simply by chance that I found a book called Mercury Free by James Hardy at the bookstore. It told the story of how mercury was officially introduced to the dental profession back in 1830s. Dr. Hardy made some bold statements about the ill effects that mercury exposure could have on our patients’ health and wellness.
The first time I read this book, I was angry at the assumptions that this dentist was making! There’s nothing wrong with placing mercury in our patients’ mouths – right? Through my four years of dental school and the first eleven years of my practice, I had never heard of any controversy about mercury. So I threw the book down and dismissed this as a ridiculous theory presented by a very misinformed individual.
But sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and you soon realize that there are two sides to every story. The only question I needed to answer for myself was if I could honestly look at a controversial issue with an unbiased opinion to discover the truth about mercury.
I decided to read Mercury Free again with an open mind, and this time, I discovered that Dr. Hardy’s statements were supported with references and scientific research that seemed difficult to refute. I began my own personal quest to find out all the pros and cons about mercury so that I could decide once and for all the best course of action for my patients’ well-being.
Conclusion: Mercury is considered the second most toxic material known to humankind (plutonium is first), and once placed in a patient’s tooth, mercury vapor continues to be released from the restoration. Not only is it inhaled through the lungs; it can cross the blood/brain barrier, as well.
My mind was made up. The best course of action for my practice was to eliminate the use of mercury once and for all. After making this decision, I soon realized the my personal life and dental career would never be the same, and for good reason.
As I look back over the last twenty years, my concept of dental health has evolved as I’ve incorporated an holistic perspective in treating my patients. “Keep it safe – Keep it simple” is our mantra in the office now.
As dentistry continues to service our patients into the 21st century, we must remember that the mechanical benefits of restoring the mouth go hand in hand with the biological effects that these procedures may cause to the rest of the body. In other words, the tooth/body connection must be considered when treating our patients. We must use dental materials that lend themselves to wellness. We must evaluate treatments such as root canals and implants, and recognize how these procedures may compromise our biological health and well being.
To your good health,
Michael G. Rehme, DDS, NMD
Please take a few minutes to watch our brief introductions on biological dentistry, presented by Dr. Michael Rehme DDS, NMD
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Removal of Root Canal Tooth . . .
The tooth was extracted very quickly and painlessly.
Since the tooth has been out, I have noticed quite an improvement in my sinuses and while I had some back problems before the extraction, lately my back has been feeling much better. I am very glad I decided on getting rid of that old diseased tooth. I would do it again in a minute.
Carolyn, Age 66, Female
January 22, 2015
Amalgam removal and cavitation surgery…
Tricia, Age 36, Female
January 22, 2015
Feeling Great …
I now get up by 9:30 a.m. at the very least and nap occasionally (1-2 hours) around 3 p.m.
I’ve had people tell me that I look “really good” – well rested and much more healthy.
Sharen, Age 49, Female
January 22, 2015
Since Amalgam Removal . . .
I still need 8-9 hours of sleep most nights, but I no longer need a 2-3 hour nap every day - I no longer need 20 minute cat naps every couple of hours.
I go weeks without headaches instead of days. I can focus and retain much more information I don’t catch every cold I’m exposed to – I haven’t had any bronchial infections or yeast infections – they were chronic before.
As I approach my sixties I definitely feel better than I did in my thirties.
Susan, Age 56, Female
January 22, 2015
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