We have always been firm believers in dental professionals who have been trained in toxin-free, whole-body dentistry.
If you’ve had the pleasure of working with a quality dental professional, you know how precious of an asset they can be!
The right dentist can be a wonderful, trusted ally to assist us along our path to greater oral health. Incidentally, feel free to check out our article that explores the 7 Key Components of a ‘Dream Dentist’.
A dentist who is mindful of the mouth/body connection for supporting overall health is a tremendous professional to have on our wellness team.
We have compiled this list of resources to help you find a dental team who has been trained in toxin-free protocols and techniques.
The goal is to:
- Find a list of potential dentists in your area.
- Call each dental office on the list to interview them over the phone and see who sounds like they would be the best fit for you.
But first, remember that you’re in control here
You are the MVP (most valuable person) on your journey to greater oral health.
We know it can be intimidating to be ‘in the chair’. We want to empower you with the reminder that ultimately, you get to decide whether to accept or decline any recommended treatment or procedure.
Here’s a resource on how to be your own oral (and whole body) health advocate. Also, here’s a resource that describes how to use essential oils to reduce dental appointment anxiety and pain.
As you begin your search, we strongly urge you to interview any dental professional you find (even if they’re at the top of the search results in the links below).
This will help ensure that they meet your personal criteria for a professional assistant who can help guide you and your family to greater oral health.
We’ll touch on this more below. For now, let’s dive into the resources that can help you find some dental team options in your area.
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1984.
This global network of dentists, health professionals, and scientists is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. They also research the biocompatibility (and safety) of dental products.
Here’s a link to their “Find a Practitioner” page where we can search for dentists who are registered with the IAOMT.
Within this search tool, the designations of FIAOMT or AIAOMT are ‘higher’ rankings in the organization. All of these dental professionals are at least aware of the potentially toxic impact of many dental materials.
The IAOMT’s website also has advanced searching options to help narrow your results.
For example, if you want to find a dentist who uses ozone in their practice, you can:
- Click the “Narrow Your Search (zip code, specialty, etc)” button
- Enter your zip / postal code into the appropriate field
- Select “Distance Search” and the amount of miles you’d be willing to travel
- In the “Services Provided” section, select “ozone/oxygen”
- Click the “Search” button
This helps to sort through the dentists in the database.
Huggins Applied Healing
If you are looking for a dentist who has been trained by Dr. Hal Huggins, then reach out to the Huggins Alliance.
Here’s an interview we did with Dr. Huggins, in case you’d like to check it out.
The Huggins Alliance does not publicize its list of members who were trained by Dr. Huggins.
For more information on Huggins Applied Healing, you can call or email them using the contact information at the top of their website.
Another option is that you can fill out this form and they will send you a list of dental professionals in your area.
International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine
The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) is an interesting collective of dental professionals, chiropractors, medical doctors, and naturopathic doctors.
The IABDM is committed to integrating body, mind, spirit, and mouth to care for the whole person.
Here’s a link to the IABDM’s “Find a Practitioner” page.
List of dentists who use ozone
Dr. Julian Holmes’ site has a search feature to help folks find a dentist who uses ozone in their practice.
It’s not the most user-friendly search feature, but in this link, you’ll find plenty of dentists who use ozone. You can also find dentists who use ozone via the IAOMT find a practitioner link above and selecting ‘oxygen/ozone’ in the search options.
Holistic Dental Association
In 1978, a group of dentists formed the Holistic Dental Association.
This organization provides continuing education for dentists. It also shares information with the general public to help empower patients on their journeys to greater oral health.
Here’s a link to the Holistic Dental Association’s “Find a Holistic Dentist” feature.
Special shout-out for networking
If you know a really awesome functional medicine practitioner, chiropractor, holistic nutritionist, ayurvedic doctor, homeopath, etc., you can always ask them if they know any dentists that they approve of in your area.
You can also research online reviews for the different holistic practitioners, dentists, and organizations that you encounter. That way, you can see what kinds of experiences other folks have had with them.
Remember to interview any dental team you’re considering
Again, for any dental professional you’re considering, please always do your own research.
Just because a dentist has their practice listed in a holistic dental database doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re awesome to work with personality-wise, that they’re properly trained in nontoxic protocols, or that they practice dentistry from the perspective of the whole being.
Ultimately, each person is responsible for interviewing and questioning any dental/medical professional prior to consenting to any work in or on their body.
More tools to help with your search
We invite you to download our FREE Guide to Safe Dentistry, which explains what interview questions to ask to find a great dental team.
The questions in this e-book will help you determine whether or not the dental team you’re considering has the training and mindset to assist you and your family on your path to greater oral (and whole-body) health.
You might also find it helpful to check out our blog entry, “How to find awesome emergency dental help while traveling”. In it, we explain the step-by-step process that we used to find a great dental team when we had a dental issue while we were away from home.
Note on dental insurance coverage
For full disclosure, as you’re considering your dentist options, it’s also wise to ask about their billing process and to reach out to your dental insurance provider to check on your plan’s coverage.
Insurance plans often consider non-conventional medical practitioners (including dentists) to be “out of network” providers.
So, often times these dentists and other health practitioners will charge the patient the full fee for a service upfront, and then their office files the insurance paperwork. Then the patient’s insurance company sends the patient a check for whatever percentage their plan will cover.
This may not always be the case, and sometimes a holistic health practitioner might have additional and/or staggered payment options.
However, it’s best to check with both your insurance company and the dental office. That way, you can plan your budget accordingly.
You might also find it helpful to read our blog entry, “5 ways to save money at the dental office“.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you know a reputable organization that offers a search feature to help find dentists who would fit into the theme of this article, please contact us so we can review the database and consider including it in this online resource.
Finally, for even more information to help you along your path to greater oral health, check out the HealThy Mouth World Summit, our digital download product that’s a collection of 21 interviews with health experts.
To your health!
Helpful, Related Resources:
What’s the difference between biological, functional and holistic dentistry? [article]
7 Key Components of a ‘Dream Dentist’ [article]
So what exactly is ‘holistic oral health’ anyway? [article]
How to be your own oral (and whole body) health advocate [article]
How to use essential oils to reduce dental appointment anxiety and pain [article]
IAOMT “Find a Practitioner” page [resource for finding a dentist]
OraWellness Expert Interview with Dr. Huggins [[expert interview video]]
Huggins Applied Healing [resource for finding a dentist]
IABDM’s “Find a Practitioner” page [resource for finding a dentist]
Dr. Julian Holmes’ Ozone Information For Patients [resource for finding a dentist]
Holistic Dental Association’s “Find a Holistic Dentist” page [resource for finding a dentist]
Guide to Safe Dentistry [Free e-book download]
How to find awesome emergency dental help while traveling [article]
5 ways to save money at the dental office [article]
HealThy Mouth World Summit [expert interview product solution]