I have a lot of autoimmune issues going on, in addition to allergies, and I need a new dentist. Joint pain is a big concern for me, and I notice that it gets worse when I am exposed to certain chemicals. I went to a different state to get some thorough testing done and found out everything or almost everything I am allergic to or have a chemical sensitivity to. I have cleaned my house from top to bottom and removed everything I reasonably could that triggers my symptoms. Now I am trying to address environmental issues and anything else that could affect me.
Last night I looked at my schedule and saw that my six-month dental checkup is due in late July. My dentist isn’t really into holistic care and doesn’t seem too concerned when I talk about my sensitivities. I wonder about dental treatment, my dentist’s materials, and what kind of reaction they might cause. I am not really interested in trying my dentist out again to figure out how I react to the materials he uses. I will start fresh and find a more current dentist for treating patients with chemical sensitivities or allergies. I am unsure what I want, but I noticed your site and the page for a holistic dentist. Is this a typical specialty so I could find a holistic dentist within 20 miles or so of my home? I have started searching already and have yet to get good results. Reagan from GA
Reagan – Thank you for contacting Cornerstone Dentistry in Sugar Land. Holistic dentistry is not an official specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Some dentists avoid metal materials or use biocompatible dental materials.
How Can You Find a Dentist if You Have Autoimmune Concerns?
You can find a dentist if you have autoimmune concerns by looking for a holistic or biological dentist. Try these terms in an Internet search:
- holistic dentist near me
- biological dentist near me
- biomimetic dentist near me
The dentist will research ways to give you dental treatment to which you are least reactive. Some dentists recommend Clifford’s test, or Clifford Materials Reactivity Test, to help identify your sensitivities. Dental and medical professionals have mixed opinions about this test and its reliability.
Do not be discouraged if you cannot find a holistic dentist within 20 miles of your residence. You may find a nearby dentist willing to work with you and, as much as possible, avoid materials that cause a reaction. Be patient with your search. Consider scheduling consultations with a few dentists who seem agreeable to treating you. Find out what each dentist will do to respect your requests to the extent possible.