In the pursuit of overall well-being, the importance of oral health should never be underestimated. At Diablo Dental Group, we understand the profound connection between oral health and one’s holistic well-being. This understanding forms the foundation of our commitment to Biological Dentistry – a revolutionary approach that transcends traditional dentistry by exploring the intricate relationship between oral health, systemic health, and environmental factors.

What is Biological Dentistry?

Biological Dentistry, also known as holistic or integrative dentistry, is a patient-centered approach that goes beyond conventional dental practices. It acknowledges the undeniable connection between oral health and the overall well-being of an individual. Unlike conventional dentistry, which may solely focus on treating symptoms, Biological Dentistry considers the impact of dental treatments on the entire body.

Key Principles of Biological Dentistry at Diablo Dental Group

  • Mercury-Free Dentistry: Biological Dentistry at Diablo Dental Group is committed to the elimination of mercury from dental treatments. Mercury, commonly found in dental amalgam fillings, can have systemic implications on health. Our practice follows the strictest protocols for the safe removal of mercury fillings to minimize any potential adverse effects on our patients.
  • Preventative Measures: Prevention is at the core of Biological Dentistry. We believe in empowering our patients with the knowledge and tools to prevent dental issues before they arise. This includes education on proper oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and lifestyle adjustments that contribute to overall oral health.
  • Biocompatible Materials: Understanding that each patient is unique, we prioritize the use of biocompatible materials in our treatments. This means choosing materials that are well-tolerated by the body and less likely to cause adverse reactions. This personalized approach ensures the best outcomes for our patients.
  • Nutritional Guidance: Biological Dentistry acknowledges the vital role of nutrition in maintaining optimal oral health. Our practitioners recognize the influence of a balanced diet on the health of teeth and gums. We provide guidance on essential nutrients, advocate for reducing sugar intake to prevent cavities and address the impact of an inflammatory diet on gum health.
  • Holistic Wellness: At Diablo Dental Group, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness. Biological Dentistry considers the interconnectedness of the body and strives to promote overall health through oral health interventions. By addressing the root causes of dental issues, we contribute to the overall well-being of our patients.

Benefits of Biological Dentistry

  • Reduced Environmental Impact: By avoiding the use of mercury and other potentially harmful materials, Biological Dentistry minimizes the environmental impact associated with traditional dental practices. This aligns with the broader trend towards eco-friendly and sustainable healthcare practices.
  • Focus on Patient-Centered Care: Biological Dentistry places a strong emphasis on personalized and patient-centered care. Dentists in this field take the time to understand the unique needs and health goals of each patient, tailoring treatments accordingly. This approach fosters a collaborative and empowering relationship between the patient and the dental care team.
  • Consideration of Systemic Health: Biological Dentistry acknowledges the connection between oral health and systemic health. By addressing oral health issues with a systemic perspective, practitioners in this field aim to contribute to overall health improvements and potentially mitigate the risk of systemic conditions linked to poor oral health.
  • Safe Mercury Filling Removal: For individuals with existing mercury amalgam fillings, Biological Dentistry employs specific protocols for the safe removal of these fillings. This is done to minimize exposure to mercury vapors during the removal process.
  • Integration with Holistic Health Practices: Biological Dentistry often integrates with other holistic health practices, allowing patients to benefit from a cohesive and well-rounded approach to their overall well-being.

The History of Biological Dentistry

Biological Dentistry, also known as holistic dentistry or biocompatible dentistry, has its roots in the broader movement towards holistic and integrative healthcare. The history of Biological Dentistry can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when dental professionals and researchers began to question the conventional approaches to dentistry and sought to explore a more holistic understanding of oral health.

  • Early 20th Century: The early seeds of Biological Dentistry were sown in the early 20th century with the recognition of the systemic impact of dental infections. Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist and researcher, conducted extensive studies in the 1920s and 1930s that demonstrated the relationship between dental health, nutrition, and overall well-being. His work emphasized the importance of traditional diets and holistic approaches to prevent and treat dental issues.
  • Mercury Concerns: Concerns about the use of mercury in dental amalgam fillings began to emerge in the mid-20th century. As the health risks associated with mercury exposure became more widely acknowledged, some dental professionals started advocating for the removal of mercury amalgam fillings and the adoption of mercury-free alternatives.
  • 1970s – Emergence of Biological Dentistry: The term “Biological Dentistry” gained popularity in the 1970s as dental professionals started to focus on the impact of dental treatments on the overall health of patients. This marked a shift towards a more patient-centered and holistic approach to dentistry, emphasizing the integration of dental care with the broader context of an individual’s health.
  • Advancements in Biocompatible Materials: With advancements in dental materials and technology, Biological Dentistry evolved to emphasize the use of biocompatible materials. This involves selecting dental materials that are well-tolerated by the body, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and promoting overall health.
  • Influence of Holistic Health Movement: The rise of the holistic health movement in the latter half of the 20th century further influenced Biological Dentistry. Patients became more interested in approaches that considered the interconnectedness of the body and sought dental care that aligned with their overall wellness goals.
  • Modern Era: In recent decades, Biological Dentistry has continued to gain recognition and acceptance. Dental professionals who identify with this approach prioritize a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s health, considering not only the teeth and gums but also the impact of dental treatments on the entire body.


Biological Dentistry at Diablo Dental Group is not merely a set of dental procedures; it’s a commitment to the health and vitality of our patients. By focusing on the connection between oral health and overall well-being, considering the impact of treatments, and emphasizing preventative measures and biocompatible materials, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive and patient-centered dental experience. Join us on the journey to a healthier, happier smile, and a more vibrant life.

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