A foundational element of holistic dentistry is caring for a person’s overall health and well-being and not only their teeth and mouth. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and what happens with your teeth can signal to a holistic dentist that health issues in other parts of the body are in play.
Ideally, you will visit a holistic dentist who tailors their services to your individual needs. By conducting biocompatibility testing, your holistic dentist can better customize the treatment you receive to suit your genetic makeup. Certain tests will provide your dentist with valuable information that will make a difference in the type of oral health treatment that is recommended and carried out. These biocompatibility tests can also alert you to issues that may be happening elsewhere in your body.
Here are three biocompatibility tests you’re likely to encounter at a holistic dentist’s office:
The Clifford Materials Reactivity Test (CMRT): The CMRT measures how certain chemicals and substances affect your body and interact with your system. This test identifies what your body objects to, and what it absorbs easily and naturally. With this information, dentists and physicians can avoid potentially incompatible treatments for your oral health and overall wellness needs. For example, you may discover that your body is better suited for zirconium dental implants as opposed to titanium dental implants.
The ALCAT Test: The ALCAT test is a simple blood test that is designed to determine how a person’s body reacts to certain foods, additives, colorings, chemicals, herbs, molds, and pharmaceutical compounds. A person’s response to each substance identifies triggers that can negatively impact a person’s normal body functions and immune system. Food allergies and intolerances are often diagnosed with the ALCAT and can help people prevent problems like eczema, gastrointestinal disorders, migraines, and aching joints.
The SpectraCell Test: The SpectraCell tests how nutrients function at a microscopic level within your white blood cells. A test such as this helps identify vitamin deficiencies, which can then be addressed and improved, and can help reduce the risks of arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. For individuals who already suffer from diabetes, a visit to a holistic dentist who practices diabetic dentistry and the administering of such tests can be life-changing.
Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at Fort Lauderdale’s International Center for Dental Excellence to learn more about biocompatibility testing and how improving your oral health can make you a healthier and happier person.