The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM)
IABDM is a network of dentists, physicians and allied health professionals committed to integrating body, mind, spirit and mouth in caring for the whole person. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
We are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of biological dentistry and encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.
So what makes a dental office “biological”?
Though biological dentistry incorporates tools and techniques from traditional dentistry, the underlying philosophy is different. This affects how those tools and techniques may be used.
Biological dentistry acknowledges, appreciates and considers the complex and dynamic relationships between oral health and systemic health within the context of the whole person. These things are inseparable.
The focus is on the word “biological,” which comes from the Greek word bios, meaning “life.” This, ultimately, is what the biological dentist does everything to promote.
Minimally invasive dentistry is the ideal: digital x-rays only when needed, inlays and onlays instead of full crowns, air abrasion instead of drilling when possible.
Biological dentists may be general dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons or pedodontists. In addition to training in their chosen specialty, they also have extensive training in both dental toxicology and specific healing modalities beyond those of western dentistry. For most, nutritional approaches to health and healing are fundamental. Supportive therapies may include Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology and energy medicine. Specific modalities will vary from dentist to dentist, but all are incorporated into treatment for the betterment of the patient.
Biological dentists aim to minimize use of potential dental toxins. So their practice will be mercury-free, fluoride-free, latex-free, and so on.
When mercury amalgam “silver” fillings must be removed, the dental team will follow strict safety protocols.
Most biological dental offices will go the extra mile for patients with special needs. In such an office, most patients have health challenges and particular needs. That’s why they’re there.