Most Holistic Dentists Still Use Toxic Chemicals – Why?

By Lester Sawicki, Guest Writer

Lester Sawicki DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
Dental Director at Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Austin, Texas

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, or IABDM, supports chemotherapy as an acceptable routine procedure during dental cavity treatment.

According to the website of the IABDM, “…biological dental medicine utilizes non-toxic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the field of clinical dentistry…while promoting biocompatible corrections and restorative dental procedures based on scientific knowledge of energy, electromagnetics, sound, light, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition, in addition to the myriad of traditional scientific disciplines that constitute clinical dentistry.”

While the distinction between a holistic biological dentist and conventional dentist is a topic worthy of discussion, both groups use the same chemotherapy drugs for your teeth, without your consent…but more on that later.

It might surprise you to know that when your dentist uses a compressed air powered surgical drill to excise decayed tooth enamel and dentin from your cavity, the mechanical action of high speed drilling creates internal heated microfractures within the dentin, driving tooth decay bacteria deeper into the microtubules within dentin. This is referred to as iatrogenic damage due to high speed drilling.

Your holistic dentist should be taking precautions against tooth decay bacteria surviving in your infected dental cavity because, unlike a silver mercury filling which has natural antimicrobial properties of silver ions protecting the tooth, the resin composite tooth colored filling recommended by many biological dentists can actually create a hard plastic environment that seals, into the microtubules of dentin, bacteria that survive, thrive, and continue the tooth decay process under the filling.

Using the most up-to-date scientific knowledge as of this article’s date, the only means your dentist has to be reasonably assured he/she has stopped dead the bacterial decay process deep within the tooth is by scrubbing its internal surface with an antimicrobial chemical drug. Today, as a routine protocol all dentists, including holistic dentists, should be using chemicals to kill tooth decay bacteria in your infected cavity.

The most popular and effective chemotherapeutic agent used for the disinfection of internal surfaces of teeth to prevent the survival of carious bacteria is a solution of 5% glutaraldehyde and 35% HEMA (hydroxyethyl methacrylate) in water. Yes, it’s toxic to the human body and might not be part of a holistic person’s arsenal for at home antibacterial protection, but that’s the best your dentist has for stopping the decay process in your tooth. And you don’t have much choice in the matter unless you opt out and jeapardize the integrity of your treatment, or can find a dentist willing to risk his/her dental license with malpractice by experimenting with unproven but more biocompatible agents such as ionic silver hydrosols, Schweitzer Formula. Ozone Therapy, not well accepted by dentists in the USA, does have some potential to replace the chemical scrub. Dental Economics has an interesting article on dental ozone.

In a nutshell, here’s the one reason your dentist doesn’t ask for your informed consent to let him/her use chemotherapy on your teeth. It’s soon becoming the standard of care for all dentists, conventional and biological.

For more: Is Your Cosmetic White Dental Filling A Toxic Fluoride Bombshell?

About the Author

Dr. Lester Sawicki, a graduate of Loyola Dental School in Chicago, is an independent general dentist, practicing for more than 37 years. In 1983, he began studying nutrition and alternative health, and since 2004 has been devoted to intensive research into the relationship between whole body detoxification and longevity. He is the author of several books on dentistry written for the general public, all available at Amazon. Visit his blog: White Teeth Black Tongue Dr. Sawicki’s personal interests include martial arts and meditation. For over 30 years he has been a practicing student of Tai Chi, having met many Tai Chi and Qi Gong Masters both in the United States and China. His home is in Austin, Texas. Contact email

Publisched November 15, 2012 at website Waking Times. Reprinted with Permission.