What is Green Dentistry?
Green dentistry is a whole-earth approach to tooth care that reduces the environmental impact of dentistry, considers the Holistic Health of the whole body and creates a caring environment for our clients.
- Our office has been designed to maximize energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint.
- We use state-of-the-art dental technology to minimize toxic pollution and water waste.
How is The Colony Dentist a Green Dentist?
- Our patients are exposed to 90 percent less radiation with the use of digital imaging technology instead of x-rays for tooth imaging. This also eliminates the need for toxic x-ray development chemicals.
- When using Digital X-Rays there are no lead foils in the film packets which eliminates the lead waste and removes any potential disposal problems. Also there are no chemicals used in processing films which prevents the silver and chemicals from going down the drain and entering our water system.
- Use of steam-based, surgical-grade instrument sterilization, contains no harmful chemicals and reduces water use.
- Installation of a special water seperator system to remove debris before it enters the waste water which allows for the environmentally sound disposal of old mercury fillings, to prevent pollution of our local water ways.
- Biodegradable sterilization solutions are used to clean examination areas.
- Using Bio-Compatible materials such as ceramics are healthier for long term use versus traditional materials
About Mercury Fillings
Mercury vapor and dental infections can have a negative impact on overall health. Due to this concern, we focus on patient education and strive to remove mercury amalgam, silver, fillings in a safe way. To accomplish this, we follow removal protocols based on recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations.
Dr. Hubbell is highly aware and trained to safely remove mercury fillings. Safe removal includes use of a rubber dam, the option of pure oxygen, and copious amount of water with suction. Dr. Hubbell has collaborated with respective agencies to do research and develop materials that are biocompatible.
After the mercury is removed, we restore the tooth with safe biocompatible materials. The mercury that is removed is isolated from our patients and staff and disposed of responsibly. In addition, we have installed a special water filter that separates the mercury so it does not go down the drain and pollute the environment.
Holistic Dental Philosophy
Our goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life. We see our role as a partner in your health, helping you make informed decisions. We emphasize treatment that integrates the best of traditional and alternative approaches. We are dedicated to finding new approaches that are less invasive and more biocompatible. We seek to serve in a holistic context, and bring goodwill, compassion, and integrity to our relationships.
Health is commonly seen as simply the absence of disease, and disease is seen as the body failing. When we look at it like that, disease becomes all-important. A practice that just treats disease is not really a health-care practice, but rather a disease-care practice. We see it differently here. We see health as the natural state of life. We all have a force—a spiritual force—that constantly works toward balance and healing in our lives. One seems healthy when all aspects—one’s spirituality, mind, feelings, and body—are living in harmony. Disease is only the healing force taking the body to extreme measures in an attempt to balance some poor choices we have made. If we see disease as the body’s way of alerting us to our poor choices, we can find a friend in disease. If we only treat the disease and disregard the choices or conditions that lead to it, we can be sure of another disease outbreak later. It is a matter of natural law.
So do we treat disease? Yes, but in the context of health and healing. We work with and trust the healing force, and provide the kind of treatment that is most compatible with it. Trusting the healing powers of the body means minimal and less invasive treatment. It means using materials that are compatible with life. It means taking the fewest X-rays needed for a thorough diagnosis. It means not treating conditions that are healing on their own. And it means a judicious use of medications. We try to treat disease in the largest context we can. If you are willing to look for causes of disease we can explore physical, biochemical, dietary, and emotional factors with you. We also seek to work in concert with your other health care providers—traditional and alternative. We honor the way you have found to connect with the healing force and seek to cooperate with your highest intentions.
Putting it all together
According to Dr. Hubbell, "It has been demonstrated to my satisfaction that many dental materials and procedures can be toxic."
Dr. Hubbell also states that "That since the chewing muscles are strong. And if your teeth don’t fit together correctly, those strong chewing muscles can cause the jaw-joints to displace, teeth to break and tooth-supporting bone to weaken. Not to mention that the muscles themselves can get sore and cause headaches. The bite and muscle forces can be harmonized and stabilized."
His goal for each of his patients is to "Restore your teeth to their original function and appearance can prevent much unnecessary infection and pain, and can prevent the collapse of the bite".
The Colony Dentist also has a full line of Oxyfresh Dental Hygiene products which destroy bacteria, freshen the breath and are safe for you and your new cosmetic dentistry.
We also have their nutritional suppliment support products including antioxidents and vitamins. These products were specially developed by a dentist who is a nutritional expert and have been designed specifically to promote and support your body and your oral tissues.
These suppliments can help in the healing and control of periodontal disease. We also have USANA nutritional suppliments which are highly effective and well absorbed and are not available in stores.
We will be happy to assist you by recommending several natural products available in health food stores that can be beneficial to your dental health and maintenance.
If you desire to improve your smile and potentially your quality of life then contact us today at 972.624.0068!