What does it mean to be a Biological Dentist?
Our bodies are complex and amazing works of art! Dr. Kaur and the TKDDS Team understand that not all dental materials are compatible with our bodies. At TKDDS, we work to maximize our patient’s positive outcomes with dental materials while taking into consideration the necessity to minimize toxicity and immune reactivity.
Many dental materials have not been tested on people that have sensitivities. Immune responses in the US population have been on the rise. In fact “the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities has been reported to be somewhere between 12% and 33% in the general population, with 2% to 6% having been actually diagnosed.”
By being a biocompatible dentist, Dr. Kaur is able to treat dental needs while at the same time reducing potential toxicity or immune reactions in her patients. This provides our patients with a peace of mind. For patients that choose to forego dental materials testing, Dr. Kaur only uses dental materials in her office which she has found to be the most biologically compatible for the majority of her patients.
At TKDDS we offer resources for different dental materials testing options:
- Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT): This test helps individually identify chemical groups and families of compounds that may pose a threat to the patient. Analyzing immune records of antibodies, systemic sensitivities are identified and cross-referenced with a database of dental materials. Dr. Tara Kaur, DDS will provide you with a blood serum draw prescription, Clifford lab kit and paperwork. These items are taken to your physician or medical laboratory where your blood is drawn, appropriately packaged and shipped to Clifford Consulting and Research. For more information on the Clifford test, please visit ccrlab.com
- EAV (Electroacupuncture According to Voll) or EDS (ElectoDermal Screening):A computer tests specific dental materials according to their compatibility with the acupuncture meridian system. The computer quantitatively measures any energetic flow disruption in your acupuncture meridians due to specific dental materials. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from TKDDS to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The EDS results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.
- Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing:This technique is based upon the activity of muscles and the relationship of muscle strength to health. Specific dental materials are placed within your electromagnetic field and your subsequent muscle strength or weakness is documented. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from TKDDS to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The AK results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.
- Medical Intuitive: A medical intuitive is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner who uses self-described intuitive abilities to determine which dental materials are potentially the least reactive/disruptive to the individual physiology. Some practitioners require a Dental Materials Testing kit, some require only the Dental Materials List. The intuitive results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.
No test or tester is infallible and some people choose to combine the results from more than one test. Others who are not concerned with possible reactions to dental materials choose to do no testing at all and instead use a material which has a statistically low reactivity in the general healthy population. Dr. Tara Kaur does not endorse or recommend any particular treatment, method or practitioner. Nor does she require biocompatibility testing before dental treatment. It is the patient’s personal choice on whether biocompatibility testing is appropriate and which testing method applies to his or her individual situation.
Please check out our Practitioner Resource List for health care providers who are familiar with dental materials testing:
International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, A Practical Guide to Compatibility Testing for Dental Materials, https://iaomt.org/practical-guide-compatibility-testing-dental-materials/