I have spent the last few months seriously considering having a dentist work with me here at Woodland Dental Hygiene.
The possibilities of having my patients see someone “in office” for their restorative work is obviously appealing on many levels. For my patients, the most obvious benefit would be that they only have to visit one office; insuring a continuity of care that is often difficult to achieve when they have to visit someone who does not share my holistic approach. For me, it would simplify the referral process as assessment and treatment notes would not have to be forwarded back and forth and professional collaboration would be simplified.
In weighing the many pros and cons of such a move, I actually did a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, and on paper, it seemed that it would be a smart move!
However, a glaring “weakness” that I had really not considered until then, was the fact that when a dentist removes old mercury fillings, a portion of the mercury contained in that filling, escapes the now “regulatory” amalgam separator and enters the waste water from the clinic. Since I am in the country and on a septic system, this would mean, “some degree of mercury contamination to my property”!
As a Silver-Certified member of the Eco Dentistry association, I am committed to a dental profession that values both outstanding patient care and outstanding planetary care. I recognize that as a dental professional I make decisions every day that impact my health, my patients health and the health of our Earth.
While the decision to have a dentist work here would certainly help provide outstanding patient care it clearly would not be in the best interests of my health and the planet’s health! As a result, I have decided that a dentist working here will not be possible!
Next month, I would like to discuss some of the information that I have recently uncovered about where all that mercury from dental offices has been going that you and I have never even thought about!!
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