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organic/eco dentist?

paul wheaton
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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It is time for me to get my teeth cleaned and the like.  Can anyone recommend a good dentist that might be eco aligned?  A dentist that does not like the mercury.  A dentist that might be cool with the idea of not using fluoride?


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Kristen Lee-Charlson


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not in missoula -
you'd have to head to bozeman, thompson falls or spokane for anyone associated with the proper protocol of removing amalgams as well.

there are dentists that are disposing of mercury properly but that is as far as it goes.


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paul wheaton
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What about a dentist that isn't keen on putting that stuff in?  A dentist that isn't out to pay for a boat, but seems to understand that "no fluoride" road and the "no mercury" road?
paul wheaton
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A friend said that Ike Heaphy is a great Missoula dentist.  I'm thinking of giving him a call.
paul wheaton
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So I have been to Dr. Ike Heaphy many times now. Although I very much do not like going to the dentist because it seems like "hey, you know what would be heaps of fun today? To get tortured and ridiculed for a lack of tooth based obsessions!" (I want to point out here that I think I floss more than average)

I've been there for regular cleaning and stuff about five times now. Just boring. Not torture. Apparently the gal that cleans my teeth knows how do it without the torture aspect. And not once was there some sort of shaming lecture about flossing or soaking my teeth in expensive chemicals (which I would not approve of).

They fixed a tooth I broke. And they replaced a mercury filling. I like Ike's passion about removing the mercury. During the procedure they had a giant vacuum thing next to my head to remove any possible mercury vapor to make sure that I didn't have any going in my nose or anything. He was extremely concerned about the toxicity of the mercury.

With the broken tooth thing, they did point out that there was a spot under the broken tooth where things were bad and if I didn't keep it super shiny, that spot would turn into more business for them - so really, my call. I kept it shiny and apparently the scary part is now all gone.

They roll with my weirdnesses. No problems.

So while my history is riddled with avoiding all dentists, I've been going as I am summoned for the every-six-month thing. They clean off the tartar, have a look around and send me down the road. Easy peasy.
 
 
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