Biological Dentistry

What is Biological Dentistry?

Biological dentistry, also known as holistic dentistry or biocompatible dentistry, is a dental practice that approaches oral health and dental care with a focus on the overall health and well-being of the patient. It emphasizes the use of biologically compatible materials and procedures, as well as a whole-body approach to dental health.


Key principles of biological dentistry include:

  • Minimally Invasive Procedures:
    Biological dentists often prioritize conservative, minimally invasive and biomimetic treatments to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
  • Biocompatible Materials:
    These dentists prioritize the use of dental materials that are considered biologically compatible and non-toxic such as dental ceramics.
  • Digital X-rays:
    To minimize radiation exposure, digital radiography is often favoured over traditional X-rays.
  • Focus on Nutrition:
    Some biological dentists may provide guidance on nutrition and supplementation and their impacts on oral and overall health, emphasizing the importance of a healthy diet and the avoidance of certain pro-inflammatory foods.
  • Preventive Approach:
    Biological dentists and conventional dentists alike recognize that in most situations, the best dentistry is absolutely no dentistry at all. Therefore, the best care involves a preventative approach, which focuses on educating patients about the root causes of the most common dental problems. These causes include nutrition, oral hygiene, and various postural, bio-mechanical, and neurological factors. At the Canadian BioHealth Center, we share this information for free with the public through our various channels and networks.
  • Collaboration with Other Healthcare Providers:
    Some biological dentists work in collaboration with other healthcare providers, such as functional and integrative medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, and nutritionists, to address systemic health issues that may manifest in oral health conditions.

It’s important to note that the term “biological dentistry” is not universally defined, and the specific practices and beliefs of practitioners may vary. If you are interested in pursuing biological dentistry or have specific concerns about dental materials or procedures, it’s important to consult with a qualified dentist who can provide guidance based on your individual health needs and preferences.


For more information on biological dentistry, please visit The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology website. Please note: The Canadian BioHealth Center is not responsible for any information shared or claims made on the IAOMT website.