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What Boone residents can expect from a biological dentist in the 28607 area

Have you heard of the phrase, “Biological dentist” but aren’t quite sure what it means? Many people living in the zip code area of 28607 wonder the same thing, which is why we, the team at Virtue Dental Care, want to take some time to explain this emerging dental field that has gained great momentum over the last few decades.

Biological Dentist Boone in 28607 area

Biological dentistry is a focus or method of dentistry that is based upon the relationship of oral health to the rest of the body. Simply put, the diseases and problems that occur in the mouth can have an impact on our overall health. Whereas traditional dentistry places a great deal of focus on fixing problems, biological dentistry places more focus on helping individuals achieve a desired level of health. We understand that your mouth is a vital part of your body. If you are in the Boone, NC area and this sounds like the type of dentistry you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place.

A shift in direction

There is nothing inherently wrong with traditional dentistry. All dentists must go through the same rigorous training to be able to diagnose and treat conditions of the mouth. The difference between the two is ideologically based. When you visit a traditional dentist, typically you are trying to solve a problem (a painful tooth, a cracked tooth, crooked teeth, etc.). As such, a traditional dentist will find a solution, fix the problem, and move on. A biological dentist will take a deeper look into the root cause of the problem and how this could impact overall wellness. Biological dentistry is traditional dentistry with enhancements.

A focus on materials

One of the key pillars of biological dentistry is the use of safe materials. Biocompatibility is important in biological dentistry. We want to make sure that any material we use in the mouth will not have adverse effects on health.

As a biological dental practice, we are mercury- free which means that we do not place silver amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals that can contain up to 50% mercury, a known neurotoxin. Instead of placing amalgam fillings, we use composite resin fillings which are a tooth-colored, biocompatible alternative.

We are also a mercury-safe dental office which means that our team is trained to safely remove amalgam fillings in order to replace them with a biocompatible alternative. Following protocols from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we take step by step safety measures when removing amalgam fillings. These measures which include using alternative air sources, high volume suction, rubber dams, proper disposal, and others ensure the safety of the patient and staff.

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The Oral-Systemic Connection

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The Oral-Systemic connection is the link between oral and overall health. Each component influences the other. In biological dentistry this means two things:

  1. We always consider the impact on long term oral health before recommending any treatments.
  2. When patients have a problem in the mouth, we are careful to consider the cause and how it may be related to underlying health issues.

Periodontal disease is one condition that can have a large impact on overall health. Over time, the bacteria from periodontal disease can spread to the bloodstream and can increase the risk of certain conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Improving overall wellness

The entire goal of biological dentistry is to improve overall wellness so patients can enjoy a healthier life. Patient education and prevention is another focus of a biological dentist. We encourage all our patients to maintain regular dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor the health of the mouth and identify any problems early.

We also encourage all our patients to adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as proper nutrition, quitting smoking, and practicing consistent oral hygiene at home.

Virtue Dental Care is committed to providing high quality biological dental care that takes into account the health of the entire body. If you live in Boone or the surrounding areas and would like more information on our approach to health and wellness through dentistry, we invite you to call us at 336-606-0040 to request an appointment today.


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I started coming here about 3 years ago. Dr. Taylor is the best. She explains everything and listens to what you have to say. Shannon one of the hygienist is the very best that I have ever had to clean my teeth. She is very thorough at what she does. Staff is always friendly
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Dr. William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM best doctor near Rochester, MI

William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM
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William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM studied dentistry at Indiana University and opened Virtue Dental Care in 1979. He became interested in biological dentistry many years ago as he realized that dentistry should benefit one’s overall health and not just oral health. That is why he practices mercury-safe, biocompatible dentistry in accordance with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s (IAOMT) health and safety standards. He is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified by the IAOMT too.
Dr. Virtue was President of the Forum for Contemporary Dental Esthetics and the IAOMT, of which he is also a Fellow. He enjoys teaching biological dentistry to dentists and staff. He continues to educate himself on developments in dentistry to provide the best services for patients.

DR. MARY KATHERINE TAYLOR, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT best doctor near Rochester, MI

Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT

Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT became interested in dentistry at an early age and volunteered at dental clinics. A student of Starmount High School and Wake Forest University, she earned her dental degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is passionate about education and prevention: She updates her knowledge with a variety of continuous education courses while teaching patients about caring for and maintaining their teeth for a long, healthy life.