“Patients who find us are looking for a kinder, gentler, greener type of dentist,” says Dr. Pamela Schmidt. That’s exactly what’s on offer at the practice she shares with her husband, Roger: The couple specializes in providing patients with alternative therapy options, such as probiotics to fight bacteria and ozone to combat periodontal disease.
Certified in integrative biologic dental medicine and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Schmidt believes that the human body knows innately how to be healthy. “We just need to support it and not get in the way of that process,” she says. In line with that philosophy, Dr. Schmidt offers her patients the option to have their blood drawn at a nearby lab so it can be tested for sensitivity to a variety of dental products, such as restoration materials and adhesives. This enables her to tailor what she uses on a patient, ensuring that nothing will cause inflammation.
She recalls treating one young man with severe periodontal disease; his gums were bleeding and he was in the early stages of bone loss. Because his mouth was highly sensitive, she had his blood tested and determined which pathogens were present in large amounts. She was thus able to treat him more thoroughly, and his recovery was quicker than it would otherwise have been.
Dr. Schmidt and her husband, fans of outdoor activities, treat the environment with the same concern. They installed a toxic-waste removal device to dispose of silver fillings, older versions of which are nearly 50 percent mercury. Their Anterior Quest system contains and disposes of mercury with complete safety
“I think positive, and I believe in possibilities,” Dr. Schmidt says. “When I have an idea about a new treatment protocol, we incorporate it so we’re always able to offer the best to our patients.”
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