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  • Writer's pictureDr Samintharaj Kumar

The Importance of Professional Affiliations in Holistic Dentistry: My Journey with IABDM and IAOMT

As a devoted practitioner of holistic dentistry, it is crucial to remain abreast of the latest research, techniques, and best practices. My affiliations with The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) and The International Academy for Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) play a pivotal role in my professional development and my ability to provide the finest care to my patients. In this blog, I will discuss the benefits of these affiliations and how they help keep me at the forefront of holistic dental practices.


Understanding IABDM and IAOMT

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM): IABDM is a network of dentists, physicians, and allied health professionals committed to integrating body, mind, spirit, and mouth in caring for the whole person. This organisation is a leader in the global shift towards biological dentistry, which emphasises the use of non-toxic restorative materials, recognises the impact of dental toxins on overall health, and understands that systemic health and wellness are closely intertwined with oral health.


The International Academy for Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT): IAOMT is a science-based organisation that researches the biocompatibility of dental products, including the risks of mercury fillings and other dental materials. They provide their members with training in the latest scientific research, procedural recommendations, and access to resources on biological dentistry. IAOMT is rigorous in its commitment to research and advocacy, focusing heavily on the safe removal of dental amalgam and the potential dangers of fluoride, among other topics.


Why Affiliation Matters

1. Access to latest Holistic Dental Care Research: Both IABDM and IAOMT are at the forefront of research in biological and holistic dentistry. By being a member, I have direct access to groundbreaking studies and the latest developments in the field. This access allows me to bring the most recent and scientifically backed practices into my clinic, ensuring that my patients benefit from the very latest in holistic dental care.


2. Comprehensive Training and Education: These organisations provide extensive training and continuing education opportunities to their members, which are essential for staying current with the evolving field of holistic dentistry. From online webinars to international conferences and workshops, these educational resources cover a wide range of topics pertinent to biological dentistry, including safe mercury amalgam removal, biocompatible materials, and the systemic effects of oral pathogens.


3. Professional Networking: Affiliation with IABDM and IAOMT opens many doors to networking with other professionals who share a similar passion for holistic health care. Through conferences and seminars, I connect with experts and practitioners from around the world, fostering a collaborative environment where we can share insights, discuss challenges, and support each other’s professional growth.


4. Advocacy and Public Education: Both organisations are also heavily involved in advocacy for safer dental practices, influencing public health policies and raising awareness about the importance of non-toxic alternatives in dental treatments. Being part of these groups enhances my ability to advocate for change and contribute to broader public health initiatives.


5. Professional Credibility: Membership in these respected organisations enhances my credibility as a holistic dental practitioner. Patients are increasingly seeking dentists who can provide safe, advanced, and well-researched treatments; affiliations such as these reassure them of my commitment to quality and safety in dental care.


Conclusion

My affiliations with The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine and The International Academy for Oral Medicine and Toxicology are more than just professional memberships—they are integral to my practice and philosophy in holistic dentistry. They empower me to provide superior care by staying informed on the most recent developments in the field, connecting with like-minded professionals, and advocating for the healthiest and safest dental practices.


Whether you are a patient looking for a holistic approach to your dental care or a dentist considering a more integrated approach to health, these organisations represent the standard in education, research, and advocacy in holistic dentistry.

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