Taking Dentistry One Step Further: IABDM

We do things a bit differently here at Smiles By Shields. We believe that dentistry is not a medical practice unto itself. We believe that every part of the body is connected and that dentistry and oral health is but one part of this intricate web. This is why we belong to the IABDM, the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. The IABDM is just one of the networks we belong to which enables us to provide our patients with biology-based, holistic care that promotes not only dental health, but also overall wellness. 

What is the IABDM?

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine is a nonprofit organization that has created a network of like-minded scientists, doctors, dentists, and health practitioners. These highly-educated people are committed to recognizing the relationship between every cell in the body and treating...
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The Low Down on Low Grade Inflammation

Low grade inflammation is one of the most detrimental conditions a person can live with. Unfortunately our mouths are like magnets for this type of inflammation, even more startling is that if low grade inflammation isn’t addressed while it’s in the mouth, the effects can be felt throughout the entire body. It is our job as wellness dentists in Jacksonville, Florida to educate our patients on the dangers of low grade inflammation on their oral health, and how it can affect their overall health. We pride ourselves on helping our patients prevent inflammation and promote healthy mouths and bodies.  

Understanding inflammation

Inflammation is the body's response to an antigen - or foreign matter. When something enters the body with the capacity to cause damage our immune system kicks into high gear. If we are in good health, our immune...
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Filling a Cavity With Dr. Shields

Filling cavities is one of the most common treatments we perform at this Jacksonville, Florida dental practice. It is the best way to stop decay and prevent serious cases of decay from robbing us of our teeth. We find that the ubiquity of fillings results in their absence from dental discussions. Nearly everyone has had one at some point in their life, but nobody is ever motivated to talk about them. This week we’d like to tackle this exciting topic and discuss why fillings are one of a dentist’s best tools in the maintenance in oral wellness.

What Are Fillings?

Simply put a dental filling is a substance that is designed to fill a cavity. It prevents further decay and stops any other substances from irritating the nerve of the tooth, thus relieving sensitivity. There are several types of substances used to fill dental cavities. Dr....
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