Holistic Dentistry

Bio Testing

If you suspect that dental materials like mercury amalgam may be dragging down your overall health, it’s important to get proper testing done to find out.

Likewise, if you have chemical sensitivities, it’s crucial to make sure that whatever materials we use to restore your teeth are compatible with your unique biochemistry.

These are just two of the kinds of bio testing we have available to help you achieve optimal whole body health through dental wellness.

Quicksilver Lab Metals Testing

Mercury Tri Test

This is the only clinical test available that uses mercury speciation analysis, a patented technology that separates methyl mercury from inorganic mercury and measures each directly.

This test lets us asses your exposure sources, body burden, and ability to excrete each form of mercury. With that information in hand, we can plan a rational approach to a successful detoxification strategy for you.

Blood Metals Test

This test screens for a broad range of metals to show elevated exposure to toxic metals or imbalances of nutrient metals in whole blood. It lets us find out if your levels of the “bad guys” are within acceptable range and whether or not you need supplementation with more of the “good guys.”

Biocompatibility Testing

There are several ways we can test to see which dental materials would be most suitable for replacing your “silver” amalgam fillings or creating new restorations you may need.

Muscle testing – applied kinesiology – is something we can do quickly and easily here in the office by simply testing your muscles’ ability to resist when you’re in the presence of different materials.

More specific is serum testing, which we can order through Clifford Consulting and Research. Here, we send a small sample of your blood to the lab and receive a detailed report showing which materials you may be sensitive to and which are non-reactive.

Serum testing is strongly recommended for those with chemical sensitivities or long-term chronic illness that may be related to their oral health.

SpectraCell Lab Tests for Optimal Oral-Systemic Health

Micronutrient Testing

Nutritional deficiencies can wreak havoc for years before they manifest symptoms. With micronutrient testing, you can find out how to move back into the nutritional balance needed for optimal health. The test measures the function of 35 nutritional components, including all major vitamins and minerals, as well as key amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. It also measures carbohydrate metabolism, total antioxidant function, and immune response.

Cardiac Panel

Research has consistently linked gum disease with a wide range of other inflammatory conditions, including those affecting cardiometabolic health. This test offers a clinically relevant evaluation to help understand your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke – three of the conditions most consistently linked to poor periodontal health.


Apolipoprotein E – APOE for short – is a kind of protein involved in triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism. This genetic test is used to assess your risk of developing diabetes, as well as your response to dietary fat, statin therapy, and other risk factors. Knowing your risk, we – along with your other health care providers – are in a better position to help you reduce that risk.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancers are usually easy to treat if caught early. That’s why we make oral cancer screening a regular part of your care with us.

We use an innovative technology called Oral ID to aid our screening. Its special blue light helps us see oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions in their earliest stages. You literally won’t feel a thing as we shine the device into your mouth to inspect the tissues. Oral ID is non-invasive and painless.

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Smiles by Shields
3940 San Jose Park Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32217